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Stop using your birthday, start using one of these password manager apps

Liane Cassavoy | Jan. 29, 2015
It's no secret that creating – and remembering! – secure password is a must these days. These apps can help.

Deciding between LastPass and 1Password mobile boils down to a few key details. The 1Password mobile app is available for Android and iOS only, while LastPass embraces Blackberry and Windows Phone users as well. But 1Password's mobile apps are a bit sleeker and prettier than LastPass's. Overall, both are easy to use and reliable. 1Password also provided excellent directions on installing the bookmarklet in Safari--in fact, that I was able to use them to install the LastPass bookmarklet, too.

The biggest difference may be in the pricing: 1Password's desktop app is more expensive ($50 for a single user licenses) than LastPass's. The mobile apps are priced competitively: 1Password is free for a feature-limited version, though it allows you to create, edit, and view logins, credit cards, and identities, and lets you fill information in both the 1Password browser, 1Browser and in the Safari extension. Paying $10 for the Pro features lets you create, view and edit items in additional categories (like wireless routers and software licenses) and gives you more options for organizing the information you store--which can be very useful if you have a lot of login credentials stored.

Dashlane's mobile app is pretty, but it's got more than looks going for it. It's also easy to use and packed with features enough to stand up with competition like 1Password and LastPass, Dashlane can store payment information in a digital wallet, help you generate secure passwords, and store secure notes.

Like its rivals, Dashlane includes its own browser, which is--like those of its rivals--a bit clunky. But Dashlane makes you install the Safari bookmarklet if you want it to enter passwords when using iOS, but that part's a snap--Dashlane's mobile app walks you right through the process.

Like LastPass and 1Password, Dashlane is compatible with Apple's TouchID technology, so you can unlock the app with a fingerprint if you enable that option. You can enter passwords and autofill login information with a fingerprint, too.

DashLane is free for use on a single device. If you want to sync data across devices--say between a PC and a mobile phone (Android and iOS)--you need to pay $40 per year for the Premium version, which also adds the ability to backup your account and Web access to your passwords. That's a bit pricier than its rivals.


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