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With each passing year, the threat of cyber attack on individuals and businesses rises. Cyber attacks cost the economy billions in lost revenue and cleanup costs, and the tactics used by hackers are becoming ever-more sophisticated.

Having a set of strong passwords can protect you from these malicious actors. But generating and remembering them all can be a challenge, to say the least. Most people aren’t proficient in memorizing long strings of random letters and numbers, lower and upper case.

This is where password management apps come in. Password management apps collate and protect your passwords for all your online accounts, allowing you to generate complex, secure passwords as and when you need them, without you having to go to the effort of creating and recording them yourself.

Today, password management apps are used by millions of people and businesses to store existing passwords and create new ones safely. The passwords generated by these apps are strong enough to foil even the most dedicated hackers.

There are many password apps on the market from which to choose. Here are five apps that you can use to keep your passwords secure online right now.

 

Sticky Password

 

Sticky Password is the brainchild of popular antivirus brand AVG. In response to the growing password issue, the company has created an app that allows users to generate their own AES-256 encryption passwords automatically, without having to make them themselves. AVG’s app is both intuitive and packed with features and can be used on both mobile and desktop devices.

The free version of the app comes with basic facilities, such as the ability to generate new passwords and manage all your web accounts. A premium version comes with extra tools, like the ability to synchronize passwords across devices through the cloud.

Perhaps the most appealing feature of Sticky Password is that it works with a wide variety of browsers across Android, iOS, and Windows. The company has invested significant time and effort to integrate many device features, such as fingerprint scanning and Face ID so that users have a seamless experience across various operating systems. You can try Sticky Password for free today on the AVG website.

True Key

If you rely exclusively on mobile devices, then True Key might be the password manager for you. Designed for both iOS and Android, True Key is perhaps the best value password management app available right now. In many respects, True Key is similar to other password apps out there. Looks-wise, it’s fairly generic, but it’s in the features where the app excels.

True Key is an entirely free app: there’s no premium version. In spite of that, however, it gives users the ability to sync their passwords through the cloud - something that usually costs money. You can sync passwords on mobile devices and desktops platforms too, including PC and Mac.

Of course, True Key comes with the usual plethora of features, including integration with Face and Touch ID. There’s also an option to make the app doubly-secure with second-factor identification for logins on unknown devices.

Going forward, the developers of the app say that they are working on expanding the feature set which is pretty basic right now. True Key, therefore, is one to watch for the future.

1Password

1Password is similar to the other password management apps in this list, except for its “watchtower” function - a feature that keeps an eye on dozens of websites and warns users of ongoing security breaches. This feature is particularly helpful for businesses who want to keep their account information safe and secure. The watchtower allows them to change passwords in response to news about a threat instantly, all from the app’s dashboard.

What about the security of the app itself? The people behind 1Password have offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who can break into the app and steal passwords: the developers believe in their product. With 1Password, you can save all your online account information, create notes attached to specific passwords, and store things like credit card details.

The downside? 1Password isn’t free: if you want it, you’ll have to pay for it.

Roboform

When the developers behind Roboform were designing their app, they decided that they wanted to create something that was as simple to use as possible. The impression you get when you fire up the app is “basic.” And indeed, looks-wise, that’s exactly how it appears. But delve a little deeper, and you soon realize that Roboform is a perfectly adequate password app.

The password generator is intuitive. Users can select the number of numerals they want to appear in their password, as well as the length using helpful sliders. The app works with a range of password form factors, including PIN, Face ID, and Touch ID, depending on your login preferences.

The app comes in a free version, or you can pay a $20 subscription if you want to synchronize across devices, like PC and Mac.

LastPass

LastPass wants to corner the password management app market by offering users exceptional value. And if you take what they’ve done at face value, you can’t help but think that the app delivers.

LastPass is a free platform with a premium feature set. Not only can you automatically import all your saved passwords from a wide variety of browsers (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, etc.) but you can also do things that are usually only available in paid versions, like sync passwords through the cloud and two-factor authentication.

The only password you have to remember with LastPass is your master password for getting into the app. The app does everything else, auto-filling username and password fields in browsers for you whenever you fire up a relevant website.

LastPass is perhaps most useful when you want to share accounts among a group of people you trust, like your family or employees. You can save encrypted passwords on servers in the cloud and then your trusted peers can access these passwords and use them themselves.

Which app will you choose?


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