Updated April 2, 2020
In recognition of World Password Day which falls on the first Thursday in May, we have updated our comparison of the most popular password managers by adding Devolutions Password Hub and NordPass
LastPass vs KeePass vs 1Password vs Dashlane vs Passwordstate vs Keeper vs Sticky Password vs Devolutions Password Hub vs RoboForm vs NordPass
There are a lot of options out there for password manager software, but finding the one that will fulfill your needs can sometimes feel overwhelming and a tad like trying to find a needle in a haystack. To help you find the one that will fit you like a glove, we’ve gathered some of the most popular ones and broken down their features.
A great password manager software should help in your everyday routine by generating, managing and storing all of your passwords for you. It should be able to generate secure passwords rapidly and save them automatically in an encrypted database.
Some of the features we look for in a great password manager are security assessments, random-character generation, and automatic login on your favorite websites.
Now let’s start doing some digging and take a closer look at the most popular password manager applications. As you all know, there are password management software that are more enterprise driven and made for larger teams like Secret Server, AuthAnvil, Lieberman, CyberArk and ManageEngine. However, we have opted for the most popular ones according to our RDMers: LastPass, KeePass, 1Password, Dashlane, Passwordstate, Keeper, Sticky Password, Devolutions Password Hub, RoboForm and NordPass.
- Convenient access: With the browser extensions, you can use LastPass with almost any browser available to you, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and even Internet Explorer, Opera and Microsoft Edge. Your login and password information are automatically saved on LastPass’s servers, and available to you from any computer with the extension installed.
- Feature-rich free version: The LastPass free version offers almost as many features as the paid version – from synching across an unlimited number of devices (which is extremely rare to see in a free version) to a password generator, unlimited passwords and secure storage for a single user. It is probably the password manager with the best free plan.
- Password changes: LastPass keeps a database of hacks on the web and will alert you if your accounts have been affected by a breach of another website. Once you have been notified, you can easily and quickly change your password with a click of the mouse.
- Password audits: LastPass performs an “audit” of your passwords, highlighting weak or duplicate passwords, and then helps you create more secure ones. It is a top-tier feature that really makes it easy to test the quality of your passwords, and then enabling you to make changes to enhance them.
- Customer support: LastPass could easily improve their customer support by offering live chat or phone support.
- Data breach on record: We have to mention that LastPass was hacked back in 2015 and also that in 2019, Google’s team of security analysts found a vulnerability where LastPass users could leak a password through an outdated cache. All-in-all, however, LastPass was quick to respond to both threats.
LastPass is a perfect fit for people who simply wish to keep their passwords safe without any headaches. It has multiple advanced features that will please most power users, even if you’re only working with the free version.
LastPass also has the largest mobile support of all password managers, with apps on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry. Between the outstanding browser integration and the great mobile apps, LastPass helps create harmony between the user and an easy-to-manage password management.
LastPass offers a Personal free version that includes all basic features, including synch across devices for one user. To have full access, including advanced features such as Emergency Access and One-to-Many sharing, it will cost $3.00/month for 1 user and $4.00/month for 6 users.The Team license is great for small businesses with under 50 users, as it will cost $4.00/user/month. The Enterprise license is for businesses of all sizes and will cost $6.00/user/month.
- Open source: KeePass is an open source password manager that gives you full access to its source code. You can expand your installation with community plugins, making it completely customizable and allowing you to be in total control of your data.
- Portability: You can carry your KeePass on a USB stick since it doesn’t require any installation on your system. It will even run on Windows systems without being installed.
- Top-notch security: KeePass goes above and beyond with its security strength. It supports AES and Twofish, has SHA-256 encryption, a 256-bit cryptographically secure one-way hash function, and complete database encryption.
- Plug-in architecture: One of the strengths of KeePass is how it supports multiple plugins, since other people can write plugins for KeePass. If you are a DIYer, you can easily extend the functionality of KeePass, providing additional import/export methods for other file formats.
- Hands-on managing: When you open KeePass for the first time, there are no pop-ups, tool tips, or any indication of what you should do next. There is no easy, one-click setup or installation wizard.
- Outdated interface: If you like things old fashioned, then you’ll love the grey Windows 95-style screen that welcomes you when you launch KeePass. It looks like it hasn’t been updated since last century.
KeePass is the best password manager for the DIYer willing to put in the time to set it up, trading the convenience of cloud-based systems like LastPass for total control and customization of their password system. It is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to keep their data stored on a third-party server and who is tech-savvy, but perhaps not a great choice for the average user.
KeePass is completely free, although donations are much appreciated to help support the development of the project.
- Integrated browser extensions: You will need the 1Password desktop app installed, but you can easily integrate it into your browser with different extensions. You can smoothly sync your account across multiple devices.
- Travel mode: The travel mode allows you to temporarily remove data on your mobile device while traveling. This means that if your device is lost, stolen, or if someone at the border demands to check your mobile devices, they’ll never be able to access the data – since it won’t be there! Once you’re back from your trip, simply restore your data with a single tap. We know this isn’t a feature most people actually need, but it’s a truly unique feature that only 1Password offers.
- Emergency Kit: 1Password provides you with an “Emergency Kit” PDF, which contains your Master Password, the Secret Key required for login and email sign in. If you ever forget your 1Password login information, this PDF (or even handy QR code) can save your life.
- 1Password Watchtower: 1Password Watchtower categorizes your password on a scale between weak, vulnerable, compromised, and reused. It will also send you around the clock security alerts for the services and sites you use.
- Import passwords: 1Passwords lets you import passwords from competing password managers, but the issue is that they support the import from only a handful of password managers, whereas LastPass gives you the ability to import from more than 30 competing products.
- No free version: Most of the popular password managers include some sort of free plan for single users, even if it’s restricted. The lack of a free version with 1Password is quite disappointing.
1Password offers high security, a great support forum, easy day-to-day usage and a polished browser integration that makes it a great option for personal use as well as large enterprises.
The single license will set you back $2.99/month,and it includes unlimited passwords and 1GB of document storage. 1Password also offers the 1Password Family package, which is a subscription that includes all the apps, free upgrades, web access and sharing for up to 5 people in the same household. The Family package is $4.99/month.
For teams and businesses, 1Password offers 3 different plans: Teams, which includes features such as 2FA, admin control and unlimited shared vaults for $3.99/user/month; Business, which includes features such activity logs and usage reports for $7.99/user/month; and an Enterprise plan for large enterprises.
- Automatic login: Dashlane will proceed with the automatic login of all your accounts. This holds true even on complex logins with two steps or three fields, like bank accounts. No clicks or keystrokes are required.
- Security dashboard: Dashlane easily identify dangerously weak or reused passwords that are stored in your password vault, and it quickly sees what accounts hackers may have compromised with a handy security score screen. Dashlane will alert you if a security breach has been recorded.
- Emergency contact: Dashlane allows you to set an emergency contact for your important accounts in case of an urgent and critical matter. This can be utilized at work or for a personal account. Set your emergency contact to one of your coworkers or loved ones so they can temporarily access your account.
- Access to a VPN: Dashlane is one of the only password managers to give its users access to a VPN. By encrypting all your data on public Wi-Fi networks, a VPN can stop hackers from stealing your passwords.
- Free plan: Dashlane could get inspired by LastPass when it comes to free plans. As it stands, it’s pretty limited and quite disappointing. With its free version, you’ll only be able to store 50 passwords and on one device only, as there is no synching across devices.
- Cost: Dashlane is quite expensive. It’s actually one of the more expensive password managers on the market.
Dashlane is packed with multiple features and is incredibly easy to use. Its beautiful and simple interface is perfect for anyone who isn't too computer-savvy.
Dashlane has a free version that is perfect if you don’t need to manage a lot of passwords since it’s limited to 50 passwords, which can only be stored on one device. Dashlane Business is $4.00/user/month. Dashlane Premium costs $3.33/month and allows unlimited passwords on unlimited devices, plus Dark Web Monitoring and secure VPN.
- Application Programming Interface (API): Passwordstate combines the API into your own applications, putting an end to hard-coded passwords. You may write your own scripts or code to retrieve, update and add passwords to the system, and maintain standard auditing and real-time notifications through out the process.
- Mobile client support: Passwordstate mobile client supports iOS, Android, Windows 8 Phone and Blackberry mobile platforms.
- Role-based access control: Passwordstate is built on the concept of role-based access. This incorporates access to password information, administering the Passwordstate application.
- Real-time notifications: Passwordstate has 54 different built-in email notifications. These can be customized or disabled by the security administrators of Passwordstate, and each user can specify which email notifications they would like to receive.
- No cloud-based solution: Some companies would rather work with a cloud-based solution, and at the moment, it is not an option that Passwordstate offers.
- User interface: Passwordstate’s user interface is not as easy to use for end users as some of its competitors.
Password state makes everything pretty easy to get to, and with their free license for up to 5 users, it could be a good choice for small companies. Their Enterprise and Global licenses would also please larger companies with all the advantages they offer.
Passwordstate is free for up to 5 users. To have full access, including the additional support and upgrades, it will cost up to $60/license/user (the price lowers as you add more users).
The Enterprise license is $5,700, and you can add Annual Support and Upgrade Protection for $1,140/year.
The Global license, with all the perks, will run up to $15,100 and $2,020/year for the Annual Support and Upgrade Protection. Passwordstate also offers a High Availability Module, which runs as read-only on a failsafe server for $1,750.
- Keeper DNA: Most password management applications support two-factor authentication as their security measure, but Keeper exceeded our expectations. Instead of using a code sent to a device, Keeper DNA uses a person’s connected object device to create a unique “Keeper DNA Profile”. Keeper supports Apple Watch and Android Wear devices.
- BreachWatch: BreachWatch monitors the dark web for breached accounts. If your passwords or accounts have been breached, Keeper offers ways to change your passwords to protect yourself.
- Keeper Chat: Keeper Chat is a texting service along the lines of WhatsApp. It is designed to store messages, photos and videos in a secure vault. It provides you and your enterprise with an encrypted messaging platform to communicate on.
- Admin console: Keeper provides you with an admin console where you can access roles, teams, users, 2FA settings and user provisioning. You can also view the overall password strength of everyone on the plan.
- Pricing: The pricing strategy should be reviewed because, at the moment, if you do purchase Keeper, you should be very careful during the checkout process. When clicking the “buy now” button for the personal plan, it suddenly jumps from $29.99 to $59.97, adding a bundle of features on its own. Keeper should definitely do better.
- Sync across devices: Keeper could take some notes from LastPass when it comes to its free plan. Keeper does, however, provide you with unlimited password storage, but only for one device.
Keeper really shines in its business offerings, although with its friendly user interface and its ease of use, it’s also perfect for personal and family users.
Keeper has different plans for individuals and for businesses. The Individual plan will cost you $2.50/month/user, or you could go with their Family plan at $5.00/month for up to 5 users. Students get 50% off Keeper license.
For businesses, they offer two plans: the Business plan, which costs $2.50/month/user; and for those who need AD integration, the Enterprise plan costs $3.75/month/user.
- No-cloud Wi-Fi sync available: Sticky Password provides users with three sync method options: synchronization through their cloud servers, local Wi-Fi or manual. The Wi-Fi sync mode allows you to sync your devices directly with each other when they're on the same Wi-Fi network. The big advantage with this method is that your data will never be on the cloud, thus making it even more secure since it never actually has to leave your device.
- Portability: The portable feature allows you to carry all of your passwords on a USB stick everywhere you go. The USB-based tool can be used to log in to all your saved web sites.
- Biometric authentication: Biometric authentication via fingerprint allows you to use fingerprint authentication on iOS and Android devices. The identity authentication for the account owner is made as easy as the swipe of a finger!
- Save the manatees: Sticky Password is one of the only password managers with a good cause at heart! Not many software out there donate toward saving an endangered species, and this kind-hearted gesture doesn’t go unnoticed. A portion of the profits from the sale of each Sticky Password Premium license goes to a fund devoted to protecting endangered manatees.
- Auto change: The security dashboard indicates your weak and reused passwords, but there is no auto-change feature, so you’ll have to change them one-by-one.
- Bookmarks: The bookmarks feature definitely needs some work. At the moment it’s impossible to save bookmarks via the Sticky Passwords browser extension, which is of course the place you’d want to use them.
With its biometric authentication and easy portability, Sticky Password is perfect for personal use and for smaller companies.
Sticky Password is free to use for their basic functionality, as this will not include the cross-device syncing.
The Premium edition can be installed for $29.99 per year. A Lifetime license is also available at a one-time rate of $119.99.
- Role-based access control: Devolutions Password Hub provides secure access to critical passwords by sharing data on a need-to-know basis using a comprehensive role-based access control system.
- Comprehensive reports: Quickly access comprehensive reports for compliance, governance and auditing purposes, including activity logs, usage reports, and administration logs.
- User friendly: With a built-in strong password generator, mobile access, password analyzer and intuitive user interface, business users will easily find what they need, when they need it.
- Companion tools: Devolutions Password Hub is offered with two free companion tools: Devolutions Launcher and Devolutions Web Login. Devolutions Launcher lets users automatically launch secure remote connections to servers, websites and applications directly from Devolutions Password Hub. Devolutions Web Login is a browser plugin that lets users securely inject passwords into websites using credentials stored in their vaults.
- Offline mode: At the moment, Devolutions Password Hub doesn’t support offline mode.
- No personal plan: Devolutions Password Hub is designed for organizations, including SMBs that have limited budgets. Currently, there is no personal subscription plan.
Devolutions Password Hub is the perfect balance of security and usability. It is designed for organizations of all sizes, including SMBs that have limited budgets.
Subscription packages include access to Devolutions Password Hub, unlimited storage in the cloud, and access to both Devolutions Launcher and Devolutions Web Login.
- Secure sharing of credentials: RoboForm allows you to share a single entry or an entire folder with another user, so long as they have RoboForm installed and you have matching RSA keys. This means you can feel free to securely share without the risk of exposing sensitive data in the process.
- Robust form filling: RoboForm deserves a big thumbs up for their auto-fill and browser capture feature. On every application, it’s always right on target when you enter your credentials, even on non-standard login forms.
- High level of security: RoboForm offers a high level of security with its industry-standard AES-256 encryption for your data. Information is encrypted locally on your device and then sent to RoboForm over a TSL/SSL channel, making it almost impossible to intercept or decrypt. If that wasn’t enough, your data also goes through 1,000 rounds of PBKDF2 hashing, protecting you from brute force attack. RoboForm is a zero-knowledge provider, meaning they never see what you’re storing.
- Great support: In the past, RoboForm has been criticized for their support, but that is a thing of the past. It now offers a great help center and starter’s manual for answering common questions. You can contact them by email, and they also offer callbacks. Callbacks can be requested on any support issue and a representative will get back to you quickly.
- User-friendliness: RoboForm offers too many options that don’t pertain to the vast majority of users. It also might just have too much power. Power is usually a plus, but as the saying goes: too much is like not enough. In this case, it makes the experience geek friendly, but no very user-friendly.
- Web access and cloud backup are premium features: It would be nice to have such features as web access, cloud backup and sync between multiple devices included in the free version.
RoboForm is the password manager that techies would love but that may overwhelm non-techies. Besides that, RoboForm is a solid and inexpensive password manager.
RoboForm offers a free planwhich is for a single user on a single device. It then offers three sets of licenses. The Individual Licensewill run you 23.88$ for a 1-year plan, $64.44 for a 3-year planand $99.50 for a 5-year plan.
You then have the Family Licensewhich is good for up to 5 users. The 1-year plan is $47.75, the3-year plan is $128.85and the 5-year plan is $199.00.
Finally, RoboForm offers a Business License-for 30 users which would come up to $1,048.50 for a 1-year plan, $2,695.50 for a 3-year planand $3,892.50 for a 5-year plan.
- Top-notch security: Compared to most password managers that use the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) specification, NordPass uses the XChaCha20 encryption algorithm, joining enterprise heavyweights like Google and CloudFlare. XChaCha20 is viewed by many as the future of encryption, because it’s less vulnerable to certain types of cyber-attacks.
- Password sharing: NordPass makes it easy to securely share logins, credit cards and notes with other NordPass users. This is much safer than sharing data through email, social media, or other insecure channels. Keep in mind that you need a premium (paid) NordPass account to share items. However, you can receive shared items with a free NordPass account.
- Privacy-friendly jurisdiction: NordPass is registered in Panama, which is a privacy-friendly countr. It has no data retention laws and is not part of the Five Eyes, Nine Eyes or 14 Eyes surveillance alliances.
- Ease of use: NordPass is a very well designed product. The user interface is clean, lightweight, intuitive, and provides an excellent user experience. Unlike some other password managers, NordPass doesn’t try and do a bunch of things at once. It’s an efficient, streamlined password manager: nothing more and nothing less.
- Browser extension autofill: NordPass’s browser extension will only autofill usernames and passwords. Other password managers on the market go further and autofill other details, such as addresses and credit card details.
- Mobile password generator: NordPass’s mobile application doesn’t feature a password generator. As such, if you want to create new passwords on your mobile device, then NordPass will save them for you, but it won’t generate strong, random passwords. This might be a deal-breaker for some
NordPass is perfect for users who want a password manager that is straightforward and simple to use, and which also relies on very strong encryption and is backed by a reputable company. It’s suitable for both personal and small business use.
NordPass offers a free plan for single users with a single device. The premium plan, which offers additional features (e.g. being able to securely share and receive data with other users), is currently priced at $2.49/month and can be installed on up to 6 devices.
After taking your time in choosing and doing some careful comparison-shopping, all there is left to do, is to pick out the right password manager for you! In the end, what is important once you have chosen one is to stick with that one only as it is the best way to ensure that you are always selecting long, strong, and unique passwords to keep all your data safe.Have fun shopping!