Have you ever counted how many times you’ve registered on various websites? Nowadays, an average user has up to 40 different accounts. However, this number has a tendency to increase, depending on a person’s profession and interests.
In our modern world, one just can’t avoid memorizing numbers, passwords and pin codes. Whether it is login credentials to your email or a payment system account, all data needs to be stored securely. Many of us have a special folder on a desktop with all this information. Some write it down in a notebook the old-fashioned way. But is it really safe? Let’s agree, that remembering all the usernames and passwords is also not the best option, since, with the amount of information coming at us every day, we can easily forget everything. Luckily, app developers also had this problem and found an easy solution by creating password manager apps. There is pretty big variety to choose from, but today we will review 5 the most popular password manager applications created for Apple and Android.
Password manager Dashlane was released back in 2012 and immediately gained worldwide popularity. Simple interface, a high level of security and the ability to automatically fill out forms on web pages caught the attention of thousands of users.
Right after the launch of the app, you will be asked to undergo a simple registration procedure. After that, you can trust Dashlane will all of your passwords. Basic features are available for free. However, the full version of the app will cost you almost $40 / year.
Dashlane provides 256-bit encryption, which makes your password almost impossible to crack. Another useful feature is a generator of complex passwords. During registration on any website, Dashlane will generate and remember strong passwords, which can be viewed later through the application itself.
At first glance, it may seem that Dashlane is only focused on storing account details. However, its functionality is much wider. Not so long ago, Dashlane introduced a new feature, which may become a must-have function for all of the password manager apps. Now users have an ability to change all passwords with “only one click”, even if account uses a two-factor authentication.
LastPass is a well-known password manager app available on GooglePlay and AppStore. LastPass not only stores the identification data but also helps users to manage it. If the system identifies a hacking attempt, it will automatically generate a new password and change it. This app also analyzes the reliability of passwords and ensures that you do not set the same password for two different accounts.
Unlike the PC desktop version, LastPass mobile application is a part of a premium paid service. In order to use LastPass on your smartphone, you’ll have to get a year subscription for $23,99. However, developers still provide a 14-day free period for you to get acquainted with the app’s features before committing to a yearly subscription.
LastPass is a powerful password manager, however, it is mostly concentrated on websites. If you need to store credit card information or pin codes, you might look into something more functional. On the other hand, LastPass is perfect for instant filling of passwords using the Safari plug-in for IOS.
1Password is considered one of the best password managers. This app generates complex and unique passwords for each web service, remembers them and automatically fills in when the website is opened. Moreover, if you want to create a new password, the app will not only give you a random set of numbers and letters but generate a combination corresponding to the user’s parameters. User can specify the number of characters, the presence of numbers and even the pronunciation of the combination.
1Password is available for both IOS and Android. Moreover, if you “remember” password on an Android device and then open the same site on iPad, the app will enter the password it automatically.
Apple users rated 1Password pretty high and gave it 4 stars out of 5. Nonetheless, this app has its flaws. Some users find 1Password to be too expensive. iPhone users have to pay $35.99 for an annual subscription.
Available for: Apple
Tiny Password is a simple password manager with a tasteful interface. The app provides 13 different categories of passwords, however, a user can easily add more of their own categories.
The app is able to synchronize with other devices via DropBox or Wi-Fi. If you have several devices, there is no need to duplicate all the data manually. All you need to do is send the data via cloud or browser onto another device.
Since Tiny Password stores a lot of important data, it’s protection should be on the highest level. Initially, when you open the app, you are prompted to enter a complex password including numbers and letters of different registers. If this method seems not too efficient, you can also use your fingerprint. In addition, you can enable the app to delete all data after ten invalid password or fingerprint entries.
A great bonus is that Tiny Password is a free tool. The app provides a great opportunity to protect your personal information at no additional cost.
Intel Security is a modern company that developed one of the most popular password managers – True Key. This app is compatible with various platforms including IOS and Android. True Key is designed to perform multiple functions. But the main one is, of course, related to password storage.
With the help of a True Key, users can protect their private information. In order to use the app, you have to enter a master password when creating a new account. However, the app has additional ways of authentication.
This modern application also allows saving various wallet objects. This feature applies to driver license data, address, insurance etc. Each particular type of data has its own relevant fields.
Once the user sets up a new account, the app will show all most popular websites that require registration. A great thing is that you have to enter all registration details only once. Next time True Key will do it automatically.
The password manager activates every time the user creates a new account or edits an already existing one. True Key automatically generates a private key, which consists of 16 characters. This is a unique feature since most password managers only use a maximum of 10 characters.