Sticky Password review

A middle-of-the-pack password manager

Website screenshot for Sticky Password
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TechRadar Verdict

Sticky Password is a highly secure password manager, but can’t quite compete for the title of best in class.

Pros

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    Includes local Wi-Fi sync

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    Cheaper than many other password managers

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    Good basic features

Cons

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    Few advanced business options

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    No phone support

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Lots of password managers are free, and plenty more only unlock a good range of features if you pay loads of cash – but Sticky Password (opens in new tab) tries to bridge the gap.

This app attempts to deliver the best of both worlds by offering a free version with loads of features, including unlimited encryption and storage and biometric authentication – so it’s very capable for lots of people. The paid version is no less impressive, with cloud syncing, secure sharing and emergency access.

We’re going to find out if Sticky Password can compete with the best password managers currently available. 

Sticky Password: Plans and pricing

Sticky Password offers a single Premium plan for businesses, with access to a 30-day free trial first. It costs $29.99 / £28 / AUD$50 user/year, making Sticky Password more affordable than most of its competitors.

Individuals can choose from the free version or the Premium product, which costs $39.99 / £35 / AUD$60 for a one-year license. If you’re sure that you want to stick with Sticky Password for the long haul, the lifetime license costs $99.99 / £90 / AUD$150. That’s a decent price – use Sticky Password for two and a half years and you’ve got great value.

Sticky Password dashboard

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Sticky Password: Setup

Sticky Password provides apps for all the major hardware platforms, including macOS, Windows (opens in new tab), iOS (opens in new tab), and Android (opens in new tab). The platform is also compatible with almost all web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and other more obscure options like Vivaldi, Comodo Dragon and Sidekick.

Our only disappointment is that there is no specific software for Linux systems (opens in new tab), which is available with many competitors.

Nonetheless, the apps themselves are easy to download and install. It’s necessary to make an account before logging in, but this simply requires an email (opens in new tab) and password. We also recommend installing the Sticky Password browser extensions.

The ability to import passwords in bulk is also a nifty feature for businesses that integrate a new password management solution into their business operations.

Sticky Password: Interface and performance

Sticky Password offers essential features such as password sharing, one-touch login, password autofill, password generation, automatic syncing, and encrypted storage of credit cards and digital notes.

Sticky Password also offers a suite of powerful features designed specifically for business. Sticky Password allows administrators to allocate role-specific permissions, and ensure employees only have access to credentials relevant to their position. This makes it easy for businesses to streamline their password management and reduce points of weakness in the system.

The Sticky Password desktop application has a pleasing layout and makes it easy for the user to find important information and control their account. The security dashboard is particularly useful for visualizing security weaknesses.

We were impressed with the speed of syncing. Using both a mobile and desktop device simultaneously resulted in a seamless experience. Once we had entered credential information on a desktop site, we could immediately log in password-free on a mobile device.

Sticky Password password import

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Sticky Password: Security

Top-notch security protocols are essential for any password manager, and Sticky Password doesn’t disappoint. Sticky Password uses all the industry-standard encryption (opens in new tab) protocols, and also goes further, offering innovative security features that are perfect for businesses.

Not only does Sticky Password encrypt all data end-to-end with 256-bit AES encryption, but it does not store the master password or the encryption key. Without these, no one, not even Sticky Password, can unencrypt your business’s valuable passwords and data. Elsewhere you’ve got fingerprint scanning, and this software runs portably – so it can boot from USB sticks (opens in new tab) and memory cards.

The local WiFi sync is another useful security feature that businesses will appreciate. Local WiFi sync means that devices on the same network can share encrypted passwords and credentials without this data ever leaving the premises. This is ideal for businesses operating in one primary location because you can share passwords among colleagues in total security.

A final security feature we haven’t seen before is Sticky Password’s use of Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX) to encrypt further data stored on a device. So even if an employee’s computer is stolen, the thief will be unable to access Sticky Password data that is encrypted and stored deep within the device’s CPU chip.

Sticky Password: Support

The Sticky Password website has a help center and a discussion board, so most of the time, troubleshooting can be done online without needing to contact the Sticky Password team.

For more complicated issues, businesses have access to online support with an average wait time of fewer than 24 hours. We would like to have seen a more responsive support service, as the lack of phone support might deter some businesses from investing in Sticky Password.

Sticky Password: The competition

While Sticky Password provides an excellent core service, we think businesses might be better off considering a password management solution with greater administrator control over user settings and privacy.

Competitors such as NordPass (opens in new tab), LastPass (opens in new tab), and RoboForm (opens in new tab) all provide more advanced analytics that medium and large-sized businesses are likely to appreciate. Although these providers are marginally more expensive, companies that value user management and centralized access control (opens in new tab) might prefer to consider one of them.

Sticky Password: Final verdict

Sticky Password is a middle-of-the-pack password management solution. Although it may not be the best password manager available, it is still a highly secure platform with plenty of features to please businesses.

In particular, we think local WiFi sync and Intel SGX are innovative features that might convince businesses to rely on Sticky Password for their organization.

Sticky Password is also more affordable than many of its competitors, with no compromise when it comes to security. Undoubtedly, Sticky Password is one of the most secure password managers available.

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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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