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Best Password Managers 2021

You’re asking for trouble if you use the same password for every website, app and service. We completely understand why so many people do it: human brains simply can’t remember lots of different passwords many of which these days have to contain numbers, upper-case letters and symbols.

So they come up with a single password that they can remember which can’t easily be guessed by anyone else. The problem with this approach is that eventually one of those sites will be hacked and your login details are then available to be used to access to all your accounts.

The solution is to use a password manager. These store all your logins – just like the contacts app on your phone stores all the different phone numbers, addresses and other details so you don’t have to remember them.

If you’re worried about storing this sensitive information in an app you’ve never heard of, don’t be. The way they work is to use a master password (a complex password you can remember) to encrypt all the logins stored in a database. Only by entering that password can those passwords be decrypted, which means only you have access – not the app developer.

It also means you can’t forget that master password, as you’ll lose access too. 

The beauty of a password manager compared to, say, allowing your web browser to store logins for you is that they typically work on all popular devices and web browsers, so you can get at your logins on all your devices.

And because they all have an autofill feature, those usernames and passwords can be automatically entered into websites and apps, ensuring they don’t have to be looked up and copied and pasted, so they’re super convenient.

The best will detect and automatically update passwords when you change them and some can even auto-update your weak passwords for you with a complex, strong password.

Here’s our pick of the very best:

LastPass

Bitwarden

Bitwarden

Dashlane

Dashlane

Keeper

Keeper

1Password

1Password

RoboForm

RoboForm

NordPass

NordPass

Sticky Password

Sticky Password

The good news is that many of the options here offer a free tier or trial, so you can give them a test drive and see if you’re happy with the way they work on your devices. If you’ve never used this kind of app before, you might like to read our tutorial which explains how to use a password manager.

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