Password Manager Review: Sticky Password
Rainbows of post-it notes arranged around computer screens have become a common sight the world over. Because practically every online service 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, and being covered over with ever-newer account/password combinations, we desperately search for them, often in vain, because they are suddenly needed again.
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 post-its.
What is Sticky Password?
Sticky Password is a password manager designed by Lamantine Software, and available for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. Amongst its most nifty features, the program supports a number of lesser-known browsers. Sticky Password has yet to reach the level of familiarity possessed by its competitors, such as Dashlane and LastPass, however, the reasons why it should be on everyone’s radar, and also for its inclusion on our list are explained in the test below.
Pros and Cons
Supports a number of lesser-known browsers
Offers a portable USB version
Possesses a nice variety of functions
User-friendly and straightforward installation
The interface looks dated
Does not offer a password-changer
Installing Sticky Password is, to a large extent, as straightforward and uncomplicated as imaginable. After downloading the installation file from the product’s homepage, follow the automatic installation steps. These include the creation of a master password, known only to you, according to the specifications provided by the program. In line with Sticky Password’s zero-knowledge proof, your master password is not stored anywhere by the program, so choose wisely!
Once installation is complete, you can integrate your desired browser and any add-ons. 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.
Naturally, the program offers options to import data from other password managers and applications. The autofill function can also be configured and used immediately after installation.
Installing Sticky Password is straightforward, particularly when compared to its competitors. Specifically, the ability to quickly and easily configure settings and functions sets it apart from similar programs, where one might forget to manage these settings at installation.
Score: 5.0 / 5
User Interface & Ease of Use
Sticky Password’s interface harkens back to the glory days of AOL and Windows, making it somewhat nostalgic. Unfortunately, in 2020, this looks antiquated when set alongside other password managers. Nevertheless, there is an extremely versatile program under this veneer, which greatly emphasizes user-friendliness.
The two main components of Sticky Password are its desktop app and browser add-on.
The desktop app is the heart of the program. By importing login information from other programs or browsers, you can easily make sense of your clutter of accounts and passwords. During testing, the program only remembered login names on some occasions, while the rest had to be entered manually.
Concerning "quick access", you can readily add new accounts or create secure notes. You can also review all of your accounts and their safety in the security dashboard.
In contrast to other password managers, Sticky Password does not create separate entries for multiple logins for the same website, but groups them together in a single entry. However, if you use the autofill function, you can select which account you would like to login with in a separate window.
The password generator takes some finding in the menu (it is located under ‘extras’) which is odd for a function that would theoretically be used quite often in a password manager.
On the other hand, however, it is incredibly easy to create groups, through simply dragging and dropping the data.
In principle, the browser add-on 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 browser add-on directs you to the desktop app.
This division is not really problematic, however, integrating some additional functions into the browser add-on, such as the password generator, or security overview, would add greater functionality without overloading or cluttering the interface.
Visually, Sticky Password isn’t anything to write home about, and its 90s-esque interface takes some getting used to, however, after tinkering with the program, it is fair to say that it offers a reliable password tool that is both user friendly and easy to use.
Score: 4.0 / 5
Sticky Password provides a solid package of features, entailing most of those that are desirable in a password manager. These include 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 center for password protection. Here, you are provided with an overview of the security or insecurity of your passwords. 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, Sticky Password does not offer an integrated password changer.
You can also export your Sticky Password data to an external USB-storage device and create a portable version of your password collection. To allow for the encrypted data to be read by another device, it is necessary to enter your master password, however, this has the added benefit that losing or misplacing the storage device will not negatively impact the security of your passwords, since they will be inaccessible to whomever finds them.
Extensive Browser Support
While other password managers are notorious for only supporting the most well-known browsers, Sticky Password has seen to it that it supports 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 offers a nice range of functions, which although not breathtaking, fulfill most expectations users have for password managers, while also providing (positive) surprises, such as the portable version.
Score: 4.3 / 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 the sync-function to wireless internet (WLAN) only, or even deactivate it from your first usage of the program, as a result of which, your data will only be saved locally.
Sticky Password also offers the option to login 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 its sync settings offer yet another advantage over its competitors.
Score: 4.7 / 5
The Sticky Password app is available for Android und iOS. When you login for the first time using your Sticky-ID and master password, your account will be automatically synced with your desktop version.
When you load a website using the integrated browser that you selected in the app’s settings, the Sticky Password logo will be visible in any login fields for which you have accounts. In contrast to the Windows and Mac versions of the program, the mobile version is more selective in regards to supported browsers. The autofill function can only be used, for example, on Android-devices in Firefox and Dolphin as an add-on. For other browsers, like Chrome, it is only possible to copy-paste your login data and passwords using the action button.
The app can be unlocked using the master password, however, this becomes tedious, so an option for PIN or fingerprint authentication is also integrated, as is the ability to completely forgo safety measures when accessing the app. Here, Sticky Password offers you the choice between security and comfort.
The app is available in the same languages as the desktop version, which are linked to the system’s language, and cannot be changed via settings.
In sum, the mobile version of Sticky Password is a good companion to the desktop app: Optically, it’s not stunning or catchy, but it does offer a wide range of features.
Score: 4.3. /5
In the Sticky Password help-center a number of tutorials and FAQs are available for a wide range of topics. 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.
Email support is available after clicking on the "Support for Premium Clients" button. The company guarantees answers within 24 hours. Despite the unclear labelling, ‘non-premium clients’ can also contact support using the same email address, however, the 24-hour guarantee is not made.
During testing, our query (issued from a premium account) was answered within 16 hours.
Score: 3.3 / 5
There are two options available for an individual user, namely the free version, and the premium package. This cuts down on the confusion which can arise between varying membership plans or program types. For $2.25 per month users gain access to premium features such as cloud-backup, synchronization across all devices, and the secure sharing of passwords, as well as the aforementioned support response time guarantee.
For teams Sticky Password also costs $2.25 monthly, per user.
|Price per Month||$0.00||$2.49||$0.00|
|Price per User||$0.00||$0.00||$2.49|
|Contract Period (month)||0||12||12|
|Number of Users||1||1||unlimited|
|Number of Passwords||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited|
|Number of Devices||1||unlimited||unlimited|
|Sync Multiple Devices|
|Only Local Storage|
|Two Factor Auth|
Sticky Password doesn’t look like much at first glance; its interface is dated and not particularly sleek, however, for those who 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 owing to its total package, inexpensive premium license, and impressive extras and features, including 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 drops points owing to the confusing process required to contact its support team, and lack of an integrated password changer.
Irrespective of these deficits, Sticky Password is a good password manager that does precisely what its designers say it will.
Amongst the customers surveyed by EXPERTE.de, Sticky Password received average ratings. Negative ratings came, in large part, from Mac users, who lamented the absence of functions available in the Windows version, or an inability to come to terms with the program’s interface. Amongst Windows users, feedback was almost entirely positive.
Sticky Password offers a good suite of functions and features, however, it faces a number of competitors, some of whom have a slight advantage owing to their better interfaces, support, or wealth of features.
How we test
The Sticky Password desktop app was tested on a Lenovo laptop running Windows 10. The browser add-ons were trialed in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, while the mobile application was evaluated on an Android device (Version 8.1.0).
Note from October 24th, 2019: In a previous version of this article, we reported that the Sticky Password mobile app was only available in English, however, since the time of publication, we have been notified by the developer that the language option selected at installation in the desktop version will be adopted (automatically) by the mobile app as well.