Color me a happy and long time user of 1Password. It’s a bit complicated and there’s a price tag to match, but it just works. Plus, there are iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows versions so keeping usernames, login IDs, passwords, and other sensitive valuable information safe and secure and synchronized between devices works as well as any I’ve used.
Are there alternatives to 1Password?
Of course. Mac users can choose from dozens of password management apps, most of which are priced less and do less than 1Password, some are free, a few are on a subscription model, and fewer still sync password data between all major devices. As we go further into the 21st century that’s one item that shows up high on my app criteria list. Multiple platform synchronization.
If you’re on a budget here’s a password manager app that is tough to beat for value vs. features. It’s called Enpass, and is about as close in feature set to 1Password as I’ve run into in years. Enpass is loaded with features, has very secure AES-256 bit encryption, syncs data between Macs using Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and others.
Enpass is free.*
What? Say it ain’t so, Joe! Enpass on the Mac is a free app, and as far as I can tell comes with all the bells and whistles. Not only does it store usernames, login IDs, and passwords, it stores other types of data, too. There’s a built-in password generator to create more secure passwords on the fly. It even does an audit to determine if the passwords you’re using now are praise worthy (mine were not). Enpass locks itself after a set period of time and auto clears the clipboard.
One of the most important features is the ability to open up website login pages within popular browsers. 1Password does that with ease. So does Enpass (once you download the free browser extensions for Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera).
Through the years I’ve tried many, many different password manager apps for the Mac, finally settling on 1Password when it became cross platform. Prior to that I used a little utility called Steel, which I still have and use regularly even though it’s no longer in development. I still use it because it has hundreds and hundreds of old serial numbers and data that cannot be exported and imported into 1Password. If you’re using something else, that option is important.
Just to see how well it works I exported all 359 of my 1Password records and imported them into Enpass. The import worked perfectly with only a single gotcha, which isn’t a deal breaker. The import into Enpass put all the 1Password records into a single category. Import. Moving them around and organizing them into folder-like categories is a bit tedious but doable.
What’s with free for Mac price tag?*
Enpass is free for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Free. What about iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry (still in business as of this writing)? Actually, Enpass is free for those platforms, too– up to 20 records. Otherwise, each platform has a price tag of $9.99. There’s an online password manager option, too, but it comes with a subscription cost.
If you’re running a Mac, iPhone, and iPad, Enpass becomes a very good alternative to 1Password because the Mac version is free, and all you pay for is an iOS device. To be honest, Enpass looks and works much like 1Password, and the iOS version has a Watch app (I long for the day when I can merely wave my wrist to unlock anything; car, front door, hotel room, website, bank account).
There’s not enough differentiation between the two to get me to switch to Enpass from 1Password, but if you want to step up from whatever else you’re using, this is a good one to try.