Had It With LastPass Free? Here Are Some Alternatives | #computers | #computerprotection


I first met LastPass in 2008, and it was love at first sight. Nobody had ever offered to manage my passwords in quite such a convenient way. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. Oh, I haven’t been exclusive with LastPass. I went with Dashlane for a good while, and now I rely on Keeper. But I always figured LastPass would be there for me, for free. Lately, though, the relationship has hit a rough patch. First, LastPass locked Emergency Access behind the paywall. Now, I have to choose between using it on mobile devices or on desktops, but not both.

We’re Just not in Sync Anymore

The thing is, syncing between desktop and mobile devices is one of the best things about a password manager. You can do any complicated stuff like setting up password inheritance on the nice big desktop screen, but easily fill passwords on your smartphone with just a touch to authenticate. Take away that ability and you don’t really have a full password manager anymore

Do you feel like it’s time to break up with LastPass? Maybe you need some relationship advice? Here are a few password manager alternatives to put a smile back on your face.

Myki Password Manager & Authenticator

Most password managers store your essential data in the cloud. It’s super-encrypted so that even the password company can’t get at it, but cloud storage just bothers some security-conscious folks. With the free Myki app, your passwords live primarily on your phone, syncing to other devices as needed. And you’re necessarily using two-factor authentication, since access requires both your phone and your master password.

You can import passwords from other utilities, including LastPass. And Myki checks all the boxes when it comes to advanced features. You can securely share your passwords with trusted partners, or arrange to pass your data to a digital heir in the event of your death. An actionable password strength report helps you tune those weak and duplicate passwords. It even replaces Google Authenticator for sites that support that form of two-factor authentication.

“The cloud” is just somebody else’s computer. If you don’t like the idea of having your passwords floating in the cloud, Myki is the way to go.

Myki Password Manager & Authenticator Review

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If we assigned star ratings based strictly on the number of features, LogMeOnce would get about nine stars. This password suite is absolutely bursting with features. Most of them are available at the free level, with limitations. For example, free users can share five passwords while top-tier paying customers have no limit on sharing. Free users can enable two-factor authentication using email or Google Authenticator, while paying customers have many more choices including authentication by Yubikey.

There are no limits on the number of passwords you can save or the number of devices you can sync. All the expected features such as password capture and replay, form filling, and password strength analysis are available for free. As noted, secure sharing is available, though limited, and you can define a beneficiary to inherit your passwords.

Free LogMeOnce users get support via email, something that will soon be taken away from free LastPass users. Yes, top-tier LogMeOnce customers can use live chat, but email is certainly better than nothing. And stylistically, LogMeOnce is more like LastPass than Myki is.

LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Premium Review

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Security through obscurity never works. If the protection of your passwords depends on some big secret key or algorithm, then a hacker who steals that key or cracks that algorithm owns you. Open-source software is the cure for security through obscurity. Experts can (and do) pore over open-source code to winkle out any defects. If you’re on the open-source bandwagon, Bitwarden is the password manager for you.

Bitwarden takes security seriously. Consider this possible master password:  123Abc!123Abc!123Abc! It’s 21 characters long and uses all character types, so a simple strength algorithm would rate it mighty strong. But Bitwarden notices the patterns and repetition and therefore marks it as weak. You will have to use Bitwarden’s online portal to import your LastPass passwords—that feature isn’t internal to the app.

You can use Google Authenticator (or a workalike) to enable two-factor authentication in Bitwarden. As with LogMeOnce, paying customers get more two-factor options, including Yubikey.

While Bitwarden doesn’t support password inheritance at this time, you can use it to securely share passwords (though the free edition limits you to sharing with one other user). It performs all the expected password management tasks, with flair. If you’re an open-source enthusiast, check this one out right away.

Bitwarden Review

LastPass

Wait, you say, aren’t we getting away from LastPass? Certainly, the free edition just isn’t as desirable as it once was. But if you’re giving any consideration at all to a paid alternative such as Dashlane or Keeper, you should at least give a thought to LastPass Premium.

Yes, you’ll have to suck up your resentment at paying for what you used to get for free. It’s not a great feeling. But on the other hand, you’re totally familiar with how LastPass works. You don’t have to worry about the possibility that the export / import process might mess up some passwords that you don’t notice until it’s too late. It’s just that good ol’ LastPass that you know, plus additional features like enhanced two-factor choices and managing application passwords.

A LastPass Premium subscription costs $36 per year. Dashlane is a good bit more, at $59 per year. Keeper goes for $34.99 per year. If you’re going to pay something, if it’s not going to be free, these prices aren’t hugely different.

So, those are your choices. Strike up a new password manager relationship and stay free. Stick with the familiar and pay for the LastPass that used to be free. Or do both—choose a new password manager and pay for it.

LastPass Review



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