I have to make a confession: I keep forgetting all my passwords and I don’t use a password manager.
This is a personal failure. Apparently, the rest of the digital world long ago realized that password managers are changing lives and improving security.
But now, LastPass, a popular manager, has put new restrictions on its free tier. According to The Verge, starting March 16, LastPass free users will only be able to view their passwords from one type of device, either mobile or computer. On that date, users will need to choose their category of devices that they can switch just three times or upgrade to Premium for $ 3 per month.
Since I really want to make my life easier and safer (and yours too!), I’ve put together the best free and paid alternatives to LastPass.
1. Bitwarden, Free or $ 10 / year for Premium
Nothing makes me trust an app more than a clever name. Just kidding. While Bitwarden is a great name for the password manager, it also promises the greatest (free) password support for any number of devices, including mobile devices and computers via a browser extension or desktop app. If you don’t have access to your devices but need your passwords, it also has a web vault that you can access from any web-enabled device.
If you love Bitwarden in particular, you can get premium features like 1GB of encrypted file storage and advanced two-factor authentication for $ 10 a year.
2. Dashlane, $ 59.99- $ 119.99 / year
Here’s the deal: if I want to pay for something, I better get all the frills. And while Dashlane is at first glance more expensive than LastPass every year, the higher price includes a very important feature: VPN protection. According to our friends at PCMag, Dashlane VPN Protection is a licensed version of Hotspot Shield that typically costs $ 95.88 per year, with the added bonus of unlimited devices. And of course you also get the password management system for all these devices.
3. WWPass Passhub, free or $ 4 / month for Premium
Alternatively, I’m willing to work harder for free stuff. WWPass PassHub (terrible name) is a cloud based web app which is very secure as it is based as a passkey on an Android or iOS device. The passkey is a QR code that is saved in an app. It replaces the master password that most password managers use and is more secure.
Here’s the part of the hard work: WWPass PassHub just recently added a Chrome extension so that some password forms can only be auto-filled in Chrome. No other browser cannot collect all of your previous usernames and passwords. So you’ll have to type them all in manually and copy and paste passwords from PassHub into your forms.
If you want to use your phone as a password, Myki Password Manager and Authenticator use a similar pairing system between the app and browser. Instead of a QR code, however, you enter a six-digit PIN or fingerprint to access it. Make sure the device you use as a password is your primary smartphone as this is the only device that all passwords will automatically sync to. You can have your passwords synced on other devices, but each time you need to unlock Myki in your Passkey app to gain access.
5. Holder: $ 34.99 / year
If you’d rather pay a little to feel a lot more secure, Keeper promises a ton of features for a reasonable price. Just a bit cheaper than LastPass, Keeper gives you a seamless experience with unlimited devices, automatic password capture, form filling, two-factor authentication, a digital vault for file storage, and a robust emergency access system.