Password Managers

What is a Password Manager?

This video is 2 minutes long and even though it is advertising a product, 1Password, it explains the concepts of a Password Manager very well.

1Password is a good service but there are alternative free options available, and you may already be using one without knowing it.

That said, free is not always best.

Which Password Manager should you use?

iCloud KeyChain

The built in password management system within macOS and iOS devices.

FREE

Pros

  • Seamlessly integrates and synchronises with all your macOS and iOS devices
  • Recommends strong passwords
  • It's free.

Cons

  • Does not work with non-Apple devices (eg. Windows laptops or Android phones)
  • Does not work with non-Apple apps (eg. Google Chrome)

1Password

For a comprehensive and polished experience, 1Password is our recommended choice. It has extensive features and a secure encryption service to ensure your data is unable to be access without your master password.

It is a paid service which costs AUD$48 per annum for one account, or AUD$86 per annum for a family which provides accounts for 5 people.

PAID

Pros

  • Compatible with macOS, iOS, Windows and Android
  • Sleek interface with useful management tools
  • Can be used to store any type of data, not just website logins
  • Has options to shared vaults with family or team members
  • Extremely high level of encryption
  • Supports 2 factor authentication

Cons

  • There aren't any.


Google Chrome

Chrome has built in password management that is highly accessible and easy to use.

FREE

Pros

  • It's free, open source and highly accessible.
  • Chrome Sync allows you to access your account from any computer, phone or tablet that you use.
  • You're probably already using it.

Cons

  • Only useful for accounts that use a web service, eg; you can't save information that doesn't use a login.
  • It is only as strong as your current, everyday computer password.

KeePass

KeePass is a free open source password manager (what is open source?) that offers a high level of security at no cost. But to have flexible access to your passwords on any device it requires combined usage of a sync system like OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox.

FREE

Pros

  • Compatible with macOS, iOS, Windows and Android
  • Has a password generation tool built in
  • Can be used to store any type of data, not just website logins
  • It's free and open source
  • Extremely high level of encryption

Cons

  • It stores its information within a local database file. If that file is lost or deleted, all of the information in it is lost too.
  • The database file is not automatically accessible from every device, you must use a file sync service such as OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox to make the file accessible across multiple devices.