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Best LastPass Alternative in 2024

Stop forgetting your passwords and start using Bitwarden, the best LastPass alternative for free.

James Bricknell Senior Editor
James has been writing about technology for years but has loved it since the early 90s. While his main areas of expertise are maker tools -- 3D printers, vinyl cutters, paper printers, and laser cutters -- he also loves to play board games and tabletop RPGs.
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James Bricknell
3 min read
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Password synchronization is essential, and Bitwarden is one of the few password managers that offers it for free.


Keeping track of all the passwords you use on a daily basis can be challenging. Most people have multiple social media logins, accounts for various shopping sites, and both work-related and personal emails accounts. With all these apps and services, the number of passwords you need to remember can quickly pile up. And since you really shouldn't be using the same password for any two services, it's time to get organized. Using a password manager can help you house your passwords in a secure location, making them easy to find when you need them. One password manager that comes up in a lot of recommendations is LastPass, but if, for some reason, you're looking for a LastPass alternative, you've come to the right place.

Password managers are among the most helpful (and important) tools a person can use, yet I know far too many people who just keep writing down, forgetting and resetting the same few easily hacked credentials. I've even seen people with password sticky notes on monitors, which is terrifying. If that's you, it's time to get with the program -- or in this case, the app. 

Concerned about cost? Don't be: Many great password managers have very capable free versions. But those versions -- including those in our roundup of the best password managers -- are limited in one key way: They keep your passwords confined to a single device.

My top pick doesn't have that limitation; it synchronizes your passwords with all your devices. It's called Bitwarden.

What is a password manager, really?

Simple. It's an encrypted database of all your passwords. Instead of trying to remember that same handful of (probably not very secure) passwords you use everywhere you go online, you just have to remember one: The one that unlocks Bitwarden. 

Why choose one of these over the likes of 1Password, Dashlane, Keeper, Password Vault, Sticky Password and other products, all of which are perfectly good? As noted above, only the free version of Bitwarden supports password synchronization. That means you can access your data on your phone, tablet and PC -- a benefit that's absolutely essential if you use more than one device.

Beyond that, they offer common helpers like strong-password generation, automatic form-filling, encrypted credit card storage (for easier online shopping), a digital vault and so on. 

Read more: The Best Password Managers and How to Use Them

Useful features like those help explain why I prefer a proper password manager to the rudimentary capabilities built into Android, iOS and your web browser. Once you get accustomed to having such tools at your disposal, you'll wonder how you managed so long without them.

Make no mistake, there's a learning curve to Bitwarden -- and any password manager, really. It might take you a few weeks to really get accustomed to using the app and banishing your old password habits.

But any such hassles are greatly overshadowed by the overall convenience. Your goal as an internet citizen should be to use a different, robust password for each app, site and service, and a password manager is the only practical way to make that happen. You should be using one. Bitwarden is, to my thinking, the best free option out there.  

Other free password management options

Should you bother with the premium version? Bitwarden charges just $10 annually for it, a price that nets you 1GB of encrypted cloud storage and password health reports. There's also a family option ($40 a year) that gives you premium features for up to six users and adds unlimited sharing.

I'd say most of these features are superfluous for most people, though obviously, it's up to you to decide.

For the record, LogMeOnce Password-Less is another tool that supports password-syncing in its free version. I don't like it as much, but it's worth a look.

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If you're wondering, I'm now using Bitwarden full-time. Previously I was a Dashlane user but grew frustrated by its bloat and high price. Bitwarden has proven a solid product, one I have no qualms about recommending.

What's your preferred password-management method these days? And if you refuse to use one of these tools, I'd like to know why! 😜

Watch this: This free password manager offers one crucial feature