Free is always nice, and when a free app is no longer free (or when the free version becomes so limited that it is virtually useless), you have to decide whether to pay up or move on. This happened with the Evernote note processor almost five years ago, and now it’s time for users of the popular password processor LastPass to make the same decision. LastPass changes its free version so that it only works on one type of device – either your computer or your mobile device. If, like most of us, you use both a phone and a computer, you either have to start paying $ 3 a month or find an alternative.
If you prefer not to pay at all, there are other password processors out there that have free versions that may work better for you. And there are, of course, other options. Most browsers, such as Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox, have their own password managers. In addition, many security apps like Norton offer their own password managers, so if you are already subscribing to one, you may have a password manager on hand.
But if you would rather use an independent password manager, there are a few available at the moment. We have not yet tried them out; This is just a brief look until we have the chance to make recommendations.
Bitwarden is a well-known open source password manager that offers a solid range of features, including unlimited storage, cross-device synchronization, and password generation. For daily use of passwords, Bitwarden can be a good alternative.
Other prices: For $ 10 a year, you can add 1 GB of encrypted file storage and two-step login, among other add-ons.
Zoho Vault, one of Zoho’s many different productivity apps, has a free version that includes unlimited storage of passwords and notes, access from both computers and mobile devices, two-factor authentication and password generation, among a pretty impressive number of other features.
Other prices: Zoho’s paid plan, which starts at $ 1 / month per user, offers business options such as password sharing and expiration alerts.
KeePass is another free open source password manager, but judging from the site, it can be a little difficult for less technically savvy users to adopt. Nothing is kept in the cloud, so while it may be more secure (you can store your passwords in a master key-locked encrypted database), it’s also less convenient. However, if you do not mind transferring the password database manually from one device to another, this may be worth a try.
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LogMeOnce’s free version provides unlimited passwords and use on unlimited devices, along with autofill, synchronization, password generation and two-factor authentication. LogMeOnce uses ads to fund the free version, so there may be a setback depending on your advertising tolerance.
Other prices: Additional features start at $ 2.50 a month and include emergency access, additional password sharing and priority technical support, among others.
NordPass has a free version that includes unlimited passwords and cross-device synchronization. Although there is no limit to the number of devices you can use, only one can be active at a time – so if you use it on your phone, for example, you will be logged out of the computer version.
Other prices: The premium version of NordPass allows you to have up to six active accounts running at a time, and it includes secure item sharing and a data breach scanner, among other features.
RoboForm has been around for a while, though it has never been as well known as LastPass or 1Password. The free version offers unlimited passwords, form completion and emergency access, among other features. However, it does not sync across devices, which can be a clear drawback.
Other prices: RoboForm Everywhere costs $ 18 for a one-year subscription, and it lets you sync across devices, perform cloud backup and use two-factor authentication, among other features.