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The Best Apps to Manage All Your Passwords

A password manager can manage your passwords, email log-ins, credit-card information, addresses, social security number, and more -- unlocking everything across all your devices with one master password.

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A password manager can manage your passwords, email log-ins, credit-card information, addresses, social security number, and more -- unlocking everything across all your devices with one master pamore

A password manager can manage your passwords, email log-ins, credit-card information, addresses, social security number, and more -- unlocking everything across all your devices with one master password.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a good password manager?
A good password manager suggests strong passwords and ensures you aren't reusing any across services. And the manager should be available across all your browsers and devices, so you can access your passwords from anywhere.
What about iCloud Keychain?
Through iCloud Keychain, you can access your Safari website usernames and passwords, credit card information, and Wi-Fi network information from your Mac and iOS devices. It's great if you live in Apple's world. But if you venture outside and also have a Windows or Android device or use the Chrome or Firefox browser, iCloud Keychain comes up short.
Can I use a web browser to manage my passwords and log-in information?
The Chrome and Firefox browsers can manage your passwords and log-in data. And using your browser to manage passwords is certainly better than not using anything. But you can't access your log-in information from other browsers, and the browsers don't offer much help with creating and managing strong passwords.
Why do I need a password manager?
A good password should be a long string of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, and other non-alphanumeric characters -- something that's difficult for others to guess or, in your case, remember. A password manager can store complex passwords, guarding them behind one master password.

Best Mac Password Managers

LastPass for Mac

LastPass for Mac

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The free version of LastPass can generate, save, and fill in passwords across your devices. For $12 a year, you can share passwords with family and friends as well as unlock applications.

1Password for Mac

1Password for Mac

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1Password takes on managing passwords and log-in information, giving you quick access to secured accounts and services with one master password. For $2.99 a month, you can use 1Password for all your Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android devices.

Dashlane for Mac

Dashlane for Mac

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Dashlane also offers a free version that lets you access your passwords on all your devices. For $39.99 a year, you can automatically sync and backup your data and share passwords with others.