Recently, LastPass was acquired by LogMeIn. It is because of this acquisition that some users are looking to jump ship. If you are looking to get off LastPass, here are some of the top LasTPass alternatives.
In the current landscape, using an effective password manager is just as important for your security as installing a quality anti-virus suite, enabling two-step verification on your accounts, and making regular backups.
Most people consider LastPass to be the king of password managers. It’s packed with features and boasts more users than any of its competitors.
But it’s far from being the only option. In this article, I’m going to introduce you to some of the alternatives. For each suggestion, I’ll give you one core benefit that distinguishes it from its ubiquitous rival.
Some of the LastPass Alternatives
Enpass is one of LastPass alternatives that is probably the most similar to LastPass on this list. It offers up the ability to generate secure passwords, automatically store your passwords in an encrypted database, import passwords from other managers (like LastPass), as well as auto-fill forms and automatically update password changes.
The service itself is secure. According to their official website, Enpass uses 256-bit AES encryption and an open-source encryption engine known as SQLCipher. Suffice it to say, your credentials will be safe.
This service is available for use on Mac, Linux and Windows. You’re also able to take your passwords on the go (for a price) on your Blackberry, iPhone, Android or Windows Phone.
Though it uses open-source encryption methods for your passwords, Enpass itself is not open source. If you’re looking for an easy, open-source alternative to LastPass, you should pass on this one. However, if the lack of open source doesn’t bother you, consider giving Enpass a go.
KeePassX is perhaps the most well-known of all the LastPass alternatives. It’s entirely free, it’s open-source, and all your data is saved locally rather than in the cloud.
The fact that it’s open source is important. If you’re so inclined, it means you can check the source code of the app and ensure all the encryption methods are implemented correctly and operating perfectly.
Of course, locally-saved data isn’t for everyone. If you regularly need to access your passwords on multiple computers and mobile devices, it’s a pain. You will need to move your password database around from device to device manually.
From a security standpoint, KeePassX uses the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and the Twofish algorithm, and it relies on SHA-256 to hash your data. Interestingly, it doesn’t only encrypt your passwords. All the data fields within the app are also secured.
Core Benefit:Open source software app that saves data locally.
Dashlane is one of the other LastPass alternatives that is like LastPass in terms of functionality. Even the user interface is remarkably similar.
The app has five core features:
- Password Manager: Instantly save any password for any account.
- Form Autofill: If you do a lot of online shopping or regularly find yourself punching your address into online forms, the autofill feature will save you a lot of time.
- Digital Wallet: Not only will the digital wallet keep your payment details secure, but it also automatically captures the receipts of any online purchases you make.
- Password Generator: A password manager isn’t going to help if all your passwords are “hello123”. You need to create unique and complex strings for each individual account. So try to create strong passwords.
- Password Changer: The password changer can alter your weakest passwords without having to log into each account separately.
There’s also a premium version. It will set you back $39.99 per year but introduces syncing across multiple devices, account backup, two-step login authentication, and web access. It’s worth noting that lots of these features are available for free on LastPass and other services.
Dashlane comes into its own when accessing its security. It claims to have the strongest master password requirements in the industry. But more importantly, it also claims to have the best security architecture. The developers filed a security patent to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in March 2012,which was granted in February 2016. The developers go into great detail about all features on the Dashlane website.
Core Benefit: A customized and unique approach to data security and encryption.
1Password does the standard password manager stuff well. This is one of the LastPass alternatives which automatically storing your passwords and auto filling your logins with one click when you revisit sites. What sets 1Password apart is its ability to store credit card information and software licenses for added security.
When you download 1Password, you download it directly to your machine and host it there, which is really the ultimate security procedure. Hosting information in the cloud can open up new security risks. So keeping everything on-premise is an excellent way to protect your data.
However, the same thing that makes 1Password secure can also make it arduous for teams. Think of the fun you’ll have coordinating each individual license across your organization. To avoid that terrible fate, the software’s developer has released 1Password Teams to make coordinating password security more manageable. This version is remotely hosted.
5. In-Browser Password Manager
Most browsers have a password manager. Every time you enter a password, you will be asked whether you want the browser to remember it. These managers are convenient if you use the same browser on all your devices. All your logins will be automatically synced across all your devices without needing to install third-party apps.
The security of these managers varies widely from browser to browser. For example, the Firefox manager offers a master password option, whereas Chrome just automatically populates your credentials on sites.
Chrome does offer a “sync passphrase” so if someone has your master Google Account password, they still won’t have access to your logins. Nonetheless, the bottom line is none of the browser-based solutions offer the same level of security as a dedicated manager.
Core Benefit: Simplicity. No new accounts, no hassle of dealing with third-party apps.
Like Keeper, StickyPassword give the ultra-paranoid a way to move passwords across their home network using cloudless Wi-Fi. That way Big Brother will never be able to access your Dancing with the Stars audition tapes.
Other than the novel method of data transfer, StickyPassword performs all of the other password manager functions well — particularly in the login capture arena.
Many other password managers struggle when asked to record login information for unorthodox field setups. For example, when the password and username aren’t displayed on the same page or directly above one another.
StickyPassword captures the appropriate data nearly all of the time. That may sound like a minor perk, but it really does become a hassle when you have to manage mis-recorded credentials in your password library.
7. aWallet Password Manager
aWallet is a password manager for Android and iOS. There is no web version and no desktop version.
There are two versions of the app: a local version and a cloud version. The local version has no internet access permissions and saves all your sensitive data on your mobile device. The new cloud version can sync your passwords, credit card details, and online banking credentials with either Dropbox or Google Drive so you can access them on several devices.
The app encrypts all data fields and relies on AES and Blowfish algorithms with key sizes of 256, 192, and 128 bits. As an extra level of security, the app will automatically delete your local password data file after a predefined number of unsuccessful login attempts.
Both the Android and the iOS version require a one-off payment of $3.99.
Core Benefit: Mobile-centric for users who spent a lot of time on the road.
Keeper is one of the other LastPass alternatives which offers all the usual features you expect. But there is one function which makes it a worthy addition to this list.
It’s the “Keeper Family Plan.” The developers understand that families share lots of digital things, whether it’s Netflix passwords, email logins, or Xbox accounts. The Family Plan is their attempt to offer a secure solution for sharing.
You can add five users, each of whom gets a private vault and 10 GB of secure file sharing space. You can bounce passwords bounced between vaults with nothing more than your fingerprint.
Best of all, the “legacy” feature lets you automatically share insurance forms, medical records, estate planning documents, tax documents, etc. with your next of kin if you pass away.
The individual plan is $29.99 per year. The family plan is $59.99 per year.
Core Benefit: The best service for large families who share lots of data.
TeamPassword is unique in that it’s designed as a password manager for teams, not necessarily individuals, which can be particularly useful for marketing agencies, startups, and development shops. This team-based structure is reflected in the higher per month cost, which is offset if your team has 15 or more users.
If you plan to share single accounts with multiple people on your team, then TeamPassword may be the more convenient and economical LastPass alternative; however, it’s lacking in some of the features that other services include like support for application passwords, secure file storage, and single-click password reset.
Everyone needs a password manager. It’s one of the most basic requirements for anyone interested in protecting their information. That necessity is only amplified for businesses that must manage password integrity for dozens of employees.
Any of these LastPass alternatives will get the job done. But if you have a bigger team, consider one of the options with a business version first.
I have introduced you to five password manager alternatives to LastPass. But there are many more out there. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses.
Obviously, I’d love to know which password manager app you rely on. Are you a fan of RoboForm or Sticky Password? Perhaps you like 1Password or Passpack? What makes your app of choice so unique? Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.