Keepsolid Passwarden password manager review

Top-notch password security and sharing for individuals and teams

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TechRadar Verdict

Passwarden is an excellent password manager for individuals and small teams. It offers two-factor authentication for extra security and enables you to share your vaults with anyone. However, it is pricey for individual users.

Pros

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    Shareable vaults

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    Good authentication features

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    Solid mainstream ability

Cons

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    Comparatively expensive

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    No single sign-on

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KeepSolid Passwarden (opens in new tab) is one of the best password managers (opens in new tab) – its broad range of features makes it one of the most capable options for individuals, families and businesses.

Beyond its broad set of features, though, there’s no doubting that Passwarden is one of the more expensive options for password management. That’s why we’ve gone hands-on with this tool to find out if it’s worth the cash – or if you should opt for a more affordable alternative instead.

Passwarden is available on a subscription basis or as a lifetime purchase (Image credit: Passwarden)

KeepSolid Passwarden: Plans and pricing

You can start using Passwarden for free and store up to 40 data entries. If you want to store more information using an individual account, a one-month Passwarden subscription costs $3.99 / £3.99 / AUD$5.99 per month and a yearly subscription costs $3.33 per month. You can also choose to pay a one-time fee of $199.99 / £199 / AUD$299 for lifetime access to Passwarden.

The family plan supports up to seven accounts alongside unlimited device support, and it costs $4.99 / £4.99 / AUD$7.99 per month with a discount if you pay annually.

Passwarden enables you to securely share a vault with anyone (Image credit: KeepSolid)

KeepSolid Passwarden: Setup

It’s easy to start using Passwarden. Head to your app store of choice – this software is available on Windows, macOS, iOS and Android – and get downloading. If you’d prefer another platform, Passwarden also comes as a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox and Edge, and it’s available as a web app too.

Once you’ve picked your platform and completed its download, you’ll have to create an account and a master password – it’s the same process that you’ll find on most other password manager tools.

You’ll be given a recovery key, which is an important item that can recover your account if you lose your master password. A slick import wizard will easily retrieve existing password details from other sources – Passwarden can import from every major browser, from tools like LastPass, Dashlane and 1Password, and directly from CSV files. Once all that’s done, you’re ready to go.

Passwarden includes a simple password generator (Image credit: KeepSolid)

KeepSolid Passwarden: Interface and performance

There is no limit to how many devices you can use with Passwarden, and your passwords are automatically synced across all your devices.

Vaults are at the heart of how Passwarden stores and organizes your secure data. Think of them as similar to folders in a computer’s filing system. All of your vaults are accessible when you log into Passwarden using your master password.

Inside a vault, you can save account login credentials, personal information, payment data, or even encrypted notes. You can create as many vaults as you want inside your Passwarden account, giving you the flexibility to organize your passwords however you like.

Another nice thing about the vault structure is that individual vaults can be securely shared. This enables you to share account information with family members or coworkers, for example, while limiting their access to only data inside the shared vault.

Passwarden also has one of the best password generators (opens in new tab) we’ve seen. When you go to create a new account entry inside your vault, simply click a password generation button and the software will create a secure password for you. You can choose what kinds of characters to include--such as uppercase letters, digits, and symbols--and select the password length.

The software interface is simple to navigate, with your vaults displayed along one edge of the screen and your data entries in the center. To create a new password or record, just click Add New Item and select what type of entry you want to create.

We were disappointed to see that you cannot create your own data types or customize the input fields for existing categories. While this isn’t a huge problem and it shouldn’t stop you using Passwarden if you like the sound of this tool, that’s a feature that is pretty common in rival apps.

Passwarden helps you import your passwords from another password manager or your browser (Image credit: KeepSolid)

KeepSolid Passwarden: Security

KeepSolid takes the security of your passwords extremely seriously. Passwarden uses 256-bit AES encryption to keep your data safe. Your master password is known only to you, and you have the option to enable two-factor authentication (opens in new tab) to make logging into your account even more secure.

One additional unique security feature of Passwarden is duress mode. You can create a separate master password that you can use if you are forced to log into your account under duress. When you use this password to log in, your Passwarden account will only display a limited set of vaults that you have marked as non-essential. Most users will probably never need this feature, but it’s nice to know it’s there.

Passwarden support is available 24/7 by email and live chat (Image credit: KeepSolid)

KeepSolid Passwarden: Support

Passwarden comes with 24/7 email and live chat support. The company’s website has a small FAQ section and a comprehensive selection of manuals for its apps, but there’s no phone support. 

Passwarden enables you to set up a duress mode password. When logging in with this password, your most sensitive vaults remain hidden (Image credit: KeepSolid)

KeepSolid Passwarden: The competition

Passwarden’s sharing features make it a good solution for small teams, but it lacks the administrative features that larger organizations require. If you need tools like centralized password management and single sign-on, for example, consider LastPass (opens in new tab) for business. Plans start at $4 per user per month.

Passwarden also isn’t the cheapest option for purely personal use. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly password manager, mSecure (opens in new tab) offers unlimited lifetime access for just $19.99. However, it’s worth noting that mSecure and similar budget password managers don’t offer secure password sharing.

KeepSolid Passwarden: Final verdict

The platform works across all your devices and makes it easy to autofill passwords as you navigate the web. It works well for small teams, enabling users to securely share a single password vault with other team members.

The biggest downside to Passwarden is the price. Many individual users don’t necessarily need Passwarden’s top-of-the-line features. If you don’t need password sharing, you may be able to opt for a much cheaper competitor.

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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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