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A List of Free Password Managers

I am only going to run through the free versions in this post. I’m focused on Windows here.

Screwed over by LastPass & now Myki

I’ve used LastPass for about 5 years and loved it but I despise companies changing the goalposts after the fact for no real reason other than to try sell more. When it was bought by LogMeIn [October 2015] it went pear shaped fast. What people seem to forget about users on free plans, is that the are highly unlikely to pay and more likely to move when pushed by marketing nonsense.

I also won’t be back. How do you trust a company in future, that said one thing and did another?

After LastPass I was using Myki and then they also pulled a dick move. They got acquired by JumpCloud and cancelled the password service with less than 2 months notice. Luckily I was still in the process of getting clients onto it and migrating to it fully. I feel for the guys who were using it for their business. So I won’t go near JumpCloud for the above reason.

Some of the “free” versions are so limited they are useless

The following companies give too little too make their free versions of any real use.

1Password – https://1password.com/sign-up/

  • No free offering

Avira – https://www.avira.com/en/password-manager

  • No free offering
  • Doesn’t fill web forms
  • Price: R18.93/month or R189.65/year

Dashlane – https://www.dashlane.com/plans

  • Only 50 passwords and a single device

Enpass – https://www.enpass.io/pricing/

  • 20 passwords in the free version. Lifetime license is US$92.00 which might be worth looking at, especially if you can find a special

Keeper – https://www.keepersecurity.com/en_GB/pricing-personal.html?t=p

  • Only a 30 day trial

LastPass – https://www.lastpass.com/pricing

  • Only on single device. Read my opinion above. Owned by LogMeIn

LogMeOnce – https://www.logmeonce.com/consumer-password-manager-and-password-recovery/pricing-and-comparison/

PassCamp – https://www.passcamp.com/pricing-personal/

  • Only 15 passwords in the free version

SaasPass – https://saaspass.com/pricing/

  • Looks like you can only use the app for free

Free password managers worth taking a look at

Bitwarden – https://bitwarden.com/pricing/

  • Open-source
  • Self-hosting option for maximum security
  • Secure Password Generator
  • End-to-end encryption
  • US$10/year for the Premium version which is the cheapest of this bunch

Google Password Manager – https://passwords.google.com/

  • Integrated into Chrome
  • Can import or export via CSV

KeePass – https://keepass.info/

  • Completely free and open source – OSI certified
  • Installer or Portable – no cloud option
  • Strong encryption

LogMeOnce – https://www.logmeonce.com/consumer-password-manager-and-password-recovery/pricing-and-comparison/

  • Free version is ad sponsored
  • Encrypted 1MB storage – no idea how may passwords that will store
  • Apparently “Patented” but it looks more like patently absurd. No where on the site could I find more about whether the patents exist and are relevant or just some marketers wet dream

NordPass – https://nordpass.com/plans/

  • Save unlimited passwords
  • Keep notes & credit cards
  • Sync across all devices
  • Only 1 active device – log into another and the first is disabled

Passbolt – https://www.passbolt.com/

  • Open-source
  • Can be self-hosted on premises

RoboForm – https://www.roboform.com/

  • AES-256 bit encryption
  • Password audit
  • US$1.99 per month billed annually

StickyPassword – https://www.stickypassword.com/free-password-manager-vs-premium

  • Passwords stored encrypted
  • Automatic form filling
  • Password generator

Zoho Vault – https://www.zoho.com/vault/pricing.html

  • US$10.80 billed annually

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