Using a password manager only has benefits. Making use of one of these tools is the same as saying goodbye to long and complex passwords stored on sticky notes, since all login credentials and other sensitive data is kept in a much more secure place. But picking the right tool for the job can be tricky, especially if you don’t even know whether it’s better to have a downloadable program or an online vault.
That’s why we’re comparing Sticky Password and LastPass; the former is a simple downloadable program that offers various offline and online syncing options with local bank-level encryption, while the latter is web-only but still provides intelligent data categorization, password sharing and multiple authentication options.
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Like most password managers, Sticky Password requires users to download and install a desktop and mobile app in order to be able to access the password vault – which is one of the simplest of its kind. However, within this simplicity hide great features: not only can this software store a lot of different data, from passwords and (customizable) secure notes to IDs and even bookmarks, but it arranges them in a very logical manner, too.
With its add-on Sticky Password supports 16 different browsers, but it can also import login credentials from various desktop and mobile apps. By default the program only syncs data offline (via flash drive), but there are other methods such as cloud syncing or using your local or Wi-Fi network. When it comes to security, Sticky Password makes sure that your credentials stay hidden and safe by encrypting all data with military-grade encryption before it leaves the device. While it’s in the cloud, it is also possible to specify from which devices your vault can be accessed and which online accounts require two-factor authentication.
While Sticky Password does have a free version, it’s only the Premium version that enables all of the above features, which is available via an annual subscription of $2.50 per month or via a lifetime license purchase.
LastPass is unique in the password manager market since it is entirely web-based, capable of integrating with almost every single browser on the market. Whether you access your vault from a browser or via the app, LastPass always categorizes credentials automatically regardless of where they were imported from – though it does still allow users to create their own categories, too. Data is automatically synced between devices and by using the so-called Sharing Center passwords and other sensitive credentials can be shared with up to five people.
With Security Challenge the strength of each password entered into your LastPass vault is evaluated and even notifies you of compromised websites as well. LastPass encrypts all your data locally, allows the option to only connect devices to the vault via authentication, includes a password generator and even integrates with 13 different two-factor authentication apps – out of which one happens to be developed by the company.
Best of all is how LastPass’s free version contains all necessary features and more, but by subscribing to Premium for just $2 per month you get data sharing for multiple parties, offline app integration and 1GB of encrypted file storage.
Since both of these password managers are perfect for securely storing sensitive data, the debate is basically reduced to whether you want a downloadable program or you prefer an online solution.
Sticky Password is the downloadable option here, which provides multiple options for data syncing. With its clever interface cramming in plenty of additional settings, this software is easy for anyone to pick up and use but complex enough to allow you to safely store various credentials of online and even offline accounts – all of which are locally secured with bank-level encryption. And if that’s not a decisive enough reason, Sticky Password can be purchased from the developer and used for as long as you wish.
On the other hand, LastPass is a fully online solution that comes with intelligent data categorization and provides the option to securely share credentials with other people – very useful for families and in emergency situations. If you needed a reason to try, then the free version contains everything you might need from password management software, and the premium subscription is ridiculously cheap to boot.