5 Best Free Password Managers

Password managers are fantastic privacy tools, but they are even better when they are free! In this article, we list the five best free password managers. As well as being completely free, all the services in this article respect your privacy, offer fantastic security features, and are open source.

 

If you are tired of remembering passwords for all your online accounts and services, you are probably considering getting a password manager. 

The hassle of remembering passwords evaporates with a password manager, allowing you to set tricky, unique passwords for every single account.

However, we understand that not everybody has a lot of money to spend, which is why we have analyzed the market to find the best free and secure password managers out there. Our recommendations will work across all platforms, and because they are known to be robust in terms of privacy and security - you can opt for these free password managers without compromising your safety.

The best free password managers

Below we have a list of the best free password managers out there. All of these services offer fantastic features, so if you want to find out more about any of the services below, click the links to the provider's website or scroll below this list for a summary of what makes each service great.

  1. Keepass - An excellent free password manager
  2. Bitwarden - An open-source password manager built to be user-friendly
  3. Password Safe - Keeping you safe, one password at a time
  4. LastPass - The free tier doesn't skimp too much from its premium service
  5. RoboForm - Highly-featured and easy to use

Free Password Managers - Summaries

Below we have summarized the features that make the best free password managers. If you need more information about any of these services website.

1. Keepass

KeePass is an excellent service that we consider the best free password manager.

  • Pricing

    From $0.00 / month
  • Supported platforms

    • Windows
    • Linux

It is an open-source service, which means that the code can be verified by any security professional. And you retain full control over your passwords because it provides end-to-end encryption.

This does mean that passwords are non-recoverable, so you must never forget your master password. However, sacrificing that bit of convenience cements KeePass as the gold standard for password management security.

In addition, KeePass is highly flexible, has a lot of available add-ons, and gives you complete control over your .kbdx databases. Although KeePass only stores passwords locally by default, you can easily share your .kbdx database via a secure online storage platform.

As long as you don’t mind learning how to use it, KeePass is a highly featured password manager that allows you to do anything with passwords you can think of. Admittedly, KeePass is a bit trickier to use than our number two recommendation, Bitwarden, meaning it might be preferable to stick to one of the other services if you are a complete technophobe.

KeePass is available for all popular platforms and it can be set up to work with browsers using the KeeForm, the KeePass HTTP-Connector which will allow you to auto-fill passwords in all popular browsers.

2. Bitwarden

Bitwarden is a superb open-source, easy to use password manager!

  • Pricing

    From $0.00 / month
  • Supported platforms

    • Windows
    • Linux

Bitwarden is available for all popular platforms (Linux, macOS, Windows, Android, and iOS). Being open-source means that the software is freely available online for any security professional to audit. As a result, this password manager can be trusted to do exactly what it claims with your passwords. 

One of the most important factors when it comes to password management is whether the passwords are protected with end-to-end-encryption (e2ee). With e2ee, only you hold the master key to your passwords, meaning that they are absolutely secure. Of course, this also means that if you forget your master password, you will be automatically locked out of the client and therefore your remaining passwords. 

With Bitwarden all passwords are protected with e2ee, which is perfect for security reasons. However, if you are highly concerned about being able to recover access to your account (in the event of password loss), you may want to opt for a different service. 

In addition to apps for all platforms, Bitwarden has extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, and Safari. These extensions allow you to add passwords to your database easily as you log in - and will permit you to easily autofill passwords on the fly. 

We think this is one of the best open-source password managers available for free providing everything required to store passwords without concerns.

3. Password Safe

E2e encryption & open-source foundations make Password Safe one of the safer password managers!

  • Pricing

    From $0.00 / month
  • Supported platforms

    • Windows

Password Safe is an open-source option that provides strong end-to-end encryption. This password manager is popular not only because of its excellent features but because it was originally developed by the world-renowned cryptography expert Bruce Schneier. 

Password Safe is available for Windows and has clones for Android, iOS, Linux and Mac. Most of those clones can be found on the pwsafe website. PWSafe for Windows is not hard to use thanks to its minimalistic approach, however, a lack of features means it won't easily integrate into your favorite browser.

Autofill is available, but it does not work via an easy to install extension. Where this password manager excels is in the way passwords can be searched and organized extremely efficiently. Users can also import and export passwords to other password managers without problems. 

The main downside is that cloud syncing is not available - so you will need to share your password vault by USB. A password generator is also included to make creating robust passwords nice and easy. For its lack of convenience, Password Safe still remains a simple but effective password manager that is available for all platforms thanks to the active open-source community.

4. LastPass

LastPass is more of a household name than its competition, offering both free and premium services

  • Pricing

    From $3.00 / month
  • Supported platforms

    • Windows
    • Linux

This free password manager is a great option for casual internet users looking for a password manager that is both feature-rich and free. For anybody looking for an easy-to-use password manager that has all the trimmings, this password manager is certainly going to tick a lot of boxes. LastPass is available for all platforms and it provides strong end-to-end encryption to ensure that passwords are secure. Sadly, LastPass is not completely open-source, as is the case with the password managers higher in this list. 

Despite this slight drawback, which may or may not put you off depending on your personal threat model, LastPass is an excellent password manager that is going to make most consumers who need a free password manager happy. 

For free, a single user gets access to unlimited password storage, password access on all devices, 2FA, a secure password sharing feature, secure notes, a password generator, and a tool for checking the security of passwords. Those features make LastPass one of the most well-rounded free password managers on the market; ideal for anybody who wants an easy solution that works with practically no learning curve.

Admittedly, LastPass has suffered some bad press over the years due to some security vulnerabilities being discovered. However, LastPass has been quick to fix any problems that were discovered by security professionals, which has led to a stronger product over time. 

5. RoboForm

RoboForm's free tier packs more features than you can shake your fist at - but it's still worth the cheap upgrade

  • Pricing

    From $23.88 / month
  • Supported platforms

    • Windows
    • Linux

RoboForm is a free password manager that is impressive. The free version is highly featured, and it is easy to use. RoboForm is available for all popular platforms, and it provides extensions to perform auto-fill on Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Secure login sharing is available - so if you need to share passwords you can do so via email. 

However, if you require password syncing and the added security of 2FA - you will need to upgrade to the paid plan. It is also worth noting that RoboForm isn’t open-source - which may put some people off. But when it comes to features, this free password manager really impresses, and it does have secure e2ee which means you can trust it to secure your passwords. 

As long as you are primarily in need of password management for one device - this is going to be a free password manager that works for you. However, if syncing is important to you - we recommend sticking to one of the services above. 

 

Written by: Ray Walsh

Digital privacy expert with 5 years experience testing and reviewing VPNs. He's been quoted in The Express, The Times, The Washington Post, The Register, CNET & many more. Ray is currently rated #4 VPN and #3 internet privacy authority by Agilience.com.

2 Comments

  1. Andy V

    on November 26, 2019
    Reply

    I highly recommend you try forghetti password manager. Let me know what you think.

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Andy V

      on December 9, 2019
      Reply

      Hi Andy. We can add it to our to-do list.

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