Security experts advise internet users to forget sticky notes and instead store their passwords in a password manager, the problem is that there are so many of these programs that it is virtually impossible to pick one from them, even if you already know which software is worth trying. That’s why we’re comparing LastPass and 1Password, two great applications that each have their own benefits.
LastPass is a web-based solution capable of handling all sorts of sensitive data, available either completely free or at a ridiculously low price. While it’s rival, 1Password, is the password manager of Mac enthusiasts and those who require a tool that can store passwords of multiple people in the same secure vault.
LastPass is one of the only password managers that doesn’t require the installation of a desktop app, since it works entirely in the cloud via a browser window. The straightforward software and the logically designed app seamlessly integrate with all major browsers – including Microsoft Edge – and can also import data from competitors. All passwords and other types of credentials (including secure notes of all kinds and forms) are automatically categorized without the need for human intervention, but there is the option to create your own categories as well.
Saved credentials are always auto-filled into their respective boxes and can also be shared with trusted parties, even for reasons of emergency. Security is of utmost importance at LastPass, proven by the Security Challenge feature, which warns of weak passwords and compromised websites. There is also military-grade encryption on each device, the option to add trusted devices to the system, and 13 different solutions for two-factor authentication, including the company’s own app.
Even though LastPass is at its best when you subscribe to the Premium plan for just $2 per month, the company also provides another version free of charge that doesn’t come with any major limitations.
1Password was known for a very long time for being a Mac-only password manager, but recently it was made available for Windows users, too. With the simple and straightforward desktop software virtually all kinds of data can be stored, from passwords, secure notes and credit cards to IDs, licenses, router credentials, and even your Social Security number. Any of this information can be easily imported from the best-known browsers or the other password management software.
1Password is capable of syncing across devices online or offline, and if you pick the family account credentials can be shared with up to five people without leaving the program’s safe environment. To further ensure all your credentials are stored safely, new devices are authenticated by a 34 character-long Secret Key, passwords have end-to-end encryption, plus there is the Watchtower feature that evaluates your credentials and displays a warning should a site you are registered with become compromised.
1Password, which can be trialed for free for 30 days from purchase, is available for as low as $2.99 per month, but by paying just $2 more each month you can subscribe to 1Password Families and allow four more people into the same account.
Both LastPass and 1Password are perfect for storing all your passwords and other credentials, so when picking between one solution it’s important to look at the smaller yet important details that will make the use of your chosen software more convenient.
LastPass is perhaps a better option for those who like to keep their computers clean since it is a completely web-based solution. Its smart password and data categorization removes a lot of the work for you, too, and with stronger security options – particularly through its app and two-factor authentication options – it is clearly a strong candidate. 1Password’s audience is a little more specific thanks to its previous history with Mac hardware, but it is a great option for Windows users too. The fact that any stored data can be synced and accessed across a range of devices is certainly handy, but it’s a particularly good choice for those that might need to share credentials across a small group of people – such as your family.