THE BEST FREE PASSWORD MANAGERS

Create secure passwords and protect your accounts from attack

LastPass

www.lastpass.com

LastPass comes in two different flavours – free and premium. Either will generate and store any number of logins in a secure vault that’s protected by your master password, with multi-factor authentication for added security.

The free version also offers secure storage for text notes, syncing of credentials across

LastPass offers free, secure password creation and storage for all your accounts.

browsers, and access to your secure vault from any Internet- connected device via LastPass. com. It will refuse to autocomplete forms on known phishing sites, and you can export your data.

The premium version adds secure cloud storage for files, advanced authentication, and the ability to set up a contingency plan so your loved ones can access your accounts in an emergency.

The only downside is LastPass’s popularity, making it a popular target for criminals, but there haven’t been any cases of users’ logins or passwords being stolen.

RATING

Rating 5/5

Dashlane

www.dashlane.com

Dashlane is LastPass’s closest competitor and, like LastPass, it’s completely worth checking out, featuring one-click password generation, world-class security, breathless ease of use and the ability to store private notes for future reference.

It’s not just a Windows desktop program either; there are web browser plug-ins and mobile versions and, just like LastPass,

Dashlane delivers superb password security for all web browsers and devices.

there’s a premium version of Dashlane that includes unlimited sharing and syncing.

Dashlane Premium costs per year, but the free version includes all of the essentials: you get the core password manager, autofill and digital wallet features, all of which work flawlessly. Don’t settle for LastPass without trying Dashlane first, and vice versa.

Plus, if Dashlane’s newly announced Project Mirror works out, we might see a future where we never have to deal with pesky passwords again.

RATING 4/5

RoboForm

www.roboform.com

RoboForm claims to be the best password manager in the world, and not unreasonably so. After a recent update, they’ve added support for storing a limitless amount of logins in the free version. It also boasts application logins, secure storage of notes, multi-platform support, and the ability to gain emergency access.

RoboForm is a superb desktop password manager with free apps for mobile devices.

RoboForm Everywhere allows you to sync across devices, cloud backup and the ability to gain emergency access yourself. There are also family subscriptions available.

RoboForm might not have all of its rivals’ features, but it’s a great password manager regardless and the free mobile apps are fantastic. Its available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, and is a good option for anybody who wants a simple, secure way to sync passwords.

RATING 4/5

KeePass Password Safe

https://keepass.info

It isn’t the best-looking password manager in the world, but KeePass Password Safe offers robust security, multiple user support and downloadable plugins.

KeePass’s secure password generator can produce logins suitable for those annoying sites with very specific requirements, and clearly indicates any options

KeepPass is functional, rather than beautiful, but it is customisable.

that might make the generated password weaker.

The password manager is portable, allowing it to run from USB without you having to install it on a PC, and it can input from and output to a wide range of file formats, and there are lots of customisation options to try.

The fact that KeePass Password Safe is open source means anyone can inspect the code for potential weaknesses, which means that any security issues can be identified and fixed quickly. It’s a great app, although it can be a bit intimidating for beginners.

Rating 3/5

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