Ranked: The 3 Best Password Manager in 2021 (Based on Usability, Features, and Security)
Out of all the business tools we use on a daily basis, password managers are arguably one of the most useful things in our arsenal. In fact, friends who saw me use these password managers were so impressed, they’ve started using them in their daily lives.
With so many password managers out there with desirable features, how is one supposed to know which is better for them, and how are we supposed to choose when we’re so spoilt for choice?
Well, you’ve come to the right place because our sole purpose of existing is to empower small businesses, and of the ways we accomplish that is by diving deep into business-enhancing programs like these, test the hell out of them and write in-depth reviews for your discerning eyes.
Long story short, we did the research so you don’t have to.
How We Rank Our Best Password Managers?
In order to rank these password managers fairly, we paid special attention to these areas:
The program needs to be user-friendly. UI & UX plays an important role here because the best program is useless if it’s not useable.
The amount of features the program has, and how it adds value to the users.
Password managers hold the keys to our digital lives! Makes sense if we require them to have good security.
Last but not least, we’ll look at how much value you get for the price you pay.
Creating this list of Best Password Managers prove to be no easy task, because every program that made this list have unique features that make them stand out from the competition, and they all perform equally well.
Regardless of the ranking on this list, we would like to assure you that whichever brand you choose to go with, you won’t be disappointed. They’re all fantastic password managers, and you can’t go wrong with any of them.
- Great UI & UX
- Dark Web Monitor
- Built-in VPN
- Multifactor auth.
- Emergency Contact
- Solid security
"Hands down the most user friendly password manager around with a list of features that go on for days!"
Oh Dashlane, where were you the past 30 odd years of my life? If only I discovered this kickass password manager earlier, I might have been more content.
Out of all the password managers we tested, Dashlane easily bested the rest with their rich yet badass features.
Dashlane’s UI is simply beautiful. Not in the sense that it’s a work of art, but it’s simple, well-designed, and very intuitive. It’s something I can’t really explain, but using it just feels right.
The onboarding process worked beautifully, with the installer doing most of the heavy lifting. All you have to do is click “Next”, and Dashlane does everything else, including importing the data from your existing password manager, automatically.
Dashlane buries the competition when it comes to features. There’s the Identity Dashboard, where the program scans the dark web to check for your compromised passwords. There’s the automatic password changer, which allows you to change those compromised passwords with a click.
They’ve even got a free VPN with the premium account!
Like any self-respecting password manager, Dashlane has military-grade security in place to protect your data from would-be hackers. We’re talking AES-256 encryption, multifactor authentication (a step above 2FA), biometric encryption with the mobile app, and Zero-Knowledge security – you decide the master password to your vault, and it is known only to you.
This way, even if their servers are breached, the hackers can’t read your data because only you know the master password!
At $3.33 /month (billed annually at $39.96), Dashlane isn’t exactly cheap… but it’s not very expensive either. But with these features, the price you pay per month is pretty damn worth it.
The Downside: Price!
Price is the only problem we have with Dashlane. At $39.96 a month, it’s affordable… for only ONE person. Assuming you want to share accounts with your wife and children, you’ll have to pay full price for all of them because Dashlane doesn’t come with a family plan.
Read our in-depth review on Dashlane for more information!
- Great UI & UX
- Vault Tour
- Security Challenge
- Multidevice syncing
- Banking portal
"Great for those looking for value!"
LastPass proved to be a decent password manager, providing crazy value to users with solid features and useability.
The UI looks very well designed for the desktop app, browser extension and mobile app. Using it felt very natural and not once did I feel lost, which shows how much research the team put into the UX of the software.
They’ve got some unique features which we really like, such as the Security Challenge, Vault Tour, personal categories like WiFi passwords and messenger logins. Stuff we can’t live without once we got to know it exists.
They take security really seriously as all password managers should, with AES-256 & Zero-Knowledge encryption. They’ve even got multifactor authentication for that extra layer of security, if needed.
Our most favourite thing of all with LastPass is the value it provides. They’ve got excellent Free plan; a Premium plan which is $3.00 a month; and a Family plan which only costs $4.00 a month for 6 users.
Basically, for less than $0.70 cents a month, you and 5 of your friends or family members can enjoy the conveniences only a kickass password manager can provide!
The Downside: Reliability & Onboarding!
LastPass doesn’t automatically import databases for you. It has to be done manually, which might be a little challenging for people that aren’t familiar with computers.
It can also be a little unreliable, as we had problems contacting their servers, which means we couldn’t access our password. We don’t know how consistent this issue is, I just hope it only happened during the time we were testing it, for their sake.
Read our in-depth review on LastPass for more information!
- Secure note sharing
- Military-grade security
- Accepts cryptocurrency
- 100% free plan
- Support most platform
"Simple, straightforward, reliable. Perfect if you want something that just works."
The boys from NordVPN created a password manager called NordPass, and it’s impressive enough for us to rank it #3 on our list! It’s just so damn easy to use and straightforward. No-frills password management at its best.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – a good program no matter how useful is not going to be effective without a good UI. Fortunately, the folks at NordPass used their experience from NordVPN to create one of the most user-friendly password managers around.
It won’t win any awards but it feels right to use, which is honestly all it needs to do.
As the new kid on the block, NordPass is lacking in features, but that doesn’t mean they can’t play with the big boys. They’ve got all the basic features a password manager needs and they implemented them well.
Just like all the big boys in the industry, NordPass checks all the right boxes when it comes to security features. Military-grade AES-256 encryption, Zero-knowledge tech, thumbprint authentication, they’ve got it all.
Unfortunately, we personally feel that NordPass doesn’t provide much in value. Their monthly plan costs $4.99 /month, but if you opt for the annual plan, you’ll only have to pay $35.88, which is $2.99 a month.
It’s not expensive… it’s just that we feel that it’s not enough bang for buck.
The Downside: Lack of features & limited device!
As simple as it is using NordPass, that simplicity also causes some letdowns. We feel that they could have squeezed in a few more features.
Also, you’re only limited to just syncing with 6 devices at a time with NordPass. Granted, we typically don’t need more than that but we don’t appreciate the limitation, especially when other brands provide unlimited device syncing.
Read our in-depth review on NordPass for more information!
- Password categories
- Solid security
- Fantastic value
"Feature rich & reliable, you just cannot go wrong with 1Password."
Coming in hot at #4 on our list is the OG of password security – 1Password. They’ve been around since 2006, making them one of the most experienced players in the industry.
I’ll have to say, 1Password’s UI is a little dated. Their browser extension, desktop app and mobile app looks like something designed in the early 90s. The strange thing is… it doesn’t feel out of place. I am perfectly comfortable using 1Password, which says a lot about the planning that went into their UX.
Overall, very user-friendly with just a few hiccups.
1Password has these in spades. You get features like the Watchtower, which scans the web for your compromised passwords. Easy onboarding and set up. Password Categories. Account sharing. Need we say more?
They didn’t get to stick around this long without having at least some sort of decent security measures. Auto-lock, biometric encryption, AES-256, you name it, they’ve got it.
They’re also using PBKDF2 key strengthening, which combines the master password with a secret, locally stored key for that layer of extra security.
Pretty damn good. Their Family plan allows you to share the account with 4 other users, each with their own vaults at only 4.99/month. That adds up to only $1 per user. Quite decent don’t you think?
The Downside: Dated UI & restrictive features!
The only reason why 1Password is all the way down here is because of their remarkably silly downsides.
Autofill isn’t as effective compared to the competition. Their UI feels dated. Password sharing is restricted to people already on the platform. No free version. It’s really quite a fair bit.
Read our in-depth review on 1Password for more information!
- App Accounts
- Portable device backup
- Good browser support
- Solid security
- Great value
"Its unique features are enhanced by the value of the lifetime plan!"
Sticky Password has as many problems as they have benefits, but the value they provide with their Lifetime plan earns them a place on this list.
This password manager’s desktop app looks dated, and they made some questionable choices in regards to the placement of their features. It’s not exactly a huge problem, but it is an issue nevertheless.
Sticky has some really unique features, such a portable mode. You literally can create a portable version of the program, stick it in a flash drive, and you’ll have access to your passwords wherever you go.
They’ve also got multiple browser support, including extensions for Safari!
They’ve got the standard security measures required for password managers. AES-256, Zero-Knowledge encryption, biometric scanning, they’ve got it all.
This is where Sticky really shines. Their premium plan costs $29.99 per year ($2.49 /month), but they’ve also got a lifetime plan, where you only have to fork out $159.99 once to have access to the service for the rest of your life!
Break that down into 10 years, and you’re only paying $1.30 a month!
The Downside: Lack of features!
Don’t get me wrong, Sticky Password isn’t plagued with problems. It’s just that they have issues that might irritate the user. Things like slow syncing, unable to share secure notes, no dark web scanning, and overzealous autofill system… they won’t ruin your experience, but it’s quite noticeable.
Read our in-depth review on Sticky Password for more information!
- Chrome built-in
- No installation
- Device sync
"Free, convenient to use and readily available with Chrome!"
Last but not least, is Google’s very own password manager. It’s convenient, easy to use, and best of all, free!
Built into Chrome, Google Password Manager is one of the easiest ones we’ve had the pleasure of using. No installation needed, you just need to enter your details in login forms and click “Yes” when Google offers to save your data.
Google offers all the features needed in a password manager, but that’s all you’re gonna get. You get to sync your logins with your devices, check for compromised passwords, generate unique passwords… but that’s about it.
We’re unsure about how secure Google keeps your data because we can’t seem to find details about their security features. However it’s Google and they’re in the business of data. It’ll be bad news for them if their Password Manager isn’t up to par in security.
It’s FREE guys! One teeny tiny problem – I’m sure you’ve heard of the old adage “If you’re not paying for the product, you ARE the product”. Food for thought?
The Downside: Very basic!
As good as Google’s password manager is, they’re not actually in the business of keeping your passwords secure. This means you won’t have the features you’ll get from proper password managers. Also, you never know what Google might be doing with your data. *shrugs*
Best of The Rest
Here is a recap of Bitcatcha’s best password managers!
Best PW Manager
#1 password manager in Bitcatcha!
Great for those looking for balance between value & feature!
Simple, straightforward, reliable. It just works!
Feature rich & reliable, you just cannot go wrong with 1Password.
Its unique features are enhanced by the value of the lifetime plan!
Free, convenient to use and readily available with Chrome!
Verdict: Which Password Manager Should You Use?
If you’ve made it this far, I’m pretty sure you’ve noticed that each one of the password managers that made this list has features that make them desirable – each one of them has their merits.
Knowing this, we know that it can be hard to make a decision.
The brands that we’ve listed here are all good password managers deserving of praise, but we suggest you have a closer look at our detailed reviews so you can make an informed decision before making a purchase.
If we had one piece of advice to give, it’s to decide on the features you want, then see if the brand has that functionality. No point in picking a password manager that doesn’t do what you want it to do.
If you have any questions or issues in picking out your password manager, do reach out to any of us on the team. We’re quite lonely and we’ll be happy to have some form of human interaction.