In this article I will make a top of the best free password managers in 2017, providing a short description for each worth mentioning service. If you don’t know this yet, password managers centralize all your passwords into one single password and helps you remember your passwords, create new one or protect your passwords against strangers.
You should also read this article, which helps you create strong passwords and how to remember them.
So, here is the top.
LastPass is probably the most popular free, cross-platform password manager application. It can be used on both desktop (running Windows, Linux or Mac OS X) and mobile (running Android or iOS).
Among others, it autocompletes your passwords on websites and introduces your personal information you use to fill your forms. It is also capable of generating random strong passwords and it stores them automatically for you in the vault, alerting the users when they need to change the password or when they use the same more than once.
While it is free to use, if you want to sync your passwords between your phone and desktop, you need to pay a $1 fee per month.
Dashlane is yet another free, cross-platform password manager working for both desktops (Windows and Mac OS X) and mobiles (Android and iOS). It can store your passwords, create and save new strong passwords for you and complete web forms with personal information. You only need to remember the master password to open the encrypted vault and you are good to go.
While you can use DashLane on multiple devices, you need to pay $3 a month for the premium version to sync passwords between devices. It also saves receipts from purchases, a feature which is not present on other passwords managers.
Sticky Password is a free, cross-platform password manager developed by the team behind the AVG antivirus. It can be installed on Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS and, the like the DashLine and LastPass, it requires a $20 yearly subscription in order to permit the users to sync passwords between their platforms. Also, it autofills online forms and generates random strong passwords.
The paid version of Sticky Password has a biometric confirmation feature, permitting the usage of fingerprint authentication to identify on a mobile device. Also, it syncs the passwords via WiFi, so you will not need to trust the cloud.
Keeper Security :
Keeper security password manager is yet another cross platform password manager. It can be used on all the main platforms, including: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android and iOS and has a very simple and intuitive user interface.
The premium version supports Two-factor authentication and can be setup to delete all the records from the device if the master password is introduced more than five times incorrectly, keeping only the cloud copy.
For the premium version, the subscription fee is $10 for each device it is used on.
1Password is a top password manager for Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS that provides a master password for all your passwords. Unlike the others it does not autofill internet forms automatically and for password sync between devices, you will need to buy the premium version, for a one time fee of $50.
It has an audit feature that will tell you to change the weak or old passwords and permits you to save personal information in the Digital wallet.
And there is KeePassX, which is a free and open-source password manager for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. It gets security updates very often and supports plugins for expanding the app’s features.
It is compatible with a big number of password apps for mobile phones, but this provides that the user uploads its encrypted password file to the cloud, where it gets used by the other app. So, a little difficult, but syncing passwords between platforms is free.
Unlike the others, KeePassX is a little more difficult to use than the others, but it’s not rocket science after all.