The Best Free Password Managers - Our Top Picks

Martin Gschwentner

Who doesn't want their online accounts to be as secure as possible? Unfortunately, unless you have a password manager, that's a difficult thing to guarantee these days. In order to avoid becoming the next victim of a brute force attack or (needlessly) expose your identity online, unique and tough passwords are needed for every account you have. Unless you've got a photographic memory, you're going to need some help keeping track of all of those numbers and symbols. The good news is, that help doesn't have to be expensive.

A password manager automatically generates highly secure passwords for every online service you use, supplying them whenever you visit the site in question and storing them safely in a digital vault that only you know the combination to. In fact, you'll only ever have to remember a single master password again.

We assessed 12 password managers, some of which offer freemium apps. Often, the free versions are little more than trials and barely usable owing to the strict limits on the number of passwords capable of being saved, or the devices on which they can be used. However, we did notice a few that provide solid functionality, making them ideal for everyday use. And with that, we present to you our top three free password managers:

1.

LastPass Password Manager

LastPass Password Manager Test
LastPass Password Manager
(251,260)
High customer satisfaction
Zero-Knowledge Encryption
Test Premium for 30 days
Good free version
Without reinventing the wheel, LastPass does almost everything you'd want a password manager to do, and comes with a free version that has almost no limitations.
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 - ∞
LastPass Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
30 days free trial
Review Score
4.2 / 5
good

LastPass is hands down the best free password manager we evaluated since it offers a legitimate 'free' version and not just a 'freemium' app. The platform doesn't bombard you with in-app advertising or put up paywalls whenever you try to do something meaningful. You also won't have to limit the number of logins that can be saved or how many of your devices you sync the service with.

LastPass provides just about every kind of functionality you'd expect from a premium password manager and at no charge. Amazingly, its performance isn't all that shabby either. Logins are almost always correctly recognized, and stored passwords often find their way into login forms. You can also access a security hub where you'll be provided with insights into how to optimize your security as well as which of your passwords require your attention.

Of course, there were a few minor issues here and there. On occasion, we had to manually copy passwords from the browser extension, and the interface wasn't as elegant as that of our test winner Dashlane.

Despite there not being many paywalls, there are still a few here and there: emergency access, secure password sharing with multiple users, or preferential customer support, are all reserved for paying customers. Still, LastPass's free app is a full-fledged piece of software that manages passwords reliably and competently, offering premium-like functionality at absolutely no cost.

Unlimited saved logins and synchronization between devices

Easy-to-use interface and reliable autofill

Security hub not behind a paywall

Review Score
4.2 / 5
03/2019
good
Visit Website
Security
4.7 / 5
Setup
4.7 / 5
Mobile Use
4.7 / 5
Features
4.3 / 5
User Interface & Ease of Use
4.0 / 5
Support
3.0 / 5
2.

Avira Password Manager

Avira Password Manager Test
Avira Password Manager
(69,198)
good free version without limits
simple and intuitive applications
excellent security
comparably few features
The Avira Password Manager convinces with intuitive handling, high security standards and a reliable autofill function, even if a few popular features are missing.
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 User
Avira Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Review Score
4.3 / 5
good

Avira's freemium password manager is also generous in terms of the features that it offers up to non-paying users, again placing no limits on how many passwords can be saved, or devices synced with. Unlike LastPass however, the security hub is reserved for premium customers, but that's not a huge loss in our eyes.

The platform's web dashboard and browser extension both focus on the essentials, making Avira Password Manager both easy and comfortable to use. During testing, the autofill function didn't choke once.

Avira Password Manager's browser extension.

Pro version subscribers can look forward to enhanced security features. These include the ability to check whether your accounts have been hacked or if your passwords suffer from security flaws. While handy if you want to import existing passwords into Avira Password Manager, the freemium version offers users the ability to easily create new, highly secure passwords, removing some of the pro version's glitz.

Nevertheless, Avira Password Manager's freemium version still shines thanks to its intuitive user interface, reliable autofill performance, and high security standards.

No limits on saved logins or synchronizations

Easy to use

Reliable autofill

Review Score
4.3 / 5
07/2019
good
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Security
5.0 / 5
User Interface & Ease of Use
4.7 / 5
Mobile Use
4.3 / 5
Support
4.0 / 5
Setup
4.0 / 5
Features
3.7 / 5
3.

NordPass

NordPass Password Manager Test
NordPass Password Manager
(3,678)
very easy to use
flawless user interface
reliable Autofill
keine deutsche Sprachversion
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
1 - ∞
Users
1 User
NordPass Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
30-day money-back guarantee
Review Score
4.2 / 5
good

NordPass might be the new kid on the block in the world of password managers, but, it still managed to secure some laurels from us. Of course, these aren't quite so auspicious as the ones its sister program, NordVPN took in our review of VPN providers (second place overall), however, nothing to shake a stick at either.

NordPass isn't quite as good as Avira Password Manager or LastPass, but it still deserves a spot in our top three free password managers thanks to its sleek user interface and highly accurate data importing.

NordPass's free app is relatively generous. Again, no limits to how many username/password combinations you can save, or to synchronizations across devices. There are some limitations in terms of access (a user can only be active on one device at a time). What does this mean? When you log into your account on your smartphone, you'll be logged out on your PC (or vice versa).

That's not ideal, but because very few password managers offer cross-platform synchronization with their free versions, we can live with having to input our master password every time we use the service on a different device.

Both the free and paid versions lack a dedicated security center or dashboard, but, if you can make do without that and having to log in occasionally, you'll have a powerful free password manager at your fingertips.

Unlimited passwords

Cross-platform synchronization (only one device can be used at a time)

Sleek user interface

Review Score
4.6 / 5
03/2019
excellent
Visit Website
Setup
5.0 / 5
Features
4.7 / 5
Security
4.7 / 5
Mobile Use
4.7 / 5
User Interface & Ease of Use
4.7 / 5
Support
4.0 / 5

Alternatives

Despite their limitations, our top three password managers do their job pretty well, namely, managing passwords both securely and efficiently. Most of the other providers we tested were less generous, severely limiting the number of passwords users can save or the devices with which they can sync. One exception is Bitwarden, but the app's autofill performance wasn't on the same level with LastPass, Avira Password Manager, or NordPass when we evaluated it.

If you want to use Dashlane for free, you'll be limited to a spartan 50 passwords. Enpass lets you have 25, while True Key by McAfee and the Kaspersky Password Manager only make it possible to save 15 passwords. StickyPass and RoboForm permit free users to save as many passwords as they like, but don't offer cross-platform synchronization.

An overview of other freemium apps can be found below:

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Best Overall 2021
Dashlane Password Manager Test
Dashlane Password Manager
(207,084)
High customer satisfaction
Zero-Knowledge Encryption
Dark-Web Monitoring
Premium: built-in VPN
Dashlane is the all-rounder among the password managers, which makes the administration of your logins with many features, high security and an uncomplicated handling a minor matter.
Passwords
50 Passwords
Devices
1
Users
1 User
Dashlane Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Try for free
Best Overall
4.6 / 5
excellent
Best Value for Money
Sticky Password Test
Sticky Password
(7,790)
Offline Sync possible
Fingerprint Scan
Easy setup
Good feature set
If you're not misled by the old-fashioned interface, Sticky Password is an intuitive and secure password manager that comes with great extras and covers everything important.
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
1
Users
1 User
85%
Work From Home Sale
Sticky Password Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Get 85% discount
Review Score
4.3 / 5
good
RoboForm Password Manager Test
RoboForm Password Manager
(53,158)
Zero-Knowledge Encryption
For private and business
Offers free version
No 2FA in Free-Plan
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
1
Users
1 User
RoboForm Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Use for free
Review Score
4.2 / 5
good
Enpass Password Manager Test
Enpass Password Manager
(16,528)
intuitive desktop app
one-off price instead of subscription
optional cloud connection
Passwords
25 Passwords
Devices
1
Users
1 User
60%
Discount
Code:
EN498-31UQR
Enpass Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Review Score
4.0 / 5
good
Bitwarden Password Manager Test
Bitwarden Password Manager
(31,292)
user-friendly applications
good security, externally tested
Self-Hosting possible
disappointing AutoFill performance
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
unlimited
Users
2 Users
Bitwarden Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Review Score
3.9 / 5
good
Kaspersky Password Manager Test
Kaspersky Password Manager
(3,624,220)
Low annual price
With Face ID and Touch ID
not in all browsers
no Two-Factor-Auth
Passwords
15 Passwords
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 User
Kaspersky Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Try for free
Review Score
3.8 / 5
good
McAfee True Key Test
McAfee True Key
(902,022)
User-friendly dashboard
Reliable Autofill & Saving
Free version & low price
no real browser extension
Passwords
15 Passwords
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 User
McAfee Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Review Score
3.8 / 5
good

Conclusion

Securing your passwords digitally doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg. On the contrary: Some freemium password managers can go head-to-head with paid services in terms of essential features, providing a centralized and secure platform that you can use to manage all your online identities with at absolutely no cost.

Whatever provider you choose: Nearly any password manager is better than having no password manager at all. Weak passwords or countless post-it notes stuck to your computer monitor are just inviting disaster.

You can find assessments of all 12 password managers we evaluated as well as a concise pricing table and comparison tool in our exhaustive password manager review.

Author (German Version): Martin Gschwentner
Martin Gschwentner majored in American Studies and Media Studies in Germany, the USA and France and works as a freelance editor in Paris. He is a doctoral student at the Institute for English and American Studies at the University of Paris Diderot, where he is researching the influence of money on US politics. On EXPERTE.com he writes about IT security, data protection and software for the self-employed and small businesses.
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