5 Password Managers to Keep All Your Secrets Safe

Don’t lose your sanity trying to remember all your online passwords. Use one of these top-rated password managers instead.

Techies like to tell us not to use the same password over and over again. Failing to heed their advice could mean you’re just one hack away from giving up access to all your online accounts.

We’re also told that not only do we need to have a different password for each account, they need to be “strong.” (For a look at the world’s weakest passwords, check out this article: “World’s Worst Passwords: Did Yours Make the List?“) This means you need to have an incomprehensible string of letters, numbers and characters if you want to avoid being hacked.

That’s all fine and dandy, but how are you going to remember all that strange gibberish you created for a password? Plus, having to type in “54%happyTB#1” is a real drag when you’re in a rush to bid on that eBay auction ending in 50 seconds.

Fortunately, we have an answer to your dilemma. It’s a password manager, and here are five of the best.

1. LastPass

  • Price: Free for your computer, $12 a year for mobile access
  • Supported operating systems: Windows, Apple, Linux
  • Supported browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer
  • Supported mobile devices: Apple, Android, Windows, BlackBerry

This password manager is the top pick of Money Talks News finance expert Stacy Johnson. Like other managers, LastPass uses a special encrypted master password that, in theory at least, ensures your password data is accessible only by you. The free version of LastPass will automatically fill-in passwords, generate strong passwords when needed and create one-time passwords for certain uses. Spring for the premium version, at $12 a year, and receive unlimited mobile syncing and priority tech support.

2. RoboForm

  • Price: Free for up to 10 logins, $29.95 for the desktop version, $39.95 for USB access or a $9.95 yearly subscription for unlimited use across all devices and platforms
  • Supported operating systems: Windows, Apple, Linux
  • Supported browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer
  • Supported mobile devices: Apple, Android, Windows

Many years ago, I went through a sweepstakes phase where I entered any and every online contest I could find. For this, I used RoboForm to fill in all the entry blanks. It was a handy tool and, as it turns out, it’s a handy password manager, too. Like LastPass, it requires the use of a master password, and it will generate and fill-in strong passwords for you. It will also enter your information into forms as needed, which can make for a simplified shopping experience when buying from a new site. On the downside, unlimited use of RoboForm can be more expensive than LastPass.

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