Passwords! Bah humbug! Who needs ’em? Well, as it turns out, most of us need passwords, and the only shortage among passwords is, 1) good passwords, 2) a halfway decent method to manage passwords, because, 3) passwords breed.
There once was a day when the only password I needed (PIN numbers for credit cards don’t count; seriously, they don’t) was for my email account. These days I can still get by with a single password– for the password manager app that manages dozens of usernames and passwords. Here’s another. Or, many.
Money might take but it doesn’t grow on trees. Do a Mac App Store search or iPhone App Store search for the keywords ‘password manager‘ and you’ll be treated to dozens to hundreds of apps which claim to store and managers everything precious to your 21st century life. Passwords.
In recent years I’ve tried a few dozen of these password apps, but still stick to 1Password until it becomes subscription only, or until I need another mortgage to pay for it. The latest is called iPassSafe. Ugh. iEverything is so like iLastCentury. What you get with iPassSafe is what you expect and much more. It has AES 256-bit encryption, works with Dropbox or iCloud, works on macOS and iOS, has a built-in password generator, no ads (it’s not free), one-click browser login capability, unlimited password storage (reality: there’s a limit but you’ll never get there), self destruct option, and an FTP server is built-in. I have no idea why.
As you can see, there’s a little bit of 1Password in nearly every one of these password manager apps for Mac, iPhone, iPad, or whatever other device you own and use and I find little to complain about 1PassSafe other than it does not break any new ground.
Passwords are encrypted, storage includes iCloud or Dropbox, it has browser auto-login options, and it can store a gazillion usernames, passwords, or other valuable or incriminating information and keep it all rather secure. What’s not to like? The price is about average, though a bit more than another non-1Password favorite, Enpass, which also is cross platform.
Do your own Mac App Store password manager lookup and you’ll get something like this.
That’s a screen capture of the top half of the Mac App Store page of password managers. They’re everywhere. What does that say about humans? We value our passwords? Or, we’re forgetful?
My personal criteria is rather straightforward:
- AES 256-bit encryption
- macOS and iOS sync
- Dropbox and iCloud
- No subscription fee
- Unlimited passwords
- Browser extensions
- Password generator
- Import and export data
- Password strength analysis
Enpass has all that and so does SafeInCloud for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. I don’t keep all my password eggs in a single basket anymore, either.