Free is always nice, and when a free app is no longer free (or when the free version is restricted so that it is practically useless) it is your decision to pay or move on. This happened to the Evernote Note Manager almost five years agoand now it’s time for users of the popular LastPass password manager to make the same decision. LastPass is changing its free version With 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’ll either have to pay $ 3 a month or find an alternative.
If you’d rather not pay at all, there are other password managers that have free versions that might work better for you. And of course there are other alternatives. Most browsers like Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox have their own password managers. In addition, many security apps such as Norton offer their own password managers. So if you’ve already subscribed to one, a password manager may be available to you.
However, if you’d rather use a standalone password manager, here are a few that are currently available. We haven’t tried them yet; This is just a quick look until we have a chance to make recommendations.
Bitwarden is a well-known open source password manager that has a solid range of features, including storing unlimited items, syncing between devices, and generating passwords. For everyday password use, Bitwarden could 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 things.
Zoho Vault, one of Zoho’s many productivity apps, has a free version that includes unlimited password and note storage, computer and mobile device access, two-factor authentication, and password generation, among other features.
Other prices: Zoho’s paid plan, which starts at $ 1 / month per user, has business options like password sharing and expiration notifications.
KeePass is another free, open source password manager. However, according to his website, it can be a little difficult for less tech-savvy users to adopt. Nothing is stored in the cloud. While this is more secure (you can store your passwords in an encrypted master key stored database), it is also less practical. However, if you don’t mind manually moving your password database from one device to another, this might be worth a try.
Other prices: None
The free version of LogMeOnce offers unlimited passwords and use on unlimited devices, as well as autofill, sync, password generation and two-factor authentication. LogMeOnce uses ads to fund the free version. This can be a setback depending on your tolerance for advertising.
Other prices: Additional features start at $ 2.50 per month and include emergency access, additional password sharing, and priority technical support, among others.
NordPass offers a free version with unlimited passwords and synchronization across devices. There is no limit to the number of devices you can use. However, only one can be active at a time. For example, using it on your phone will sign you out of the version of your computer.
Other prices: With the premium version of NordPass, up to six active accounts can be run at the same time. These include secure sharing of items and a data breach scanner.
RoboForm has been around for a while, although it’s never been as popular as LastPass or 1Password. The free version offers unlimited passwords, form filling and emergency access, among other things. However, it doesn’t sync across devices, which can be a definite inconvenience.
Other prices: RoboForm Everywhere is $ 18 for a one-year subscription. Among other things, you can synchronize devices, perform cloud backups and use two-factor authentication.