A single user has multiple accounts on the web at any given moment. With the advancement in online banking and online stock markets, it has become even more critical to ensure the security of passwords and other personal information of users.
A number of password managers are available to facilitate users in managing their passwords, online accounts and ensure their safety. LastPass, mSecure and 1password are some of the most efficient password managers, currently available. Now, the big question is which of these password managers you should opt to securely manage your online accounts and their passwords.
Let’s compare some of the main features of these password managers.
1Password- It requires you to set a 4-pin digit number, along with a master password as an extra security measure. The default tabs appear on the main menu and the application requires a PIN number when you select a required item, if protection feature is enabled. To load a particular site whose credentials are stored into the application, tap the arrow next to the URL. The wallet tab is used to store credit card and bank account numbers, etc.
LastPass, Similar to 1Password, it displays all the tabs at the bottom of the main menu. Instead of tabs for wallet, add accounts, logins and settings in the case of 1Password—LastPass has tabs for favorites, notes, add new, settings and sites. A user’s regular logins appear in the sites tab of the application. One unique feature of LastPass’s interface is when you select a tab on the screen; the application provides a list of options making it easy for you to navigate.
mSecure- It provides a different interface than 1Password and LastPass. The interface has the ability to sort its tabs in alphabetical order or as per type. mSecure also doesn’t provide different sections for each account. The menu buttons include info tab, sync button, add button, etc. Its interface even has a search option on the main menu, making it very easy to find the desired item.
All these password managers provide a password generator. A password generator creates unique and strong passwords, which often get very difficult to guess for data thieves.
With 1Password, you have the option to select the number of characters as well as the type of characters you want.
LastPass generates passwords in pretty much the same manner as 1Password, but with a few additional features. Here, you have the option to not only select characters and the number of characters, but also upper and lower case characters.
With mSecure, you use a separate login to generate passwords. Like 1Password and LastPass, mSecure gives the option to choose the type and the number of characters along with the choice of upper and lower case characters.
Logins, Auto-fill, Accounts
1Password gives the option to add several types of logins and forms. Logins help you to log on to your site with the help of an embedded browser. The accounts tab has the provision to add data that is not necessarily concerned to logins.
LastPass allows you to create various items. To add any type of credential, you have to select the category you want to put the data in. There is only one tab on the main menu of LastPass and new data appears as a new type of credential under that tab.
mSecure organizes r data under one menu bar and gives the provision of sorting it in whichever way you desire. Every time a new item is added, the software gives you an option to sort it as per your desire. The application also gives the option to share an account login through email. However, mSecure doesn’t give an option of auto-fill and login on the web.
1Password has different prices for mobile and desktop versions. The mobile version costs $9.99, with the desktop version costing $49.99.
LastPass offers a free download for mobile versions, but charges $12 annually for a premium subscription.
mSecure charges $19.99 for the desktop version and $9.99 for its iPhone application.
Although the basic functions of these password managers are somewhat the same, their interaction with you is different. Each manager has its pros and cons, so the best password manager would be the one that suits your needs.