Our 21st century digital lives have become complicated. Why? All those user ID’s and passwords. They’re everywhere. Is it any wonder that Post-it Notes have become the de facto leader in password management?
Browse the Mac App Store for the keyword passwords and you’ll get dozens of password apps in two categories. Apps that create secure passwords. And apps that manage the passwords. Here’s a quick look at what I think is the best value in password management apps. Why? It’s good. It’s 1Password-like. It’s free. For Mac users.
Like 1Password Lite
Most password management apps for the Mac work much the same way. They list a variety of categories in a sidebar. Then a list of passwords or data that you want to encrypt and store. Then a window with all the details. That’s what I call the 1Password way (with 1Password being the Mac’s premier password management app). It’s a great app but it has a price tag.
Enpass for the Mac is free and looks and works much like the industry leader. It comes with browser extensions so your user ID’s and passwords are available while you browse.
Looks familiar, no?
Enpass stores your user information, user IDs, and passwords as an encrypted file. No password. No information. It’s secure. It also works with iCloud so you can sync your data between Macs. The sidebar is fully customizable so you choose the categories and organization structure that fits your needs.
Enpass also imports password data from other applications (including 1Password). Use it to store more than user IDs and passwords. It can handle credit card information, licenses, bank account data, and almost anything you can store into a database. Incriminating data? Sure. Why not?
Entering data is straightforward and simple, too. If you’re using 1Password or another utility, Enpass can import that data, but it works the old fashioned way, too.
All good password management apps come with additional features you’ll find useful. Enpass has a built-in strong password generator so you won’t have to use weak, easy, or Post-it Note-like passwords again, and you won’t even need to remember the complex passwords because that’s what the app does.
In fact, it can even audit your passwords so you can change the weak ones, the old ones, and the duplicates to more secure passwords (just remember to change online, too). So, why is Enpass for the Mac free?
Think iPhone and iPad. Enpass for iOS has a modest price tag (starts at zero, though), but the Mac version is free.
There are cross-platform versions of Enpass for iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Windows, Linux, and even BlackBerry. Those come with a nominal price tag. The Mac version is free, but you’ll find the iOS options to be less expensive than the more prominent password manager apps.