Pros & Cons of SaferPass
Overall, SaferPass features a robust feature set that’s particularly strong on remote management functions and password generation but that could be stronger on reporting and data organization. We’ll delve into the details below.
Excellent remote management features
Security reporting could be more detailed
Extremely strong password generator
Options for organizing, grouping and tagging saved logins could be more robust
Offline access and data export
Lacks Linux and Internet Explorer support
Unlimited account storage
Supports multifactor authentication
Key Features of SaferPass
The password management market is crowded with companies making plenty of promises, so our method is to focus on a few core features to make informed comparisons easier:
- Security and encryption of your password data is job one, and the approach of a password generator worth using should be fully up to date.
- App compatibility is important to ensure that your manager syncs and works seamlessly across multiple devices and platforms.
- Usability makes it possible for users in your home or business to employ the password manager efficiently without needing to have an IT degree or other special training.
- Password sharing, done securely, provides flexibility for multiple users to access the same accounts when it proves necessary.
- Pricing is the factor that measures the extent of value you’re getting for your dollar.
Let’s have a look at how SaferPass measures up in each of these categories.
Security & Encryption
SaferPass stores password data locally on your machine, protected with a master password, several forms of device-based two-factor authentication and modern cryptographic technology including AES 256-bit encryption and salted password hashing. The company employs a zero-knowledge protocol, which means only the user ever knows and has access to their master password. Some of the two-factor authentications it employs are reasonably commonplace, such as the use of the Google Authenticator or Authy to create a companion six-digit device code to the user’s master password. More unusual is SoundLogin, which generates a sound-based verification tone.
Additional security features include a Security Report that identifies and alerts users to weak passwords, a powerful password generator that uses all four character types to generate 16-character passwords at the default setting, and the Secure Me function that identifies any devices and browsers connected to the user’s SaferPass account, providing logout, browser history deletion and tab closure options. There are other password managers that provide more powerful, customizable and in-depth versions of reporting, remote management, password generation and two-factor authentication features, but what SaferPass provides for these core features is solid.
SaferPass works on Windows and Mac systems, as well as Android and iOS mobile devices and with most popular browsers. It lacks Internet Explorer support, which was more of a problem when Explorer was still active in at least some roles for running office servers (for example) but is less of a disadvantage as Windows’ end-of-support date for Explorer rapidly approaches. It generally works and syncs smoothly and reliably across its supported platforms and devices.
Usability & Ease of Use
SaferPass is simple to install, set up and use no matter what kind of device you’re using to access your account, and it also has a convenient offline mode when necessary. The user interface shows great consistency across operating systems and browsers, making it easy to switch from one device to another and generate passwords and reports. Password generation is a single-click process, and SaferPass offers “intelligent autofill” for digital forms, using proprietary algorithms to detect and prefill your credentials on any site you visit. However, it also makes it simple to deactivate autofill if you’d prefer not to use it.
SaferPass allows users to record secure notes, using them to track secret software keys, Wi-Fi passwords, router settings or other information they might need. These notes can be sorted by color-coded categories, are secured and access-restricted by the same measures as other password data and sync across your devices in the same way as the rest of your secure vault. SaferPass can import data from several popular password managers and browsers, but its tools for importing, customizing records and organizing passwords by type and category are relatively rudimentary compared to some other leading choices on the market. It does now provide an account recovery key, meaning that losing your master password does not necessarily mean having to delete your entire account and start over.
Despite its limitations, the software gets good marks for both efficacy and ease of use — easy enough, in fact, that it’s simple to explain how to use it to someone who isn’t particularly computer-literate. This is definitely a point in its favor.
SaferPass is in the process of implementing secure password sharing, but it doesn’t presently have this feature. The closest it comes is making it easy to export your vault to Excel with a few clicks and import that information into another SaferPass account. For the near future, as SaferPass debuts and debugs its preferred approach to secure password sharing, users will need to go with another password management solution if having a stable and fully developed version of this feature is important.
SaferPass offers a free version with a basic feature set and a seven-account limit. This would be useful for test-driving the most fundamental features and the user interface, but let’s face it: It’s a very rare modern user who doesn’t need passwords for more than seven accounts, so in the longer term, this is relatively useless. Fortunately, the full-featured premium version offers unlimited accounts and is reasonably affordable at either $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year. It’s a fair price to pay for the reliable, if unspectacular, feature set and functionality that SaferPass provides, and as its feature set is gradually expanding, you’ll be gaining access to service that is on its way to becoming a serious contender in the password management space.
No cost (limited feature set, 7-account limit)
$1.99 monthly, $19.99 annually
How SaferPass Works
SaferPass is fairly simple to implement, and many of its features are similar to (though typically somewhat less sophisticated than) the strategies employed by better-known solutions like LastPass.
How It Works
Setting up the vault
Import feature from browsers and some other password managers; accounts added as you log in
Logging into accounts
Login information filled in on page load
Password generator accessible when creating passwords
Use password generator when on change password screen
Not yet implemented
Account recovery key
Advanced security features
Two-factor authentication, security report, Secure Me remote logout and management
What Customers Are Saying
Customers are generally positive about SaferPass’ reliability and ease of use: “I found out I had more than 70 online accounts and increasingly found myself using this extension and the mobile app across all the family of devices we have. It is essential. I’ve looked into the security side and these guys are [pretty much] the most secure. The product beats [the] competition [for ease] of use.”
SaferPass isn’t the most elaborate password manager on the market, but it delivers ably on the core mission of securing and encrypting your password and making it easy to access your passwords on all your devices. Its ease of use and powerful password generator combine with the helpful remote logout and browser history management of the Secure Me feature to deliver an attractive password management package at an affordable price. As its feature list grows, look for SaferPass to continue as an up-and-coming presence in password management.