Everybody should use a password manager. Whether you only have five online accounts or 500, it's important to use unique, hard-to-guess credentials for every single one. If you reuse passwords, a breach from one of your accounts could help hackers get access to your whole online life. Password managers simplify and safeguard that process. There are tons of great options to choose from, and we've curated a list of eleven of our favorite solutions.
Your online accounts are much safer when you rely on more than only a password, and that's where two-factor authentication (2FA) apps come in. You can use them to create an extra layer of security for your accounts, requiring you to enter a one-time password (OTP) in addition to your regular credentials when you log in. That prevents hackers from accessing your account with a stolen password only.
LastPass used to be one of the password managers to recommend thanks to its generous free offer — you could store as many passwords on as many devices as you like. But that's coming to an end, and starting March 16, 2021, a free LastPass account will only let you store passwords on one device type — you can either sync between your desktops or your mobile devices (phones, tablets, wearables). If you can't live with this limitation and aren't ready to pony up the mandatory fee to get around it, here are five other great options to choose from.
Microsoft Authenticator started out as a humble two-factor authentication app, but it was promoted to a proper password manager back in December, complete with syncing to Microsoft Edge. The browser was also the only way to go if you wanted to import passwords from elsewhere to the Authenticator, but that will soon be a thing of the past. The latest beta version of Microsoft Authenticator supports importing credentials in the CSV format.
Microsoft is taking on the field of password management, but the way it's doing so has some raising their eyebrows: the feature is embedded as a public preview into Microsoft Authenticator. The app is now ready to generate, store, and autofill passwords for those who link their non-enterprise Microsoft account.