Got passwords? Yes, you do. If you’re online then you have usernames and passwords to remember. This week I stopped by a friend and at work so we could go to lunch. His desktop Mac’s screen had half a dozen Post-It notes. That’s not uncommon. They were usernames and passwords. That’s not uncommon.
That’s a problem. Remember passwords that are long and complex– the kind security experts tell us to use– is, well, just plain difficult, hence most online users have, 1) plenty of Post-It notes on their screens, or, 2) the same username and a simple password that works everywhere, or, 3) some kind of password manager; an app or workplace system.
Here are some I recommend and why.
1Password – This utility might be the gold standard but gold is expensive. 1Password runs just about everywhere and syncs the encrypted password file on iCloud, Dropbox, and elsewhere so it synchronizes with other devices. This one just works but it has a healthy price tag. I use it the most.
LastPass – This one runs on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad, too. There is a free version, but LastPass is a good answer for anyone with a few dozen usernames and logins, and even the paid subscription version is affordable at $2 per month.
I use LastPass, too.
I don’t like all my eggs in once basket.
BitWarden – If free is your game, then BitWarden is the name. It runs on Mac, iPhone, iPad, Windows, Android, and Linux. Since I deal with Linux servers I use this one, too. BitWarden is a bit more cumbersome to set up and use, but it also imported my 1Password passwords with ease.
Enpass – I think of Enpass as 1Password Lite because it has all the same basic features and the user interface will be instantly familiar to 1Password users. It imports 1Password passwords and it’s free on the Mac. Uh huh. Free. As in beer. It also runs on Windows, iPhone and iPad, Android, Linux, and even Chromebook.
Yes, I use Enpass, too. Remember. Not all eggs deserve to be in the same basket.
Beyond those four, each of which I recommend for a variety of reasons, I’ve tried at least a dozen others. The basic requirements are, 1) runs on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, 2) syncs passwords for each device, 3) works with all major browsers for auto logins, 4) affordable and with regular or frequent updates (I don’t mind a price tag– I want a password manager app developer to stay in business).
Any of those four password managers are a better way to manage your Passwords.
OK, why not use Apple’s built-in Keychain? It’s free. It syncs between Apple devices. It holds more than passwords.
Answer? It’s the interface. Apple is known for usability and intuitive interfaces. That ain’t Keychain.
But I use it, too.