I counted mine and I have 63 passwords. And those are just the ones I use on the computer. They don’t even include the ones on my other smart devices. Even though passwords are supposed to be more complex, I read somewhere the average person has between 80 and 110 passwords.
You need passwords for everything. I even need one for the gate entry system at my subdivision because the app is preferable over the remote key fob. And there is no way I’m using any other password with that gate system because there’s no telling who has their finger on the pulse of that thing.
Some people keep all their passwords in a notecard on their phone. Lot of good that will do if they ever forget the password to their phone, or lose it.
Other people write them down in a spiral notebook, then lock it away in one of those fireproof boxes next to their desk. Whenever they need a password, they have to get the key out of their pocket, unlock the box and scroll through the notebook. What a waste of time.
I remember watching a movie where the man kept his passcode taped upside down to the inside of his secretary’s desk drawer. Every time he needed it, he walked out, unlocked the drawer, bent over to read it, and then re-locked the drawer and walked back into his office. By the time he was ready to use the password, he forgot it and had to start all over again.
We have tens, if not a hundred or so complex passwords with lower case, upper case, numbers and symbols. Who can remember all of them? And there are the ones that say you cannot include these characters, but they must consist of these characters and have no fewer than this many characters while no more than that many characters.
All of these are why password managers were invented. But which one is the right password manager?
Managing your digital identity and protecting sensitive data may seem complicated, but password managers simplify life. That’s why I reviewed 10 of them recently, but only eight made the cut.
Since my Mother taught me, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” I won’t name the two that didn’t score at least 8.5 out of 10.0 during my review. They received the axe.
Listed below alphabetically are the remaining eight Password Managers (with URLs) I reviewed, along with their scores and four key factors that contributed to their high marks.
1Password – 8.6/10.0
- Unlimited password storage
- Outstanding organization of passwords
- New devices secured from account access
- Secure vault sharing
Dashlane – 8.8/10.0
- Dark-web monitoring
- Hack-resistant password generator
- Unlimited password storage
- Compatible with Windows, Mac, Android and iOS
Kaspersky Password Manager – 8.8/10.0
- Unique, strong passwords for new accounts
- Secure Hassle-free autofill
- 2-factor authentication
- Simple install
Keeper – 8.9/10.0
- Compatible with Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, Chrome and Linux
- Full 2-factor authentication support
- Secure and encrypted storage at rest
- Sync passwords across multiple devices
LogMeOnce – 8.6/10.0
- Compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux
- Streamlined with a unique interface and features
- Biometric options
- Encrypted storage
NordPass – 8.7/10.0
- Browser extensions available for major platforms
- Multi-factor authentication and biometric login
- Checks for data leaks and identifies vulnerable passwords
- Supports secure credential sharing
RoboForm – 8.9/10.0
- Supports offline password access
- Easy to search through linked accounts
- Captures new passwords automatically
- Superb form-filling capabilities
Zoho Vault – 8.9/10.0
- Multi-factor authentication
- Handles multi-page logins
- Collaborative features for use between home and work
- Compatible with Windows, macOS, Android and iOS devices
Some of you would probably ask, “Why didn’t Murph give us more details and more graphics?”
These are just password managers. They securely remember your passwords and fill them in for each of your applications. Big whoop. It’s not like they are software for remotely operating the Mars Rover.
Strangely enough, they all pretty much look the same from one screen to another. “Now I wonder how that could possibly happen?”
You probably also might wonder why I didn’t include any prices for these Password Managers.
The answer is simple—their prices change faster than I can track them down.
You can buy these Password Managers in more places on the internet than “Carter has liver pills,” and every one of them has a different price as soon as the next one changes their price.
About half of them offer a free or trial version, but as with most free things, you get what you pay for.
The free versions typically offer fewer features, may only provide some of the functionality, and may only work for a specified period of time (thus the trial period designation).
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