Since the recent Heartbleed Internet scandal, everyone has been on edge about their passwords and how secure they really are. Many organizations have asked their customers to change their passwords — an annoying step for families and companies juggling multiple passwords at once.
This is where password manager software comes in to save the day: These managers create and collect your favorite passwords under one secure program. When problems like Heartbleed and other security weaknesses hit, you can shift your individual passwords with just a few clicks, and without committing any difficult string of characters to memory.
Password Managers to Rely On
Here are several high quality password managers used today, ranging from simple, free versions to more expensive options for businesses.
KeePass is a simple password manager, but it’s also free and very easy to download. This basic service provides you with a single password database governed by a master key. It also includes features like password generators, customizable languages, and the ability to divide passwords by entry groups or tags. Since KeePass is open source, there are plenty of plugins available to customize it for a small business. However, the simplest version works well for a home-based password manager as well.
LastPass is a more official type of password software that offers coverage ranging from password imports (from older systems), USB key creation (for a physical password lock) and automatic form filling. It also gives you a safe online portal to share passwords with others. Desktop and mobile compatibility are both offered. However, you will have to pay for it — to the tune of $1 per month. Not the worst price for well-rounded security protection.
3. Password Genie
Password Genie is ideal for business professionals or frequent travelers who need identity protection that extends far beyond the desktop computer screen. Sure, Password Genie offers a password collection system for websites, insurance logins, and other information, but it also provides space for frequent flyer passwords, hotel and rental logins, and PINs, among other types of sensitive information. The price for this app takes another jump to around $20 per month, and it is designed primarily to work on your smartphone, not your desktop.
RoboForm, like LastPass, has been around for a while and offers numerous features to protect passwords and autofill forms for swift logins. RoboForm works with the “master key/password” setup so common in password managers. The real draw of RoboForm, however, is its tiered purchasing packages. The basic form of RoboForm is free to download. Pay $20 ($10 for the first year) and you get RoboForm Everywhere, which offers more features and syncing between multiple, different operating systems, ideal for a complex work environment.
DataVault is a password manager project from Ascendo. It is an inclusive piece of software, offering password management for everyone desktop and mobile device outside of Android (sorry, Google fans). While its features remain simple, DataVault focuses on a friendly interface and the ability to store nearly any type of password data in a simple format.
6. Sticky Password
Sticky Password comes in two different flavors, one of for all mobile devices, with support for iOS, Android and Windows, and one designed especially for PC desktops. Other features, including form filling, master passwords, and password syncing between devices, are included. Sticky has a couple different purchase options. The free versions offer no syncing and limits the number of accounts you can use, but should be fine for basic family use and even small businesses. The advanced version, starting at $12 per year, is better for mid-sized companies.
SplashID wins the tiered package contest with three clear tiers. One is the personal version, ideal for family passwords and financial information strung out between multiple devices. The Teams tier is ideal for smaller companies juggling even more communication and device options. The third package, Enterprise, is suitable for larger companies with complex networks and server arrangements. Pricing ranges drastically depending on service choices within each tier, from a one-time fee of $10 for a simplified version of the personal tier to around $5 per person for teams and individual quotes for enterprise.