PassCamp password manager review

It's easy to use, but a lightweight range of features make this a limited product

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TechRadar Verdict

PassCamp is easy to use and there's a free product available, but the lack of features may be a deal breaker for anyone who needs more functionality.

Pros

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    A solid range of core features

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    Easy to use

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    Free product available

Cons

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    Few advanced abilities

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PassCamp (opens in new tab) is a relative newcomer to the password manager (opens in new tab) market when compared to big names like Norton and LastPass, but it's got a set of features that suggests it can compete with established rivals.

This web-based tool is easily accessible, it's got a great interface, and it's very easy to get started. You can easily use PassCamp to store passwords, card details, addresses, notes, and even details for databases, servers and wireless connections.

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PassCamp: Plans and pricing

PassCamp comes with three plans: two personal and one business. All plans feature secure sharing, a browser extension, autofill and autosave, and a mobile app.

There's a free Basic plan for personal users, but you can only store 15 passwords. With the Personal Premium plan, for less than $3 / £3 / AUD$5 a month, you can save an unlimited number of passwords and assign tags to them.

Meanwhile, pricing for the Teams plan is around $4 / £4 / AUD$6 a month. It has the same features as the Personal Premium plan with the addition of team management functionality and unlimited guests.

PassCamp dashboard.

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PassCamp: Setup

Setting up PassCamp is very simple and only requires a few steps. First, enter your email address. You'll then be sent an email with a link to verify the address.

Once you've completed the verification step, you have to set up a master password for your PassCamp account. You won't be able to store this password in PassCamp, so it needs to be strong, secure and memorable.

Once that's done, you'll be logged into your account. While it's not mandatory, you should install a browser extension (available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari) to get the best out of the app. The link to get the extension is available from the dropdown menu under your username after you've logged into the dashboard.

PassCamp: Interface and performance

PassCamp is a web app, which means that all your passwords are stored securely in the cloud. It features login autofill so that your usernames and passwords are automatically entered into the login fields when you visit websites for which you've created credentials.

For teams, you can share passwords with anyone else who also has a PassCamp account. In addition, you can get notifications of password updates, contact invites, and items that have been shared or unshared. There is a history log too, with which you can keep track of all the changes made to any password or note either by you or contacts with sharing access.

Different roles and permissions can also be assigned to team members. What's more, you can add people outside your organization as guests, giving them the ability to access passwords without editing or management abilities.

When you log into PassCamp you're presented with a list of all your items, either passwords or notes. Passwords will be added to the list as you start to use PassCamp and sign up for new websites. Or, you can click on the + button in the bottom right corner of the window to add passwords or notes manually.

You can also add new contacts by clicking on the + next to the Contacts heading in the left column and then entering the person's email address.

You can review activity on your account by clicking on the bell icon in the top right corner of the window, which will show you a list of all the notifications received.

When you sign up for a new website, the PassCamp browser extension will offer to save the details in your account. If you need help creating a strong password, you can also use the extension's built-in password generator (opens in new tab) which will devise a password for you. 

PassCamp settings

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PassCamp: Security

PassCamp has a wide range of security features to keep your data safe. For starters, your data is encrypted with AES-256 symmetric and RSA-4096 asymmetric encryption, as well as hashing and two-factor authentication.

PassCamp also implements the zero-knowledge protocol, which means only you can access your password information. Even though your data is stored online using cloud storage (opens in new tab), with zero-knowledge password proof, not even the PassCamp service providers can access your information.

Centralized blockchain technology (opens in new tab) is also used to track the history of all passwords and notes so you can always view a log of every change made to the item, whether by you or someone with whom you shared it.

PassCamp: Support

PassCamp offers support through a dedicated email address, a chat widget on the website, and a Help Center with links to frequently asked questions and a YouTube video channel.

The chat widget doesn't indicate whether it's 24/7, but as it said "Last active recently" when we tested it and we didn't get a reply for two hours, it seems like it's probably not. There's no telephone number or indication of operating hours.

PassCamp is made by a web development firm with offices in the US, Lithuania, and Sweden, so it's likely that hours of operation will align with those offices.

PassCamp: The competition

PassCamp is a relative newcomer to the password management market and there are many alternatives from which to choose.

Zoho Vault (opens in new tab), for example, has cheaper plans for teams and includes similar features to PassCamp. However, it also integrates with third-party apps like Gmail, Dropbox, and Microsoft 365.

Bitwarden (opens in new tab) has free and paid plans for both personal and business users. Premium plans include reports highlighting weak passwords and unsecured websites, and whether an email address has been compromised in a known data breach.

PassCamp: Final verdict

PassCamp is easy to set up and use and boasts impressive security features. Being completely browser-based means it's a cross-platform solution. And its sharing features, history log, and the ability to have unlimited guests will be great for teams. But in general, PassCamp doesn't have as many features as other password managers. 

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Mike has worked as a technology journalist for more than a decade and has written for most of the UK’s big technology titles alongside numerous global outlets. He loves PCs, laptops and any new hardware, and covers everything from the latest business trends to high-end gaming gear.

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