Recently, LastPass was acquired by LogMeIn. It is because of this acquisition that some users are looking to jump ship. If you are looking to get off LastPass, here are the top four alternatives.
1. Using Your Browser’s Password Manager
Perhaps the most overlooked alternative to Lastpass is just using your browser’s built-in manager. Most (if not all) browsers already support password synchronization. Some (Chrome and Safari) even supply tools to generate secure passwords as well.
Take Firefox, for example: All you need is a sync account, and your passwords will be managed across multiple platforms, mobile and otherwise. The same goes for Google Chrome, Safari and so on. No browser extension can even come close to the usability and ease of use that built-in password managers supply.
If you’re all about ease of use, look no further. The browser option is the way to go. It takes out the middleman and allows you to easily gain control of your passwords.
Enpass is probably the most similar to LastPass on this list, and we gave a review of it recently. It offers up the ability to generate secure passwords, automatically store your passwords in an encrypted database, import passwords from other managers (like LastPass), as well as auto-fill forms and automatically update password changes.
The service itself is secure. According to their official website, Enpass uses 256-bit AES encryption and an open-source encryption engine known as SQLCipher. Suffice it to say, your credentials will be safe.
This service is available for use on Mac, Linux and Windows. You’re also able to take your passwords on the go (for a price) on your Blackberry, iPhone, Android or Windows Phone.
Though it uses open-source encryption methods for your passwords, Enpass itself is not open source. If you’re looking for an easy, open-source alternative to LastPass, you should pass on this one. However, if the lack of open source doesn’t bother you, consider giving Enpass a go.
If you’ve gone the route of LastPass and decided that company-managed password management isn’t what you want anymore, KeePassX might be just what you’re looking for. It’s an application dedicated to managing your passwords, usernames, and other sensitive data items.
Unlike the rest of the programs on this list, KeePassX operates locally by interacting with a password database instead of “in the cloud.” This program is killer for those who’d love to take their sensitive information into their own hands.
Like LastPass (and others on this list), Dashlane has the ability to store passwords in an encrypted fashion, auto-fill your passwords, and store other personal things like credit card info and personal details. The program works on various modern web browsers, Mac or Windows desktop, and Android or iOS.
It’s hard to talk about alternatives to LastPass without saying the same things over and over. To be frank, most alternatives do just about the same thing (more or less). Still, if you’ve gone through this list and you’re not happy with the choices above, give this one a shot.
For now, we don’t know how the purchase of LastPass will affect the company in the long-term. There’s no doubt this makes people nervous. If you as a user are not comfortable with these changes, these alternatives will have to suffice.
How do you feel about the recent purchase of LastPass? Are you worried about the direction of the company? Let us know below in the comments.