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The best password managers in 2021

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The best password managers are the perfect tool to keep track of all of your passwords – even if you can't even remember half of the websites you've even got passwords for. Rather than having to mentally fumble through each password variation, the best password managers will remember each one and autofill them on each website you visit. 

Cyber security has grown increasingly important over the past couple of decades – and it will only be even more vital in the future. The best password managers will not only remember your passwords, most of them will also create super strong passwords with a random password generator. 

These strings of random upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols are much more secure than your partner's birthday, your childhood pet, or the old faithful 'Password123'. Plus, each password will be completely unique to each website, so in the unlikely scenario that one website was hacked, the data on the other websites you frequent will still be secure. 

The best password managers also include other fantastic security features, such as two-factor authentication and the secure storage of credit card details. Plus, all the password managers on our list will use the toughest consumer-grade encryption – no matter whether your data is stored on your desktop, laptop or in the cloud. 

While most of the best password managers can be used for free, the few dollars a month you have to invest to gain access to the upgraded version is well worth the money. Not only will this give you unlimited password and device support, but most paid password managers will also include biometric login features, such as Face ID or fingerprint reading. 

The most important thing you have to remember is that your master password for the password manager you choose must be super strong. After all, this will be the only password you'll need to remember, so it's worth putting some thought into it to make it as secure as possible. 

The best password managers in 2021

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1. LastPass

One of the best password managers right now

Specifications
Platforms:: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Chrome OS
Two-factor authentication:: Yes
Browser plugins:: Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari, Edge, Opera
Form filling:: Yes
Mobile app PIN unlock:: Yes
Biometric login:: Face ID, Touch ID on iOS & macOS, most Android & Windows fingerprint readers
Reasons to buy
+Free version is well specced+Reasonably priced premium versions+Lots of two-factor-authentication options

LastPass offers excellent features in its free version, including a password generator, unlimited passwords across an unlimited number of devices, and secure storage. If you do need to upgrade to the Premium version, it'll cost you a reasonable $3/months and provides 1GB of online file storage, dark web monitoring, access to premium tech support, and physical two-factor-authentication keys. This is particularly important as it adds a separate layer of protection via a fingerprint scan on your smart device, or an app-generated code, so your data is even less likely to be breached by a phishing attempt.

Your password data is safely stored behind AES-256 bit encryption. The same encryption tech can also be used to secure your credit card details and delivery addresses, as well as personal notes, insurance policy details, and other sensitive info.

LastPass is especially convenient as it can be run exclusively online or from web browser extensions, although there are also a desktop applications for Windows and Mac, as well as mobile apps for iOS and Android.

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2. Dashlane

Dashlane is another great password manager

Specifications
Platforms:: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Chrome OS
Two-factor authentication:: Yes
Browser plugins:: Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari, Edge
Form filling:: Yes
Mobile app PIN unlock:: Yes
Biometric login:: Face ID, Pixel Face Unlock, Touch ID on iOS & macOS, some Android & Windows fingerprint readers
Reasons to buy
+Modern, slick interface+Built-in unlimited VPN service+Optional identity protection
Reasons to avoid
-Premium service slightly more expensive than LastPass equivalent

Dashlane stands out from the crowd with its bulk password changer that can reset hundreds of passwords at once. It's a great time-saver when you want to step-up your online security in one fell swoop, though not all websites are compatible with the feature.

Go for the free version of Dashlane and you get logons for up to 50 accounts, multi-factor authentication and storage for details like delivery addresses and contact details. There's even an email scanner that'll tell you about any online accounts you may have forgotten to secure.

Upgrading to Dashlane Premium gives you unlimited password storage over unlimited devices, dark web monitoring and unlimited VPN access, along with credit card monitoring and the ability to restore your identity should it be stolen, all for $39.99 a year.

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3. LogMeOnce

An incredibly well featured password manager, even in its free version

Specifications
Platforms:: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android. Chrome OS
Two-factor authentication:: Yes
Browser plugins:: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE
Form filling:: Yes
Mobile app PIN unlock:: Yes
Biometric login:: Face ID, Pixel Face Unlock, Touch ID on iOS & macOS, Windows Hello, most Android fingerprint readers
Reasons to buy
+Loads of features and wide device compatibility+Encrypted storage+Lots of biometric login options+Well priced premium services

LogMeOnce is packed with features, with its standout feature being that you don't need to use a master password to access its login vault - instead, you can opt for a choice of access methods which include Photo Login, Face ID, fingerprint, pin code, or a good old master password if you prefer. A convenient password generator is also present, letting you create highly secure logons with ease, and you can securely share passwords with trusted family members or colleagues. Then there's LogMeOnce Unlimited Sync that can synchronize unlimited passwords across all your devices, while Single Sign On keeps you signed into a website so you shouldn't need to keep signing into a frequently accessed website.

Confusingly, LogMeOnce's free package is dubbed 'Premium', though it is fittingly titled given the amount of features it offers. For $2.50 a month, the Professional package gets you 1GB of encrypted storage, along with a greater number of saved credit cards, shared passwords and secure notes, along with several other benefits. The Ultimate package adds even more features for $3.25 a month, and for $4.99/month the Family plan will protect 6 family members.

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4. Keeper

The best password manager for extreme security

Specifications
Platforms:: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Chrome OS
Two-factor authentication:: Yes
Browser plugins:: Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari, Edge, Opera
Form filling:: Yes
Mobile app PIN unlock:: No
Biometric login:: Face ID, Pixel Face Unlock, Touch ID on iOS & macOS, Windows Hello, most Android fingerprint readers
Reasons to buy
+Wide device compatibility+Very strong security+Inexpensive paid version
Reasons to avoid
-No free version

Keeper Password Manager is only available as a paid service but you do get a 30-day free trial, and then a lot for a very reasonable annual outlay. There are plugins for every major web browser, as well as mobile apps and biometric authentication support for iOS and Android and desktop apps for Windows, Mac and Linux. Your passwords are also automatically synced across all your devices.

Keeper will notify you should any of your passwords be affected by a data breach, and also if it thinks any of your passwords are too weak.

If you'd like to keep your whole family's passwords secure, Keeper's Family plan will do just that, as well as letting you share files securely and there's the ability to send encrypted messages to each other. The latter can also be had with Personal Password Manager if you upgrade it to the max bundle, and this also gets you dark web monitoring and secure file storage.

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5. Roboform

A terrific value paid package with plenty of features

Specifications
Platforms:: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Chrome OS
Two-factor authentication:: Yes
Browser plugins:: Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari, Edge, Opera
Form filling:: Yes
Mobile app PIN unlock:: Yes
Biometric login:: Face ID, Touch ID on iOS & macOS, Windows Hello, Pixel Face Unlock,most Android fingerprint readers
Reasons to buy
+Inexpensive premium version+Attractive mobile apps and web interface
Reasons to avoid
-Free version wont sync passwords across your devices

Roboform not only gives you a secure vault for all your login and password details, it'll also help you identify weak passwords and create new, more secure logons with its password generator that produces super-strong passwords which won't be guessable. Two-factor authentication is also supported, for additional security.

Downsides? The free version of Roboform cant sync your passwords across your devices, but this is possible if you step up to the premium Everywhere package, and then you'll also get secure cloud backup and sharing services, along with the ability to access your Roboform data online. And with a 30% discount for Digital Camera World readers, the Everywhere package can be had for a bargain annual fee of $16.68.

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6. 1Password

Great for families and frequent fliers

Specifications
Platforms:: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android. Linux, Chrome OS, Darwin, FreeBSD, OpenBSD
Two-factor authentication:: Yes
Browser plugins:: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Brave
Form filling:: Yes
Mobile app PIN unlock:: Yes
Biometric login:: Face ID, Pixel Face Unlock, Touch ID on iOS & macOS, Windows Hello, most Android fingerprint readers
Reasons to buy
+Innovative travel mode+Versatile Family package+Auto form-filling
Reasons to avoid
-No free version

1Password is capable of managing unlimited passwords, and if you sign up to its Families package, you can share logins, credit card details and secure notes with up to 5 family members.

In addition to password management, 1Password can also protect you from data breaches, keylogging and phishing scams, and for an extra layer of security, it'll only work in a verified web browser - this can be Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge or Brave. The browser extension is able to auto form-fill with ease, and there's two-factor authentication support for additional security. What's more, if you travel regularly, 1Password includes a Travel Mode whereby it'll temporarily delete your sensitive data from your mobile device to keep it safe from any snooping border control staff.

1Password's free version is no more, but you can try 1Password free for 30 days. After that, it's $35.88 for a year's subscription, or $59.88 for 1Password Families.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.