8 Password Managers for Mac

Anyone who has owned or operated a computer for any period of time knows the importance of a password. We have them for everything; your OS X account password, online banking, email, shopping sites and the rest. The result can often be a big mess of difficult-to-remember passwords, especially as sites often require the inclusion of numbers and special characters in your password.

If you have this problem, I suggest you check out these password management applications. They allow for the storage and retrieval of these passwords in an easy and secure environment, and can go a long way towards preventing a security induced headache.

1Password

1Password

1Password

1Password is the powerhouse of password management applications. It boasts some very good security features such as anti phishing and key-logger protection, along with the automatic generation of strong passwords.

1Password allows for seamless syncing of your data between computers via Chronosync, Unison, SugarSync, Windows Live Sync, and Dropbox. The app is compatible with a whole range of browsers, including with Safari, Firefox, Flock, Camino, OmniWeb, DEVONagent, Fluid, and even NetNewsWire. Whilst it is the most expensive on offer, it’s also arguably the most fully featured.

Price: $39.95
Requires: Mac OS 10.4 or later
Developer: Agile Web Solutions

Wallet

Wallet

Wallet

One of the most useful features of Wallet is its ability to sync over MobileMe. When you add or change one of the entries the changes are synced with the other Macs and iPhones tied to your Mobile Me account. Wallet also includes an auto-fill features that can automatically complete forms within Safari.

Wallet has a very clean interface, along with personal database features allowing you to attach files to entries, star frequently accessed entires for quick retrieval, and search all your information instantly.

Price: $20.00
Requires: Mac OS 10.5 or later
Developer: Acrylic Apps

Pastor

Pastor

Pastor

Pastor is the perfect solution for anyone not looking for, or willing to pay for, high-end features. Whilst it does not contain as many features, it is free, and allows for the saving and retrieving of passwords, serial numbers, and web logins.

It features a built in password generator, and is extremely easy to use. Pastor also runs on Mac OS 10.2 and up, so it is a great choice for older Macs.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS 10.2 or later
Developer: Markus Mehlau

Web Confidential

Web Confidential

Web Confidential

Web Confidential allows for a high degree of structure and organization. All passwords can be stored in folders and these folders are accessible from the Dock, there is no need to even open up the application to view password information. Also for users who work on Windows as well as OS X, the password files are interchangeable with their Windows version of the software.

Price: $20.00
Requires: Mac OS 10.3 or later
Developer: Alco Blom

LastPass

LastPass

LastPass

If you’re looking for cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility, look no further than LastPass. LastPass is a browser extension that performs most of the same features as a desktop application. Since it is a browser extension it works on Windows, OS X, Linux, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. The downside is, it is a little harder to get setup and not as easy to use as some of the other applications mentioned. It’s completely free, and has a lot of very useful features.

Price: Free
Requires: Any Compatible Web Browser
Developer: LastPass

Splash ID

Splash ID

SplashID

SplashID offers a very secure way to store your personal information. It features 256-bit Blowfish encryption, field masking for sensitive info such as PIN details, and a password generator that generates unguessable passwords that are completely random.

Also SplashID is available on Windows, Mac, iPhone, Palm OS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Symbian UIQ, and Series 60 – it works on almost every platform available.

Price: $19.95
Requires: Mac OS 10.4 or later
Developer: Splash Data

Password Wallet

Password Wallet

Password Wallet

Password Wallet offers a tight user interface that allows for quick password retrieval. Also included is a unique feature called auto-typing. Password Wallet can, with the click of a button, open up a webpage and type in your login details for you, which is very handy, especially if your password is randomly generated. Password Wallet can also synchronize with mobile clients on iPod touch/iPhone and Palm OS systems.

Price: $20.00
Requires: Mac OS 10.4 or later
Developer: Selznick Scientific Software

KeePassX

KeePassX

KeePassX

If you are looking for an open source solution, KeePassX may fit the bill. KeePassX is open source, with the software and databases being platform independent across Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. KeePassX has the ability to import passwords from PwManager (*.pwm) and KWallet (*.xml) files and allows you to export your passwords as text files. You can secure your files with a password, key file, or both for an added layer of security.

Price: Free
Requires: Mac OS 10.3 or later
Developer: KeePassX

Conclusion

There are a wide variety of password management applications out there. Making a decision between them is likely to be based on the level of sophistication required, and the price you’re willing to pay. Whether looking for a free solution, one that syncs cross-platform, or a focused OS X tool with all the associated user interface delight; there’s something for everyone.

Do you use a password management app, or are you content with utilizing the wonder of the human mind for keeping all that login information safe?