Top Password Managers for Windows

Martin Gschwentner

Take a minute to count how many apps you use and the number of digital accounts you've created; dozens, hundreds, thousands? And each with a unique password that needs to be memorized. Maybe you write them down or save login data in your browser. You probably use similar, or even identical passwords on multiple sites - one of the worst things imaginable so far as security is concerned.

The good news is that you don't have to choose either security or convenience, and can instead have both, thanks to password managers. These keep track of your passwords for you, preventing unauthorized access while providing a high degree of utmost convenience. But which is the best for Windows?

Most password managers are compatible with Windows and macOS, with a few supporting Linux or other, more obscure operating systems. On occasion, it's clear that a developer prefers one OS over another, with features, interfaces, or functionality being markedly better for that version than the rest of their clients. This article lists our top 3 password managers for Windows, saving you the time and trouble of having to try them out on your own.

Top 3 Password Managers for Windows

The list of providers is long, making selecting the right password manager being anything but easy. Making things more difficult, most services offer similar features and functionality at comparable prices. At the same time, small differences here and there can greatly affect your experience with the software. Like most things tech, each platform has developed its own fanbase, members of which swear by the superiority of their platform over those of its competitors. We've tried to take a more objective approach here, simply listing our top 3 password managers for Windows.

1.

Dashlane

Best Overall 2021
Dashlane Password Manager Test
Dashlane Password Manager
(219,588)
high customer satisfaction
user friendly and intuitive
zero-knowledge encryption
automatic password changer
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 - ∞
Devices
1 - ∞
Users
1 - ∞
Dashlane Free
$0.00
monthly price
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Try for free
Best Overall
4.6 / 5
excellent

Dashlane's strong showing during our evaluation secured it the top spot overall, with its Windows version cutting a mighty fine figure. Both the desktop client and web interface are intuitive and well-designed, offering users access to an unparalleled array of features. As if that wasn't enough, Dashlane's browser extension is one of the best on the market, brilliantly complementing the desktop version.

Getting back to those features though, Dashlane offers many which other providers lack. Its convenient password changer automatically alters passwords for a range of popular Internet services and sites with a single mouse click.

Dashlane's intuitive app puts access to a wealth of important features at your fingertips.

The app's current version even comes with a VPN. Dashlane also impresses among features common to password managers, with its security dashboard and password generator, being two of the best we encountered.

Most features are reserved for premium users, however, a Dashlane subscription is, at least in our eyes, the best option for a Windows user willing to pay for quality.

User-friendly and intuitive, even for beginners

Plenty of features, including a VPN and password changer

Fast chat support

Review Score
4.6 / 5
07/2021
excellent
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Mobile Usage
4.7 / 5
Support
4.7 / 5
Features
4.7 / 5
Security
4.7 / 5
Installation & Usage
4.0 / 5
2.

1Password

1Password Password Manager Test
1Password Password Manager
(66,365)
zero-knowledge encryption
reliable autofill function
handy travel mode
14 days free trial
no free version
1Password's password vault is filled to the brim with features and scores with extra functionality like the travel mode, but also with excellent security and solid usability.
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 - ∞
1Password Standard
$2.99
monthly price
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Free 30 days trial
Review Score
4.3 / 5
good

At first glance, 1Password might seem like an odd inclusion on our list of the Top 3 best password managers for Windows, considering that the software was originally developed only for Macs.

All the same, as things stand, 1Password's Windows version certainly wowed us: Loaded with features, the software includes Watchtower, from which you can keep tabs on the safety of all of your accounts, as well as Travel Mode. This makes it possible to configure which vaults you can access from which devices, a handy feature that we'd like to see other providers integrate as well.

Even though it's slightly overloaded, we quickly got the hang of 1Password's app.

Autofill performed reliably, whether for inputting login credentials or payment information. One of the few drawbacks we noticed is that only Family or Business subscribers are able to securely share data sets with other 1Password users.

Reliable autofill

Highly secure

Plenty of features and security options

3.

NordPass - The Best Freebie

NordPass Password Manager Test
NordPass Password Manager
(4,413)
very easy to use
flawless user interface
reliable Autofill
free version without limits
few extra features
NordPass stands out with its beautiful design and ease of use, and also scores points with a fully-fledged free version that allows you to create and synchronize an unlimited number of passwords.
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
1 - ∞
Users
1 - 5
NordPass Free
$0.00
monthly price
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30-day money-back guarantee
Review Score
4.3 / 5
good

You're looking for a full password manager for Windows, but don't want to pay? Following upon LastPass's overhaul of its free version in 2021, imposing new limits on what used to be a real favorite, NordPass has taken its place as our pick for the best free password manager. Free users can create as many data sets as they'd like, all the while synchronizing everything between the desktop client and mobile app.

NordPass's dashboard is user-friendly and easy on the eyes.

Even beyond its price though, NordPass stands out, in a good way, staying true to the Nord name (NordVPN performed best in our comparison of VPN provides). The service is intuitive, elegantly designed, and seamlessly integrates into your browser, performing as though it were always there.

In terms of disadvantages, NordPass can't boast as many features or options as the other top services from our sample, and adding data sets isn't as flexible as it could be.

Excellent user interface

Reliable autofill

Full free version without data limits

Review Score
4.3 / 5
07/2021
good
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Installation & Usage
4.7 / 5
Mobile Usage
4.3 / 5
Security
4.3 / 5
Support
4.0 / 5
Features
4.0 / 5

Alternatives

During our review of 12 of the most popular password managers, we found a lot of great options, and truth be told, it was a very tight race to call. Compiling a top three list of anything is always subjective and password managers for Windows are no exception. Although we try to be as objective as possible, we don't discount the possibility that our ratings might skew in a certain direction, giving one provider the edge over another.

For that reason, we highly recommend taking a look at some of the other services we didn't mention here since each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Below, we've provided a selection of the best alternatives:

Keeper Password Manager Test
Keeper Password Manager
(255,374)
High customer satisfaction
Zero-Knowledge Encryption
Good business rates
14 days trial version
no free version
Keeper is one of the best password managers on the market thanks to its many features, high reliability and extensive configuration options.
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 - ∞
Keeper Security Personal
$2.92
monthly price
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Download Keeper
Review Score
4.3 / 5
good
Bitwarden Password Manager Test
Bitwarden Password Manager
(34,792)
user-friendly applications
good security, externally tested
Self-Hosting possible
low price
unreliable AutoFill performance
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 - ∞
Bitwarden Free
$0.00
monthly price
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Review Score
4.2 / 5
good
LastPass Password Manager Test
LastPass Password Manager
(257,842)
simple and intuitive interface
zero-knowledge encryption
excellent autofill performance
convenient security test
no desktop app
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
1 - ∞
Users
1 - ∞
LastPass Free
$0.00
monthly price
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30 days free trial
Review Score
4.1 / 5
good
Enpass Password Manager Test
Enpass Password Manager
(16,800)
intuitive desktop app
one-off price instead of subscription
optional cloud connection
solid features
missing 2FA
Passwords
25 - ∞
Devices
1 - ∞
Users
1 - 6
60%
Discount
Code:
EN498-31UQR
Enpass Free
$0.00
monthly price
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Review Score
4.1 / 5
good
RoboForm Password Manager Test
RoboForm Password Manager
(56,507)
zero-knowledge encryption
reliable autofill function
powerful mobile app
offline access to stored data
No 2FA in Free-Plan
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
1 - ∞
Users
1 - ∞
RoboForm Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Use for free
Review Score
4.1 / 5
good
Sticky Password Test
Sticky Password
(8,187)
Offline Sync possible
Fingerprint Scan
Easy setup
Good feature set
interface looks outdated
Passwords
unlimited
Devices
1 - ∞
Users
1 - ∞
80%
Anniversary Offer
Sticky Password Free
$0.00
monthly price
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Get 80% discount
Review Score
3.9 / 5
good
Avira Password Manager Test
Avira Password Manager
(642,166)
good free version without limits
simple and intuitive applications
excellent security
comparably few features
no password sharing
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
3.8 / 5
good
McAfee True Key Test
McAfee True Key
(928,569)
user-friendly dashboard
reliable autofill & saving
free version & low price
no real browser extension
no security dashboard
Passwords
15 - ∞
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 user
McAfee Free
$0.00
monthly price
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Review Score
3.7 / 5
good
Kaspersky Password Manager Test
Kaspersky Password Manager
(3,691,373)
low annual price
with Face ID and Touch ID
very intuitive and user friendly
not in all browsers
no Two-Factor-Auth
Passwords
15 - ∞
Devices
unlimited
Users
1 user
Kaspersky Free
$0.00
monthly price
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Try for free
Review Score
3.4 / 5
satisfactory

You can find an in-depth analysis of all 12 password managers we evaluated, including the three discussed above, in our comprehensive review and comparison.

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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