Password managers are no longer a dime a dozen. Those apps are part of a privacy and security craze, more than a cottage industry, bordering on necessity. Quick. Name the best password manager for Mac, iPhone, and iPad?
If you answered anything but 1Password you’d be wrong. Few apps are as solid, dependable, and feature laden as 1Password. It runs on Mac, iPhone, iPad, Windows, and Android. I have used it for years and love it to death. But I’ve reached a point where I can no longer afford the best of everything and with a new 1Password upgrade coming, and monthly subscriptions on the way, I’m looking elsewhere.
Tops on the list of replacements is a 1Password-like app called Enpass. It runs on Mac, iPhone, iPad, Windows, Android, and even Chromebook and Linux PCs. For the Mac, Enpass is free. It’s also free to try on iOS, but the price tag– compared to the more popular 1Password– is a bargain. This looks familiar, right?
Enpass comes with all the basics and a few more features that are must-haves on modern password managers. You can sync between multiple devices using iCloud, Dropbox, GoogleDrive, Microsoft One Drive, and others. A password generator is built in. The industry standard AES 256-bit encryption keeps files safe. On iPhone Enpass opens with Touch ID or Face ID. It generates backups automatically.
For security, data is stored locally rather than on a cloud server somewhere (exception being the standard sync via iCloud, Dropbox, et al). Forms can be filled in automatically. Enpass has browser extensions available for Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and others to make it easy to log into websites.
I tend to think of Enpass as 1Password Lite. It’s free for desktop PCs– Mac, Windows, Linux. It’s also free for mobile devices but only stores up to 20 items. After that, the price tag kicks in. But the price tag itself is less than 1Password’s annual subscription price after only four months.
There is not much to not like in Enpass. Free to try. Oh, one more thing. It even imports 1Password information. Yes, I love it to death but luxury comes with a price and there are times when less is more– you know what I mean?