Would you be able to answer the question of which password manager is the one to use that, at the same time, isn’t the built-in tool of a web browser? If the answer is no, don’t worry, because there are a lot of people who want to protect their data but just can’t pick the right password management software due to the numerous different solutions that the market has to offer. That’s why it’s actually better to rephrase the above question: would you prefer an advanced solution like 1Password or a simpler tool like RememBear?
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For many years 1Password was Mac-exclusive, but since then users of all platforms can see for themselves why this solution is the password manager for many people. It has an interface where everything is in the right place and the service comes with unlimited storage for a wide variety of credentials, covering passwords and IDs to secure notes and even software licenses.
Not only that, but 1Password comes with a set of intelligent features to elevate your online security, too, for instance there is the option to add one-time passwords to credentials stored in the vault, while the unique Travel Mode can hide certain passwords from prying eyes while you’re away on vacation. Additionally, your account can be reinforced with two-factor authentication apps, but the default 1Password function for authentication on new devices is simple via an unbreakable secret key.
Although 1Password doesn’t offer its services for free, the unlimited version can be tested for 30 days. However, subscriptions aren’t too expensive: individual accounts can be had for $2.99 a month, whereas a Family subscription allows secure password management for five people and costs $4.99 per month.
Coming from the same company that brought us the handy VPN TunnelBear, the company’s password management solution RememBear guarantees that users’ data will remain safe at all times, something that the independent security experts that audited it confirmed. Although its vault is limited to storing only passwords, credit cards, and secure notes, it still has some clever ideas up its sleeve, such as a trash for unused credentials or the achievements tab that shows what features have been activated so far.
The fact that RememBear is available for all platforms and provides handy add-ons for all major web browsers isn’t that surprising from this basic password manager, but security-wise it is on the same level as its more advanced competitors. The automated password evaluation and the backup kit that serves as a device authenticator highlight its strengths in this regard, but for iOS users the software’s overall security is further reinforced by the option to use FaceID and TouchID for authentication.
Unfortunately, RememBear is a bit overpriced considering just how basic the password manager is, costing $3 per month with only cloud syncing and multi-device support as extras. However, for the protection of a single device, the slightly limited free forever version is more than enough.
Only at first glance does it seem that the choice between these two is obvious. The cost of the two are pretty much the same – with 1Password being cheaper by only one cent – but there’s a gulf of difference between them, with 1Password being the more advanced solution. It’s virtually impossible to list all the things that make 1Password is a must-have, but if anything should be emphasized then it would be the outstanding security provided for stored passwords and the option to create and manage the vaults for up to five people at the same time.
However, RememBear has nothing to be ashamed of either. As a basic yet straightforward solution it’s a perfect choice for those looking for a simple, uncomplicated password manager that comes with everything these solutions are usually associated with. Not to mention that unlike its competitor, it has the advantage of being completely free of charge for the first device it’s installed on.