- Simple downloadable manager
- Extensive data storage and editing
- Various online/offline syncing options
- Strong security features
- Versatile browser support
- Lifetime license available
- Complicated two-factor authentication
- Access of additional features
- Data syncing in free version
Nowadays having a password manager is a must if you hope to ever recall all those complex, secure passwords created for numerous websites. However, passwords are worth nothing if the program managing them is too complicated. This is where Sticky Password enters the picture, a brutally simple password manager with Czech origins.
With this software on your devices all your passwords will be well protected by military-grade encryption both locally and in the cloud. The program offers various data syncing options (both online and offline), integrates with many browsers and it sports an equally simple mobile application. This password manager features a free for life version alongside both a subscription for Sticky Password Premium on a cheap annual basis or the option to purchase a license for the software and use all of its stellar features without any limitations. And to top it all, Sticky Password treats premium subscribers like kings, as both the annual plan and the lifetime license are available with a 50% discount that makes it available for as low as $1.25 per month.
Sticky Password’s desktop manager (available for Windows and macOS) is extremely minimalist – a feature that has both its advantages and disadvantages. The negative side of this is that additional tools can only be found under the relatively small “Menu” tab, where it’s possible to turn on a virtual keyboard, activate the two-factor authentication, see, edit and create secure memo templates. From here you also manage security, determine the on-device database and backup folders, and import or export login credentials. However, the most important functions – accounts, secure memos, bookmarks and personal data – are easy to reach from the left side panel, as well as the button with which you can determine the data syncing method.
By default the program opens on the “Quick Access” screen from which you can see accounts that are used the most or deemed favorites. Quick Access also provides the option to quickly import or export data copied onto a portable flash drive, create new password accounts, add an identity with all necessary details and draft a secure memo without having to go to their respective tabs or check the Security Dashboard where the weak and reused passwords are highlighted and evaluated.
Password management is divided into two categories in Sticky Password, namely “Web Accounts” and “App Accounts”. The latter is the place where those desktop and mobile applications that require login credentials are stored, a useful feature for those who regularly use Skype, Microsoft Office Outlook, mobile banking apps and so on. “Web Accounts” is the heart of Sticky Password, however, where all online passwords you have ever used are stored in alphabetical order or according to any password groups you create. Each entry can be edited to such extent to allow for browser preferences or to control whether or not a password should expire after a while, therefore prompting you to use a new password generated by the program’s in-built password generator.
Of the remaining tabs “Identities” is the most interesting since it can be turned into a virtual storage of all your ID documents and payment methods, while “Bookmarks” and “Secure Memos” are rather self-explanatory – the latter of which is pretty versatile when it comes to storing different kinds of notes.
Apps and Browser Extensions
With the exception of Microsoft Edge (the successor to the infamously hated Internet Explorer), Sticky Password supports 16 default and third party web browsers, meaning the company’s extension can be installed without major hassle. However, the add-on is even more minimalist than the software: it only allows users to lock the app, add the login credentials of the page they are currently visiting to the Web Account tab or create a new bookmark. Although the saved websites and your personal data are displayed in a similar fashion they appear only in the app itself, and any major modification can only be performed within the software.
The iOS and Android apps have everything the desktop version does, but the dashboard’s overall appearance is even simpler. However, the mobile version is capable of replacing the master password with a PIN code, plus it provides an additional mobile browser that saves and prompts all login credentials entered into your Sticky Password account. Unfortunately the app, especially the Android version, is far from perfect and not just because you need another separate app to generate the code for the two-factor authentication. The app is unable to sync the account credentials of the Chrome mobile browser, and that’s a big disappointment.
Not only is the setup process of Sticky Password simple, but it is also completed within mere seconds regardless of whether it is the first time using the software or a new device is being registered to a so-called Sticky Account. To make things even easier, Sticky Password prompts you with the most important settings (which can be revoked any time later), including the installation of the browser add-ons and activating the cloud syncing option. Keep in mind, however, that if another password manager is installed on your device, its browser extension should be removed first otherwise Sticky Password’s own add-on won’t work properly.
Once the program is installed and the basics are explained in a few simple steps, the passwords imported from the browsers and certain desktop apps are then properly placed under the corresponding Web Accounts and App Accounts tabs. However, other import options are also supported: the moment a new browser is installed on your device, Sticky Password prompts you with adding its browser extension while data from other password managers can be imported in CSV format. Exporting of Sticky Password data from one device to another is also possible via a flash drive, but if you wish to export your passwords and other credentials then the options are unfortunately quite limited. The safest (in other words, encrypted) way is to use Sticky Password’s own file format, but data can also appear in XML, HTML or TXT files as well.
Security and Privacy
Sticky Password’s methods to secure its users’ data are quite impressive, despite having only one dud. The two-factor authentication is only available if Google Authenticator is installed on your mobile device – although this can be easily replaced by fingerprint authentication if your device has Touch ID.
But there is more: aside from the obligatory master password and the AES-256 military-grade encryption, the biggest advantage of this solution is that all data you enter is encrypted both on the device and during cloud syncing and backup too. Speaking of syncing, Sticky Password does not oblige users to use its servers to match all data on all connected devices: in fact, it is possible to use your own Wi-Fi or local network to do the syncing, or even arrange everything manually by downloading the necessary data to a USB-drive.
As for devices using this password manager, it is only the owner of the account who can specify which device is permitted to be authorized and which isn’t: in this regard, Sticky Password can be set to authorize everything using the software, enable authorization only after providing a one-time PIN code or restrict the addition of any more devices to the list of those already authorized.
Although the free forever version of Sticky Password is useful on its own and includes everything the Premium subscription offers for the first 30 days, it lacks all online syncing options (cloud sync, cloud backup and local Wi-Fi) and doesn’t provide priority support. These features can only be unlocked by subscribing to Premium, either on an annual basis for $29.99 per year (approximately $2.50 per month), or as a convenient lifetime license for a one-time $149.99 fee. As a Best Reviews reader you’re being given a special 50% discount on both the subscription plan and the lifetime license, reducing the prices to $14.99 per year ($1.25 per month) and $74.98 respectively. To activate these extra discounted prices you just need to access Sticky Passwords’ store through this offer link. Additionally, both of these options provide a 30-day money back guarantee and, as an appreciated extra, part of your payment is wired to the NGO Save the Manatee Club for the protection of the company’s mascot animal, the manatees.
To top it all, customers who subscribed before December 8 2014 can upgrade to the lifetime license for free, plus they receive three additional Premium licenses for free for a whole year, too. And students who purchase Sticky Password via OnTheHub can enjoy a lifetime license of Sticky Password with up to 73% off.
Sticky Password is not very strong when it comes to live support or 24/7 availability, as the staff can only be connected directly via an inquiry form. However, the company makes up for this with everything else, including the quick tutorial shown to all new users when first launching the desktop app. Sticky Password also helps out through its extremely versatile and detailed help center, many tutorials (partially in video format, but mostly written), a well-detailed FAQ page with the most important questions answered, and a complete user manual as a downloadable PDF file. Aside from these support options, the company can be contacted via its regularly updated Facebook and Twitter page, with further information coming via its blog with updates about the software.
Sticky Password is exactly what you would expect from a password manager: a simple and straightforward solution for securely storing passwords, login credentials and other important data. However, the program is a bit too simplified, which is especially noticeable when you want to access certain additional features. Another major deficiency is that the app doesn’t integrate the Chrome mobile browser, and requires Google Authenticator to perform the two-factor authentication.
But Sticky Password shines in everything else: the functions for managing login credentials and other important data are well-explained and can be used with relative ease, the security options are top-notch, and there are extras like USB-portability, virtual keyboard, a password generator, and various device syncing options. Combine this with the company’s pricing policy – which offers a free version as well as both a subscription and lifetime license option with a 50% discount – and Sticky Password is a password manager that definitely deserves your consideration.