LastPass used to be one of the password managers to recommend thanks to the generous free offer – you can store as many passwords on as many devices as you want. But the end is near, and from March 16, 2021, a free LastPass account will only let you store passwords on one device type – you can either sync between desktop or mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops). If you can not live with this limitation and are not ready to pony up the mandatory fee to get around it, there are five other good options to choose from.
Bitwarden is an open source password manager that is gaining more and more popularity due to its incredibly fair basic free account and its mission to make security available to everyone. You can store as many passwords as you want and use the manager on as many devices as you have for free. If you come from a free LastPass account, the look and feel should be very familiar. The app supports biometric unlocking, uses Android̵
Bitwarden is currently working on supporting the new autofill method in Android 11 and automatically switching the app theme based on your system settings, both of which are already live in the beta version.
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– Bitwarden (@Bitwarden) February 16, 2021
If you are willing to pay $ 10 per year for the premium plan, you will also have access to 1 GB of encrypted file storage, OTP code management support, emergency access and priority support. There is also a family plan if you often share passwords.
Read this help article to migrate from LastPass.
MYKI is a little different from the other leaders mentioned here. It does not store your credentials in the cloud, so you do not have to worry about server crashes. Instead, your passwords are only synchronized between your devices, so an attacker must gain access to one of your computers to steal your login data.
Other than that, MYKI behaves like other password managers. It uses the Android autofill service, supports biometric unlocking and can store OTP codes, payment methods and secure notes – all completely free for individuals. You can even share passwords with others. For a deep dive, check out our comprehensive review.
Read this help article to learn how to transfer your LastPass passwords.
Microsoft Authenticator started as a 2FA app, but the company turned it into a full-featured password manager that syncs with Microsoft Edge or a Chrome browser extension when you sign in with your Microsoft account. Being a company that is very concerned about corporate customers, you can be assured that Microsoft will take all measures to secure the product. The Android app supports all common bells and whistles. It can be protected via biometrics, supports autofill of Android and stores OTP codes for you. It even allows passwordless logins to your Microsoft account.
The service is free. You can import your LastPass data by following the instructions available here.
Zoho is best known as an online online office suite in the corporate world, but the company also offers password processing. It is aimed at companies that want to share and manage passwords across employees, but it is a free level for individuals who are as fully equipped as it gets. You can store an unlimited number of passwords and notes, access your vault from multiple devices, store 2FA secrets and attach files and documents. As a business-focused business, Zoho takes many steps to ensure that the product is safe.
The paid plans are really only necessary for businesses and families. You pay $ 1 a month per person for secure password sharing, one-time password sharing with third parties, administrator controls and more.
Read this help page to find out how to migrate from LastPass.
If you do not want to go through the hassle of signing up for another service, you should at least strongly consider using the solution that comes pre-installed: Google’s own password autofill service. Compared to the other options here, Google’s solution is quite lacking, and managing existing passwords is a nightmare, but it’s already on your phone, integrated in Chrome, and also available on iOS.
To get started with Android, go to the system settings, search for the “autofill service” and select Google. Then tap the gear icon next to it to see passwords, addresses and payment methods. You can also manage your stored credentials below passwords.google.com or in Google Account settings. (We do not link to the address for security reasons – always enter addresses involving your Google Account in the URL bar itself, as a link from a random site may redirect you to a phishing site that wants to steal your password instead.)
Importing passwords into Google’s solution is a bit cumbersome, but it can be done. You must first export your LastPass Vault data as a CSV file. Then enter chrome: // flag / # PasswordImport in the Google Chrome address bar on your desktop, activate the flag and restart your browser. Next, go to chrome: // settings / password, click on the three-point menu next to it Stored passwords, select Import, and select the LastPass CSV file. Remember to delete the file when you are done.
All five password managers listed here provide the same basic service: They generate and store passwords and populate them on all your devices. Deciding what is right for you comes down to the details, such as open source, offline storage only or OTP code support. Whatever you choose, you get a quality service.
Remember that we wanted to focus on a selection of apps that are most similar to LastPass Free in this collection. Therefore, we decided not to include any other good tools that are by no means a bad choice. It’s KeePass, an open source offline-focused leader that is a little more cumbersome to set up and use than the other solutions listed here. Then there is Enpass, which allows you to store up to 25 passwords on mobile devices before you have to subscribe (it’s included in Play Pass, for what it’s worth). We also looked at NordPass (only one active device at a time on the free plan) and RoboForm (no free synchronization between devices).
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