Using a password manager is one of the best ways to ensure that all important account details are kept far away from prying eyes. The only problem is that there are so many good password management solutions out there that choosing one that fits your needs seems like an impossible mission – especially when there are only slight differences between such programs.
When it comes to these two contenders – RoboForm and LastPass – there are some clear reasons you might choose one over the other. RoboForm is a simple desktop program that comes with a very cost-friendly price, for example, while LastPass is a browser-based app with clever organization features. It’s hard to say which is better, but there may be some reasons to have a preference…
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RoboForm, one of the longest-running password managers on the market, is a desktop-based password manager with certain features made exclusive to its browser add-on or the online version. Despite having a relatively simple desktop and mobile app when it comes to more general use, RoboForm does manage to add some interesting extras into the mix. For example, there are functions for sharing data securely, automatically organizing credentials into their respective categories, or creating custom folders.
Although the software’s browser add-on can’t import passwords from browsers, the software does at least allow for the import of data from almost all of its competitors without any hassle.
Everything entered into the vault is encrypted locally, too, but there is the option to save and sync data using RoboForm’s cloud. Security-wise the program comes with features like the Security Center – where all passwords are evaluated, including your master password – and the option of emergency access for a trustworthy third party to handle your data in cases of emergency.
But RoboForm’s real strength is as the absolute champion of cost-friendliness: the free forever version includes the most important features you would need, but the Everywhere plan for $1.66 per month (or even less when buying a longer subscription) comes with a number of handy features as well as a 30-day money back guarantee.
Despite being entirely web-based, LastPass – and its mobile app version – is one of the most beloved and trusted password managers for plenty of reasons. One such example is its intelligent vault, which is capable of automatically sorting credentials into folders either created by default or customized by yourself.
Filling up the vault works like a charm, since the browser extension automatically imports all data, not to mention that it is possible to manually import from other password managers too. Much like RoboForm, LastPass also includes the option to share certain credentials with others and also allows you to appoint someone as the caretaker of your account in cases of emergency.
But it is security that is of utmost importance for LastPass, with all data encrypted by military-grade encryption, while passwords are constantly evaluated in its ‘Security Challenge’ feature. 13 different two-factor authenticator apps can be integrated into the software, too – one of which is actually LastPass’s own.
While LastPass mostly strives to pair simplicity and security with a rich set of features, it still manages to keep its prices competitive as well. While it may not be priced as low as RoboForm, it does get close to that with the premium version costing less than $2 per month. At the same time their free forever version is perfectly enough for everyday password management.
Although both RoboForm and LastPass are very alike, they are perfect for keeping passwords and other credentials safe. Still, there are some differences to take into consideration when it comes to picking either of these two password managers.
RoboForm is a neat solution with a simple, straightforward desktop client. The program encrypts all data locally, which adds an all-important extra layer of security, especially if credentials are shared with another party. Additionally, RoboForm’s premium solution has by far the best prices on the market.
LastPass, on the other hand, is entirely web-based, meaning it has plenty of clever features up its sleeve without the need to download a desktop program. Automated credential categorization and a handy browser add-on are two stand-out features, while the two-factor authentication provided by any of the 13 compatible apps means the use of LastPass will provide a greater security to your online account management. And as with RoboForm, all of this is available either for free or for a low annual price.