Unfortunately, popular password manager LastPass has decided to change their most popular service tier. Their free option will be severely hamstrung as of March 16th, 2021. Where previously you could naturally use both the browser extension and the mobile app of the service, this is no longer the case – when logging in, you’ll face a one-time prompt to pick between mobile devices and desktops.
In other words, if you only have passwords to save on your PC, everything is fine – but if you have logins on mobile too, the free tier is no longer enough. Naturally, users are pretty annoyed – and rather than paying the fairly pricy $3+ per month, many users have decided to switch to a different service entirely.
We don’t blame them – so have we. Here are some great alternatives to LastPass, complete with some pros and cons.
For any fan of open-source software, Bitwarden is a great choice. There is no limitation on how many things you can save in it, it syncs across devices, has an easy-to-use autofill and manual-fill feature, and can generate secure passwords. It also offers a super-convenient import feature, with which you can transfer hundreds of passwords in just a few seconds via a CSV file!
Bitwarden handles a bit differently from LastPass, but all the options on the website, extension vault, and mobile app are easily visible and can be customized even by inexperienced users. There is a paid option as well – it offers encrypted file storage and a two-step login for additional security. These are very much ‘unnecessary’ premium features, but should you want them, they’ll set you back $10 per year. That’s about a third of LastPass’s cheapest option!
Zoho offers a whole host of productivity apps. If you already use some of them, you may really like to add their password manager to the line-up. It offers unlimited password and note storage, 2FA, access from multiple devices, and of course password generation.
It offers a pretty sleek interface that easily integrates with browsers, and password management is straightforward as well. Like Bitwarden, its free tier is much cheaper than LastPass. Their cheapest plan is $1 per month and offers options primarily for businesses. If you need to share passwords or expiration alerts, you may want the paid option, but for almost all users, the free tier is plenty.
NordPass’s free password manager also has an easy-to-use interface that lets you store various logins, bookmarks, notes, and more. One small drawback to the free version of NordPass is that while you absolutely can use the cloud storage to share passwords across devices, you can only be logged in on one device at a time.
So, if you are using the app on your phone, you’ll be logged out of your browser and vice versa. For most users, this shouldn’t be a big issue though. An interesting feature of the paid version of NordPass is that it has a data breach scanner that makes sure your data isn’t compromised. At $1 per month, it’s also competitively priced.
KeePass is quite different from the other entries on this list and appeals to a totally different audience. Like Bitwarden, it’s Open Source, but unlike all the other entries on the list, it does not offer cloud storage. Passwords are securely saved in an encrypted file kept only in local storage. Additionally, a lot of functionality can/needs to be added via various plug-ins.
While KeePass is entirely free and has no paid tier, it almost certainly won’t appeal to non-technical users. It’s a bit complicated to set up, and manually transferring passwords from device to device (which you need to do after each password change) isn’t ideal.
Keeper uses a zero-knowledge system, making it ideal for inexperienced users. It offers top-of-the-line encryption, MFA, and even has dark web monitoring functions. While that’s probably not a priority to most users, it is an unusual feature to offer!
The password storage features are also solid – you can add notes, documents, and even photos to each password entry. Additionally, if you are switching from another password manager, Keeper has easy-to-use import functionality. Unlike the other options on the list, it has no permanently free tier and offers a 30-day trial instead. However, if dark web monitoring and a secure private chat, and secure file storage are interesting to you, paying the $35 dollars per year might just be worth it.
Honourable mentions: Enpass, Sticky Password, 1Password, RoboForm, Dashlane, PassCamp
If none of the above options look right to you, test out some of these ones here. They are all solid choices when it comes to password storage, and offer differing service and price options (most with free tiers).