One not-so-great thing about the internet is that crooks are out there trying to steal your money and even your identity by accessing your online accounts.
That’s why having strong passwords and keeping them of other people’s hands is so essential. But what are the best password managers for top protection online?
The Best Free or Cheap Password Managers for 2020
This article is going to show you four of the most highly rated and best passwords managers that are free or cheap. Let’s look at some top tools that store and secure all your passwords in one place.
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DashLane offers a free service that comes with basic capabilities, as well as two premium packages that cost up to $120 a year for more bells and whistles.
How DashLane works: The service generates a new master password for you every day so all your accounts stay locked down. It also offers the ability to act as an automatic form filler.
DashLane was rated #1 by Tom’s Guide for its many features. Let’s look at each plan and pricing:
DashLane Plan Features
|Works on 1 device||Works on unlimited devices||Works on unlimited devices|
|Offers up to 50 passwords||Unlimited passwords||Unlimited passwords|
|Share up to 5 accounts||Unlimited accounts||Unlimited accounts|
|Form and payment autofill||Form and payment autofill||Form and payment autofill|
|Two-factor authentication||Two-factor authentication||Two-factor authentication|
|Free 30-day trial at Premium||Dark Web Monitoring and alerts||Dark Web Monitoring and alerts|
|VPN for Wi-Fi Protection||ID Restoration Support and Insurance|
|VPN for Wi-Fi Protection|
How LastPass works: LastPass allows you to store multiple complex passwords for websites with one point of access, so you have only one password to remember.
LastPass is a freemium site, which means it offers both a basic free version as well as a premium version ($3/month) and a version for families ($4/month) with more features.
Here are some of the features that come with each version of LastPass:
LastPass Plan Features
|Works on 1 device||Multi-device password sharing||Multi-device password sharing|
|1 user||1 user||Up to 6 premium licenses|
|Save and auto-fill passwords||Save and auto-fill passwords||Save and auto-fill passwords|
|Includes 30-day free trial of Premium||Available as 30-day free trial||Available as 30-day free trial|
|1GB of encrypted file storage||1GB of encrypted file storage|
3. Sticky Password
How Sticky Password works: Like LastPass, Sticky Password remembers all of your passwords, logins and more soo you only have to remember one password.
Here are some of the features that come with the two versions of Sticky Password:
Sticky Password Plan Features
|Unlimited encrypted password and storage||Unlimited encrypted password and storage|
|Automatic form-filling and auto login||Automatic form-filling and auto login|
|Biometric and 2-factor authentication||Biometric and 2-factor authentication|
|Cloud and local Wi-Fi sync across devices|
|Secure password sharing|
4. LogMe Once
How LogMe Once works: Logme Once offers four different password management packages: Premium (free), Professional, Ultimate and Family. They also have pricing for businesses.
LogMe Once’s Premium suite got 4.5 out of 5 stars from PC Mag. Here are a few of the service’s features with each plan and prices included:
LogMe Once Plan Features
|5 secure password sharing||1 GB Encrypted Storage||10 GB Encrypted Storage||10 GB Encrypted Storage|
|Unlimited devices and sync||50 secure password sharing||50 secure password sharing||50 secure password sharing|
|Emergency access||Anti-theft||Unlimited credit cards|
Money expert Clark Howard says the fear some people have of these sites is that crooks would only have to crack one website to gain access to all your data.
But using one is still a smart idea and a good way to protect all of your online accounts, he says:
“Although there have been issues with some password managers, they’re still better than using the same password on multiple accounts.”