BEST PASS­WORD MAN­AGERS

Tired of hav­ing to re­mem­ber loads of dif­fer­ent pass­words? Use a pass­word man­ager to do it for you. Mar­tyn Casserly re­ports

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Apass­word man­ager can make life a great deal eas­ier. Rather than hav­ing to re­mem­ber in­creas­ingly com­plex lo­gin de­tails for a myr­iad of apps and sites, you sim­ply use one soli­tary pass­word to ac­cess the man­ager app it­self, which then takes care of the rest.

They can also cre­ate new, com­plex pass­words for your ac­counts; ones that will be far more se­cure than the cur­rent com­bi­na­tion of birthdays, pets and

chil­dren’s names that you might be us­ing. We’ve gath­ered to­gether a se­lec­tion of the cur­rent of­fer­ings for iPhone, any of which will take your se­cu­rity up sev­eral lev­els.

What is a pass­word man­ager?

As the name sug­gests, these apps are a way to man­age the ac­count de­tails for any app or ser­vice you use on­line. They act as a se­cure repos­i­tory for the lo­gin IDs and pass­words for each site, all of which are ac­cessed via a sin­gle mas­ter pass­word. With the man­ager in­stalled, when­ever you open an app or visit a web page you’ll be signed in au­to­mat­i­cally.

The real ad­van­tage is the high lev­els of se­cu­rity they use to pro­tect your data, along­side the abil­ity to cre­ate new pass­words that are longer and more non­sen­si­cal than any­thing you could nor­mally re­mem­ber your­self. Both act as prime weapons against hack­ers try­ing to ac­cess your ac­counts.

Many also have the abil­ity to store credit card and bank de­tails, so pur­chases can be made with­out hav­ing to root around in pock­ets and bags for those elu­sive pieces of plas­tic.

Last Pass

Price: Free (£22.99 Pre­mium ver­sion avail­able with ad­di­tional fea­tures) from fave.co/2CMBN7O

Last Pass is a vet­eran ser­vice with a huge world­wide user base. It was one of the first pass­word man­agers to catch pub­lic at­ten­tion and re­mains an ex­cel­lent op­tion for any­one look­ing to keep their ac­counts se­cure.

As well as stor­ing all of your lo­gin de­tails, the app can also auto-fill forms with your name, ad­dress and credit card de­tails, with the added bonus of be­ing able to sign into apps and sites by us­ing Touch ID.

Last Pass also of­fers se­cure stor­age for pho­tos, notes, soft­ware keys, pass­port in­for­ma­tion and any other sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion you wish to keep in the vault on the com­pany’s US-based servers. Ev­ery­thing is pro­tected by AES 256-bit en­cryp­tion, and only you know the mas­ter pass­word – so don’t lose it.

The stan­dard li­cence is free, and in­cludes mul­ti­de­vice sup­port. But if you want to take ad­van­tage of fea­tures like en­crypted file stor­age then you’ll need the pre­mium ac­count, which costs £22.99 per year.

1Pass­word

Price: £3.49 per month or £34.99 per an­num from fave.co/2CNszbu

Cana­dian-based 1Pass­word has been mak­ing quite a name for it­self in the past few years. It cur­rently has a

4.5 star rat­ing from 760 re­views on the App Store and is rec­om­mended as an Edi­tors’ Choice, not to men­tion a num­ber of in­dus­try awards al­ready un­der its belt.

This suc­cess hasn’t stopped de­vel­op­ers Ag­ile Bits Inc from con­tin­u­ing to pol­ish the app, which now sup­ports both Touch ID and Face ID as a way to ac­cess the app and log into your var­i­ous ac­counts.

As you’d ex­pect there are a fair amount of man­age­ment tools avail­able, in­clud­ing quickly gen­er­at­ing re­place­ments for your tired old pass­words, a dig­i­tal wal­let for mak­ing pur­chases with your credit or debit card, and the abil­ity to cre­ate mul­ti­ple vaults on your de­vice so you can sep­a­rate work and per­sonal data. These can be com­bined with the use­ful ‘Travel mode’ fea­ture which can tem­po­rar­ily re­move ac­counts from your de­vice if you’re wor­ried that bor­der con­trols will want to ac­cess your in­for­ma­tion.

1Pass­word can also act as your au­then­ti­ca­tor if you use two-step au­then­ti­ca­tion on ac­counts (we ad­vise that you do), and you’re se­cure in the knowl­edge that the end-to-end en­cryp­tion and lo­cally stored keys mean only you can ac­cess the app.

A 30-day free trial is there for you to test-drive 1Pass­word, and af­ter that you can pay £3.49 per month or £34.99 per an­num to con­tinue us­ing the ser­vice.

Dash­lane

Price: £22.99 per an­num from fave.co/2iLer9k

An­other app that scores very highly on the cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion charts is Dash­lane. This app, at the time of writ­ing, is an Edi­tors’ Choice on the App Store, with a very im­pres­sive 4.7 stars rat­ing from 816 re­views.

It’s easy to see why, as the clean in­ter­face and solid fea­ture set make Dash­lane a tempt­ing prod­uct.

All the stan­dard func­tions are present: a pass­word man­age­ment area where you can re­place ex­ist­ing ones with far more com­plex al­ter­na­tives, auto-lo­gin to sites, se­cure stor­age for pass­port and other of­fi­cial doc­u­men­ta­tion de­tails, Touch ID, Face ID and Ap­ple Watch sup­port, plus a dig­i­tal wal­let for mak­ing on­line or in-app pur­chases.

You can choose be­tween only stor­ing your data lo­cally, or us­ing the cloud sync op­tion on Dash­lane’s US servers, but ei­ther way AES 256-bit en­cryp­tion will keep ev­ery­thing safe.

If you’re only us­ing one de­vice then Dash­lane is ac­tu­ally free, but to sync pass­words across your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Win­dows PC or An­droid phone you’ll need the Pre­mium ac­count which will set you back a rea­son­able £29.99 each year.

Keeper

Price: £22.99 per an­num from fave.co/2EYx6O5

Keeper may look a lit­tle bland in its de­sign – grey, black and green does give it a cer­tain Fall­out vibe – but the ser­vice is solid and de­liv­ers pretty much ev­ery­thing you would want from a pass­word man­ager.

Ac­cess your vault with Face ID or Touch ID, then eas­ily up­grade your pass­words us­ing an in­ter­ac­tive slider and but­ton fea­ture that works sur­pris­ingly well. Of course, Keeper of­fers auto-fill fea­tures for apps and web­sites, plus a dig­i­tal wal­let for pay­ments. You can also share in­for­ma­tion se­curely with other Keeper users, and there’s sup­port for two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion. AES 256-bit en­cryp­tion and PBKDF2 is stan­dard, and

Keeper has been cer­ti­fied by TRUSTe and SOC-2, which con­firms its cal­i­bre. You can also elect to store your data in ei­ther the US or Europe, which is a nice touch.

The app is free for a sin­gle user, but costs £22.99 per year if you want multi-de­vice sup­port. There’s also ad­di­tional se­cure stor­age that can be pur­chased for those who want to store a larger num­ber of doc­u­ments and pho­tos on the Keeper servers.

As we said at the be­gin­ning, each of these ser­vices of­fer great ways to add a sig­nif­i­cant layer of se­cu­rity to your per­sonal ac­count in­for­ma­tion. No more sticky notes at­tached to your fridge – in­stead now your pass­words will be safely nes­tled in your iPhone and you’ll never even have to re­mem­ber what they are. That’s what we call progress.

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