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Available on all major platforms, Enpass offers a comprehensive set of password management features to keep your online accounts secure. Is there a catch, though?
Passwords are a necessary evil. We need them for security reasons, but keeping track of dozens of passwords is not easy. Unless you use the same password for everything, which tends to defeat the whole purpose. However, constantly coming up with new and unique passwords that are secure and easy to remember can be downright impossible if you have many different accounts.
Enpass password manager is a practical solution to that issue: all you have to remember is the “master” password, and Enpass will take care of the rest.
In this Enpass review, we’ll look at its pros and cons, usage, and pricing. Finally, to see how this password manager stacks up against the competition, we’ll compare the service to two popular alternatives: 1password and LastPass.
The pros and cons of Enpass
Let’s begin this Enpass review by exploring some of its benefits.
For starters, it’s free for Windows, macOS, and Linux desktop users. While some password managers offer only a barebones feature set for their free versions, Enpass offers all the expected hallmarks of a solid password management tool.
Without spending a penny, you get the following features:
- Strong password generation
- Sync support
- Password capture and replay (with the Enpass browser extension)
- An encrypted data vault
- Secure password sharing
For a (mostly) free password manager, this is a fairly generous feature set.
On the other hand, while Enpass password manager is free for desktop use, it’s not free on mobile, unless you’ll be fine with the 25 items and one vault limit for iOS and Android.
How to use Enpass
Unlike many other password managers, Enpass is not cloud-based. It stores passwords locally and you have to sync across your home wifi. This means you just install the app on whatever platform or device you need it on and enter your email address.
Enpass supports a wide variety of platforms and offers apps for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS, as well as browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, Vivaldi, and Safari.
When you first install it, you’ll need to create a Master Password. Choose one that is strong and secure, but one you’ll be able to remember. If you lose the Master Password, you won’t be able to restore your account.
At this point, if you only need the app on one device, you’re done. If you want to use it on another computer or smartphone, you’ll have to install the additional app and enter your Master Password.
You can sync via cloud, but you will need to download a separate cloud storage app because Enpass itself, as we mentioned, isn’t cloud-based.
Most of your devices and browsers have their own password management mechanisms. You’ll want to disable these since they can interfere with Enpass.
You cannot import passwords from your browser, but you can import passwords from Dashlane, LastPass, and a few other password managers. While technically, import is supported with all these different managers, it doesn’t always work reliably.
By default, the apps will store and sync passwords, but they don’t offer password capturing and replay. To be able to use this feature, you’ll need a browser extension, which will oversee most of your day-to-day interaction with Enpass.
For a complete Enpass experience, we definitely recommend you install both the app and the extension.
Enpass Free desktop version has all the features but allows saving only up to 25 items on your mobile device. The Premium version gives you full access on both desktop and mobile for $1.49/month billed annually, $1.99/month billed bi-annually, or $53.99 for a lifetime license. Existing Pro users won’t have to pay to keep all the features.
Recently, Enpass has switched to a subscription-based model, so you no longer have to pay extra for each mobile app. Now the registration requires only your email address which becomes linked to the purchase and allows restoring your account.
Overall, however, the Premium app a reasonably priced product for the features it offers.
Enpass vs LastPass
|Automatic fill of web forms||Yes||Yes|
|Password strength report||Yes||Simple strength report. Security Challenge feature available|
|Synchronization||Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, ChromeOS||macOS, Windows, Linux, Chrome, iOS, Android|
Enpass vs 1password
|Automatic fill of web forms||Yes||Yes|
|Password strength report||Yes||No|
|Secure sharing||Yes||Only in the Family and Team editions|
|Synchronization||Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, ChromeOS||macOS, Windows, iOS, Android|
Enpass password falls a bit short when compared to LastPass. Only the latter has two-factor authentication, which is a little disappointing. They both, however, have auto-fill, excellent compatibility, and provide users with detailed password strength reports. Enpass has secured sharing, but you cannot backtrack here, so you’ll only want to share things with people you really trust.
1password is a good alternative, too. This product has automatic web form filling but does not offer password strength reports. 1password also lacks an easy way to share passwords securely.
Of the three, you get the most features with LastPass.
Overall, we think Enpass is a good password manager, but it’s not the best one out there either.
You can do a lot with this tool. For starters, you can do the usual: capture, store, and replay passwords. You can also store documents and photos in a secure vault, as well as share files and passwords with family and friends. For a free product, that’s quite a lot.
However, Enpass also suffers from a lack of certain features offered by other popular password managers. Notably, it won’t give you two-factor authentication.
The fact that the service isn’t cloud-based is another thing to consider. Some users will prefer that everything is stored locally, but it does make syncing passwords across devices a little more difficult.
All things considered, Enpass is definitely worth a try out if you’re looking for a basic but reliable password manager. After all, it’s (mostly) free.