Managing passwords is a pain in the read end. then it gets worse. Apple provides customers with the Keychain Access app in the Applications > Utilities folder and that can be synchronized between Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Keychain is a spartan, bare-bones app that for some reason is cumbersome to use. Paradox, no? Very unlike Apple, yes? How about a few alternatives?
Keychain Access complexity may be one reason there is a growing cottage industry of password management utilities for macOS and iOS, and just about every other OS used by the masses. Oh. Wait. That would be Android and Windows. Not much is left after that.
My all time favorite password manager is 1Password, considered by most to be the best you can get; certainly the most feature laden, and that means it’s also expensive. There’s a price tag for macOS and iOS, a subscription family plan, and now a subscription option. That tells me the future is subscription-based apps so I’m looking for affordable alternatives to manage passwords.
Here’s what I found.
LastPass – I once wrote about a popular password manager among the geekier Mac users. LastPass is also cross platform and has a new subscription model, but the Mac, iPhone, and iPad versions are free to use with unlimited passwords. Free? Yep. It even comes with the standard array of browser extensions, and the LastPass app for iOS also features a fill-in-username-and-password website launcher. LastPass Premium is the subscription option for $1 per month which is ad free, comes with additional two-factor authentication options, family sharing, more fingerprint ID options, online sync, and 1GB of online file storage. I like it. I use it.
EnPass – this is the most 1Password-like password manager you can find. EnPass is free for Mac users, free to try on iPhone and iPad (store up to 20 passwords) but the full on mobile version is $10. EnPass syncs between devices (with plenty of options), has browser extensions for the Mac, and runs almost everywhere; macOS, iOS, Windows, Android, Linux, Chromebook, and even flash storage for portability. Oh, and it can import 1Password passwords.
SafeInCloud – is another 1Password-like password manager with similar look and feel to EnPass, but somewhat easier to use and less expensive. SafeInCloud’s Mac version is completely free. The iOS version is free but has an inexpensive option with more features (about half the price ). As with the others, it features encryption, in this case 256-bit AES encryption, cloud sync options, a password strength meter, a password generator, and, like EnPass, it can import data from other password managers.
Those are the three password managers I’ve and would recommend. All are good. All are affordable. All are rather straightforward to set up and use; not simplistic, but not overly complicated and packed with features most of us would never use.