There are apps for Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS, and Linux, as well as extensions for all major web browsers. Bitwarden also supports Windows Hello and Touch ID on its desktop apps for Windows and macOS, giving you the added security of these biometric authentication systems. Bitwarden recently introduced support for passwordless authentication, which means you can log in with a one-time code, biometric authentication, or security key.
I like Bitwarden’s semi-automated password fill tool. If you visit a site for which you have saved credentials, the Bitwarden browser icon shows the number of credentials saved from that site. Click on the icon and it will ask you which account you want to use and then fill in the login form automatically. This makes switching between usernames easier and avoids the autofill pitfalls we mention at the bottom of this guide. If you just need to have your form filling feature fully automated, Bitwarden supports that too.
Bitwarden offers a paid upgrade account. The cheapest of the bunch, Bitwarden Premium, is $10 per year. This gives you 1GB of encrypted file storage, two-factor authentication with devices like Yubi Key, FIDO U2F, Duo, and a report on password hygiene and vault integrity. Paying also gets you priority customer support.
Best All-Round Manager
I first met Dashlane several years ago. At the time, it was the same as its competitors, with no outstanding attributes. But recent updates have added several useful features. One of the best is Site Breach Alerts, which other services have since added as well. Dashlane actively monitors the darkest corners of the web, looking for leaked or stolen personal data, then alerts you if your information has been compromised.
Setup and migration from another password manager is simple, and you’ll use a secret key to encrypt your passwords, much like the setup process for 1Password. In practice, Dashlane is very similar to the others on this list. The company doesn’t offer a desktop app, but I mostly use passwords in the web browser anyway, and Dashlane has add-ons for all major browsers, as well as iOS and Android apps. If a desktop app is important to you, this is something you need to be aware of. Dashlane offers a 30-day free trial, so you can test it out before committing.
NordPass is a relatively new kid on the password manager block, but it comes from a company with big credentials. NordVPN is a well-known VPN provider, and the company brings to its password manager much of the ease of use and simplicity that has made its VPN offering popular. The installation and configuration process is a breeze. There are apps for every major platform (including Linux), browser, and device.
The free version of NordPass is limited to one device and no synchronization is available. There is a seven-day free trial of the premium version, which lets you test device synchronization. But to get that for good, you’ll need to upgrade to the $36 per year plan. (Like its VPN service, NordPass accepts payments in cryptocurrencies.)