Wanted: Secure password manager for OS X 10.9.5 please

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by magentawave, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. magentawave, Oct 13, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2014

    magentawave macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    I've been using LastPass to manage my passwords and its convenient for logging me into websites, etc., but I think it would be more secure to have something on my computer instead of in the cloud.

    I see lots of password managers available at the App Store ranging from free to as much as $50 and would like to get recommendations for stand-alone password manager that will work on OSX 10.9.5 please.

    There are few "free" password managers at the App Store but in the right sidebar there is an option to pay for them. Anyone know the difference between the free versions of Dashlane Password Manager, Keeper Password, Enpass, Locko and the paid-for versions of the same apps?
  2. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    I use 1Password and have been very happy with it. It has the option to sync to iCloud or Dropbox but you don't have to sync if you don't want to. I prefer to sync so I can use it on my iPhone and iPad too. Excellent support.

    Beyond passwords it can store a number of secure data types like credit cards, personal information, and software license codes.
  3. fanchee macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2009
    Another vote for 1password. I use it for passwords, password generation, license key storage, secure notes (activation keys, network info, etc), credit card storage. I've been using it for years and there's nothing I've found that's better or more complete.
  4. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    Another one for 1Password. Great support and easy to use.
  5. jpu macrumors member


    Mar 1, 2014
  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Locko is just free at the moment until the iOS version is out, it's the same as the paid. It works perfectly fine offline in its own sandbox.
  7. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Your Mac comes with a password management app called Keychain. What is that not doing for you that you want something else?
  8. magentawave thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    The reason I'm considering dropping LastPass and using something local on my computer is because LastPass is in the cloud and I'm thinking that having all my passwords in the cloud is not very secure. Aren't 1Password and iCloud Keychain in the cloud too?
  9. BasicGreatGuy, Oct 14, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2014

    BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    1Password can be synced with iCloud, Dropbox, or Wifi. It is not mandatory that you sync using any cloud storage methods with 1Password.

    Even if someone were to hack into your Dropbox account, (and they do offer 2 step verification) the 1Password file stored there is encrypted. A person would have to know or easily guess your 1Password master password, which secures your vault. As long as you have a very secure password (re: 25 character mixture) you should be fine. Currently, there isn't enough computer power or time for a person to break such a master password.

    Edited to add: I use Dropbox to sync 1Password. I also back up the vault file in other ways, in case Dropbox were to be unavailable etc.
  10. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    I use DataVault from Ascendo and you can sync via wifi or cloud, or both.
    Very reasonably priced and does the same thing as 1 Password only cheaper.
  11. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    LastPass stores them in the cloud, however, the encryption/decryption is done locally on your own computer then uploaded to their servers. Should their data be compromised, all the bad guys will get is a bunch of mumbo-jumbo that is totally useless to them. Not even the LastPass people can gain access to user's information.

    You can watch security expert Steve Gibson talk about LastPass security starting at about 52 minutes in...

  12. sosull macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2014
    As with many others, I really have to recommend 1Password. It can sync over WiFi, so you don't need to upload your password file to any cloud service.

    I resisted buying it for a few years because I assumed that a cheaper app would be just as good. But there's just nothing as good. It is genuinely worth the money.
  13. johnparjr macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    Been using Datavault for over 2 years and I have it both on my Mac and iPhone its the best solution out there by far
  14. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  15. JoelBC macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    And what makes it so much better than 1Password?
  16. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Another vote for 1Password. You can the vault stored on your own computer and not any cloud services if you don't like the risks, or if you want to share it across multiple computers/iDevices then upload it to a cloud service like Dropbox.
  17. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I'm not knocking 1password, but I believe, in regards to ease of use and a little security and privacy, that LastPass is the king of the hill when talking about using Dropbox with it.

    LastPass stores all of your information in an encrypted state on their servers. Only the person with the master password can decrypt it - that person being the account holder. The encryption is done locally on the users computer and then uploaded to the server. No one at LastPass, not a single person, can access your data in plain text. That also goes for government requests. Since they don't have the encryption key to decrypt it, they can't hand over useful data to anyone.

    If we store data in Dropbox, and I do, just not sensitive stuff, we are then subject to having that stuff revealed. Dropbox does say on their website that there are employees and ways to access your stuff, but that it's very rare that it would happen. That leaves the door open for someone there with malicious intent to do bad things if they choose. Additionally, they are subject to government requests and if subpoenaed, they'd have to turn the data over, which can be in plain text to them.

    Now, 1password does the same as LastPass and encrypts your data locally so that no one can access it but the person with the master password. That is just fine when using in conjunction with Dropbox. Because if your Dropbox gets compromised by an employee or a government, your 1password stuff will still be encrypted.

    The reason I like LastPass better than 1password is because it integrates better across platforms and browsers with more ease. Plus, I don't have the extra steps of having to set it up with Dropbox to do the same.

    In the end, it's all user preference. :)
  18. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    And the iOS update is just around the corner.
  19. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    Follow your gut and get what you feel comfortable with.
  20. lyleberman macrumors member


    Jul 8, 2007
    Annapolis, MD
    I'm using Datavault and love it. I have been for like 7 years and haven't had single glitch! I started using it with my Blackberry and Mac, now on the iPhone. Can be configured to use Dropbox or iCloud sync, but I prefer to do Wifi because my secure data is safest on my own network
  21. Tridztan macrumors member

    May 27, 2012
    Like many others on here, 1Password for me any day. For being robust and its ease of use. Thanks
  22. cyb3rdud3 macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2014
  23. thefunkymunky macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2005
    Out of interest, does anyone know of a good password manager that also syncs browser bookmarks. Must be cross-brower and platform independent.

    The closest thing I believe is what I currently use and have done for years is a Lastpass/Xmarks combo, but I was wondering if there is another service that doesn't use two separate apps/extensions.
  24. zerosnow macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2014
    I use 1password too and covers all my needs pretty well.

    1password + dropbox + 2 step authentication
  25. johannnn macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2009
    Was running Lastpass for a long time, but oh man is their web client and iOS app horrible and ugly. Now finally purchased 1password on OS X and iOS and I love it. I sync to iCloud and it works wonderful so far.

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