How many online accounts do you have? Now compare that to passwords: You're likely reusing at least a few less-than-secure ones. The average person has around 130 online accounts and reuses their favorite password four times.
No one likes having to type a password over and over again to gain access to an account, but it's something we all have to do. As the internet continues to become universal we'll have an increasing number of accounts, the compromising of which could disrupt our lives.
If you want to keep your online—and offline—identity secure you need a good way to manage your passwords. Here are five encrypted password managers that work on multiple platforms, from desktops to smartphones.
One of the leaders in password management, LastPass features apps for almost every platform and web browser you can think of. The ubiquity of LastPass makes it an excellent choice, as does one of its newest features: Stored passwords are shared between devices for free.
SEE: LastPass: The smart person's guide (TechRepublic)
While one universal password vault seems like an obvious idea it's a paid feature for most other apps. Making it a free feature pushes LastPass to the front of the pack.
You can download LastPass at its website or on your respective mobile app store.
Dashlane may not boast the market share that LastPass does but that doesn't mean it's not a valuable app. Dashlane does all the same things as other password managers and it does them well.
One of Dashlane's standout features is its storage option: You don't have to store your passwords in the cloud if you don't want to. It will still be encrypted with AES-256 but your private information can stay put right on your device. If you want to pay for universal access to your passwords you'll have to store it in the cloud, but those wanting serious security can opt for the local option.
SEE: Password Management Policy (Tech Pro Research)
I use Dashlane and I like it a lot. If you've tried Dashlane in the past you should know that the app has undergone a lot of transformation over the last few years. It's far smoother and easier to use than it used to be.
1Password is a lot like the other apps out there, but with a few neat features made for small businesses and families. Subscription fees allow for password sharing, a business management console, multiple password vaults, and other features.
SEE: 1Password: The smart person's guide (TechRepublic)
Individual users can unlock a bundle of premium features for a one-time payment, which makes 1Password a good choice for the single user as well. An Apple Watch app, custom fields, one-time password generation, and custom organization options are all part of the $9.99 bundle.
1Password is available for macOS, Windows, Android, and iOS. You can download all versions here.
RoboForm might fly a bit under the radar, but there's a lot of reasons to give it a shot. One of the neatest features of its desktop app is the home screen that it can add to an embedded web browser once a user logs in. The page is a simple launcher of sites stored in the Roboform password vault, allowing a user to instantly log in with the click of a single button.
RoboForm's mobile versions do the same thing, making it a one-stop login shop that can seriously simplify life.
Check out RoboForm on its website, where you can also download it for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android.
Zoho Vault app is the one on this list that's really designed for business. While individuals can use Zoho Vault for free that's not where its strengths lie.
Zoho Vault is designed for small teams who need to share logins, notes, files, and other data with confidence in their security. Users can opt to share passwords individually with team members, control roles for others, and see a log of everyone to use each set of credentials.
Pricing plans for Zoho Vault come in three tiers, with each one having additional features needed to manage larger businesses.
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Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.