When it comes to choosing a password manager, not everyone has the same needs, making it difficult to choose the right tool. We’ve cut through the noise by comparing two popular password managers according to five key features. Keep in mind that no single password manager is right for every situation.
1. Security & Encryption
The main function of a password manager is to protect your login credentials from hackers and other unauthorized users. We evaluated each password manager based on the strength of its security features, such as whether it uses end-to-end encryption or secret keys to keep your logins safe. We also conducted tests to determine which tools do the best job of helping you create secure passwords. Some password managers alert you when you create a weak password but don’t force you to choose something stronger. Others require strong master passwords to ensure your data stays private.
2. App Compatibility
Few people use just one browser or device these days, so it’s important for a password manager to work on many platforms and browsers. We tested each password manager to determine if it works with major operating systems and internet browsers, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Edge. For users who haven’t upgraded to Edge yet, we also checked to see if each tool is compatible with Internet Explorer.
3. Usability & Ease of Use
We evaluated these tools on their usability and checked to see if each password manager supports biometric authentication. This security method uses fingerprints and other unique identifiers to verify your identity before granting access to your accounts. Although no security method is 100% foolproof, biometric authentication is one of the most secure ways to protect your data, as it’s incredibly difficult for a hacker to replicate your fingerprints or some other unique aspect of your identity.
4. Password Sharing
Password sharing is important if you plan to create an account for multiple users. To help you choose the right one for your needs, we tested each password manager to determine how easy it is to share credentials with family members or business associates. The best tools make it easy to share passwords for music and video streaming services, joint credit cards and other shared accounts.
It’s important to choose a password manager that fits your budget, so we evaluated both tools based on how much it costs for individual accounts, family accounts, and business/enterprise accounts. We also checked to see how many users are supported by each type of account.