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The Best Password Managers to Have in 2021

When you think about the number of online accounts you have, whether they’re for retail therapy or work-related web tools, the need for strong passwords is clear. And while no one’s going to stop you from placing sticky notes around your desk or using the same password for everything, these are by no means the safest ways to manage your passwords.

With working from home set to continue for many across the country, ensuring your business’ most sensitive data, information and passwords stay under lock and key is crucial. Any company looking for sound cybersecurity practices should have an effective password manager as part of this offering.

The right password manager not only saves you the frustration of remembering (or forgetting) dozens of different logins for your online accounts, but it will also keep this information secure by generating strong passwords which are stored in an encrypted vault.

To strengthen your cybersecurity and help you make the right decision before buying, we’ll take a look at some of the best, most effective password managers on the market right now.

 

LastPass

Though its award-winning free tier is no more as of March 2021, we’re still including LastPass as part of this list based on its comprehensiveness and ease of use. Packed with features and highly responsive to multiple security issues, it remains one of the best cross-platform password managers that money can buy.

What’s on offer?

All users get unlimited password storage, a range of multi-factor authentication options, auto-filling for forms, and the ability to share content with up to one other person.

 

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LastPass’ ace in the hole, and something that very few password managers offer, is its ability to log in to apps on your phone. In the event you lose your mobile device, you can prevent people from accessing your emails and social media should it fall into the wrong hands.

Elsewhere, depending on what you pay, you can share your content with an unlimited number of people, store 1Gb of encrypted file storage, and even get reports from LastPass’s dark web breach monitoring service.

How much does it cost?

A single-user subscription costs £31.20, while £40.80 will net you a family subscription that features six accounts and easy password sharing between members.

 

1Password

One of the best choices for individuals, businesses and families looking to keep their passwords safe and secure, 1Password is a superb cross-platform password manager that’s suited to well-travelled employees.

What’s on offer?

Though there’s no free tier to be found here, 1Password comes well-stocked with features, including two-factor authentication options, automated form filling, vulnerable password checking and 1GB of secure storage.

If your role involved a lot of travel pre-pandemic, then one of our favourite features is its travel mode. When travelling to countries that don’t grant personal data privacy when passing through customs, 1Password can temporarily remove any password vaults that contain data you or your employer would rather custom officials wouldn’t know.

How much does it cost?

Team subscriptions begin at $3.99 a month, while security-conscious businesses are looking at $7.99 a month. Personal plans start at $2.99.

 

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BitWarden

A strong all-rounder, BitWarden is highly secure and about as user-friendly as it gets, providing everything that individuals, teams and businesses could want from a password manager – even at its free tier.

What’s on offer?

Straight off the bat, BitWarden’s free plans offer multi-device sync, optional self-hosting and unlimited online storage. Its paid-for plans, better suited for businesses, feature password sharing, detailed access control, user groups, two-step login and multi-factor authentication.

Additionally, BitWarden’s premium plans also include reports on your passwords, highlighting things like weak passwords and unsecured websites that could lead to compromised security and cyberattacks.

With its clean interfaces, BitWarden is a breeze to get used to; even its apps and data structure feel modern and intuitive. All its accounts have cross-platform syncing and a password generator, as well as the ability to export your password vault to an encrypted CSV or JSON file – handy for backup purposes.

How much does it cost?

A free organisation plan is available for two users, while paid organisation plans start at $3 a month per user. Its Enterprise Organisation plan, best suited for businesses, starts at $5 a month per user.

 

Dashlane

A highly capable password manager, Dashlane’s free tier offerings stand you in good stead, but it’s the service’s premium plans where it comes into its own.

What’s on offer?

At its free tier, Dashlane can store logins for up to 50 accounts in a secure vault with multi-factor authentication. It’ll even fill out forms with delivery addresses and contact details for you automatically.

 

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Paying for Dashlane unlocks even more, allowing you to synchronise all your passwords across all your devices (including both desktop and mobile), while also keeping a watchful eye on the dark web for data breaches. It’ll even send you personalised alerts should your stored details end up in a batch of stolen data.

Although its premium plans are one of the priciest out there, the applications more than justify the cost. Forking out will also get you secure file storage (helpful for scanned ID documents, insurance policies and receipts) as well as a VPN for browsing the web more securely via Wi-Fi hotspots.

How much does it cost?

Dashlane’s paid business plans start with the $5 a month per user Team tier, with its Business tier coming in at $8 a month per user. Paid personal plans start at $3.33 a month, while its family tier starts at $4.99 a month.

 

NordPass

Available as a free, no-registration-required application, a free service with cross-device syncing, and a paid-for service with simultaneous access to your passwords on up to six of those devices, NordPass’ diverse capabilities suit a range of password security needs.

What’s on offer?

Along with its storing encrypted password capabilities, NordPass can suggest strong passwords and offer storage of credit card and banking details – essential for faster checkouts on e-commerce websites.

A premium version provides the opportunity to sync this information across up to six devices per licence. The free version only allows one, but there’s the bonus of trying out its other premium features for a week.

There’s also no limit on the number of passwords you can save, which is an issue that faces other password managers. That said, NordPass won’t auto-fill forms, unlike other services.

How much does it cost?

NordPass’ Premium plan costs £1.84 a month, while its Business plan comes in at £3.59 a month per user.

 

CDL is one of the UK’s leading IT disposal companies, working to help private and public businesses safely retire and recycle their outdated IT assets. To find out how we could help your business, or for more of the latest tech news and advice, visit our homepage or call our team today on 0333 060 2846.

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