How many web service accounts do you have? I have 7 that I can count on my tips and umpteen others whose passwords I have probably forgotten.
From Snapchat to Amazon, everything needs you to have a secure login for obvious reasons but with so many services asking for a unique user login, it could be really tough to keep a track of all your passwords. And then they have to be complicated enough to be hack-proof.
A handy solution to this hassle could be a password manager/keeper App that stores all your passwords with encryption. But is it really worth it? To answer this question, here is a review of some popular Password Keeping Apps and what you must know about them.
First on my list is LastPass which has over a million downloads on Google Play and an overall rating of 4.6/5. This is undoubtedly the mother of all password keeping apps, seriously.
Besides being a Password Keeping App, it offers tons of other features such as browser auto fill, fingerprint scan lock, desktop sync, multi factor authentication etc. You can read about all of them here.
The App has a clean UI, runs smoothly and also allows a user sign in through Google accounts which is a good thing. The App has versions available for tablet and PC as well. Basic features are free to use but some advanced things like multiple device access and safely sharing your passwords with others are included in the paid version – $12 per year.
Then we have an App called Password Saver with a net rating of 4.0/5 and comes for a price of 40 INR (US$ 0.62). This is more of a does-what-it-says app. It gives you an option to store passwords related to the account type, locks using a master password and can generate complex passwords for security. There is nothing much about this App other than its worrisome size of 20 MB for such basic features. LastPass is less than half the size.
The UI is fast but very basic. The App supports almost no animation, the color scheme and buttons would remind you of the initial days of Android. It has some grammatical errors as well which is a bit of disgrace for a paid app.
The app doesn’t belong to the likes of LastPass and similar other apps, and can be classified into its own category of “dead-simple Apps”, but the good part is that it is proficient in what it promises to offer.
The Anomalies in Password Managers
There have been reports of various popular password manager apps having vulnerabilities in them. These reports raise worries because saving my passwords online or in an App that might be vulnerable to online hacking was making me skeptic already. I personally don’t recommend saving your sensitive data such as credit card number even in your wallet app.
The primary reason being that a folder full of passwords can be a gold mine for a hacker. Just one successful breach and all your saved accounts would be tossed for mal-intentions. Sadly, all Apps bearing resemblance to LastPass do offer features that need you to connect to the web. Although the transfer is encrypted, it’s still unsafe.
On the other hand, Password Saver doesn’t connect to the internet in any sort. This was checked using another app called OS Monitor. It clearly depicted that Password Saver was not using the internet for any of its functions to work, which is something reassuring for me as it rules out the possibility of password information being leaked online. This is entirely my perception of things though.
Long story short, it can be said that these apps are a great way to securely manage your credentials, however, the possible but not probable security issues should also be kept in mind. LastPass and similar apps win at their usability with the bag full of features they offer. The most useful features are free in all these apps but if you do require the extra bit, it wouldn’t be worthless to spend on them. Then we have the Password Saver App, the less-than-half-a-dollar solution with poor UI but a stamp of reliability.
So, take your decision wisely. The fact that you need your passwords to be protected is undeniable but I have my own concerns when it comes to security vulnerabilities. By the way, have you used/been using any of the apps we talked about? If yes, let us know! Never miss the chance of sharing valuable thoughts!
By the way, have you used/been using any of the apps we talked about? If yes, let us know in comments!