Password manager recommendations

Over the years I have used and tried a few different password managers – if you don’t know what a password manager is, see our post here. I am a strong proponent of open source software and definitely recommend this avenue. Open source software has the benefit of being able to be publicly vetted, whereas closed source is just that closed off software that cannot easily be audited or inspected by the public. So then what are the best password managers to use? That depends on your requirements – though instead of going into too much detail I will just jump straight into the recommendations. In my experience, the two best password managers that I have come across are KeePass (specifically, KeePassXC, which is a community fork of KeePass), and Bitwarden. Both of these password managers have their pros and cons – and for most people Bitwarden is going to be the best option. Here’s why:


  • Free
  • Open source
  • Strong encryption
  • Supports many browsers:
    • Google Chrome
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Opera
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Safari
    • Vivaldi
    • Brave
    • Tor Browser
  • Also compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux as desktop applications
  • Automatically syncs, with the option to host your own Bitwarden server
  • Password generator
  • Premium option ($10US / year), which includes:
    • 1GB encrypted storage
    • 2 factor authentication (2FA) login for extra security
    • Password hygiene & vault health reports
    • TOTP authenticator key storage & code generator
    • Priority customer support


  • Free
  • Open source
  • Supports strong encryption
  • Offline only by default (though you can sync using a cloud service)
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux
  • Password generator

In any case, you should consider using a password manager if you aren’t right now. In addition to password managers you you should also consider enabling 2FA on all online accounts that support it. If you would like more information, please see our post here

If you would read some in-depth reviews of other password managers, please visit the great folks over at They provide vetted and well-researched articles on a variety of topics. There is a great article called Best Password Manager Based on In-Depth Reviews that reviews password managers based on multiple metrics (Features, User Experience, Price, Security, Support). They even reviewed the first hardware-based password manager I ever owned, the SplashID Key Safe!

Thanks for reading! As always reader participation is not just welcomed, but encouraged! If you have any suggestions, corrections or anything in between, feel free to leave a comment.

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Braeden has an MSc specialising in Information Security and freelancing as an IT consultant