Like many people, LastPass was my first password manager, but a few years ago I decided to switch away from it. That’s when Enpass caught my attention mainly because it didn’t force me to store my passwords on the web servers. I wanted something that struck the right balance between convenience and privacy. Enpass checked all the right boxes for me and I soon ditched LastPass for good. This decision has started to feel even more apropos considering all the breaches LastPass has suffered recently.
At the time, Enpass was much stricter in the way it safeguarded users’ privacy, down to making it more complicated to use. The app didn’t ask for an email or phone number at all to sign up, and you could use it with just a master password. It was designed in a way that it didn’t need to connect to Enpass’s servers at any point. While excellent for privacy, this approach introduced some challenges that required some inventive (and cumbersome) solutions. For example, you had to purchase the one-time Pro upgrade separately on every platform — Android, iOS, Windows, etc. — since these apps were not linked to an Enpass account.
When Enpass fixed this inconvenient process with a simpler monthly subscription model, it required users to add an email address for the subscription to work on all their devices. But that didn’t take away from Enpass’ outstanding privacy features: the ability to store your passwords completely offline, away from the dangers of the internet, and the plethora of storage options at your disposal.
Your data, your choice
Unlike most common password managers, Enpass does not have its own servers where the passwords are uploaded. Instead, it lets you choose where to store the encrypted file that contains all your passwords and personal data. If you wish, you can keep it completely offline with no risk of internet exposure. One good thing about this is that Enpass can still sync your data between all your devices via your local network with Wi-Fi Sync. This is perfect for the more privacy-conscious among us who don’t want to give up convenience either.
If you have a NAS at home, like one of our favorite Synology enclosures, you can use it as your personal cloud backup using WebDAV on Enpass – even NextCloud is supported. But a more popular choice that many of us will likely use is the ability to sync your encrypted passwords to a cloud service of your choice, such as Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. This makes it easy to keep your passwords up to date across your devices even when you’re away from your home network.
In any case, you can be sure that none of the external parties, including Enpass, can access your passwords. This is why I use Enpass not only for my passwords, but also to organize and store important documents. The backup file is encrypted with 256-bit AES, currently the best type of encryption that consumer services offer. Only your master password can unlock this backup, and if you forget it, it’s game over.
Your choices for a password manager are many
I have a grandfather’s Enpass Pro lifetime plan, which makes Enpass a perfect choice for many people like me. It has everything you could ask for in a modern password manager, and there’s no reason for me to switch away from it.
As a new user, you’ll need to pay $24 a year for the individual Premium plan, as the free tier is severely limited on Android and iOS — unless you’re a Google Play Pass subscriber, of which Enpass is a part. The service also offers a lifetime Premium tier that costs $100 one-time (or even less during sales), which may turn out to be a better deal in the long run.
Enpass’ regular pricing is in the same territory as 1Password, both of which offer extra encrypted storage for your documents. Even our password manager recommendation (and a popular choice among our readers) Bitwarden offers 1GB of storage for a measly $10 a year, but most users can easily get away with the robust free tier.
Where Enpass shines is the variety of storage options it lets you choose from, something neither 1Password nor Bitwarden can match. The latter does offer a self-hosted option, but Enpass’s solution is easier to understand and manage. If you value that, Enpass is worth the asking price every day.
Use a password manager, whatever it is
We all know at least one person who still uses the same password for all their accounts, or worse, has their passwords stored in an Excel sheet or a Keep note. Also, with LastPass’s recent breach, you shouldn’t trust your service with your credentials anymore. It doesn’t matter if Bitwarden fits your bill or one of the other dozen great password managers, you should consider upgrading to a proper password manager in the wake of the recent breach incidents. Maybe you should even nudge family and friends if they’re still stuck with the primitive ways of password management.