The free version of LastPass no longer allows synchronization between PC and smartphones. There are some excellent password managers that allow you to keep all of your passwords used on the Internet in one place. Here is our pick of the best free or paid apps.
LastPass: the free version becomes limited
As of March 16, 2021, the free version of LastPass forces its users to choose between syncing their passwords on smartphone or PC. This breaks much of the value of a password manager, and we no longer recommend this manager, yet one of the market leaders. Here is our pick of the best alternatives.
Good password manager does not necessarily mean a paid application, far from it. We have selected a few proven services that are offered free of charge.
BitWarden, the crush
This is Frandroid’s favorite : BitWarden is a modern service, but also free, free and open source.
The service offers an app on most platforms and browsers, and easily syncs in the cloud. Bitwarden offers end-to-end data encryption, which means that only you will know the contents of the stored data. Better still, it is even possible to host the Bitwarden safe yourself on your own server, in order to be able to guarantee data security yourself. Do not hesitate to consult our article dedicated to this manager.
KeePass is another popular and open source solution originally designed for the PC. It is the only solution officially labeled by ANSSI.
Here, no synchronization offered, it is purely a software creating a secure safe file on the PC. To synchronize it with mobile devices, this file will have to be placed on a cloud storage service (Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.).
You must also find compatible software or applications for each platform, such as KeePass2Android for Android or KeePass Touch sur iOS. On PC it is better to use KeePassXC, with extensions for Chrome and Firefox.
Some password managers are available exclusively with paid subscriptions. This is the case with 1Password and Dashlane which are often recommended for their ease of use and the clarity of their interface. The difference with free services is also made on the services provided.
Previously an exclusive for Apple products, 1Password has therefore inherited the ease of use of the Apple ecosystem to integrate it into its Android application. The application has answers to certain problems that others cannot overcome. If an application is not compatible with Android’s password manager, 1Password has a keyboard which allows you to automatically fill in the password.
The app and service are available for $ 36 per year, for compatibility between your Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, Linux, and Chrome OS devices.
“Kill passwords” is Dashlane’s declared ambition in 2018 when it announced its Project Mirror. The application is very complete and wants to position itself as the number one in the market. Many features are available such as a dedicated web browser for the application or a VPN service.
The application is available for free on an Android device up to 50 passwords and at 39.99 euros per year for an unlimited number of passwords and compatibility between your Android, Windows, Mac, Linux and iOS devices.
Why use a password manager
When it comes to Internet security, the most common topic is probably passwords. This is also one of the important chapters of our guide to securing your smartphone, tablet or PC.
To guarantee the best possible security, you must both choose different passwords from service to service, but also complex passwords. Following these two recommendations can be a headache, that’s where the password manager comes in.
The latter saves all your usernames and passwords in a secure safe, so there is only one password to remember: that of the safe (you must so create a good password lock). This type of solution is more and more popular, for its ease of use on a daily basis.
In fact, the managers most often allow the connection fields to be completed automatically, which saves significant time and convenience. On smartphones, they now make it possible to replace the entry of the safe’s password with a biometric identification (fingerprint reader or facial recognition). Security requires, care must be taken to select the right password manager.