When you login do you pull out your hair trying to remember your passwords? Is your desk and computer forested by sticky notes with passwords written on them? Do you want to fortify your defenses against cyber-crooks? If so, then it’s time to get a password manager. A good password manager will make logging in a breeze and even generate strong hack-resistant passwords.
Here are three options suggested by the trusted technology website, CNET.
Bitwarden: Best free password manager
“This lean encryption software can generate, store and automatically fill your passwords across all of your devices and popular browsers…with competitive security strength,” the CNET editors say. A premium version with additional bells and whistles starts at $10 a year.
LastPass: Best paid password manager
CNET reports that “[t]he Premium version of the [LastPass] password manager…allows you to share passwords, logins, memberships and other items with trusted family and friends, use multifactor authentication and get 1 gigabyte of encrypted storage. Meanwhile, the Families plan gives you six individual accounts, shared folders and a dashboard for managing the family accounts and keeping an eye on your account's security.” Last Past Premium costs $36 a year, and Last Pass Families, is $48 a year.
1Password: Best paid password manager for multiple platforms“If you're looking for a trusted password manager app to keep your login information private and secure, 1Password is the best password manager for the task, letting you access your accounts and services with one master password. It's available for all major device platforms.” Base price for 1Password is $35.88 a year.
All three password managers offer a free trial period. For more password managers and in-depth reviews, visit CNET.com.