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What password manager app would you recommend that I try? I use LastPass now.

I've been using LastPass for the last couple of years but for the past few months, the Chrome extension has been failing to load consistently. I end up reinstalling the extension, after which it works fine for the next session. Looking for other alternatives since Chrome extension is the way I use a password manager app 95% of the times - I've heard 1Password and Remembear are good, but looking forward to some personal accounts on this front. Thanks!

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evanmcdaniel's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I've been a 1Password user for maybe 10 years, and just recently moved from the standalone version (pay once and sync with Dropbox), to the monthly Family version.

I've been very happy with it, though the pricing model ends up with it being more expensive. Other than that, every aspect of the experience has been great. The apps are VERY well thought out and I've found them to be easy to use.

Interestingly (for me at least, as I love to try and compare software), the company I've been with for 2 years uses LastPass company-wide, so I've now had a couple of years of daily usage with it.

Knowing you've had experience with LastPass as well, I won't go into any details other than how it compares to 1Password.

First, 1Password is a more mature UI, from a usability perspective and a visual perspective. There are many niceties that save time, for example showing the autofill button on the first screen of the browser extension (my version of LastPass requires a click to get to that, even if there's only one matching entry) or providing a pop-out window that you can use in cases when you want to keep an edit window open without opening the full app.

Next, the sync is much faster in 1Password. In LastPass, if I update a shared entry it can take minutes for it to sync to other users (who are in most cases waiting for it to sync so they can use the updated password). In 1Password, it seems to be near real-time (at least in the new non-Dropbox sync - the old version was not great at all and probably the main reason why I upgraded).

Some things I have liked better about LastPass are 1) that it seems to auto-fill many sites automatically than does 1Password, and 2) I like not having to run a native app to get to the full list of passwords - opening a browser window is just faster than waiting for a full app to load.

I haven't had real-world experience with any other password managers (except KeePass in the old days), so can't speak to Dashlane, or any of the other popular options.

Best of luck - hope this was helpful :)

7 points
alexzirbel's avatar
almost 3 years ago

Highly recommend 1Password.

One unusual reason to love them: back when they switched from integrating with e.g. Dropbox for hosting your vault, to hosting the vault themselves, I was worried: didn't this create a single point of failure in their service?

I emailed them my concerns, and they responded with several emails (over the course of our discussion); each email was multiple paragraphs and had plenty of technical details that fully reassured me. They also linked me to https://support.1password.com/1password-security, where you can read more about their security model.

Their team sharing is solid, definitely the best way I know to transfer credentials between team members. And their software quality has historically been a lot higher than LastPass. LastPass originally hijacked your browser window to show its UI, which opened it up to many kinds of impersonation attacks. I'm sure you can find more on this by googling.

6 points
eugenoprea's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I am a premium LastPass user for 8 years now and I recently decided to cancel for the same reason.

Right now I am testing 1Password and I am very happy with it.

I just migrated away to see what I would miss and there is nothing that makes me look back.

Maybe only the $12/year price that I have since back in the day. And the Emergency Access functionality that allows a family member to recover your account.

3 points
avastu's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I'm a big fan of 1Pass. It integrates really well across my browsers/devices (e.g. in Safari on iPhones!), has excellent sharing functionality--I have a family account that let's me share passwords with different family members via vaults, and is very reasonably priced. The chrome extension is what I use the most, and I have never had major issues with it. Additionally, I love how I can keep 2FA codes in 1Pass--when autofilling passwords, it automatically copies and pastes the 2FA code as well and it feels like magic.

3 points
maaxxicarvalho's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I've tested the premium versions of the password managers LastPass, Dashlane and 1Password.
I believe that a product can only be properly tested if you dig deep into it. So for the three products I listed above I spent months testing, using it as my main password manager.
I stick with the 1Password. For me it's more consistent, the developer team is much more active and new features/improvements are always being delivered. And the support is always willing to help.
I use the cloud version, both on my computer and phone. The account is shared with my wife so we can keep important information up to date between us in a safe environment.
I hope my input helps you to find out the best solution.

3 points
SaaSbuyer-'s avatar
almost 3 years ago

LastPass has been solid for me. I've managed a corporate account for about a year with minimal issues. Another company I do some consulting for uses 1Password and it's worked well. I really love the way sharing works and the price seems to really be a great value. If I were to switch that's definitely where I'd go.

2 points
EvanTahler's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I'm a huge fan of 1password. It's really worth the cost. The browser extensions don't crash, and the shared vaults are really great - I've got some for my family, some for work, and I can opt-in to the ones I need on each device.

If you are a real nerd, there's also a CLI tool, so you can download your passwords/secrets on to new computers as you provision them

2 points
tmatthewj's avatar
almost 3 years ago

Thanks for all your responses! Going through each personal review helped me take a call on this front - I'm using 1Password now. The on boarding and migration from LastPass is complete without any challenges. My decision to try 1Password was also made easier by Jeff's (CEO) post on how they plan to give out the Business for free for 6 months - which is more than enough time to evaluate the product (link - https://blog.1password.com/covid-19-response/). Thanks again!

2 points
ybbond's avatar
almost 3 years ago

Bitwarden offers free plan that give most of feature, and the Personal Pro Plan is USD10/year.

I have use it for a year on my Mac, iPhone, and Linux. I also use it on my web browser. Password filling on demand is great. Password & encrypted note management is easy.

I tried 1Password, Lastpass, Bitwarden and Remembear(iOS) before choosing Bitwarden. 1Password was a great contender, but I think the price is too high I was having difficulties finding a way to store Personal Data (Name, Credit Card, Home Address) on 1Password, in which was easy for me on Bitwarden. When do this review, I use 1Password Pro Trial and Bitwarden Personal Free.

Just a month ago I subscribed to Bitwarden family. Easy to manage password and access for my other family members.

I try to find the fault for Bitwarden, and I found none so far. So I guess Bitwarden is a safe product that I will use for a long run.

2 points
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@ybbond (replying to @ybbond )
almost 3 years ago

I forgot to mention one drawback of Bitwarden I found.

The syncing is not too reliable, in which, I feel that I can only manually sync (open the app, sync). But when it successfully sync, I never found a case of corrupted sync file.

1 point
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@maguay (replying to @ybbond )
almost 3 years ago

Interesting, does Bitwarden have their own cloud syncing service, or does it sync through Dropbox or another cloud service?

1 point
ybbond's avatar
@ybbond (replying to @maguay )
almost 3 years ago

our data is synced with encryption on their server. If you prefer, they allow you to self host your own BitWarden instance

2 points
colindhanna's avatar
almost 3 years ago

can anyone compare premium 1password vs dashlane?

1 point
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@maguay (replying to @colindhanna )
almost 3 years ago

In another recent discussion about password apps, @AndyL mentioned previously using Dashlane but now using 1Password. Might be worth replying to their comment to see if they have any more details to share!

1 point
siddxxvii's avatar
almost 3 years ago

Using 1password too, and super happy. There is alot of things to say but from the thread you already got the positive outlook about 1password. I would also recommend you to see the wiki page of 1password in this website (Capiche.com)

1 point
lmuenchen's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I am a Lastpass Premium for many years and I am quite happy with it. I've had a few instances where there were problems with the chrome plugin a few months ago but lately it has been running very steadily.

1 point
andrew's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I recently moved away from LastPass for the same reasons.

As I only need passwords on my Apple devices (iPhone, Mac), I moved to Apples built in password manager, iCloud Keychain. It's been working great so far on both devices. Syncing is instant, and the integration with Safari is flawless. Also completely free, just need an iCloud account.

Obviously this solution only works if you're all-in on Apples ecosystem. At work we use 1Password, and that's also been great. Others here have more experience than I with 1Password so I don't have anything more to add.

1 point
mcarter's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I've used both LastPass and 1password extensively, and for my personal use case I prefer. 1password. I find the 1password desktop app much easier to navigate and go in to edit logins, and the recovery system actually works with the "emergency kit" that allows you to download your secret key etc in a secure file.

Another major difference is the ease of use on mobile - I absolutely cannot stand LastPass's mobile app. Somehow it's super difficult to copy items, whereas with 1password it's a breeze.

1 point
adamtait's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I'm probably the minority opinion, but I think KeePass is great. It's an open source password manager. It works on Windows, MacOS and has supported app on iOS & Android. It's highly secure and since it's open source, it's security is well verified. It's also been around a long time (decades, I believe). You have to run it yourself, so there's no risk of a server with your passwords owned by someone else being hacked. Since you manage your encrypted databases, you can make sure the data you need is always local and access is fast.
It'll require a little more work to manage than the nicely manicured walled gardens of LastPass & 1Password. Most users will sync their databases on Dropbox or Google Drive or the like so that changes are immediately everywhere they need passwords, but you need to manage this yourself.

1 point
jimmy's avatar
almost 3 years ago

+1 for 1Password. Great design, polished, good community and support. It's a solid product that I can feel safe and confident using. I've used LastPass for years and it's often buggy. Slow to show my login options in a form and installing updates often doesn't work on my Macbook the first few times.

1 point
benbarzach's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I've been a LastPass premium user for 7 years now and can highly recommend it. We are a small team (<5) and have looked at DashLane and 1Password out of interest but never seen a reason to move. The ability to use LastPass saved login details with Safari on iOS is a great feature. The three main options do most of the same thing, pick one you like the UI on because, in our experience, its unlikely you will change.

1 point
cindyeagar's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I use Keeper and love it. Works across all my devices. I just wish it worked with Shift which I recently started using.

1 point
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