LastPass Alternatives - Our Recommendations
Are you looking for a reliable password manager? We're not going to mince words here, there are only a few that are better than LastPass. The popular freemium app makes managing your login data as easy as pie, and its free version is fantastic. But that doesn't make LastPass perfect, and so, we've provided a list below of which password managers outperform it and why.
But before that, a word of consolation to LastPass: We really liked your high security standards, straightforward installation process, and solid mobile apps. You don't reinvent the wheel, instead focussing mostly on the basics, but at the same time, you provided us with all of the essentials that any good password manager should, and at absolutely no cost. Overall, you came in fourth in our review, 0.1 off a place on the podium. We know, it hurts, but you did a great job!
Dashlane - Our Overall Winner
With its well-rounded overall package, Dashlane has left a lasting (and positive) impression upon us. Not only was the app able to clinch a rare "Very Good" from us, but it also came in first in our review of 12 password managers.
There are plenty of good reasons for this: Installing the app is super easy, using it is foolproof, it comes loaded with features, and its security is second-to-none. With fast support response times and a live chat feature, the provider's customer outreach also cut a very fine figure.
One of the things we liked most about Dashlane was its automatic password changer that allows users to change as many passwords as they'd like in one fell swoop. This saves a lot of time, especially if you want to shore-up weak or compromised passwords, but not manually alter each one.
All of that premium quality comes at a very reasonable, and affordable price. This is good because the platform's free version is limited to 50 data sets (a username and password combination, for example), meaning that it isn't all that usable long-term.
With its numerous strengths and few, if any weaknesses, Dashlane offers the best overall package at a reasonable price.
Tons of features, including a password changer and VPN
Extremely easy to use
Reliable and fast support (with live chat)
1Password - Overflowing With Features
1Password might not come with an automatic password changer like Dashlane, but it still manages to do nearly everything else you'd expect from a password manager.
When starting out, you're given the choice between the usual desktop/browser extension combination or 1Password X, a slimmed-down browser-based platform. As such, you can decide whether you want your passwords to be managed in a stand-alone downloadable dashboard, or a less intrusive browser plugin.
1Password's security management suite comes filled with special features. The app's travel mode lets you temporarily remove and then restore sensitive data from your devices - so you don't have to worry about unwanted searches when crossing borders, for example.
We weren't swept off our feet by 1Password's mobile app, especially when set alongside those offered by some of its competitors, like Dashlane, but the platform still did enough to secure second place in our ranking.
Tons of features, including travel mode
Provides a high level of security
Allows users to choose between a desktop app/browser extension or standalone 1Password X dashboard
Avira Password Manager - German Precision
Whether Hugo Boss, BMW, Mercedes, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, or Bosch, German products have a worldwide reputation for quality, precision, and efficiency, and Avira is no exception. Although the developer is better known for their antivirus software, Avira Password Manager is a highly responsive app that guarantees excellent security standards and comes with a usable free version that is very similar to that offered by LastPass. In our opinion, the browser dashboard's user interface even outperforms LastPass's Vault in terms of looks.
While evaluating the service, autofill worked well both in the mobile app and on the desktop, saving new login information as if on cue. Of course, Avira Password Manager's selection of features isn't all that great, and some basics, like password sharing, or the ability to add user-defined categories to the database, are missing.
However, Avira Password Manager did just enough to nudge out LastPass and carve out third place in our ranking.
Easy and intuitive to use
Solid free version without limits to synchronization or data sets
Provides excellent security
We looked at 12 different password managers, with half a point separating third place and twelfth place, and only 0.8 points between first and twelfth. What we're trying to say is that every program we reviewed was good, but some were better.
Should you be looking for further alternatives to LastPass, Sticky Password offers a convenient portable version that makes it possible to take your password vault with you on the go by transferring it to an external flash drive, Keeper's folder structure and drag-and-drop functionality are intuitive to use and even less complicated than those found in LastPass's Vault, and RoboForm makes sharing datasets and entire folders with others a cinch.
Depending on what you're looking for in a password manager, there are plenty of alternatives to LastPass besides the three we've mentioned above. If you'd like to take a closer look at the providers we've assessed, check out our list here:
Any password manager is better than no password manager. Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to safely navigate the Web without some automated way of managing login data. LastPass's popularity can be attributed, in large part, to its provision of all the basics at absolutely no cost.
As we've tried to point out though, LastPass is neither perfect nor does it have the figurative 'last word' on password managers. A number of apps within the same price range are just as good, with some even offering more or better features than LastPass.
For in-depth reviews of 12 of the most popular password managers, be sure to check out our comprehensive assessment and comparison.