Password Managers: How-to Remember All My Passwords?
Every website now requires you to create a username/password, keeping up with this in secure way is very difficult. What options we have?
There aren’t many humans that can remember complex, random data (passwords) so for us, mere mortals Password Managers are the way to go. Let’s look at what paid and free options are available.
Free Password Managers
Open source, free password manager with a $10/year “premium” plan that allows you to use some additional functions.
I have been using this product for about 3 years, definitely one of the best products on the market, however, its Family/Friend sharing capabilities are limited to two people, if you want it to share with more people you need to opt for a Family Organization that cost around $40/year and give up to 6 people all the premium features that the individual plan offers.
Most web browsers now have a Password Manager feature built-in. Depending on your use case, if you solely use that browser this is better than nothing; however, if you use multiple browsers and Operatives Systems, this may not be the best option because of the non-automatic synchronization between the different platforms; for example, if you use only Apple product you’ll be fine with Apple Key Chain but if you use an iPhone Safari browser but a Windows computer with Microsoft Edge or Chrome, this won’t be the best alternative for you.
Non-free Password Managers
1Password is my favorite and the current Password Manager that I use today. The panel is quite easy to use, there are no technical/complex terms, the mobile and desktop apps integrate very well, and it even has a Linux Desktop App (currently a beta) which many other competitors do not have.
It’s a very affordable option, ~$36/year personal, single-person plan, or my favorite a ~$59/year for a family, with up to 5 individuals and the possibility for adding another individual for $1/month additionally.
This used to be my Password Manager a very long time ago, unfortunately, the UI (at the time I move out) was ancient-looking, and even worst their price structure is too difficult to digest.
For example, the personal accounts have two different offers in Keeper Unlimited (~$35) and Keeper plus bundle (~$59), the latest is a set of monitoring tools that constantly analyze for data breaches for the websites who you have a safe password for saved, this is included in almost any other paid service without additional payment, so it’s hard to justify. Same for the Family plans they go-between (~$79 — ~$104) which is insanely expensive.
Wildcard — Dashlane
I use Dashlane before I moved to Bitwarden and later on to 1Password, the best thing about Dashlane is that they offer 1 somewhat limited free version, a Premium (~$40), and a Family plan (~$60) for up to 5 people; the reason I stopped using Dashlane was that at the time there were no Family plans available and there is no Linux Application either.