On Wednesday, popular password management service, 1Password, announced it was adding new features. Usually, that would be a good thing--people like it when a service they pay for gives them more value for their money. And, 1Password had become especially popular largely because it is one of the best password managers available. It's easy to use and makes sharing passwords with teammates or employees easy to manage.
In this case, however, the feedback on Twitter made it clear that a lot of 1Password's customers weren't happy at all. Mostly, that's because the features 1Password added were the ability to store information about a cryptocurrency wallet, and the ability to directly link your Phantom Wallet to 1Password with one click via an API.
On the surface that seems pretty benign, lots of people were probably already using services like 1Password to store the long convoluted private keys or seed phrases that protect their crypto wallets. 1Password just created dedicated items in your vault with additional fields.
The issue was that when people are trusting you to protect their most sensitive data, they get uneasy when you start associating your brand with something a lot of them still consider a scam. I reached out to AgileBits, the company that makes 1Password, but did not immediately receive a response to my questions.
Fortunately, if you're someone looking for a way to switch, it's not that difficult and there are several great alternatives.
Exporting Your Information from 1Password
If you've decided to switch, the first step is to get your login and password information out of 1Password. If you have more than one vault set up, you'll have to do each one at a time. Simply select the vault you want to export, then go to File > Export > All Items. After you enter your Master Password, it will ask you where you want to save your file, and let you choose a format.
You can choose the 1Password Interchange Format if you're moving to a service that supports that file type, like LastPass, for example. Otherwise, choose a .csv file. One important note--your exported file won't be encrypted, meaning you should be very careful what you do with it since anyone who has access to it will have all of your sensitive information. I recommend you delete it after you import your information to one of the following options.
With that in mind, here's a rundown of the five best password managers that aren't 1Password:
LastPass: Best Paid Password Manager
The best overall alternative to 1Password is LastPass. It's the most full-featured service, with many of the same capabilities as 1Password, without the crypto. One downside is that the free version of LastPass will make you choose between using it on a Mac or mobile device after March 16.
The paid version starts at $36 a year, and allows you to share passwords, store up to 1GB of encrypted data, and take advantage of multi-factor authentication. Plans for businesses start at $4.00 per month, per user.
Bitwarden: Best Open-Source Password Manager
Bitwarden is an open-source password manager with a compelling benefit--it's free for up to two people to use. If you're ambitious (and technically inclined), you can even set up your own server for managing password sync. The biggest drawback is that it's a little more cumbersome to use, and it won't autofill credit card payment information.
Individual paid plans are $10 a year and Team plans start at $3 per user per month and include advanced sharing features ideal for small businesses or organizations.
Dashlane: Best Password Manager with Extras
Dashlane's free version limits you to 50 passwords on one device, and the paid version is more expensive than other options at just under $60 a year. That said, it includes a VPN, dark-web monitoring for your information, and a bulk password-changer in case your information is compromised.
iCloud Keychain: For Mac and iOS Users
The built-in password manager on the Mac and iOS is actually really good, especially if you use Safari to browse the web. The biggest downside is that it's not actually a standalone app, making it hard to figure out how to actually manage your passwords. Its biggest upside, on the other hand, is that it's free and already included on your Mac and iPhone.
You can also import your 1Password logins directly from that .csv file by opening System Preferences on your Mac, selecting "Passwords," selecting the small drop-down at the bottom of your list of credentials, and choosing "Import Passwords."
Google Password Manager: For Android and Chrome Users
Like iCloud's Keychain feature, Google has its own on Android and Chrome. Also, like iCloud, it's free. That makes it a convenient option if what you want is something simple that saves and syncs your passwords across each device that is logged into your Google account.