SO #054: Password Managers Roundup Spreadsheet
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This spreadsheet serves as a visual companion to Second Opinion #54 in which we reviewed many different password managers. Go to http://thenexus.tv/so54 to hear our detailed thoughts on each.
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PlatformsPriceSecurity ReputationSync across devicesCapture credentialsRandom string generationImport/ExportStore other security infoSecurity auditSharing passwordsOrganizing passwords2FA generatorEmergency contact accessBiometric sensor authVisual appealExtra featuresOther notes
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Built-In Browser Password StorageThat browser, and only that browser. Chrome is Android-wide, Safari is iOS-wide.FreeGoodYesYesNo, except SafariNoNoNo, but Safari warns about duplicate passwordsNoNoNoNoYes, for Chrome and SafariIf you use this, you're just getting started on the path of security.
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LastPassBrowser extensions (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera), Windows, Mac, Android, iOSFree version has everything you probably need. Some advanced sharing features are behind the paywall. $24/year for single, $48/year for a family of six.Mixed (see show notes)YesYesYesYesYes; notes can be almost anythingYes; highlights compromised passwords, weak passwords, reused passwords, and old passwords. Gives you a score.Yes, they have to have a LastPass account as well. Anytime you change the password, it updates on their account as well. You can choose not to allow them to see the password.Yes; foldersYes, separate appYes, but how secure is that?YesMaterial design! Nicely displays large logos next to the sites you have stored in your vault. The "red" theme looks like a giant error message sometimes.Auto change passwords, which is a cool concept but is really pickyLastPass is a good first non-browser manager.
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DashlaneBrowser extensions (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera), Windows, Mac, Android, iOS. Sometimes extensions rely on desktop client to install themselves.Free version limits you to 50 passwords on one device. Premium is $60/year, Premium Plus is $120/year.GoodYesYes, but really inconsistentYesYesYes; notes, personal info, credit cards, IDs, receipts.Yes; highlights compromised passwords, weak passwords, and reused passwords. Gives you a score.Yes, they have to have a Dashlane account as well. Anytime you change the password, it updates on their account as well. You can choose to give them read access or read+write access.Yes; categoriesNoYes, but how secure is that? You can choose which accounts they get access to, after waiting a specified amount of time.Yes; even Windows HelloIt's blue, very nice, friendly icons!Premium comes with a VPN, Premium plus has credit score, identity protection. Can act as the default browser on mobile devices. Auto change passwords seems much more slick than LastPass.The onboarding is a little too aggressive. Autofill on older versions of Android is inconsistent. The desktop app and prowser extensions don't always communicate with each other.
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1PasswordBrowser extensions (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera), Windows, Mac, Android, iOS$36/year for single, $60/year for a family of fiveGoodYes; cloud-based or DropboxYesYesYesYes; logins, secure notes, credit cards, identities, passwords, documents, bank accounts, drivers licenses, memberships, passports, servers, social security cards, software licenses, wireless routers; Lot's 'O Stuff!Yes; highlights password strength, reused passwords, inactive 2FA, breached accounts. Travel modeYes, Using family or teams, people can share the same account and password information. You can also share info as plain text using system sharing extensionsYes; vaults and tagsYes; takes a bit of menu huntingNoYesIt's blue, very nice, friendly icons!
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KeeperBrowser extensions (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera), Windows, Mac, Android, iOS.Free version doesn't synchronize between devices. $30/year for single, $60/year for a family of 5.Mixed (see show notes)YesNoYesYes; web version imports/exports CSV files. Desktop version creepily found my work password, but I don't know where it imported from.YesYes, but not in the desktop client.Yes, they have to have a Keeper account as well. You can choose to give them read access or read+write access.Yes; foldersNoNoYes; even Windows HelloThere are a variety of themes to choose from. It looks fine, but nothing special.The desktop version can hide itself from screenshots and video recordings. Doesn't prevent Nvidia Shadowplay, of course. Has a chat client.Autofill on mobile is jank. It presents itself as a third-party keyboard, and doesn't know what order to fill fields. Can't set up 2FA.
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BitwardenBrowser extensions (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera), Windows, Mac, Android, iOSFree or $10/year for minor upgraded features; there's a business version as wellGood!Yes; cloud-based or self-hostedYesYesYesYesYesNoYes; foldersYes; MFA code support is available in the paid versionsNoYesIt's blue, fairly plain. Nothing special.Bitwarden is open source, the apps are open source, the server side service is open source. You can host it on very modest $5/mo VPS services.Hard to know if this will remain sustainable; it doesn't have a large company behind it.
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KeePassWindows, Mac, Linux supported officially. Many other platforms have unofficial ports.FreeFantastic! Open source, trusted by many in the security community Yes, the database can be synced in your own cloud storage¯\_(ツ)_/¯YesYes; VERY robustNoNoNoYes; foldersNoNo¯\_(ツ)_/¯Do you remember Windows XP?It's all open source!Nerds might like this option.
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