The number 1 rule for online security: use a complex password for all your logins and don’t reuse the same password for every account. However, if you are tired of remembering all your passwords, using a password manager is the best option. And if you don’t want to pay for a premium password management tool, these are some free password managers you can pick from that you can trust to secure your own account details.
Here’s a roundup of the best ones we’d trust to secure our own login details at no cost.
This open-source, Windows-only password manager is free to download, and you can even run it from a USB without having to install it on your computer. It incorporates security features such as the Twofish and AES encryption algorithms for better security, and can be used for multiple users. You can share it among users you invite or export in plain text and import as a backup or into other password managers.
It offers a web browser plugin for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Opera, plus desktop and mobile apps.
KeePass may not have an appealing interface, but it offers robust security, downloadable plugins you can use to expand its feature set, and multiple-user support. Its secure password generator can produce logins for sites with specific requirements, plus it notifies you whether the password is strong or weak.
Its main drawbacks are lack of automatic password capture, complex device syncing, and manual launching of password replay.
While it is a Windows-only application, there have been many ported over of this excellent software to macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.
2. LastPass (Free)
LastPass offers both free and paid versions of its password manager, but its free version is just as good as the premium version. It’s also one of the best known names in the password manager field because it’s not expensive like others, and you get everything you need. Once you have your master password, the tool imports your saved login credentials including your usernames for popular browsers and deletes it from your computer permanently.
Whenever there’s a breach, LastPass changes the logins automatically to prevent loss of data plus gives you free credit monitoring. Your logins are encrypted with AES256 bit encryption, but you also get two-factor authentication to get access to your vault.
Its main drawbacks include dated components, and it lacks new interfaces for Internet Explorer or Opera.
3. LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Premium
LogMeOnce offers many options for authentication, though you’ll need to pay if you want to use the SMS-based two-factor authentication. A 2FA token is also available for instant protection and access to your PC or Mac via your phone or tablet.
Its interface has been revamped and streamlined, so it’s much easier to work with, plus there are several unique features including Secure Wallet, which fills in your credit card data with an image of the card itself. Another unique feature is the Daily Journal, which is a daily security report that helps you gauge your defenses, save time, and get vital details on security.
It can import passwords from other password managers with detailed steps about each import source it supports, as well as passwords stored in your web browser.
LogMeOnce syncs across the major operating systems and platforms including Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.
Bitwarden supports all the top browser and operating systems, offers two-factor authentication and secure sharing, and generates passwords and fills in forms.
The open-source tool handles all the password management tasks you’d expect, and there’s no limit to the number of passwords you can store with it or the number of devices, regardless of the type of device you’re using. It also captures passwords at the click of a button and organizes your saved logins into folders, though you have to create them first and edit everything you want to put into folders.
Native apps for popular operating systems like Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS are also available, with browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and Opera, plus other off-the-beaten-path browsers like Brave, Vivaldi and Tor.
The main drawbacks of using this password manager include limited iOS support and the Edge extension possibly not working as expected.
There are tons of password manager applications out there, and not all of them are good enough. This is why it is important to know how to choose a good password manager so your security is not compromised.