Things change. I knew this day would come. My most beloved password manager– the one I rely on most for Mac, iPhone, and iPad– the venerable and highly acclaimed 1Password; has gone subscription.
To be fair, there was a subscription model before 1Password 7 for Mac. And, you can still get a purchase upgrade for an older version on your Mac, but the handwriting is on the wall. The subscription model is here to stay.
Messy vs. Simple
My Mac is graced with 1Password 6.x It works great. Ditto for 1Password on iPhone and iPad. But you cannot upgrade from within the older app and need to download 1Password 7 to get to the upgrade process which is, at best, convoluted on the Mac. Too many options. They range from a monthly subscription for all devices, to a one-time purchase, to various upgrade prices and options.
1Password seems to be $3.99 per month for teams and $2.99 per month for personal and family (when billed annually). The family price is $4.99 per month, billed annually, but the team and business can be $7.99. At best, it’s all a bit confusing, but 1Password’s elegance is what I want. If the price is right.
Other than the growing costs, what’s not to like? 1Password makes it easy to capture and manage username and login information, as well as other types of data that needs to be secured. There are reasons why so many of Apple’s customers prefer 1Password.
Just over a year ago I saw the subscription trend on the way and began to look for alternatives to applications I use– Mac, iPhone, iPad– but with an old fashioned business model. You buy, you own. In the case of password managers, I found and used Enpass.
Does this look familiar?
Enpass is a very good password management app. The Mac version is free. The app also runs on Windows, Android, Linux, Chromebook, and, yes, iPhone and iPad. Relative to 1Password and other password managers, Enpass remains downright inexpensive– buy the iOS version and it synchronizes accounts and data between devices using iCloud.
Low price does not mean low number of features.
What you get are the basics you’ve come to know and love and use on other apps. 256-bit AES encryption, autofill, cloud sync between devices, built-in password generator, a password audit, easy backup and restore, field customization, attachments and file storage, and even folder support so you can organize a complicated left-hand sidebar of accounts.
I’ve been running Enpass along with 1Password for about a year and it has worked flawlessly from Mac to iPhone. It’s free on the Mac App Store, but also free on the iOS App Store but with an in-app Pro upgrade purchase which allows sync between devices. That means you can try it out before you buy.
Enpass is not 1Password but it is very close and something of a bargain thanks to free on the Mac and nominally priced on other mobile devices.