The Best Password Managers To Keep Your Data Safe In 2022

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The exceptions here are antivirus bundles that include a subscription extension code for your preferred commercial password manager and stand-alone password managers made by companies that also produce anti-virus software, although there are still generally better options.

K.G Orphanides, WIRED contributing editor


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Lastpass: Although Lastpass is a longstanding favourite for password management, the elimination of multiple device type support for free users severely limits its usefulness, despite unlimited password storage. Free subscribers must choose whether to use it on computers or on mobile devices, opening the door to bad security habits on at least one type of platform. However, the paid-for tiers are still worth a look, with features including a slick security dashboard, 1GB of encrypted storage, secure password sharing and emergency access. A single-user subscription costs £31 per year.

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Dashlane: Unlike 1Password, Dashlane does have a free tier, but it only covers 50 passwords, and only on a single device, so there’s no syncing passwords between your phone and desktop PC. It also has more limited platform support than most of its rivals, although the most popular platforms are covered. Features include two-factor authentication, secure password sharing and, for paying subscribers a free white-label version of AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield VPN. A single user subscription costs around £36 ($40) per year.

NordPass: NordPass is password management service with clients for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS, made by Nord Technologies, best known for NordVPN. NordPass is available as a free, no-registration-required application, a free service with cross-device syncing, and a paid-for service. This provides simultaneous access to your passwords on up to six of those devices, as well as features like emergency access, password sharing and strength assessment. Available from £3.69 a month, £17.67 a year, or two years for £26.46, depending on current offers.

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NordPass: NordPass is a new password management service from NordVPN for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS. It’s 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.

The stand-alone app and its browser extensions don’t require a NordPass account to work. If you do subscribe, a free NordPass account allows you to sync your passwords online, but you can only have an active session on one device at a time. Monthly, annual, and bi-annual subscriptions let you have six simultaneous sessions. Subs cost £3.84 a month – unusually for a password manager, monthly subscriptions are available – or £27.63 a year, and you can sign up for two years at once for £46.

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