A password manager builds strong passwords and stores them for safekeeping. Recently, we shared the benefits of password managers in maintaining security and protecting your information against risk. This guide will explain just how to determine the password manager that is best for you. 

 

 

Not recommended

Good recommendation

Most secure recommendation

Password Manager Type

Your brain

Password managers built into your browser

Standalone applications  

Examples

N/A

  • Google Chrome
  • Apple’s Safari (for Mac)
  • 1Password
  • 1Password for Teams
  • Dashlane

Benefit

None

  • Able to create secure passwords
  • Store your passwords
  • Free
  • Able to create secure passwords
  • Stores your passwords
  • With team or business accounts, can share specific passwords with others and manage team accounts

Drawback

  • Lack of protection against computerized guessing of passwords
  • Calls for memorization techniques, such as reusing passwords     
  • Requires use of the same browser across devices in order to access all saved passwords
  • Not designed for sharing passwords with multiple users
N/A 

Cost

N/A

Free

   $2.99 - $9.99 per     user monthly

How to access Password Manager

N/A

  • Chrome
  • Safari (within all Apple product operating systems)

The table below provides a brief overview of the common password manager options. 

 

Good Recommendation: Browser-Based Password Managers

Some modern browser-based password managers can create good (long and random) passwords when you create your account. Apple’s Safari and Google Chrome are two such browsers we recommend for their embedded password managers.

Both of these browsers can synchronize passwords between devices. Safari stores them in your iCloud account’s Keychain, and Chrome stores them in your Google Account (including G Suite accounts). Anyone who compromises your primary email account can likely already gain access to many of your other online accounts by requesting password reset emails, so please be aware.

The downside of using a browser-based password manager is they're not designed to be shared among multiple users. Instead, they are tied to a single account. In order to have access to all of your saved passwords, ensure that you are using the same browser across all of your devices.

Additional set-up information: 

Most Secure Recommendation: Standalone applications

Standalone password managers cost anywhere from $2.99 to $9.99 per month, per user. These products allow you to choose from plans for individual users, families, or businesses. Business plans typically cost around $4 per user, and allow administrators to have some oversight of team members’ accounts. Users can share passwords with others from inside the app, when necessary. Individuals who have the same app for work purposes and their personal life can typically use one sign-in to access both, while keeping the two sets of passwords separate. These apps make an effort to be convenient; for example with the most recent update for iPhones, you can input your passwords from a standalone managers with a single tap

1Password

As a standalone app, 1Password leads the pack on security and usability. They tend to favor conservative security practices, in contrast to some others that have suffered security breaches of their online sites and been the subject of critical papers by security researchers. 1Password has a reputation in the security community for sending team members to top scientific conferences in computer security to build relationships with researchers and learn about the latest attacks that could affect their products, another reason we consider the app a recommended password manager. 

1Password is offering free accounts through its 1Password for Democracy program. To learn more about eligibility requirements, see their blog post here

Dashlane

Dashlane is a great password manager for supported security. Dashlane has received good reviews for its user-friendly interface, and for additional features that come with paid plans. For example, users can change all of the passwords they have stored in the account with one click, and have the option of using a security key (a type of physical token) as the 2nd authentication factor for the account.

Find out more info and how to get started below.

 

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