Things change. The day has come and gone. My most beloved password manager, the one I rely on most for Mac, iPhone, and iPad– the venerable and highly acclaimed… well, you know which one– went subscription.
To be fair, the subscription model has been around a while, and you can still buy the best for a price, but the handwriting is on the wall. The app subscription model is here to stay.
Messy vs. Simple
My Mac is graced with a few password apps, and they all work well. Ditto for their counterparts on iPhone and iPad, but prices vary and the subscription model is beginning to cost me more every month.
That’s one of the best password manager apps money can buy… again and again and again.
Other than the monthly costs, what’s not to like about a good password manager app? Most make it easy to capture and manage username and login information, as well as other types of data that need to be secured. Apple’s customers want and need the security and privacy of a popular passowrd manager app.
When the app subscription trend began to take a bite out of my budget, I started 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 use 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 three other password manager apps for over 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 the most popular but it is very close, has most of the same features, and is something of a bargain thanks to free on the Mac and nominally priced on other mobile devices.