1Password and True Key are two great password managers which ranked highly on our list of the best password managers. Both services are comparable in price, features, and compatibility, especially with 1Password’s recent launch of a full-fledged Linux version.
Which password manager should you get? Let this 1Password vs. True Key face-off help you decide.
|Basic plan features
Read our full 1Password review.
|Starting price: $2.99 per month
Platform compatibility: Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Web (Brave, Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari), Windows
Security: AES 256-bit encryption, 2FA
Read our full True Key review.
|Starting price: Free
Platform compatibility: Browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Edge), iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS
Security: AES 256-bit encryption
Price winner: 1Password
|$36 per year for premium; $48 per year for up to six users
|$19.99 per year for premium; Limited Free version
True Key and 1Password cost are very different price-wise — a premium version is only $19.99 for True Key, while an equivalent plan with 1Password costs $36 per year.
1Password’s pricing starts at $2.99 per month for its Personal plan and $4.99 per month for its Family plan. True Key’s pricing starts at $19.99 per year for its Premium plan. Based on pricing alone, 1Password is more expensive than True Key. However, 1Password offers more features and security options than True Key.
You would assume that having a free version would give True Key a real edge in this category. However, the free version isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, throttling practical usage so hard that it’s little more than a glorified demo version. If saving money is your goal, there are plenty of cheap (or even free) password managers we’d recommend before True Key.
In the end, even though 1Password is more expensive, it still wins this category by offering more choices and better options than True Key.
Platform compatibility winner: 1Password
|OS: Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows
Supported browsers: Brave, Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari
|OS: iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS
Supported browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Edge
The latest version of 1Password, 1Password 8, came out in late 2022 and added a lot of compatibility options, including support for Linux. This was a big deal; it was the last major platform that wasn’t supported.
While True Key’s app compatibility will placate most people, the platform won’t fit everyone well. True Key does not support Linux-based operating systems, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry.
Winner: 1Password wins platform compatibility because it supports Linux where True Key does not.
UX winner: 1Password
|The 1Password app and desktop version have a fantastic UX/user interface (UI) design, making it a user-friendly option
|Bare-bones but extremely simple to use
1Password’s desktop version has a minimalistic approach I found appealing as it didn’t bombard me with excessive options or features. The current app has four main sections in the left toolbar to help you manage your account: Vault, Watchtower, Categories, and Tags.
True Key is a basic and rather bare-bones password manager, but it has an upside: it’s extremely simple to use. The layout is clean and easy to read and navigate, allowing even newcomers to the world of password management programs to quickly get acquainted with the functionality.
However, 1Password is more robust and usable when push comes to shove.
Form filling winner: 1Password
|1Password’s form filling works well, saving you time and ensuring you make data entries without errors.
|True Key automatically fills in your information when you visit a familiar page, creating a hassle-free login experience.
Both True Key and 1Password offer form-filling — including logins — on both desktop and mobile.
1Password impressed me with its form-filling capability. No matter the platform, 1Password aced the test, identifying fillable forms and providing accurate information whether we were on iPhone, Android, or desktop.
You won’t have to worry about typing incorrect login information or dealing with CAPTCHA. Also, it saves you from the hassle of typing the wrong details for your shipping address, leading to confusion later.
True Key automatically fills in your information when you visit a familiar page. This feature works flawlessly and creates a hassle-free login experience. Some password managers require the click of a button or two to kickstart this feature. This can be a good thing when using a login you don’t want to be stored; however, True Key makes it easy to quickly undo an auto-capture.
Where True Key loses points, though, is its inability to autofill information besides logins. Payment information and addresses, for example, can be stored in your True Key vault but cannot be auto-filled. I think payment and address autofill is one of the most useful features in a password manager, so I consider it a must-have.
Winner: 1Password has a much more robust implementation of autofill and wins yet another round.
Security winner: 1Password
Most password managers, including True Key and 1Password, use powerful 256-bit AES encryption, and both password managers’ vaults are unlocked on your device only after you’ve entered your master password. 1Password adds an extra layer of security with a 34-character Secret Key that works alongside your master password.
Similarly, each True Key account is protected by a master password that must be at least eight characters using uppercase and lowercase letters, digits and special characters, and spaces if desired.
That said, it’s also the industry standard. While your information is perfectly safe with True Key, the service can do more. Security features I generally like to see in a premium password manager include breach reports and dark web monitoring.
Winner: 1Password offers more security options and adds extra levels of encryption to your passwords to ensure data safety.
2FA winner: 1Password
Both True Key and 1Password support 2FA via authenticator apps (which use time-based one-time passwords, or TOTPs) and physical security keys. Neither sends 2FA codes via text message; trust us, that’s good.
True Key offers MFA, where you can choose which avenues you would like to employ. This can include biometrics like face ID or fingerprints where possible, verification on trusted devices with True Key installed, or clicking a link sent to the email address associated with the account.
At least two factors are required to log in on new devices. However, I found the actual implementation of MFA/2FA to be buggy — I often accessed my account without the advertised “necessary” 2FA.
1Password’s options are a bit more limited, perhaps because this layer of security wasn’t initially built in. Its 2FA function is compatible with Authy, Microsoft Authenticator, and physical U2F security keys like YubiKey and Google’s Titan key. But they work consistently well, and having fewer good options than many bad ones is better.
Winner: 1Password’s options are limited but work well and have proven secure.
Bottom line winner: 1Password
Best for: Windows users, especially if you can use the free tier
|True Key (3.8)
Best for: Those who want to upgrade from a free password manager without breaking the bank
True Key still has a slight price advantage over 1Password with its free tier, though that option’s limitations make True Key’s value proposition a bit less attractive.
1Password is a better value than True Key because it offers more features and security options than True Key. 1Password is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. It also offers data encryption, cross-device synchronization, email verification, MFA, and more. It is designed for small, medium, and enterprise businesses.
It works better on every level and proves to be the more robust and reliable password manager between the two.
On the surface, all password managers essentially generate and store passwords. As I evaluated providers, I dug deeper, comparing software on what matters most, including price, platform compatibility, security, and other factors.
I signed up for a plan with each provider to test:
Learn more about our review methodology.
About the Password Manager, Gunnar Kallstrom:
Kallstrom is a Cyber Team Lead for a Department of Defense (DOD) contracting company in Huntsville, Alabama, and has also worked as a computer network defense (CND) Cyber Analyst. An author and content creator for a cybersecurity academy, Kallstrom spent nearly 15 years in the Army as a musician before entering the cybersecurity field.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Thomas Edison State University and a master’s in organizational development and leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word.
Kallstrom has completed several Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) courses, including Security+, Network+, A+ Core 1, and A+ Core 2. He earned a CompTIA Security+ Certification. Additionally, he has completed the Cyber Warrior Academy program with more than 800 hours of hands-on, intensive, and lab-driven technical training in cybersecurity methods and procedures.
Passionate about all things cyber, Kallstrom was a speaker on a panel at the 2022 InfoSec World conference, giving a talk entitled “Hacking into a Cyber Career – True Stories.” Kallstrom is also a mentor to entry-level cybersecurity candidates seeking to break into the field. When he’s not working, he still enjoys playing guitar and fishing (not phishing).