Short on time? Here’s the best password manager for Chrome:
- 🥇 Dashlane: Excellent security with tons of extras, including a bulk password changer and a VPN. Feature-rich, easy-to-use, and cost-effective, perfect both for individuals and families.
I tested the top password managers on the market to find the best ones for Google Chrome — and I found 10 which were better than the rest.
While Chrome does have an inbuilt password manager, it has several downsides — it generates relatively weak passwords (with no customization), it frequently won’t auto-fill, it’s not well-maintained, there’s no protection against someone stealing your login info, and it only works on certain Google products (like Chrome).
As convenient as it may be, it’s not nearly as good as the other Chrome password managers on this list, which have things like:
- Multi-OS sync.
- Customizable password generation.
- Advanced security protocols.
- Excellent auto-fill.
- Sharing options.
- Family controls.
- Cloud storage.
- And a lot more…
I spent several weeks testing all of the password managers with Chrome extensions I could find — comparing and ranking them based on functionality, features, and overall value.
Here’s what I found out.
Quick summary of the best password managers for Chrome:
- 1.🥇 Dashlane — Best overall password manager for Chrome in 2021.
- 2.🥈 1Password — Excellent security, very intuitive interface.
- 3.🥉 LastPass — Good free plan, wide range of extra features.
- 4. RememBear — Simple, easy to use, and cute.
- 5. RoboForm — Advanced form filling and bookmark sync.
- Numbers 6-10 of 2021’s top Chrome password managers.
- Top Brands That Didn’t Make the Cut.
- How I Rated the Best Password Managers for Chrome in 2021.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Password Managers for Chrome.
🥇1. Dashlane — Best Overall Password Manager for Chrome in 2021
Dashlane is my favorite Chrome password manager — it syncs unlimited passwords across unlimited devices, works across all major OS, and comes with standard high-security features like 256-bit AES encryption, two-factor authentication (2FA), and a zero-knowledge protocol.
Dashlane’s Chrome extension is great — it worked flawlessly every time I navigated to a login field, and it worked on many login forms that Chrome’s password manager didn’t. I was also impressed with Dashlane’s ability to accurately fill in my address, credit card, and driver’s license information on a wide range of complex web forms. And unlike Chrome’s password manager, Dashlane works across both Google and non-Google applications via its own desktop and mobile app.
Dashlane also has a lot of advanced features:
- Dark web monitoring.
- Virtual private network (VPN).
- Password strength analysis.
- One-click password changer.
- 1 GB cloud storage.
- Emergency access
- Unlimited sharing.
I really like Dashlane’s built-in VPN. It includes unlimited data and is pretty fast, making it a good VPN for streaming and downloading. I also like the one-click password changer — after a full security audit of my entire password vault, Dashlane instantly replaced many of my weak passwords with significantly stronger ones. I think this feature is pretty cool, and it works across more than 300 websites.
Dashlane has a wide variety of packages — there’s a free version, but it only runs on 1 device and it only stores 50 passwords. Dashlane Essentials is an ok basic password manager — it comes with unlimited storage, unlimited sharing, and the automatic password changer, but it can only be used on 2 devices. Dashlane Premium is where you get unlimited devices, dark web monitoring, the VPN (with unlimited data), and cloud storage. For US users, Dashlane Premium Plus offers credit monitoring and identity theft protection. And Dashlane’s Premium Family comes with 5 more licenses, private member accounts, and a family management dashboard.
Dashlane is my #1 password manager for Chrome in 2021. The Chrome extension is fast, easy to use, and intuitive — working flawlessly across all the websites, login fields, and web forms I tested it with. Dashlane has an extremely high level of security, and it comes with lots of advanced tools like a VPN, dark web monitoring, a one-click password changer, and unlimited password storage. Dashlane Free comes with a 30-day free trial of the Premium plan, and all Dashlane purchases have a 30-day money-back guarantee.
🥈2. 1Password — Most Intuitive Password Manager + Good Chrome Integration
1Password is highly secure, very easy to use, and it provides all of the features I expect from a premium password manager — including an intuitive browser extension optimized for Chrome (called 1Password X).
I really like 1Password X — it worked well when I tested it, easily saving and auto-filling passwords and payment info anytime a login or payment field appeared. And it suggested strong, customizable passwords whenever I created new accounts.
1Password also includes features like:
- Password vault auditing.
- Dark web monitoring.
- Family vault sharing and protections.
- 2FA (TOTP, biometric, and USB token).
- Built-in TOTP-authenticator.
- Hidden vaults (Travel Mode).
I really like 1Password’s password and security auditing tool — called Watchtower. While security auditing is not a unique feature among password managers, Watchtower made it really easy for me to see which passwords were weak, re-used, and even outdated. Watchtower also checked my saved accounts for security breaches on the dark web (luckily, no breaches were found!).
I also like that I could create multiple vaults for storing my logins and files. I separated my data into two vaults — one for personal and one for business — so I was able to quickly find all the info I needed.
1Password offers two packages. 1Password Personal provides all of 1Password’s features, but it doesn’t have password sharing options. 1Password Families covers 5 users and adds shared vaults, permission management, and account recovery tools. I also really like that 1Password allows users to add additional Families users for a low cost per additional user.
1Password is a highly secure password manager that comes with an easy-to-use Chrome extension. The extension worked great on all the sites I tested it on, and I was particularly impressed with its auto-filling and password-generating capabilities. 1Password has advanced features like vault organization, password history, password auditing, and dark web monitoring. 1Password offers two plans — 1Password Personal and 1Password Families — and you can test both with a 14-day free trial.
🥉3. LastPass — Best Free Plan Features
LastPass is secure, easy to use, and comes with a good free plan — LastPass’s Chrome extension made it especially simple for me to generate and save new logins. I was also impressed with its form-filling capabilities — it made almost no errors even when filling out complex web forms.
LastPass’s free password manager also offers:
- Unlimited passwords.
- Unlimited devices (either mobile or desktop).
- Multiple account recovery options.
- Password strength tool.
- One-to-one password sharing.
- Automatic password changing.
- Basic multi-factor authentication (MFA).
- Credit monitoring for US users (1 card only).
I really appreciate that LastPass provides various zero-knowledge account recovery options. If you happen to forget your LastPass master password, you can regain access to your vault in just a couple of easy steps. Most password managers don’t offer account recovery (so if you lose your master password, there’s no way to recover your passwords), so I think it’s great that LastPass makes it very easy to recover your account.
I also like how simple it is to check the strength of your passwords, share passwords with other users, and set up 2FA. And I’m a fan of LastPass’s automatic password changer that lets you automatically change passwords for some sites instead of needing to visit those sites and manually change logins. Dashlane’s automatic password changer is a bit better (more sites, easier to use), but LastPass’s auto-changer works well (and I’m fairly certain it will soon get even better).
Upgrading to LastPass Premium also brings you unlimited use on both mobile and desktop, 1 GB secure cloud storage, emergency access, password sharing with multiple people, advanced MFA, and dark web monitoring. And LastPass Families covers up to 6 users, includes unlimited shared folders, and has a family management dashboard.
LastPass offers a wide range of free features, a high level of security, and a user-friendly Chrome extension. The extension makes saving and editing logins simple, and it’s great at auto-filling even complex web forms. LastPass Free has unlimited password storage on either unlimited desktop or unlimited mobile devices and includes extra features like an automatic password changer, account recovery, and password analysis. LastPass Premium adds cloud storage, advanced MFA, dark web monitoring, and emergency access. There’s no money-back guarantee, but LastPass Free includes a 30-day free trial of LastPass Premium.
4. RememBear — Best Easy-To-Use Option for Beginners
RememBear is a great beginner-friendly password manager — and it’s also very secure, with zero-knowledge architecture and high levels of encryption.
I had no trouble using RememBear’s Chrome extension — generating and saving passwords for new accounts was super simple, and the auto-fill feature worked well.
RememBear doesn’t have a lot of extra features, but it does have:
- Unlimited syncing across unlimited devices.
- Built-in authenticator.
- Secure file storage.
- Account recovery.
- Very cute bear graphics!
I like how all of RememBear’s features are easy to understand and use — and I’m a huge fan of the bear cartoons that provide instructions on how to access the tools and make password management more fun!
I was surprised to see that RememBear doesn’t have two-factor authentication for securing RememBear accounts. However, it does have a built-in authenticator that generates one-time codes for 2FA-compatible sites — I was able to generate all of my TOTP codes from within RememBear instead of needing to use a third-party authenticator app.
RememBear is a simple and secure password manager that does basic password management very well. Its Chrome extension and desktop app are both very user-friendly, and they both make generating, saving, and auto-filling passwords super easy. RememBear uses 256-bit AES end-to-end encryption, has a zero-knowledge policy, and comes with one of the most fun and beginner-friendly interfaces I’ve ever seen. RememBear doesn’t have a money-back guarantee, but you can test all of its features with a 30-day free trial.
5. RoboForm — Advanced Form-Filling Capabilities
RoboForm is a secure password manager with the best form-filling capabilities on the market. Most of the password managers on this list offer pretty good auto-filling for credit cards, bank info, and home addresses. However, RoboForm offers 8 different templates for things like passports, vehicle registration, tax ID and income, etc. During my tests, I simply selected an identity in the RoboForm Chrome extension and clicked auto-fill, and then the extension automatically filled in all the details into various kinds of advanced web forms… with no errors at all!
RoboForm also comes with:
- Unlimited passwords across unlimited devices.
- Two-factor authentication.
- Secure folder for sharing passwords.
- Secure bookmarks storage.
- Emergency contacts.
I personally love RoboForm’s secure bookmarks storage — this made it very easy for me to organize and access my favorite sites from any device or browser. RoboForm is one of the rare password managers that encrypts, stores, and syncs bookmarks, and this is one of the things I like most about it.
RoboForm Free includes unlimited passwords, form filling, password sharing, password security auditing, and bookmarks storage. The free version includes a 30-day free trial of RoboForm Everywhere which adds syncing across all devices, two-factor authentication, cloud backup, emergency access, and a lot more. RoboForm’s Everywhere Family plan is the same, but it covers up to 5 users.
RoboForm is a secure, easy-to-use password manager with one of the best form fillers on the market. The RoboForm Chrome extension makes it easy to save and fill login credentials, and it automatically inputs personal information into advanced and complex web forms. RoboForm also has good security features like two-factor authentication, emergency access, and cloud backup. RoboForm’s free version comes with a 30-day free trial of RoboForm’s premium package. There’s also a 30-day money-back guarantee.
6. Keeper — Advanced Security Features (but Basic Chrome Extension)
Keeper has an excellent level of security — it protects user data with a zero-knowledge policy, advanced encryption, and a wide range of MFA options, including biometric scanning and smartwatch compatibility.
Keeper’s desktop app contains a ton of additional features, but I’m disappointed that the Chrome extension doesn’t offer much more than saving and auto-filling passwords. Competitors like Dashlane, LastPass, and 1Password have better Chrome extensions, with more features and functionality.
Keeper’s advanced security tools include:
- Dark web monitoring.
- Encrypted messaging app.
- Encrypted file storage.
- Password security audit.
Keeper’s encrypted messaging app is an interesting feature I haven’t seen in other password managers. I think it’s pretty cool that I could retract messages, set self-destruct timers, and safely store photos and videos within the app’s gallery.
Keeper has a free version, but it’s really basic — it doesn’t even have auto-fill! Keeper Unlimited gives you unlimited devices, password sharing, MFA, emergency access, and more. Keeper Family adds up to 5 licenses and 10 GB cloud storage. Optional add-ons for both plans include dark web monitoring and the encrypted messaging app.
Keeper has a lot of security features, including multi-factor authentication, dark web monitoring, and an encrypted messaging app. It has more advanced tools than many other password managers, and none of them are challenging or hard to use. The Chrome extension is somewhat basic, but it makes it easy to generate new passwords, save logins, and auto-fill web forms. Keeper has two plans to choose from — Unlimited and Family — and you can test all the premium features with a 30-day free trial.
7. Avira Password Manager — Streamlined Interface with Intuitive Features
Avira Password Manager is easy to use, and it comes with a good but basic Chrome extension, good security features, and a good free plan. During my tests, the extension worked really well. It asked me to save my password and username each time I created a new account, and it automatically filled my login credentials for my saved online accounts.
To access all of the other features, including the password generator, I had to open the web dashboard. But I don’t think this is a problem for most users, as the web dashboard is super-simple to navigate and use.
Avira Password Manager also offers:
- Biometric logins for mobile users.
- Built-in 2FA authenticator.
- Password vault auditing.
- Data breach scanning.
Avira Password Manager Free is one of the best free password managers around. It includes almost all of Avira’s features, plus unlimited password storage across unlimited devices. But upgrading to the premium version is also worth it, as Avira Password Manager Pro includes password vault auditing, data breach scanning, and priority customer support.
You can either buy a low-cost monthly or yearly subscription for Avira’s premium password manager, or get it bundled with the Avira Prime package, which includes Avira’s password manager, antivirus suite, and VPN.
Avira Password Manager is an intuitive Chrome-compatible password manager with a really good free plan. Avira’s free version offers unlimited password storage across multiple devices, as well as biometric login and a built-in 2FA authenticator. You can upgrade Avira by purchasing the standalone app, or getting it as part of the Avira Prime antivirus bundle, which is one of our top antivirus packages in 2021. All Avira purchases have a 30-day money-back guarantee.
8. Sticky Password — Secure Data Sync Options
Sticky Password is a beginner-friendly password manager with a good Chrome extension and advanced security features like local data syncing.
The Sticky Password Chrome extension is simple to use — I like that you can create and save new user identities and store bookmarks, all from within the extension. I also like that the extension has an easy-to-use dashboard that lets you add and edit login information for the site you’re currently using.
I’m a fan of Sticky Password’s Wi-Fi-only sync option that enabled me to sync my devices over my Wi-Fi network instead of using Sticky Password’s cloud. I also like that you can save the portable version of Sticky Password onto a USB flash drive — letting you access all stored info on any Windows PC (but not Mac).
Sticky Password’s free plan includes unlimited passwords, secure notes, two-factor authentication, and the portable USB version. Sticky Password Premium adds unlimited devices, cloud and Wi-Fi syncing, password sharing, and more.
Sticky Password is an easy to use password manager with advanced security features like local Wi-Fi sync and a USB portable password vault. Its Chrome extension is pretty good, and it lets users save and change logins, auto-fill passwords and web forms, create new user identities, store bookmarks, and more. Sticky Password’s free version includes a 30-day free trial of Sticky Password Premium. There’s also a 30-day money-back guarantee, and the company donates a part of the profits from each premium license to a manatee conservation fund.
9. Password Boss — User-Friendly with Plenty of Features
Password Boss is a decent password manager that is both simple and feature-rich — making it a good choice for beginners and advanced users alike.
I had no problems using the Chrome extension — I could easily generate new passwords, save new login credentials, and fill out web forms. It didn’t fill out web forms nearly as well as RoboForm did, but it still did a good job.
Password Boss includes a wide range of features, including password sharing, secure file storage, two-factor authentication, emergency access, and more. It doesn’t have any unique features, but all the tools worked exactly as promised during testing.
Password Boss’s free plan doesn’t offer much. It only includes storage for unlimited passwords and payment information, and there’s also a password sharing feature (but it’s pretty limited). The Premium and Family packages are where you get all of Password Boss’s features, and the only difference between the plans is that Password Boss Family covers up to 5 users.
Password Boss is a simple-to-use password manager with lots of features — including a password generator, password sharing, identity and payment info storage, two-factor authentication, emergency access, and more. The Password Boss Chrome extension is intuitive, and it easily saves and fills passwords and web forms. You can try out Password Boss risk-free using the 30-day free trial that is available with the free plan.
10. Bitwarden — Best Open-Source Option
Bitwarden is a fully open-source password manager — it’s got advanced security features, a decent extension for Chrome, a good free plan, and affordable packages for personal and family use. However, it’s not nearly as intuitive as the other password managers on this list.
Bitwarden’s Chrome extension offers access to Bitwarden’s password vault, password generator, and 2FA authenticator. Unfortunately, the extension can be a bit clunky — during my tests, the auto-save function would sometimes fail to save my newly created logins, and I found the auto-fill to be a bit unintuitive.
Bitwarden’s extra security tools include:
- 2FA with third-party apps like YubiKey.
- 2FA generator and authenticator.
- Storing data on a local server instead of in the cloud.
- Password strength and data breach reports.
Bitwarden Free includes essentials like unlimited passwords and saving personal and financial info, plus extras such as 2FA and self-hosting on your own local server. Bitwarden Premium adds other security tools, like a 2FA code generator, password security auditing, and 10 GB cloud storage. And Bitwarden Families also includes unlimited sharing and up to 5 users.
Bitwarden is an open-source password manager that provides a good set of security features for a really good price — but it’s not very easy to use. Bitwarden’s Chrome extension doesn’t always auto-save logins, and the auto-fill function could be a bit more intuitive. However, Bitwarden is one of the cheapest password managers out there, and you can test out some of its features with Bitwarden Free. All premium purchases have a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Top Brands That Didn’t Make the Cut
Even some of the most popular password managers didn’t work very well when I tested them on Google Chrome. They either lacked the functionality that I was expecting, missed essential features, or were way too expensive. Here are a few of the password managers that didn’t make my top 10 list.
- TrueKey: TrueKey was designed by the popular antivirus McAfee, so I was expecting it to be pretty good. But I was really disappointed to see that it doesn’t even include essential password manager features like password sharing and auditing. And if that wasn’t enough, it didn’t work well on my Chrome browser (it signed me out of my accounts and made it seem like I had just installed malware!).
- Zoho Vault: Zoho Vault is a decent password manager for business users. It has good security features, and it makes it easy for businesses to manage and share passwords and data between employees. And that’s the problem — most of Zoho Vault’s features are team-oriented and are pretty bad for personal use. Since I tested these password managers for individual/family use, I just couldn’t include this one on my list.
- Enpass. Enpass is a decent password manager that does basic password management well. However, Enpass offers only local data storage, and users who want to store and sync passwords in the cloud need to subscribe to a third-party cloud service. Enpass is also missing standard 2FA, and its password sharing function is too complicated.
How I Rated the Best Password Managers for Chrome
- Security. I want all of my passwords and data to be secure when trusting third-party Chrome extensions. So I only recommend password managers that secure all data with bank-grade (AES 256-bit) encryption or better. I also take into account additional security measures like two-factor authentication (2FA) and zero-knowledge architecture.
- Features. Password managers come with lots of features, ranging from essentials like syncing across devices and password sharing to extras like automatic password changers and dark web monitoring. When reviewing products, I check how many features they offer and test all of them to figure out which ones really add value and which ones are just flashy add-ons.
- Ease of use. No matter how many advanced features they offer, password managers need to be user-friendly. I don’t want to spend hours figuring out how a feature works or struggling with installing and using a product. All the password managers on my list are simple to use and good for both beginners and tech-savvy users.
- Value. When recommending password managers, I want them to provide real value. My list only includes well-rounded products that provide great, useful features at good prices. I also considered whether the products have free versions, free trials, and money-back guarantees.
FAQs — Password Managers for Chrome
Doesn’t Chrome have a built-in password manager?
Chrome’s built-in password manager isn’t bad, but it’s not particularly good either. It remembers and auto-fills passwords, but it lacks many features that are typically included in standalone products.
While Chrome’s password manager can now generate passwords, this feature is still severely limited — there are no customization options, so you can’t make the password longer or choose what type of characters it contains. Google also now offers a “password-checker”, but it too lacks advanced options. Top brands like Dashlane not only offer secure password generating and vault auditing, they also include additional safety tools like dark web monitoring and a VPN.
Google’s password manager doesn’t let you share passwords with others — and it doesn’t have file storing or sharing options. The best password managers come with a whole range of additional features — for example, 1Password has a good password generator, lets you share passwords across devices and operating systems, has file storage, security auditing tools, account recovery, and a lot more.
Isn’t Chrome’s password manager secure enough?
When you use your browser-based password manager on Google Chrome, your master password is essentially the password you use to log into your Google account.
When you use a third-party password manager, you have to set a master password — your private key to your password vault.
This is important because it ensures that you are the only person who can access your stored logins and other data, even if someone gains physical access to your device.
Are third-party password managers safe?
Yes. All the password managers on this list are extremely safe, secure, trustworthy, and highly encrypted.
Can I sync my Chrome passwords across other operating systems?
Chrome’s password manager works across most operating systems (as long as it’s connected to your Google account!), but unlike the password managers on this list, it doesn’t work with other browsers.
Dashlane, for instance, works both across different platforms and browsers, so you can save and access your credentials on any device, any operating system, and any browser.