Password Manager Review: Enpass
What if you never had to worry about any of your passwords ever again? You won't, with password managers, or at least, you'll only have to remember a single master password. Should you lose this password, or if it becomes compromised, you'll be back at square one, or even worse off. Below, we'll let you know how well Enpass, one such password manager, performs.
What Is Enpass?
Pros and Cons
Intuitive desktop version
Optional cloud synchronization
Allows dangerous password sharing
Installation & Usage
When installing Enpass, you'll be directed to the appropriate marketplace for the operating system you're planning to use. We selected the Windows version, which was downloaded from the Microsoft Store. Once installation is complete, you'll need to create your master password, however, the program provides tips on how to do this.
The first thing you'll need is a master password.
After you've set your master password, you'll be taken to the dashboard in Enpass's desktop client, which has a similar layout to that of most other password managers (three columns). You'll have to manually install other components (browser extensions and mobile apps), but that's done easily enough via Enpass's website.
Enpass is compatible with all of the most commonly-used browsers.
To import data from a variety of other password managers, click on the hamburger menu and select File > Import.
We tested this with a CSV file from LastPass and had good results: Most entries were transferred accurately, with usernames and passwords ending up (by and large) where they were supposed to. A few adjustments had to be made here and there, but compared to some of the other programs we evaluated, there was really not all that much to complain about.
It's possible to import data sets from a wide range of other password managers.
Enpass does quite a bit to make new users feel as comfortable as possible with the software, requiring only a few minutes to be completely set up.
The service utilizes two desktop components, namely, an app that can be used offline, as well as a browser extension.
As mentioned above, Enpass's desktop version relies on a three-column interface, making it similar to most other password managers on the market. To the left, you'll find a scrollable menu that includes data set categories, tags, and a kind of security center. In the middle, you'll be able to view a categorically organized list of data sets, and to the right, individual entries.
Most known websites are accompanied by their logo in the client, while all other logins are assigned a generic icon.
Enpass utilizes a classic, three-column layout.
Only premium users are able to create custom categories for their records, however, all users can assign different tags to categories, which will then appear in the main menu on the left-hand side of the interface. These serve as de facto sub-categories. During our import, categories that we had created in LastPass were converted into tags. While the tags do help to maintain an overview, Enpass could improve navigation by making it possible to sort sub-categories.
New data sets can be manually added by clicking on the "plus" sign in the upper menu. Here, you'll also find the password generator and settings menu.
The browser extension also looks and performs well. Its simplified menu provides users with access to favorites, credit cards, identities, and the password generator. You'll also find a search function in the browser window, frequently and recently used logins, and have the ability to directly create new entries.
Autofill was reliable, but more on that below.
The browser extension stood out thanks to its reliable autofill and easy access to important features.
Enpass's designers seem to have relied upon proven concepts when designing their software's interface and data entry features, an approach that we believe has paid off. The dashboard is easy to use and doesn't require long to find features or functions.
Score: 4.7 / 5
Enpass comes with nearly all of the basics that a password manager should. The password generator, which is accessible through both the desktop app and the browser extension, serves up a multitude of different options for creating secure passwords and passphrases.
Enpass estimates how secure each password is.
Optional Usage of the Cloud
While most password managers rely on integrated cloud functionality, Enpass makes this optional. If desired, you can synchronize your data with well-known providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive. By default, data is only secured locally, making the program particularly appealing for some users. All the same, the integration of regular cloud synchronization would be a practical step.
Enpass does not offer a sophisticated security center akin to those of its competitors, however, in the "Password Audit" submenu, it's possible to see which of your passwords do not meet the program's standards as well as which you have used more than once.
You can also find out which of your existing passwords are weak and compromised and requiring modification as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the software doesn't include an automatic password changer like that offered by Dashlane.
Compromised passwords should be changed as quickly as possible.
Autofill you can count on
During testing, we came to the conclusion that Enpass's browser extension was fairly reliable. When visiting a website for which login data is already stored, clicking on the Enpass logo in the address bar should load the correct entry. With another click, you can fill in the fields and automatically log in.
Other password managers offer similar functionality by adding buttons to the login forms, making it unnecessary to open the browser extension. While the latter is certainly more elegant and practical, particularly if you need to create a new password, Enpass's approach isn't that bad.
When logging in to a website for the first time, the extension automatically adds your login data to your saved data sets.
By double-clicking on a specific entry, the accompanying username and password will be entered into the appropriate fields.
In terms of features, Enpass also seems to focus on the basics, which unfortunately leads to a few compromises. Compared to what its competitors offer, Enpass's security center is not nearly as robust, with automatic password changing an unfortunate omission.
Sharing could do with some work as well: When sharing a data set, by default, Enpass exports passwords and usernames in plain text. We strongly recommend defining a pre-shared key (PSK) in the advanced settings if you plan on sharing data sets. Other programs offer more elegant solutions to password sharing.
What Enpass does, it does well, however, we would like to see a bit more refinement as well as the introduction of a few sorely missed features.
Score: 3.7 / 5
Enpass encrypts your data, like the majority of its competitors, with AES 256, the industry gold standard. Should you not plan on using cloud synchronization, your data will only be stored locally, which some security-conscious users might see as an advantage. However, if using the cloud, the safety of your data depends on the standards of those providers and services.
You can synchronize your data with a variety of cloud services.
Enpass doesn't offer typical 2FA options, however, it is possible to assign internally created one-time codes, known as TOTPs (time-based one-time passwords) to certain data sets. These work like an integrated authenticator app, repeatedly generating TOTPs within Enpass that remain valid for 30 seconds.
This approach seems unnecessarily complicated, and a basic 2FA option would, in our opinion, be better. Apart from that, a lack of security when sharing is certainly the platform's Achilles' heel, however, Enpass does well by warning its users against making too much usage of this feature.
Score: 3.7 / 5
So far as features are concerned, Enpass's mobile apps are almost identical to the desktop version. The UI is adapted to smartphone screens, and instead of the three-column structure, you'll find a collapsable main menu with different tabs for entries and settings. The mobile app can be unlocked by fingerprint or PIN, making it unnecessary to repeatedly input your master password.
Autofill was also reliable on the go in the mobile app.
During our last assessment, we were somewhat disappointed with how autofill performed on our smartphone. This time, the "Autofill with Enpass" interface reliably appeared in the login forms whenever we were on a relevant site.
The mobile app doesn't come with an integrated browser: With other password managers, saved websites open after tapping on a data set, with Enpass, websites open in your default browser after tapping on the URL.
Since our last review, a number of changes have been made to the Android app, leaving little to complain about. The free version of the Android app is limited to 25 entries (in contrast to the desktop version's unlimited number of entries), making it fairly useless.
Score: 4 / 5
In Enpass's support area, you'll find a number of FAQs and handbooks for the desktop, iOS, and Android versions of the software, all of which can be readily accessed using the practical built-in text search. There's also a fairly active forum in which support staff and users regularly communicate with one another.
Enpass offers a nice selection of static support options.
Direct support is only offered via a contact form, as neither a hotline nor live chat is provided. We waited around 14 hours for a helpful response to our query, which is acceptable.
More live support channels would be a positive addition, but beyond that, Enpass provides decent assistance to its users and customers.
Score: 4 / 5
The free version of Enpass is useful on the desktop since it doesn't come with any data set limits. For smartphone users, however, it's a different story, as you'll be limited to 25 entries. For that reason, the free version is only recommended if you intend to abstain from mobile usage, or want to keep tabs on a limited number of accounts on the go.
Should you want to make use of premium features, two options are available. In the past, Enpass was marketed at a flat one-time fee, however, its developers have also borrowed the subscription model favored by its competitors and now offer a monthly subscription alongside the lifetime license. A summary of Enpass's current prices can be found below:
|Base price per month||$0.00||$2.00||$3.00|
|Price per user||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00|
|Contract period (months)||0||12||12|
|Number of Users||1||1||6|
|Number of passwords||25||unlimited||unlimited|
|Number of Devices||1||unlimited||unlimited|
|Sync multiple devices|
|Two factor authentication|
Enpass doesn't offer a money-back guarantee, however, since you can test the program rather thoroughly in its desktop version, this isn't all that much of an issue.
Enpass does a number of things well. Its pricing model is reasonable, particularly in light of its highly useful free desktop version and lifetime license fee. We liked the software as well since it includes all of the most important features, a user-friendly interface, and reliable autofill. A handful of features are either missing or underdeveloped but this isn't the end of the world.
Some features that we expect from password managers were nowhere to be found, however: No support is offered for classic multi-factor authentication, and password sharing seems to be poorly secured. Extras like a security center or automatic password changer also aren't part of the Enpass package.
Taken together, there's definitely some space between Enpass and the best password managers on the market. All the same, its strong desktop performance and reliability mean that it shouldn't be overlooked entirely.
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