It’s already common knowledge how important it is to have strong and unique passwords to be secure online. However, coming up with long keys containing lowercase, uppercase, numbers, and special characters is hard. It's even harder to remember them. Fortunately, we live in a world where password managers are not only pretty common, but they also offer their services for a very reasonable price (or even for free). NordPass and LastPass are two examples of reliable password managers that provide many of their features for free. However, they're still quite different and only one will work best for you.
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Created by the company that developed NordVPN, NordPass is a fresh addition to the password manager industry. Don't let its early age deceive you though. Clearly, the team behind NordPass did a good job scouting the competition and came up with a comprehensive password manager, while still offering a very competitive price and even a free plan.
NordPass enables you to divide your entries into three different categories: passwords, personal notes, and credit details. Although it isn't the most varied list in password manager history, NordPass compensates for this with its simplistic interface, which makes scrolling through your data a breeze. There's also a password generator and, if you install the NordPass browser extension, the software will auto-save and auto-fill credentials for you.
While AES encryption is already secure, NordPass goes a step further by using the novel XChaCha20 which is considered the encryption algorithm of the future, with Google and Cloudflare already using it. The company also features a zero-knowledge architecture, which means that NordPass doesn't even store your password and therefore can't access any information inside your vault.
The best part about NordPass is that it provides all of its features entirely for free, forever. However, to use this password manager on multiple devices simultaneously a paid subscription is necessary, with prices starting at $2.49 per month.
With over 16 million users, LastPass is one of the most popular password manager providers on the market. Although it doesn't offer a desktop application, this software comes with many features that go beyond managing passwords. Better still, it provides a free plan that can be used throughout all your devices.
There are various templates to choose from, and LastPass categorizes credentials automatically. If you find that you need a specific template not provided by LastPass, you can create it yourself. In addition to the password generator, this password manager also auto-saves and auto-fills credentials while you browse the internet. On top of that, you can also take advantage of its multi-factor authentication, syncing, and sharing capabilities. All of this is provided entirely for free, even including the ability to store an unlimited number of credentials on an unlimited number of devices.
That being said, a premium account comes with its advantages. In addition to letting you share credentials with various people at the same time, LastPass also provides advanced multi-factor options, emergency access, and 1GB of encrypted file storage space. Prices start at $3 per month with annual payments, and you can test the premium version through the 30-day free trial.
There are some key differences between NordPass and LastPass that mean only one of them will work best for you. Security-wise, NordPass is safer overall. Not only does it not store any information but it also uses a more recent encryption algorithm. However, when it comes to features, especially the ones provided for free, LastPass is the front runner. It doesn't limit you to one device like NordPass and lets you share credentials with other people. Although the NordPass paid subscription is cheaper, LastPass provides the most features including advanced multi-factor options and 1GB of encrypted file storage space. Furthermore, LastPass provides plans designed specifically for businesses while NordPass does not. In the end, NordPass and LastPass are both reliable and secure, and only you will know which one fits your needs best.