I. How We Evaluated Norton Password Manager vs. LastPass

Password managers are an easy way to keep track of passwords, credit card numbers, and other types of sensitive information. The following is a look at how these password managers stack up.

We also explain which kinds of users could be better off with one or the other. To gather the most complete picture possible, we researched Norton and LastPass using user reviews and information from their respective websites. We also spent some time testing out each password manager to get a hands-on impression.

Common Features We Looked For

We focused on these five features to bring you a thorough comparison of Norton Password Manager and LastPass.

Security and Encryption

If you’re considering a new password manager, the first thing you need to know is that it can keep your information secure. Password managers rely on encryption to protect user data while in transit and while being stored in the cloud. Both Norton Password Manager and LastPass use industry-standard AES 256-bit encryption.

Other features like dark web monitoring, offline storage options, and two-factor authentication (2FA) can also help maximize a password manager’s security. In this section, we cover all the security-related tools currently offered by these two password managers.

App Compatibility

Another basic requirement is that your password manager supports all the devices and operating systems you use. App compatibility is all about the different ways to access each password manager, including web vaults, desktop apps, browser extensions, and mobile apps.

Setup and Ease of Use

Password managers are intended to make it easier to keep track of your passwords, but some of them are still surprisingly complicated. A good password manager makes it as simple as possible to create an account, download the software, import your existing passwords, and get started with your new vault.

Password Sharing

Every password manager can store passwords for your own use, but some also streamline the process of sharing passwords with other users. You might be accustomed to sharing passwords through other channels, such as email or short message service (SMS), but it’s much safer and more convenient to share information through a secure password manager.

Price

Finally, most users should take price into account when making their final decision. Even if one password manager is slightly more effective or easier to use than another, it may not be worth paying twice as much or more for only minor improvements. In the price section, we cover the different subscriptions and price points from each password manager and provide a thorough comparison of their overall values.

II. Norton Password Manager vs. LastPass Comparison

Security and Encryption

Both Norton Password Manager and LastPass use industry-standard AES 256-bit encryption to protect user files. This practice ensures that your information is safeguarded when stored in the cloud on your password manager’s servers. Even if those servers are hacked, the hackers still need to decrypt the underlying data to extract any useful information.

As mentioned above, password manager security doesn’t end with encryption. For example, both of these two password managers come with support for 2FA. With 2FA, you’ll have to authorize each login attempt with something other than the username and password. This authentication usually takes the form of a one-time code sent to a mobile device.

Norton Password Manager currently supports four different 2FA methods: mobile authenticator apps, phone calls, text messages, and USB security keys. 2FA is tied to your Norton account, so it also applies to any other Norton services you use.

Similarly, LastPass is highly flexible when it comes to 2FA. LastPass also offers its own proprietary authentication service, which you can use to access LastPass or any other platform that requires 2FA.

Some users may be disappointed by the fact that LastPass doesn’t support SMS authentication. This is more of a pro than a con since SMS is less secure than many other forms of 2FA.

Instead of SMS, LastPass supports a long list of other methods including the most popular authenticator apps like Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, and Duo Security. You can also use YubiKey, Smart Card, Symantec VIP, SecureAuth, or a handful of other options. Check out the LastPass website to learn more about supported 2FA tools.

App Compatibility

Both Norton Password Manager and LastPass are available on the most popular platforms used in 2022. However, neither one offers a desktop app, so you have to log in through the website or download a browser extension.

First, Norton Password Manager offers a mobile app for both iOS and Android. If you want to use the application on a desktop, you can download the browser extension for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox. Unfortunately, there’s currently no support for other major browsers, such as Safari, Opera, or Internet Explorer.

Some users may also be disappointed by the lack of a desktop app for Norton Password Manager. Regardless of the operating system you’re using, the only ways to access this password manager are either through the website or by using the browser extension.

The situation is basically the same for LastPass. While LastPass provides a “universal installer” for Windows and Linux, this simply allows users to set up the various browser extensions. You can use LastPass extensions on any desktop operating system, but there’s no standalone desktop app.

Like Norton Password Manager, LastPass also offers mobile apps for iOS and Android. If you don’t want to download an app, you can also access the web vault directly by logging in through the LastPass website.

Setup and Ease of Use

To get started with Norton Password Manager, visit the website and click the “Sign In” button in the top-right corner. Select the “Create an Account” option, then enter your email address, password, and location to sign up. You can also connect to your Apple or Google account if you’d rather avoid creating yet another online account.

Once you get everything set up, you’ll find a familiar password manager interface that makes it simple to stay on top of any sensitive information. The Norton Password Manager dashboard is broken up into five categories: Logins, Wallet, Addresses, Notes, and Favorites. Even many paid password managers don’t offer a category for addresses, so this is a welcome addition from Norton.

If you already have your passwords stored somewhere else, you can import them into your new Norton Password Manager account quickly. Norton supports a long list of import sources:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Dashlane
  • 1Password
  • LastPass (binary or non-binary)
  • True Key
  • Other Norton Password Manager accounts

Similarly, the easiest way to sign up for LastPass is to check out its website and click “Get LastPass Free” in the upper-right corner. All you need to create an account is an email address and a master password. Unlike Norton, LastPass doesn’t support account creation through any kind of third-party service.

LastPass offers a similar range of options to Norton when it comes to importing your existing passwords. Here’s the list of supported third-party platforms:

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Windows
  • Bitwarden
  • Dashlane
  • 1Password

The LastPass interface is a little more sophisticated than Norton, mostly due to its deeper functionality. There are five basic entry categories: passwords, notes, addresses, payment cards, and bank accounts. However, LastPass also provides preset categories for driver’s licenses, passports, and Social Security numbers.

Both Norton Password Manager and LastPass allow users to import passwords using a generic CSV file. This makes it easy to import passwords even when they aren’t stored using one of the platforms listed above.

Overall, these two platforms are highly comparable with respect to ease of use. From importing passwords to managing entries, they generally have similar processes and share a minimalist design philosophy. However, LastPass might take some more time to learn how to use since it offers many additional features.

Password Sharing

If you decide to go with Norton Password Manager, you won’t have any easy, secure way to share passwords with other users. Norton Password Manager is only designed to help you save passwords for your own use, so you have to work out some other method if you need to share them.

Meanwhile, LastPass provides strong support for password sharing, particularly if you upgrade to a paid subscription. To share a password through LastPass, find the password you want to share and then click the Share icon.

At that point, LastPass asks you to enter the email address of the recipient or recipients. You can also select whether you want them to be able to view the password in plain text or autofill it when accessing the corresponding website or app.

Unselecting the “Allow Recipient to View Password” option is a good way to prevent your recipients from sharing the password with other users. However, it’s important to note that this isn’t a foolproof method — tech-savvy users can extract the password from the autofill alone.

LastPass is much better than Norton Password Manager when it comes to sharing, but even LastPass has some limitations. For example, you have to reshare an entry every time you change it. Unlike some other top password managers, LastPass doesn’t offer any kind of automatic updates for shared entries.

Price

While LastPass offers both free and paid options, Norton Password Manager is only available as a free service. If you’re interested in additional cybersecurity tools, such as dark web monitoring, antivirus software, identity theft protection, or a secure virtual private network (VPN), you can pay for one of Norton’s other products or the 360 bundle. However, the password manager is the same regardless of whether you pay for other Norton services.

The LastPass free tier supports unlimited passwords, but you can only use them on one “device type.” In other words, you can access a free LastPass account on unlimited computers, or on unlimited mobile devices, but your account is tied to one of those two categories until you upgrade to a paid subscription.

Premium LastPass plans currently run $3 per month billed annually, You’ll also get a 30-day free trial when you create your account. Along with (truly) unlimited devices, premium users also get unlimited password sharing, emergency access, dark web monitoring, priority tech support, and 1 GB of encrypted cloud storage for their files.

Families and other groups can share a single LastPass Families subscription for $4 per month paid annually. Each plan comes with support for up to six unique accounts, and you can use shared folders to give different users access to different entries and files.

III. Overview: Norton Password Manager vs. LastPass

Norton is a solid free password manager, and it’s somewhat more practical than the LastPass free tier due to its support for unlimited devices. But some users may prefer to upgrade to a paid LastPass subscription, particularly if they’re looking for a more robust set of features.

Premium LastPass users can use several tools that aren’t available with Norton Password Manager. For example, they get password sharing, emergency access, and 1 GB of file storage. If you’re willing to spend at least a few dollars per month, this is a much more complete option compared to the limitations of Norton Password Manager.

Norton Password ManagerLastPass
Setting up the vaultNorton Password Manager accepts CSV files plus imports from these third-party applications: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Dashlane, 1Password, LastPass (binary or nonbinary), True Key, and other Norton Password Manager accountsLastPass supports CSV imports as well as direct imports from several different sources: Chrome, Dashlane, 1Password, Bitwarden, and other LastPass accounts.
Logging into accountsNorton Password Manager offers an autofill tool for both desktop and mobile users.If you enable autofill, LastPass enters passwords, forms, and credit card numbers automatically when you access the corresponding website. LastPass also supports passwordless login.
Creating passwordsYou can use the Norton password generator on its website, even if you don’t have an account. Passwords can be customized by length (four to 64 characters) as well as character type.The LastPass password generator is thoroughly customizable. You can set character type, length (one to 50 characters), and whether the password should be easy to say or easy to read or both.
Changing passwordsNorton Password Manager offers an “auto-change password” tool that can replace your passwords automatically on external websites and make sure the NordPass entry is updated to match.LastPass recognizes password changes automatically and asks whether to update the corresponding LastPass entry.
Sharing loginsWhile Norton Password Manager can sync passwords across multiple devices, it doesn’t offer any way to share passwords with other users.LastPass supports email-based password sharing and you can decide whether to let the recipient view the password in plain text or simply autofill it into websites and apps.
Recovering accountNorton doesn’t have access to your master password, so you could be totally locked out if you lose or forget the password. It’s a good idea to set up biometric authentication on a mobile device so that you can still access your vault without the master password.Biometric authentication is the easiest way to recover your LastPass account if you’re locked out. However, you can also set up SMS recovery if you want a backup.
Advanced security featuresNorton Password Manager is secured by AES 256-bit encryption. You can also enable 2FA via SMS, phone calls, security keys, and mobile authenticator apps.LastPass uses AES 256-bit encryption and is compatible with secure 2FA methods, such as security keys and authenticator apps. You can also set up 2FA through the proprietary LastPass authenticator.