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Free password manager alternatives to LastPass

The free version of LastPass now limits where you can sync your passwords, here are a few other options.

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LastPass typically received congratulations as an effective password manager. Like similar programs, LastPass offers both a free and paid version. However, the free version has a restriction that may turn some users off.

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As of March 16, users of the free variant will be able to use the tool on their computers or mobile devices, but not both. Those who still want to sync their passwords everywhere will have to pay $ 3 a month for the Premium version or $ 4 a month for the Families version. Also, LastPass will cut email support for free users, which means that such people should turn to self-help resources in case of technical issues.

Given these new restrictions and the importance of password management, LastPass freeware users may wonder about alternative programs. So, here are a few free tools worth considering.

Built-in browser tools

First of all, if you only use Google Chrome or Firefox or Microsoft Edge, you can take advantage of the built-in password management tools for each. By signing in to your account for each browser, you can sync your credentials on your various computers and mobile devices in the same browser.

For Chrome users, Google Password Manager can suggest strong passwords, save usernames and passwords, and automatically fill in your credentials at each relevant site.

Firefox offers its own password manager that can generate secure passwords, save your login information, and then automatically fill in your credentials.

And for Edge users, Microsoft provides a few tricks. Edge’s Chromium feature can save your login details and fill it in automatically. Also, the latest version of the mobile Microsoft Authenticator app can now automatically fill in your saved passwords on each site. There’s even a Microsoft Autofill extension for Chrome so you can share the same login credentials between Edge and Chrome.

For iPhone, iPad and Mac users, Apple offers the built-in iCloud Keychain option that can save and auto-fill your passwords.

One limitation with these built-in tools is that they don’t work in all browsers. So if you use Chrome, Firefox and Edge, you need a third-party password manager that will cover all the basics.

Bitwarden

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Bitwarden is an open source password manager available for Windows, macOS and Linux on all major browsers and computers and mobile devices. The free version allows unlimited password management between two people. The program can generate a secure password for each site and then store your login information and fill it in automatically when needed. To protect your passwords, you create a strong master password that you can add.
two-factor authentication

and face recognition.

KeePass

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KeePass, another free and open source program, targets Windows. However, you will find versions for macOS, Linux, iOS, iPadOS, Android, and other platforms. You can even install KeePass as a portable application on a USB drive to access your saved entries on any computer. KeePass works essentially like any other password manager. It will create and store strong and secure passwords for your online accounts and then automatically fill them in on the appropriate websites. The program offers several options to protect your saved passwords, this is always a critical feature. Beyond creating a master password, you can use key files stored on a USB stick or other portable device. You can combine both methods. Also, you can lock the database of your passwords to your Windows account so no one else can access it.

Nordpass

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Nordpass is a versatile password manager that supports Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS / iPadOS and Android. Extensions are available for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera. The free version allows you to synchronize an unlimited number of registered logins across all your devices. However, it only allows one active session, meaning you cannot work with the program on two different devices at the same time. Beyond generating and saving complex passwords, Nordpass can securely store confidential notes and credit card information if you wish. The mobile version also supports biometric authentication so you can lock and unlock your passwords through face or fingerprint recognition.

Myki Password Manager

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The free Myki Password Manager offers a different spin on password storage, especially if you are interested in storing your passwords in the cloud, albeit encrypted. Instead of saving your login information on their own servers, Myki stores them and synchronizes them securely between your own devices. The program supports Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android and provides extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and Opera. You can use the app or one of the browser extensions to add a password. Myki will then automatically fill in your login information on each eligible website.

I finally thought

If you’re using LastPass (or any other password manager) and want to jump ship to a different program, you can usually export and import your passwords so you don’t have to start from scratch.

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