Password manager tools
What would you do if your laptop or PC became faulty and you stood to lose all of your information? Hopefully you’ve followed our guide to backing up your data, but what about the passwords for your online accounts? Usually you just automatically sign in to services in your web browser, so it’s easy to forget what your passwords and usernames are over time.
You can use password management tools to either save your passwords securely to your PC/laptop, or store them online on 1 website that holds all the login details for your web services, so you can look them up at a glance and still keep them secure. This way instead of remembering 50 websites and their log in details, you only need to remember 1 website and 1 password.
The password management tools that i have reviewed below have different options and tools
to suit your personal needs. Whether you’re working on one PC at work and one laptop at home, or on multiple mobile devices and a tablet as well, these tools should make managing your passwords a lot easier and simpler.
PassPack is a secure and encrypted web based password manager that will allow you to save and manage your passwords on over 25,000 different websites.
Its best feature would be that it is not a programme that lives on your PC but an online system that you can access on your work PC, tablet or smartphone, even when you’re on holiday. So your details remain safely accessible from almost anywhere.
Setting up an account is very easy, it takes less than 5 mins to create an account and adding your passwords is even easier.
Passpack has different price plans ranging from:
Free - gives 1 person access to 100 passwords
$ 1.50 PRO - gives up to 3 users access to 1,000 passwords
$ 4 GROUP - gives up to 15 users access to 1,500 passwords
$ 12 TEAM - gives up to 80 users access to 2,000 passwords
$40 BIZ - gives up to 1,000 users access to 10,000 passwords
Last Pass is both web and PC based, giving you the option of having a programme on your PC or laptop that works with all the major web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome) plus the flexibility of an online service too.
Last Pass has a very simple pricing structure. Free gives you access to the Last Pass online service, and the $1 a month premium service will give you access to the Last Pass application for your mobile device.
RoboForm is a toolbar password manager and form filler that works with your browser/s. Like the others it has different tools to make managing passwords easier and completing application forms quicker.
Robo Form Everywhere is a premium option that gives you access to different PC, Laptops and mobile devices for £ 13.95 a year. There is a free 30 day trial available too.
Which password manager should I go for?
Each password manager tool has something different to offer, and you should pick one based on what you want to get out of it. Think about what you will use the service for - do you travel? Would you be accessing the password manager programme on more than 1 PC? Would you need a mobile option?
LastPass is ideal for individual and family and a professional users, whereas PassPack is a great option for larger businesses where multiple users need to access account details. RoboForm is a good basic service for individual use on a single PC or smartphone.
Based on the features and the usability i would recommend LastPass for the everyday user, as it is the easiest to set up, has great functionality and can be used with more than 1 PC via the website without the need for any additional software.