Picking the right password manager can be a painful task, especially if you haven’t used one before. How many services do you need to test before finding the one that best serves your needs? How many services can you trust with your password without being aware of the security measures they take to protect your data? Luckily we’ve done some of the work for you already, and know that Sticky Password and 1Password are two great password managers, but which between them is best for you? Let us highlight the key features to help you make an informed decision.
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Conceived and designed by former AVG Technologies executives based in the Czech Republic, Sticky Password currently serves more than 2 million customers. The user interface could use a little work, but the service incorporates a powerful syncing feature that provides a choice between cloud, Wi-Fi or other local sync selection. Sticky Password prompts users to save their details and then to fill in the login info or identity saved in the app. Sticky Password uses AES-256 encryption to secure your data, but users can add an extra layer of security to their account by enabling two-factor authentication for their Sticky Password login – though they need to use the Authenticator app from Google to obtain the one-time passcode.
Along with fingerprint authentication – supported by both Sticky Password and 1Password – this software allows users to authorize a device with a one-time PIN. Sticky Password users can choose a free account, but for additional features – such as keeping all the data in sync across all platforms – there is an option for either a $29.99 per year subscription or a $149.99 lifetime license.
Although it began as a service developed for Mac users, Canada-based AgileBits has made 1Password available for Windows, Android and iOS as well. The service has also gone through a pricing structure change lately, since AgileBits has moved from a per-app license basis to a subscription-based service. This move has brought with it important changes, such as cloud-based synchronization across all devices and the ability to add new vaults, which enables users to separate work from personal life more easily. With a 1Password subscription users are provided with a secret key, which is essential to keep securely since it is needed every time a new device is used with the software or whenever logging in via the browser.
Sharing vaults with people is also much easier and safer, but it is also tied to a membership. And don’t overlook the fact that, like Sticky Passwords, 1Password also uses AES-256 encryption to keep data secure. If you regularly use services like Dropbox, Gmail or Tumblr with two-factor identification enabled, 1Password has a neat feature that streamlines the login process and eliminates the need for a second app. When using the “Open and Fill” option to log into an account, it also copies a one-time password, valid for 30 seconds, onto your clipboard so all that is needed is to paste that code into the required field. All of 1Password’s features can be tested for 30 days risk-free before deciding whether the nicely packaged service is worth the $2.99 per month price.
With 1Password accounts, AgileBits has made credential sharing and management much easier – a feature that Sticky Password lacks. Recovering the account of a team or family member is easy if you manage the 1Password accounts. However Sticky Password focuses more on personal accounts rather than those of teams, which puts 1Password at an advantage if you are looking to manage an entire team of people. When it comes to pricing, though, Sticky Password offers a lifetime license, something you won’t get from 1Password. Keeping your accounts secure with a strong password is something both services provide, but they each do it differently: Sticky Password lets you decide the lifespan of a password, while 1Password’s Watchtower feature warns of old and weak passwords. Test either of these two password managers by using a free Sticky Password account or the 30-day, risk-free trial account from 1Password.