5 best password sync software to try in 2018
As cybercriminals get smarter and even more cunning, more people will fall victim to cyber fraud and other misfortunes resulting from the theft of passwords and important personal information. Frighteningly, cybercrime is projected to cost the world in the region of $6 trillion by the year 2021. Presently, fraud and cybercrime are now so common offenses that one in every ten people are direct victims.
Much of the problem lies in the way we handle ourselves online, principally the way we now switch from one device to another with ease. Where we only used to log into our online accounts from one device – the desktop PC at home or at the workplace, we now have the smartphone, iPad, notebook, and home desktop PC. With so many devices, there is a greater risk that you will be complacent and expose your passwords.
Using a password manager with a sync feature, you can save your passwords once and the manager will autofill them for you, whatever device you are using. The best password managers even go beyond just syncing your passwords. Their other features include a password generator, password analysis, which shows the number of old, weak, reused and compromised passwords, as well as e-wallets where you can keep a record of your online payments, personal information, and receipts.
If one of your goals for the new year is to get more secure online, then this article is for you. Frankly, you should long have been using a password manager. But you can now put that right. Join me as I review five of the best password sync software in 2018.
I have used Dashline for the past one year and must confess that I am a big fan of the password manager because of its sleek interface and ease of use. Not only can I store all of my passwords in one place, I also don’t have to fill in the passwords every time I log into my social accounts and the many online marketplaces and forums I subscribe to.
To put it into perspective, I have 90 online accounts for which I would have to remember all the passwords. The human mind just isn’t made to have such a sharp memory. Dashline allows me to sync all my passwords across devices and web browsers so that I won’t have to memorize them even when I switch devices. The sync feature is however only available to premium account subscribers.
A great feature of the password manager is the master password that I have to manually enter when divulging banking card information. While the autofill feature is incredibly convenient, saving me lots of time, where I am divulging banking information I will feel safer if I am made to manually enter my master password every time, in case my device falls in the wrong hands.
Using a cloud storage, Dashline also vaults my personal details, including usernames and other information for every online account I open. Every time I fill in personal information for an account for which Dashline has not saved my credentials, the password manager asks if I would like to save the password information. I can choose not to save the information, which is a choice I sometimes take.
Another cool feature I like on the Dashline desktop app is the security score, which analyzes all your passwords to pick those you have reused, those that are weak, and, importantly, those that are compromised. It then works out a percentage security score that you can work to improve by taking the password manager’s suggestions, which include replacing individual passwords with stronger, new ones.
The Dashline database can be accessed while offline by downloading the desktop app. The password manager is supported on Windows, iOS, MacOS, and Android operating systems as well as most web browsers. There is a free version with limited features as well as a premium plan that costs $40 per year.
While I have had a great experience with Dashline, it is not the only good password manager with sync functionality out there. There are others, and many comparative reviews have given an equally glowing recommendation of LastPass.
Pound for pound, Dashline and LastPass seem evenly matched that for many, including myself, preference may just be down to which one you discovered first. But LastPass has recently become a lot more attractive than Dashline after it announced that the sync feature is now available for free for all users.
Password sync is a big benefit that even has me considering a switch to LastPass. The ability to sync your passwords across devices, web browsers, and platforms is more important now than ever as most people now use more than one device to access online accounts.
In case something happens to you, you want a select trusted people to be able to access your accounts. LastPass allows you to do just that with the emergency access feature that shares your password information with people you choose. Just as Dashline, LastPass uses your gathered personal information to autofill forms and password fields for the sites you visit. To give you more control, LastPass allows you to disable the autofill feature on a site by site basis.
Some may consider it significant that LastPass’ password generator gives an option of up to 100 characters as opposed to Dashline which maxes out at 26. But I can’t imagine needing a password that’s 100 characters long. But then again there is no such thing as being too secure. Anything that can keep those pesky hackers locked out of your accounts is always welcome.
LastPass has both free and paid plans. The premium subscription is fairly priced at just $24 a year. The password manager works on Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS platforms and the major browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and even Android wearables and the Apple watch. The browser extension for Microsoft Edge has however been flagged for quite a few glitches.
1Password is an excellent password manager. But for all its strengths, it is limited to iOS and macOS devices. The password manager does not work with the Chrome operating system, which is a serious drag if you prefer something that’s cross-functional. There is a Windows version, but it just does not work well enough to spend money on it.
However, for what it does, 1Password is considerably better than both Dashline and LastPass. The interface is even sleeker than Dashline’s. The password manager is more efficient than those two, often requiring lesser steps or clicks before logging you in.
If you are not comfortable using cloud services to store your passwords, IPassword also has an option for local storage. Yes, password sync across your devices and browsers is convenient, but there are some sensitive passwords for which you may prefer local over cloud storage. Even with cloud storage, your master password is never stored in the cloud, which just seems the safest option.
If you are a fan of all things Apple, 1Password is clearly an upgrade on both Dashline and LastPass. The peaassword manager gives a one-time purchase option costing $60 and a subscription plan pegged at $36 per year for individuals and $60 for families of up to five people on any number of compatible devices.
Beyond the three password managers we have discussed, what you get are password managers that either clone themselves around those three and some that just have the basic features without being necessarily better at any. Roboform belongs in the former group.
The Roboform interface is competently designed, without being remarkable. But apart from password sync support for Palm gadget users, which most password managers do not have, it’s rather limited in its features. What you get are the usual web access and cloud backup.
To use Roboform, all you need to do is download the app and complete the sign up with just your email address. Afterwards, you can use the password generator to choose a master password, which is the only password you will need to memorize.
With the account signed up, you can now sync all your passwords between your desktop PC and different mobile devices. The password manager also makes it easy to securely share your login information with other people by just entering your recipient’s email address into the app.
Roboform has cross-platform support, being compatible with Windows, iOS, macOS, Linux, and Android as well as the major web browsers. The password manager has a free plan as well as ‘everywhere’ and ‘family’ plans that cost $19,95 and $39.90 per year respectively.
If you are going to imitate a competitor, the least you can in order to prise customers from it is to offer more features or at least be better at some of them. If you have tried 1Password before, you will find Enpass to be too similar in appearance and features. But perhaps disappointingly, the password manager does not offer anything too compelling to be a viable alternative.
Where Enpass goes one better than 1Password is its cross-platform support. You can use the password manager on Windows, iOS, macOS, ChromeOS, and Linux. That is always a welcome touch with any software. As is standard with the other password managers we have reviewed here, Enpass also enables you to sync your password data across your devices.
There is also no need to copy and paste your usernames and passwords on sites you frequently visit, as the autofill feature is also included in Enpass’ features bundle. As one its chief attractions, Enpass is dirt cheap. The desktop pro version is free, while the mobile version has a free trial with a lifetime license that is pegged at just $9.99 per platform.
Enpass saves your passwords locally, on the device itself. For password sync across devices, Enpass requires you to sign up for a cloud service like Dropbox or iCloud, which is a bit of a drawback and an added cost.
It’s time to get safer online
You can’t afford to be careless with your passwords and personal information anymore. And everyone who desires to be safe online should be using a password manager. Choosing one that syncs your passwords across devices and browsers just makes your life that much easier. It also makes your passwords and personal information a lot safer.
Anyone of the password managers we have reviewed here has enough features to not only secure your passwords and personal information online. They also save you a lot of time on repetitive tasks like filling in your email address and other personal information. Choose one that seems the most suitable for your personal circumstances and kick off the new year with an enhanced cybersecurity toolset.
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