January 4, 2019
If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, you’ll find yourself logging in to sites and services all the time. That’s why a password manager for iPhone or iPad users is essential – password managers can keep your accounts safe.
You need lengthy, complex passwords to keep your online accounts secure, but it’s poor practice to repeat passwords and no one should need to remember all of them.
Tech trends come and go, but just one has been increasingly important as long as I’ve been reporting on the tech industry: Online security. The biggest companies saw huge scandals in 2018, from Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica to the privacy-invading software bug that affected Google+ users.
Your smartphone isn’t going to make headlines if it’s hacked, but keeping it secure is probably a lot more important to you personally. And with the worst passwords of all time holding strong – “123456” and “password” remained at first and second place as of the last count – we all need to start taking better care of our account information. Yes, even those of us with iPhones or iPads.
In this article, we list the top options and explain what makes each one a contender for the best password manager for iOS and MacOS.
- 1Password— comfortably the best password manager we’ve tested, with a stunning iOS app
- Dashlane — fast, secure, and feature-rich, this manager has just one hitch: the price tag
- LastPass — a more stripped-down service for purists who want a secure, inexpensive option
- Sticky Password — offers strong, flexible core functionality and a password strength checker
Tech.co took the time to test the leading brands, and we found that 1Password is the best overall, closely followed by Dashlane. If you’re re-evaluating your iPhone security measures, our comparison table below ranks the competition, breaking out the most important features to consider.
All the options listed are worth taking your time to consider, and any single one of them is certainly better than going without a password manager at all. 1Password and Dashlane squeezed out the popular LastPass by a narrow margin, but, depending on your needs, Sticky Password may be right for you as well.
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|Local Storage Option||✓||✓||x||✓|
|Password Generator Function||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Live Chat Support||x||✓||x||x|
|Ease of Setup||★★★★★||★★★★★||★★★★★||★★★★★|
|Help & Support||★★★☆☆||★★★★☆||★★★☆☆||★★★☆☆|
|Value for Money||★★★★★||★★★★☆||★★★★☆||★★★★☆|
|Cost per year||$36||$60||$24||$30|
|Discounts Available||See Deals||See Deals||See Deals||See Deals|
- Local storage for best reliability
- Large number of secure note templates for storing sensitive information
- Sleek, intuitive app design
- Streamlined login process
- No automated password changing feature
- No mobile camera integration
- Automatically changes multiple passwords at once
- Offers a security assessment of your password quality
- Auto-saves online receipts
- Includes a Virtual Private Network (VPN) with plan
- No cloud-based backup for your information when using the free tier
- Prices are far higher than the industry average
- Makes your passwords available where you want them: in your browser.
- Detects when you’re using the same password on multiple sites.
- Available on all major browsers and on multiple sites.
- Connection issues, while rare, can disrupt password changes.
- Initial password changes require some manual work.
- Well priced
- Great auto-login features
- Supports 16 different browsers on four platforms (Windows, Mac, and Android, in addition to iOS)
- Illogical saved bookmarks feature
- Outdated desktop app design
- Desktop app can be sluggish
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