The Best Password Manager Apps
Find it tough to remember all your account passwords? Or, even worse, do you find it so difficult to remember different passwords that you just use the same password for everything? If phone and account security is important to you, then decent, separate passwords are key. But if you don’t have a great memory, then help is at hand, all you need to do is download one of these great password manager apps!
Passwords, Security, and Apps
Before we get into concrete recommendations, lets review some of the basics here. All of us have passwords, and if you think about the number of accounts you have from email to Amazon to online banking, the sheer number of passwords you need to remember is huge. Plus, a good, strong password isn’t going to be particularly easy to remember anyway. A decent password should be long (i.e. at least 10 characters), and should have a variety of different letters, numbers and signs. That makes it close to impossible to memorise. Multiply that strong password by the number of accounts you have that require passwords (all of which should be different), and you can begin to see the problem.
However, there are apps that offer to help you remember your passwords. Password manager apps are designed so that you only need to remember one password, that of the app itself. After that, the app will do all the work for you. These apps are generally encrypted and very safe, though of course there are always some dodgy apps around that aren’t quite so safe. Which is why we’ve put together this list of the best and safest password manager apps around, so you’ll know that your passwords, and therefore your data, are completely secure.
LastPass is one of the most recognisable password manager apps around, and it’s probably also one of the best for most people. It offers a ton of features, including safe storage of your info (you can add anything you like to your LastPass account, including images), the ability to sync across devices, and a secure password generator (so you don’t need to come up with a strong, random password yourself).
How does it work? It’s simple. Once your account is set up, whenever you’re directed to a page that requires signin with a password you simply enter your LastPass account info and password and the app will do the rest, signing into that account for you with the password it memorised. It really doesn’t get any easier than that. You can get a free two week trial of LastPass so you can see how you like it, then you’ll need to pay around a pound or so a month to keep your membership going. But that seems like a small price to pay for the added security that you’re getting.
Dashlane is one of the most secure password manager apps out there, using high level encryption to store your passwords as well as other important info, such as credit card numbers and bank account details, so you can keep everything in one place. Essentially it works in a similar way to LastPass, in that you simply fill in your Dashlane account info every time you’re prompted for a password, and it will also generate passwords for you. However, Dashlane also has its own keyboard option so you can create shortcuts to passwords, and allows you to copy and paste passwords from the app itself to wherever you need them.
One nice extra security feature is that the app blocks screenshots of itself from any device, so there’s no chance of someone stealing an image of your passwords. Dashlane is also free to use and download, though there’s a yearly subscription fee for premium services such as backing up your data and passwords onto the cloud.
Enpass has similar features to both LastPass and Dashlane, but it’s worth considering this app just because it’s so simple to use, logical and intuitive. The app stores your passwords in categories, so there’s a folder for login info, one for credit card info, one for computer login info, etc., meaning it’s always easy to find what you need. Enpass also automatically locks itself whenever you stop entering info, and clears its cut and paste clipboard every thirty seconds, so there’s less risk that someone can see your private data by accident. You can even sync your Enpass account with your own cloud account (OneDrive, DropBox, Google Drive), so you’ve got all your data backed up.
Enpass is free to download and use, but you’re limited to storing just ten passwords or credit card numbers. There’s a one time fee to upgrade to multiple info storage.
Again, 1Password works in a similar fashion to the other apps on this list, but it’s worth checking out due to its high level of encryption (it uses AES-256 bit encryption, making it extremely secure). 1Password also syncs all of your info with your DropBox account, so it’s always there when you need it, though it also stores info locally so you can autocomplete log ins using your 1Password password.
Maybe the greatest thing about 1Password though is that it’s free. You’ll be able to use all the important features for absolutely nothing. There is a premium version (you get a 30 day free trial of this), but the only thing you’re paying for is better password creation. So if you’re fine with creating your own passwords (or using another app to create them), there’s no need to pay that subscription fee at all.
Download Your Password Manager Today!
Using a password manager is really the easiest way to keep all your data secure. It’s true that many of these apps aren’t free, but if you’ve got a lot of sensitive data on your phone (and most of us do), then it’s probably worth paying just a little to make sure that that data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. And the convenience of never having to remember a password, or even come up with a password, is pretty sweet…