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Best Password Managers To Keep Your Online Activity Safe
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Best Password Managers To Keep Your Online Activity Safe

When it comes about safety of your online behaviour, reliability, features, security, and support matter the most. And to ease that job, there are password managers. With online security coming at a stake, thanks to cyber crime, password manager is of utmost importance. Plus in many cases, like airline and train ticket booking sites, you need to personally type passwords, which take a long time and affects your chance of getting a confirmed ticket at a lower price. With password managers, your transactions are safe and sorted.

You have a ton of options for password managers, but when it comes to your security, you want the best possible tool for the job. Let's take a look at some of the most popular password managers and compare them so you can pick the one that's right for you.

While password manager is an essential when you are a professional spending some quality time on the internet, you would be surprised to know that there is ample of choice.

Here are the 5 best password managers that would get your job done.

LastPass

LastPass is clearly the juggernaut here, and for good reason. The service was one of the first well-rounded password managers available, and one of the first that really made it easy to store all of your passwords either online or synced with other computers and devices, or locally on one device.

In short, LastPass remembers your passwords so you don't have to, and makes it easy to audit your passwords, use stronger passwords in general, and even automatically change a password for you if a service has been hacked or compromised. LastPass supports two-factor authentication for your password vault using Google Authenticator, USB devices (using a method we've outlined before), or a YubiKey. LastPass supports Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry, and has plugins for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Internet Explorer. It's free to download and use, but if you want its best features and the mobile apps, you'll need to upgrade to LastPass Premium, at $12 or Rs 500a year.

Dashlane

Dashlane has risen to prominence because of its attention to its interface (which is sharp and easy to use), simple security, easy auto-login, form auto-fill, and logging of purchases and orders from online shops. It's picked up a number of updates since then, including support for two-factor authentication, the ability to share passwords with emergency contacts in case you can't access your accounts, and most recently, the ability to change multiple passwords on dozens of websites with a few clicks.

Dashlane supports Windows, OS X, Android, and iOS, and has plugins for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. It's free to download and use, but if you want your passwords synced across devices, you'll need Dashlane Premium, at $40 or Rs 1500/yr.

KeePass

If free and open source are your go-to requirements for a security product, KeePass is perfect for you. Your passwords in KeePass are stored inside an encrypted database that you control, on your own system, and are never synced or uploaded anywhere unless you want to take them from machine to machine. KeePass is also a portable app, meaning it's super easy to take with you and use on multiple computers, even if that machine is locked down and all you have is a thumb drive. It has its own password generator, to help you change passwords and make sure every one of them is unique and strong. KeePass has tons of third-party plugins and tools to extend its functionality and bring it to more devices, browsers, and platforms.

It officially supports Windows, OS X, and Linux, and there are unofficial (it is open source, after all!) ports with different features available for Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, including KeePass X, which earned its own nomination thread.

1Password

1Password is a powerful and secure password manager and digital wallet in a really sharp-looking package that shines on every platform it runs on. It's flexible, easy to use, works seamlessly in just about every web browser, and packs in the same features that you've come to expect from a premium password manager and secure document storage tool.

Perhaps best of all, 1Password can be used locally only, without syncing any information to the web, or you can use it across all of your devices by syncing your encrypted vault via Dropbox, iCloud, Wi-Fi, or shared network folders-it's completely up to you. You can also set up emergency contacts and share passwords with authorized users.

RoboFform

RoboFform has been around a long time, and has always had a large number of dedicated, die-hard users who've rallied around it, both as a great tool for form-autofill on the web, and as a password manager. Roboform also gives you the option to keep your passwords and data encrypted and local, or sync to the web and across devices if you choose to, but the choice is completely up to you. It supports multiple identities, so you can autofill form information based on different users, addresses, or any other mix-and-match of data you choose. You can also take RoboForm with you on a USB drive from computer to computer. RoboForm also has bookmarking features to help you keep track of your favorite sites. RoboForm supports Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone (with older versions available for platforms like the Blackberry and SymbianOS), with plugins available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Opera. It's free to download and use-for the first 10 logins.

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