The best password managers for the Mac can help you manage your passwords, credit-card information, shipping addresses, social security number, and more -- unlocking everything across all your devicesmore
The best password managers for the Mac can help you manage your passwords, credit-card information, shipping addresses, social security number, and more -- unlocking everything across all your devices with one master password. They can also generate random and strong passwords, making everything as easy as possible.
A good and strong 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 generate and store complex passwords, guarding them behind one master password.
A good password manager can generate strong passwords and ensure you aren't reusing any across services. Look for a password manager that is available across all your browsers and devices, so you can access your passwords and other log-ins from anywhere. Most also store other log-in information, such as your address, credit card information, and even notes in a password vault that is synced across your devices and available via the cloud.
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 can also sync your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and Messages accounts and help you manage your Facebook, Twitter, and other Internet accounts across your Apple devices.
iCloud Keychain is great if you live in Apple's world. But if you also need to sync information with a Windows PC or Android device or use the Chrome or Firefox browser, iCloud Keychain comes up short.
The Chrome and Firefox browsers have basic built-in password managers that can automatically handle your log-in information. They also offer an extra level of security by letting you create a master password to unlock your passwords.
Using your web browser to manage passwords is certainly better than not using anything to keep your log-in data secure. But you can't access your passwords from other browsers, and the browsers don't offer much help with creating and managing strong passwords. With so many good password managers available for free, you have little reason not to use the extra security and convenience of a dedicated password manager.
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 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 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.
If you'd rather put your trust in an open source password manager, the Bitwarden app can handle all your log-in information on Mac, Windows, iPhone, and Android devices and through browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and other popular browsers. And it offers a generous free plan as well as a $10 a year premium service.