LastPass vs. 1Password: Which password manager is best for you?

LastPass vs. 1Password: Which password manager is best for you?

It wasn’t long ago that I raised an editorial toast to the reigning champion of password managers, LastPass, recommending it not only for its broad suite of premium features but — most crucially — for its refusal to let down its veteran fanbase of free users, even as it faced sweeping scrutiny over an ownership change.

A moment of silence, then, for our beloved fallen freeware: As of March 16, 2021, LastPass free-tier users are only able to use the service on one device type — either desktop or mobile, but not both. Goodnight, sweet prince.

The move tragically undermines a key security principle that’s made LastPass’s free version so effective at core security — its seamless multiplatform integration. Using a password manager to boost security, perhaps more so than many other privacy products, pivots on a fulcrum of maximum user convenience. If not immediately and consistently visible during all browsing, a password manager can quickly be forgotten and your ever-increasing number of passwords become more readily stored in a browser itself (a much less secure option).

With more types of internet-connected devices in users’ hands — and with a digital divide contributing to a broader shift toward accessing the internet via phone — internet use is becoming more fluid. So a free password manager that can’t adroitly pivot between your devices just isn’t going to cut it.

Along with losing multiplatform access, people using LastPass’s free tier also no longer have access to email customer support. Password managers are arguably the most intimate service in our digital lives. Used well, they hold the keys to our individual kingdoms. While their encryption typically blinds password managers’ parent companies from viewing your actual passwords, LastPass still offered a bunker-busting option to reset a free-tier user’s master password in an emergency.

Now imagine being a free-tier user, caught overseas trying to negotiate a login issue, and the company you trust with more access than any other won’t even reply to an email. Ouch.

These factors combine to nullify any competitive advantage its free-tier service gained LastPass, and draws it into closer combat with its peers. Meanwhile, 1Password has been closing in on the crown steadily, even as it touts only razor-thin marginal victories in key areas. We’re looking forward to getting you fresh CNET reviews of 1Password and several of its peers soon. In the meantime, however, here’s where the two password-privacy titans stand in comparison.


1Password is closing in on LastPass’s lead in password management since LastPass added its new free-tier restrictions. With its hyper-flexible platform compatibility, transparency-boosting company policies, robust security features, and silky-smooth interface — 1Password leaves us wondering whether LastPass can hold onto its crown.

LastPass’s legacy swiftly soured after announcing its prized free tier will now be limited to use on just one device. LastPass has never been at greater risk of being dethroned, as its security and compatibility advantages over 1Password are reduced to razor-thin marginal wins.

Cost-effectiveness: 1Password for singles, LastPass for families

Both of these password managers are comparable in base single-subscription price, but 1Password ekes out a lead by just a few pennies.

A single one-year subscription to 1Password costs $35.88 and comes with unlimited login storage, 1GB of document storage and optional two-factor authentication through Yubikey for additional security. LastPass offers the same for $36.

LastPass beats 1Password on family plans, though. LastPass’s family plan costs $4 a month and allows up to six users, while 1Password family plans start at $5 per month and allow only five users.

Both managers offer a trial period, but LastPass is better, offering you 30 days compared to 1Password’s 14.

Platform compatibility: 1Password (by a nose)

Both managers work on Windows, MacOS, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, iPhone and iPad. Both offer ways to work with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and Opera. On mobile, the two come to a draw. But on your laptop? 1Password’s got native apps that run with its browser extensions, while LastPass just relies on browser plug-ins. This gives it a slight advantage in flexibility, but only in outlier cases.

1Password also has a Chrome OS app that lets 1Password live in your browser, and offers keyboard shortcuts for fast-searching your logins across all of its desktop options. And if you want to run a leaner version of 1Password, you can also use its mini-apps on Windows and MacOS.

Because the managers are both browser-focused, the compatibility factor also gives you an idea of their overall usability — how they look and feel for an average user. If you have a sluggish machine or are working with extremely limited processing power, LastPass’s browser extensions are your better option for a speedy browsing experience.

Comparing for visual ease, though, LastPass organizes your password vault in a nested folder system, while 1Password’s similar system also lets you add tags to your logins. Can’t remember the name of that movie site you were using last week? Just search “entertainment” in 1Password’s tags to see the list of streaming sites you logged into………Read More>>


Source:- cnet


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