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LastPass vs Dashlane vs 1Password vs Bitwarden

First, you can purchase a standalone license for your Mac or Windows apps, which lets you use the software locally for a one-time fee.

Or, you can also purchase a recurring 1Password subscription, which will help you sync data across multiple devices and adds some other features.

⚙️ 1Password features

No matter which payment approach you choose, 1Password helps you store unlimited passwords, including options to:

  • Auto-fill passwords
  • Generate secure passwords

You can also store other information – like credit cards, file attachments, etc.

If you want to sync information across multiple devices, you can pay for the 1Password subscription. Or, with a little technical know-how, you can do it yourself using something like Dropbox.

One helpful membership feature is the Watchtower, which monitors password breaches to help you stay secure.

Another unique feature is Travel Mode. This lets you mark certain vaults as safe for travel (and others as not). The idea is that you’re able to protect yourself from unwarranted searches while traveling by not making it possible for people to access certain passwords even if they force you to give up your master password.

Finally, 1Password has family plans that let you share certain passwords among family members.

? 1Password platform support

Beyond the web vault that’s available as part of the subscription, 1Password also supports these platforms:

Operating Systems

  • Windows (including the one-time fee standalone app)
  • macOS (including the one-time fee standalone app)
  • Linux
  • Chrome OS


  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Microsoft Edge

? 1Password two-factor authentication options

1Password lets you use two-factor authentication for new devices. You can use:

  • An authenticator app, like Google Authenticator
  • A YubiKey 5 Series, YubiKey 4 Series, YubiKey NEO, or YubiKey FIPS Series

1Password does not give you backup recovery codes, which means you’ll need to have access to a device that’s already authenticated if you lose your two-factor authentication methods.

? 1Password pricing

Again, there are two different ways that you can get access to 1Password.

First, you can purchase a standalone license for Windows or macOS. This license costs $64.99 one-time.

However, remember that this does not include syncing between different devices. You can do that with something like Dropbox, but you’ll need to set it up yourself.

Alternatively, you can purchase the subscription membership which starts at $2.99 per month for individuals or $4.99 per month for families of up to 5 members. This subscription handles syncing across devices for you, as well as some of the other features that we mentioned.

Members get access to the desktop apps for free as part of their membership – so you won’t ever need to purchase a separate license.

Which is the best password manager for your needs?

You certainly don’t need multiple password managers, so how can you decide which is the best password manager for your own unique situation?

Well, I’m not going to recommend one overall winner, but here a few scenarios to help guide your choice:

  • If you want the best free password manager, you should choose LastPass or Bitwarden.
  • If you want something that’s more than just a password manager, you should choose Dashlane.
  • If you want something that’s a one-time purchase, you should choose 1Password.

Do you have any other questions about choosing the best password manager? Let us know in the comments!

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