5 Best Password Managers for Mac

Using a password manager for Mac will ensure that your online accounts are kept secure and private. What should be appalling data breaches have become so common that they have lost their power to shock, but they remain a serious threat to your privacy.

 

By far the best defense for your data is to use a different strong password for each and every website you visit. And by “strong” we mean something like vE}[email protected]~9VuW])C+[8 -  not the name of your cat!

There is simply no way for us poor to remember one such secure password, let alone dozens of them.  But fortunately, we don’t have to. We can instead let computer programs do the heavy lifting for us.

Password managers can generate truly secure passwords for each and every website, app, and online service you use, remember them, and autofill them for you whenever you use that service. As such, they should rightly be viewed as the most essential tool in your data privacy armory. Indeed, if you only use one privacy tool, then it should be a good password manager.

The best Password Managers for Mac

After a lot of research, we are able to list the five best password managers for Mac. If you need more information about any of the services listed below, click the links below or scroll below this list for a summary of what makes these services great.

  1. Bitwarden - Mac's most user-friendly password manager
  2. KeepassXC - Open-source password manager to protect all your Apple accounts
  3. RoboForm - Has incredibly robust features that compliment macOS
  4. macOS Keychain Access - macOS' built-in password management solution
  5. Passbolt - Third-party verification means this is a password manager you can trust

Best Mac Password Managers

Below we have looked at the best password managers for Mac in more detail.

1. Bitwarden

Protect your accounts with Bitwarden - Mac's most accessible and user-friendly password manager!

  • Pricing

    From $0 / month
  • Supported platforms

    • Windows
    • Linux

Bitwarden is an open-source cross-platform password manager. All its core features are free, although a buck-a-month helps support its developer and provides a few nice (but non-essential) extras. Among these is the ability to self-host, which is a great option for the privacy fanatics out there.

Bitwarden’s main pull is that it is a (largely) free open-source password manager that looks are pretty and is as easy to use as its big-name commercial competitors. Browser add-ons for Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Vivaldi, Opera, and Brave allow for easy and convenient autofill in macOS.

Its code has now been fully audited by Cure53, it uses strong end-to-end encryption and supports various forms of two-factor authentication. 

2. KeepassXC

Adapted from KeePass for Windows, KeePassXC exceeds its predecessor in several ways.

  • Pricing

    From $0 / month
  • Supported platforms

    • Windows
    • Linux

KeePassXC is an unofficial cross-platform port of the excellent KeePass password manager for Windows. It is now possible to install the original KeePass on your Mac using Mono, but KeePassXC looks much prettier and more “native” to macOS. 

KeePassXC is fully interoperable with all other versions and forks of KeePass, and syncs seamlessly across platforms by simply storing your .kbdx containers on the cloud service of your choice. These containers are very secure and are only decrypted locally for full end-to-end encryption, so it doesn't matter if you sync them using an insecure platform (such as Dropbox).

A companion browser plug-in for Firefox and Chrome (although not Safari) should allow easy autofill in those browsers, but we are currently experiencing problems with it. Although officially depreciated, the KeePassHttp-Connector add-on continues to work just fine, however.

KeePassXC is not quite as pretty or user-friendly as Bitwarden, and its lack of support for KeePass plugins makes it less flexible than its parent program. But for free, easy, and highly secure cross-platform password management and syncing using the popular open-source KeePass .kbdx file format, it's great.

3. RoboForm

RoboForm's stylish approach fits nicely with the Apple aesthetic - locking your passwords down!

  • Pricing

    From $0 / month
  • Supported platforms

    • Windows
    • Linux

Here at ProPrivacy, we are huge fans of free and open-source software, but we do recognize excellence when we see it. RoboForm is a sleek and stylish cross-platform password manager that does everything you could want a password manager to do.

This includes cross-platform and cross-browser password syncing, secure notes, bookmarks, multiple “Identities” for advanced form-filling, secure sending and syncing of passwords, and more. A free version is available, but it's probably worth shelling out $2 a month for the syncing features alone. 

In addition to a full Mac “Security Center” app, all RoboForm's key features can be accessed using browser add-ons for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome. There's even an app for Apple Watch!

RoboForm is closed-source and is run by a US company, but the fact that it uses strong end-to-end encryption should make these points academic. If you can live with the fact that RoboForm is a proprietary product, then it's one of the most impressive password managers we have reviewed.  

4. macOS Keychain Access

macOS Keychain Access is not as feature-rich as competitors, but is highly accessible and ready to go!

  • Pricing

    From $0 / month

If you own a Mac, then you already have a decent (if somewhat limited) password manager - macOS Keychain Access. This does a great job of remembering passwords as you type them into most Mac apps and Safari login forms, later auto-filling them as needed. 

It auto-syncs with your iPhone and iPad, integrating with the iOS 12+ Authentication Services framework for seamless autofill on newer iOS devices in most browsers and many apps. 

If you are a dedicated Apple user, then, macOS Keychain Access may fulfill all your password needs. But if you wish to sync with non-Apple devices, then you will need to use a third-party alternative.

The other thing to note is that Keychain Access deals only with username/password logins. It does not autofill more complex forms, store your bank details, allow you to attach files or notes to your passwords, or any of the various other things even the most basic third-party solutions offer.

5. Passbolt

Originally a business-focused provider, Passbolt has strong password management solutions for everyone

  • Pricing

    From $0 / month
  • Supported platforms

    • Windows
    • Linux

The password manager market is ridiculously competitive at the moment. So, rather than going with the usual LastPass or 1Password recommendations  (which are fine on maOS if you don’t mind highly commercial closed-source products, but which we feel do nothing better than Bitwarden), our last recommendation is for something a little different. 

Passbolt is an open-source team password manager. It's mainly aimed at businesses but works perfectly well for personal or family use. Paid-for hosted plans are available, but the core Community Edition of the program is 100% free and can be self-hosted on your own Mac hardware (inside a virtual machine) or on independently rented server space.         

All code used by Passbolt is open-source and be independently verified by third-parties. Although, as Passbolt itself says, “the code review work will never be done,” much of it has, in fact, been extensively reviewed and audited - which is great.  

Passwords are managed via a web interface, making Passbolt largely platform-agnostic. Browser integration is achieved using add-ons for Chrome and Firefox, although sadly not Safari. If you need an open-source team password manager that works well on all desktop platforms then Passbolt is hard to beat. 

Written by: Douglas Crawford

Has worked for almost six years as senior staff writer and resident tech and VPN industry expert at ProPrivacy.com. Widely quoted on issues relating cybersecurity and digital privacy in the UK national press (The Independent & Daily Mail Online) and international technology publications such as Ars Technica.

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