It’s time for True Confession Wednesday. Yes, I admit it. I’m a long-time user of 1Password, the Mac’s premier username, password, and secure data management application for Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
If there’s a better, more feature-laden app I don’t know what it is, where it is, or what it costs. 1Password is that good, that popular. This weekend I tried something new but similar when I helped a friend setup a new Mac and he balked at the price tag. Yes, you get what you pay for, but there are different ways to price a product.
After some searching around we found Enpass, a Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, BlackBerry, and Linux app that manages usernames and passwords, and guess what? It looks and feels much like 1Password and it’s free for Mac users. Free.
To be honest, many of the password manager apps have similar features and similar look and feel. Enpass has browser extensions so you can fill in web forms, Safari, Chrome, Opera, Firefox, with ease; just like 1Password. That makes logins a breeze and highly secure thanks to 256-bit AES encryption.
Enpass handles about anything you want from username and passwords to credit cards, to secure notes, to bank account information, and can generate strong passwords (and remember them for you so you don’t have to) and even do a password audit on passwords you use now.
Manage files in folders within Enpass and those get stored securely, too. As with most password managers, the sidebar is where you start and that’s customizable, and so are individually store items. Yes, backups are easy and restoring backed up files is simple, too. Because free can be a good motivator importing data from other popular password managers is built in, including 1Password, Lastpass, Dashlane, and others.
For Mac users, Enpass from the Mac App Store can sync between Macs using iCloud.
All good, right?
Caveats? It’s difficult to argue with free and that’s the price tag for Mac, Windows, and Linux users, though you might be worried about the business model.
What about mobile devices? That’s where Enpass makes money, although not too much apparently. Enpass on iPhone and iPad is $9.99. Ditto for Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Android devices. There’s no annual subscription fee, desktop versions are free, all your data can be stored completely on your device (or, synchronized to Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive, and other services).
I imported my 1Password data into Enpass on my Mac and it worked. It wasn’t organized the way I had it on 1Password, but all the data was there. Just like 1Password, you’ll need to install a browser extension for each browser you use, but it’s the same effort either way.
No complaints. Works well. Priced right.