LastPass and 1Password are two of the most popular password managers in use today, both featuring many tools which help make them both user friendly yet still very secure and capable password management tools.
In this comparison I will be comparing LastPass and 1Password side-by-side, my aim is to identify all of the key points which make up a good password manager and compare the two tools against these criteria.
LastPass and 1Password are both well established players in the password manager market, this means both tools should have a good amount of the key password manager features available. Features such as multi-factor authentication, strong security, browser plugins and mobile apps all form part of what I consider a key feature. The table below highlights how each tool compares on such features side-by-side.
|Pricing||$36 / Year||$2.99 / Month|
|Secure File Storage|
|Free Version Available|
|Free Trial Available||(Free trial only)|
As can be seen above both products feature all of these key features which are expected from a good password manager. The only discernable difference here being that 1Password have no free version of their software whereas LastPass do, this free version is basically only missing some advanced multi-factor authentication options and the 1GB of secure file storage making it a serious contender in its own right.
It is very hard to separate the two password managers in this category but given LastPass have a very good free version which is missing only minor functionality it gains a small edge over 1Password.
LastPass and 1Password both have many features and tools which make using and operating a password manager as easy for the user as possible. Such tools these include smartphone apps for mobile access, web browser plugins for auto filling forms and password generators to ensure unique passwords can easily be generated with just a click.
I have also included payment cards and official IDs in this category as tools allowing these documents to be stored securely and separately to regular logins (I.e. in their own category) are of a great help to many users. Both LastPass and 1Password do allow the storage of official IDs (with photos) and payment card details in their own categories, this means both are very useful when needing to access such documents / card numbers securely without having the original artefact in your possession.
|Web Browser Access|
|Internet Explorer Plugin|
|Payment Cards / IDs|
As can be seen above both tools perform very well in this category with all of the major usability features included on each. During my extensive testing of each tool (and being a LastPass user myself for many years) I believe both tools are very easy to use and in turn easy to derive the main benefits form.
Good security is (obviously) paramount to any password manager tool, thankfully this is an area where both 1 Password and LastPass both perform very well.
As can be seen in the table above both LastPass and 1Password offer multi-factor authentication, this is (in my opinion at least) a key security feature for a password manager so it is great to see both tools implementing it. Both tools inlcude popular app based 2FA options such as Google Authenticator and Authy as well as hardware options such as Yubi keys, very little to separate the two in this regard.
Encrypting all data locally on the device and before any data transmission takes place is also a key consideration in making a password manager service as secure as possible. Again, both LastPass and 1Password perform all encryption / decryption locally on the device meaning no unencrypted information ever leaves the users device.
Finally, breach warnings are becoming an ever more important part of using the internet safely, in essence such breach warning services alert users when any of their logins have been compromised. 1Password does implement a service called “Watchtower” which, amongst other things will monitor any public data breaches and automatically inform users if their details have been affected.
As of writing LastPass do not currently have a similar service meaning 1Password comes out on top in this category.
Both LastPass and 1Password offer very detailed online support portals, this includes good user documentation, FAQs and getting started guides. Additional support is available for each product.
|Online Knowledge Base|
|Ticket / Email Support|
As can be seen above both tools provide users with a detailed knowledge base and support centre, both services also provide additional support via email and online ticketing systems as applicable. Unfortunately, neither service provides phone support as a part for the standard non-business service.
In addition to the aforementioned support options 1Password also provide a user support forum and support via social media with the option for users to tweet any issues to the support team. Whilst both support options are perfectly adequate this does give 1Password a slight edge in this category.
Both tools offer various pricing options ranging from an individual user through to multiple users and even business licences covering an entire business operation.
|Individual Plan||$3/ /Month||$2.99 / Month|
|Family Plan||$4 / Month (6 Users)||$4.99 / Month (5 Users)|
|Business / Team Plan||$4 / Month (per user)||$3.99 / Month (per user)|
|Other Business Options|
As can be seen in the table above both services are basically priced at the same amount for a single user. Both services also extend their basic offering to cover multiple users under a family plan and then further extend this to cover businesses with much larger teams.
The main difference is that whilst 1Password do offer new users a free trial they have no free account option. In contrast, LastPass, have a very good free account offering which is (in essence) only missing the 1GB of secure cloud storage, premium support and advanced multi-factor authentication options.
The LastPass free account really is a great password manager, even with a few of the premium features pared back a little, for this reason, given how close both tools are in pricing otherwise LastPass come out ahead in this category.
LastPass and 1Password are both excellent password managers and either would be an excellent choice for managing your passwords and helping keep your digital life more secure.
From the test categories above I think it is fair to call this comparison a draw based on the premium offerings of each product. The only exception to mention is that LastPass do have a very good free offering, if you can live without the secure cloud storage and only require a basic 2FA option such as Google Authenticator then this option should be top of you list to try out
Overall Verdict: Draw