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Popular Password Management Apps That Can Keep Your Data Safe

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Have you had trouble remembering passwords for all of your sites? You're not alone.  As someone who has lost access to multiple emails, I can empathize with the frustration that comes with forgetting passwords to important information. If this sounds like you, there's a solution!

With so many people relying on their phones to get things done these days, password management apps are an essential way to stay secure, keep your data safe, and stay organized at the same time.   

Things to consider when choosing a password management app:

  • Do you need access across multiple devices
  • How do you want your account to be handled upon your death (emergency access)
  • Do you want to share access with your family (family plan)
  • Is continuous data breach monitoring important to you (dark web monitoring)
  • Are you okay with waiting until you have internet service to access your account (offline access)
  • Does cost factor into how you protect your data (free vs premium plans)
  • Security vs convenience (password sharing/emergency access)

For when you need to remember a complicated password because of work, family responsibilities.  Or if for some other reason it's hard to keep up with them all, these apps can be handy.

These are numbered for convenience only.

1. NordPass 

Securely store, organize, and access passwords from anywhere.

  • fills passwords automatically
  • detect weak passwords and find out if you’ve been part of a data breach
  • Only you know your password. It’s not kept by the system. 
  • Free version so you can check it out before you commit financially
  • Data breach scanner (premium)
  • Can add trusted contact
  • Password generator
  • Can add VPN for an additional cost

What I don’t like:

  • May have marketing trackers
  • No feature for emergency access

2. LastPass

An easy way to secure your account across browsers, computers, and mobile devices.

  • Free and premium versions
  • Advanced security
  • Dark web monitoring
  • Don’t need internet connection (set up prior required). 
  • Easy to change password
  • Good customer support

What I don't like about it:

  • 7 trackers in app (google, marketing)
  • limited free plan

3. 1Password

A handy little app that can help you protect your passwords - and your information - from hackers. 

  • Capable password management tool across all platforms
  • No noticeable trackers
  • Alert to password breaches
  • US only privacy virtual cards with spending limits
  • Works offline with full access but no syncing while offline
  • 2 factor authorization
  • Good customer support and community forum

What I don’t like:

  • no emergency access or password sharing

4. BitWarden

Free and premium password manager. 

  • Multiple device syncing
  • Password security and auditing
  • Password breach monitoring
  • Strong encryption
  • Free version available
  • Custom fields

What I don't like:

  • Can’t edit passwords offline

5. Keeper

According to their website Keeper protects you and your family from password related data breaches.

  • Free and premium
  • No trackers
  • 30 day free trial
  • Unlimited password storage
  • Fingerprint and face ID login
  • Secure record storage
  • Emergency access
  • Securely share access
  • Dark web monitoring (extra cost)

What I don’t like:

  • Too much marketing

BONUS: Dashlane

Browser only password management app that securely stores and autofills all your passwords, payments, and personal info while you browse the web.   

  • Browser extension for seamless integration into your online routines
  • Saves passwords and personal info as you browse the web 

What I don't like

  • 4 trackers

Conclusion

If you’ve been struggling to keep track of all your different passwords, it might be time for a password management app. We know that there are many out there, but maybe you can try one of these apps so you can find one that works best for your needs. 

They help you organize and generate strong, easy-to-remember passwords so that if one of them gets hacked, the others are safe. With a password  management app on your phone, it’s easier to keep track of all those pesky logins for social media accounts and banking sites.  I've prepared a free checklist to help you decide on choosing and selecting an app that works best for you.

Click to download free checklist

And because they can be synced across multiple devices using cloud technology, these apps also can provide an added level of protection against data breaches where hackers steal login information from one device in order to access other connected systems.

So do you use a password management app?  If so, which one do you use? Why? Do you have any tips about how this particular app helps simplify your life? Please share!

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