Is security and privacy important these days? You bet. You’d be surprised how many attempts are made to hack into your Mac, iPhone, or iPad whenever they’re connected to the internet. That’s pretty much all the time, right?
That’s why there are dozens of apps that store and encrypt usernames, login IDs, passwords, credit card and bank information, and all the valuable pieces of information that you need quick access to use yourself, but you also need to make it difficult for others to find. Fortunately, Apple’s customers have many password manager apps from which to choose. Here are a few. Every one of them works in a similar way. Each works on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, too.
oneSafe – This is a decent utility that has improved the past couple of years, and now has both Mac and iOS versions. OneSafe gives you ready-made templates to store information– credit card numbers, PINs and entry codes, social security numbers, bank account numbers, usernames and passwords, and pretty much anything else you want to save, but want to keep secret. Enter the proper password and you’re in. Otherwise, all your data stays securely hidden with AES 256-bit encryption.
oneSafe even stores incriminating photos out of view, comes with a built-in backup system, syncs files between Mac and iPhone and iPad versions, and will generate a strong password for each of your online accounts. It’s not free but it’s priced about right.
Enpass – This is a favorite and my standby in case I can no longer afford my first place favorite (more on that in a moment). Enpass works the same way as oneSafe but is free on the Mac, and still has iOS versions for iPhone and iPad. And no subscription service.
It comes with templates to set up stored data, has AES 256-bit encryption, a built-in password generator, and even a password audit to check your passwords to highlight duplicates. Data can be synchronized between devices using iCloud, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and others.
Enpass is the bargain among password managers. It even has a full backup and restore, imports from 1Password and other password managers, and the password generator has a pronounceable option. That’s cool.
SafeInCloud – This is a newcomer to the group that I consider worthwhile. SafeInCloud looks and works much like the others. It has templates. It’s free for Mac and Windows PCs (you pay for the iOS and Android versions). AES 256-bit encryption. Check. Cloud sync. Check. Touch ID access. Check. Password generator, browser integration, import, and even password analysis. Check and more check.
See? Much to like, packed with features, plenty of good reviews for Mac and iOS versions, and the interface roughly matches all the others.
1Password – Alright, this is what I use now and have used for years because I haven’t found anything better. The others are close and cover the basics, but 1Password is a tough act to follow. All the basic features outlined in the apps above started first in 1Password which comes with fast support, cross platform sync, and blah blah blah subscription pricing. Subscriptions are the new game in town and sooner or later you’ll run into it. For just you and your Mac, iPhone, and iPad, it’s about $3.00 a month; about $5 a month for the family plan.
Do the math. That’s every month. Forever. Yes, 1Password has plenty of additional features, including web access if you’re not near a device, offline access, email support (which, with a delay, usually is quite good). Plus, there is a 365 day item history which can be very, very handy when a password you thought should work, indeed does not work. Oh, and the obligatory 1GB of free online storage for documents.
All these are good password managers with enough options and a small enough learning curve that most of Apple’s customers would have little trouble using right away. 1Password tops my list for features and stability, but I’m not yet sold on the subscription model and that’s the direction premium apps are headed these days. Yes, there are many, many other apps and services which manage user IDs, passwords, and secure documents and files. But I use 1Password and I keep Enpass on hand as a good cross platform backup.