Password Manager Review: Sticky Password
Rainbows of post-it notes arranged around computer screens have become a common sight all over the world. Because practically every online service these days requires an account and a password, we habitually jot these down, sticking them near, or on our computers, where, after a few months of disuse, we desperately search for them because they are suddenly needed again, often in vain.
Unfortunately, this method of keeping track of our accounts and passwords is not only impractical but also unsafe and sloppy. Sticky Password offers an alternative, helping to cut through the clutter, replacing paper notes with secure virtual data sets.
What Is Sticky Password?
Sticky Password is a password manager designed by Lamantine Software, and available for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. Beyond that, the program also supports a number of lesser-known browsers. With nearly 20 years of experience, Lamantine Software is a true veteran of the world of password managers. In this review, we'll explore whether Sticky Password has put its two decades of activity to good use.
We tested Sticky Password on Windows and Android.
Pros and Cons
Nice variety of features
User-friendly and straightforward installation
Some autofill issues
Installation & Usage
Installing Sticky Password is not all that complicated. After downloading the installation file from the service's homepage, you'll go through all the usual installation steps, followed by the creation of a Sticky account and setting a master password. The latter unlocks your password database and should be the last password you'll ever need to commit to memory. In the event that you forget it, there's no way to regain access, so make sure to choose carefully!
Sticky Password lends a hand when creating your master password.
Once installation is complete, you can integrate the extension compatible with your browser. The browser in which you install Sticky Password should be automatically identified, however, this does not happen 100% of the time. No need to fear though, as manually configuring this is both quick and easy.
Once installation is wrapped up, Sticky Password's user interface will open. If you're changing over to Sticky Password from another password manager, you'll likely want to find the import feature, so that you can start using your existing data sets with the software. To begin importing, head over to Menu > Import.
Sticky Password supports imports from RoboForm, Keepass, LastPass, Dashlane, Kaspersky Password Manager, and 1Password, as well as the most common browsers. When importing a CSV file from LastPass, we didn't encounter too many issues and liked the ability to choose which entries should be imported, since other solutions typically import everything.
All the same, categories we had created in LastPass weren't transferred and all data sets were simply lumped together into a single group. Sticky Password titled every entry as a "New Web Account" instead of using the website's name. This means that after importing data sets, we had to manually re-organize our entries.
Sticky Password supports imports of data sets from other services and browsers.
User Interface: Old-Fashioned but Endearing
Sticky Password’s interface harkens back to the glory days of AOL and Windows, making it somewhat nostalgic. Even though its appearance is a bit outdated, the program is highly versatile and doesn't take long to get used to. All the same, Sticky Password can't keep up with its competitors' more streamlined dashboards.
Next, we'll discuss Sticky Password's two main components: The desktop app and browser extension (we assess the mobile app later in the review).
The desktop app serves as Sticky Password's beating heart. By clicking on the "Quick Access" tab, you can add new accounts, secure notes, business cards, or portable passwords. Here, you'll also find the "Security Dashboard", where you can review the security of all of your accounts.
Sticky Password's user interface is not as modern looking as those of its competitors.
Data sets can be arranged into groups and sub-groups by dragging and dropping entries. By default, you can select from the following categories: Web Accounts, Program Accounts, Identities, Secure Notes, and Bookmarks. Identities include personal information such as addresses or payment methods, making it easy to automatically complete web forms.
Personal information can be stored in Identities.
In principle, the browser extension is nothing more than a slimmed-down version of the desktop app. It allows you to add new web accounts or directly jump to a specific website. For more complex tasks, however, the extension forwards you to the desktop app. Since our last review, Sticky Password has integrated a password generator into its extension, making it possible to create secure passwords directly in your browser.
Sticky Password's browser extension is essential for the service's autofill.
Sticky Password might not be the sleekest looking password manager, however, after getting used to its somewhat outdated appearance, the program does offer a reliable and user-friendly password managing tool. All the same, we do expect such a well-established service to keep up with the times and make some updates to its apps.
Score: 3 / 5
Sticky Password comes with a solid package of features, entailing most of what is sought after in a password manager, covering everything from autofill to a password generator. The program even has a few (positive) surprises, especially in the area of security.
The Security Dashboard is your password protection hub. Here, you'll be provided with an overview of how strong (or weak) your existing passwords are. The criteria used to evaluate this are the password’s relative strength, its usage for multiple accounts, and its age.
Unfortunately, weak passwords have to be modified manually since, unlike Dashlane or LastPass, Sticky Password does not possess an integrated password changer.
The Security Dashboard shows you which passwords you should change quickly.
You can also export your Sticky Password data to an external USB storage device, creating a portable version of your password vault. To allow for the encrypted data to be read by another device, it is necessary to enter your master password. While this might seem a bit of a hassle, it means that losing or misplacing the storage device will not negatively impact the security of your passwords, since they will be inaccessible to whoever finds them.
Sticky Password's portable version allows you to securely take your password vault with you on an external storage device.
Sticky Password should automatically identify web forms for login or input fields for personal data, displaying an icon alongside them. If only a single record is saved, you'll be automatically logged in, however, in all other cases, you can select which data set you would like to login with by clicking on the icon.
Whenever you create a new account on a website, you can generate a secure password by clicking on the Sticky Password icon in the password field. Once you've registered a new account for a website where you don't yet have any data saved, you can automatically save your login data for it.
Most of the time, Sticky Password does well when it comes to automatically filling forms, identifying the correct input fields, and supplying the needed data sets, but not always. When using Amazon, for example, the service couldn't find the credit card we had saved. Beyond that, Sticky Password is a bit strict with URLs: Other providers like LastPass recognize Amazon accounts on different localizations such as Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, whereas Sticky Password doesn't automatically supply the needed login credentials unless configured for that specific site.
Sticky Password automatically saves new login data.
Comprehensive Browser Support
While other password managers are notorious for only supporting the most well-known browsers, Sticky Password is compatible with a number of lesser-known browsers as well. Secure browsers like Comodo Dragon, as well as Yandex and Pale Moon, are all supported.
Sticky Password is compatible with a number of less-common browsers.
Do you want to share account data or other entries with your friends, co-workers, or family? You can with Sticky Password, but only as a premium subscriber. The service even offers the ability to configure access rights for different users. Those with limited access can only use data sets, but not edit or share them, whereas those with full access have the same privileges as you.
Taken together, Sticky Password provides a nice range of features, which although not breathtaking, fulfill most expectations users have for password managers. There were some minor issues with autofill, but overall, the browser extension is reliable.
Score: 4 / 5
Similar to many other password managers, Sticky Passwort uses AES 256 to encrypt data. The program’s security philosophy is based on the Zero-knowledge proof: Only you know your master password and it cannot be retrieved from the program’s servers. If you forget it, there is (unfortunately) no way for you to recover it, however, precisely that makes the program especially secure.
When you activate cloud sync, the program synchronizes encrypted data using Sticky Password’s secure servers. In addition, you can limit sync to wireless internet (WiFi) only, or even deactivate it from your first usage of the program, as a result of which, your data will only be saved locally.
You can protect your account against unauthorized access by activating multi-factor authentication.
Sticky Password also makes it possible to log in using two-factor authentication, providing an added level of security. At the moment, however, only the Google authenticator app is supported.
Sticky Password is highly secure, and thanks to its flexible sync settings and lack of account recovery options, it offers a few advantages over its competitors.
Score: 4.7 / 5
Sticky Password offers mobile apps for Android and iOS. When you log in for the first time using your Sticky-ID and master password, your account will be automatically synced with your desktop, but only if you're a premium subscriber. Free users need to make do without syncing and can only utilize the mobile app separately from the desktop version.
Should you want to sync your data sets between your desktop and mobile versions, you'll need a premium subscription to Sticky Password.
Sticky Password's mobile app comes with its own browser, however, autofill performs similarly to the desktop version's browser (in our case, Chrome). When you access a website, the Sticky Password logo will appear in any login fields for which you have accounts. During testing, autofill was reliable, saving new login/registration data.
The app can be unlocked using the master password, a PIN, a pattern, a graphic key, or a fingerprint scan, and if desired, you can disable protection altogether. As such, Sticky Password offers you the choice between security and comfort. However, we strongly recommend against indulging in too much of the latter in the event that someone steals your smartphone or you lose it since your login data for all saved services would be instantly compromised.
Taken together, Sticky Password's mobile app is a good companion to the desktop version: Optically, it’s not stunning or catchy, but it does offer access to a wide range of features.
Score: 4 / 5
Sticky Password's help center serves up a number of tutorials and FAQs for a nice variety of topics. These include step-by-step guides with screenshots, sorted by category and operating system. Rounding things out for static support, you can use a full-text search to find precisely what you're looking for.
A forum is also offered, but this doesn't appear to be particularly active.
Sticky Password's support is well-stocked with a number of guides and FAQs.
Unfortunately, direct contact with the support team can only be taken up via email - a chat version, like that provided by Dashlane, would be more practical, but isn't anywhere to be found. Email support can be accessed by clicking on the "Support for Premium Clients" button, which is somewhat difficult to find. The company guarantees answers within 24 hours. Despite its labeling, non-premium clients can also contact support using the same email address, however, they'll have to make do without the 24-hour guarantee.
During testing, our query (premium account) was answered within 16 hours.
Score: 3.7 / 5
Sticky Password keeps things simple: Individual users have two options, namely a free version or the Premium package. The latter is available either in an annual or lifetime subscription and comes with cloud backup, synchronization across all devices, and the secure sharing of passwords, as well as the aforementioned support response time guarantee.
A rate for teams is also offered, paid per user, per year.
As a bonus for nature lovers: A portion of each premium subscription is donated to the "Save the Manatees" foundation.
Below, you can find an overview of Sticky Password's current prices:
|Base price per month||$0.00||$2.49||$0.00|
|Price per user||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00|
|Contract period (months)||0||12||0|
|Number of Users||1||1||1|
|Number of passwords||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited|
|Number of Devices||1||unlimited||unlimited|
|Sync multiple devices|
|Two factor authentication|
You can test Sticky Password's premium version for free for 30 days. New subscribers also get a 30-day, money-back guarantee.
It's possible to pay for Sticky Password by credit card or PayPal.
Sticky Password doesn’t look like much at first glance; its interface is dated and not particularly sleek, however, for those willing to go a bit below the surface, it quickly becomes apparent that the feature-heavy password manager can easily go toe-to-toe with any of its more flashy competitors. Sticky Password scores highly with us owing to its total package, inexpensive premium license, and impressive extras and features, which include detailed sync options and a portable version.
Apart from the somewhat tacky design, which can be easily modified by its developers in the future, Sticky Password also dropped points owing to its minor autofill issues. Data set management is also not as smooth as it could be and suffers from a lack of customizability.
Irrespective of these deficits, Sticky Password is a good password manager that does precisely what its designers promise.
To ascertain how Sticky Password is received amongst its users, we took a look at how the service fared on reputable review portals. We compiled user opinions from these, generating an overall score.
You're on the hunt for a password manager with a more modern user interface? Dashlane, the service which came out top in our comprehensive review series, offers an even fuller package of features.
NordPass also impressed us thanks to its tasteful design and more generous free version, which serves up cross-device synchronization at no charge.
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