Password Manager: NordPass vs Enpass

I’m reviewing my favourite password manager for possible secure sharing of some passwords for family use, and thought I’d give NordPass a try, a new product being pushed to me as part of my NordVPN subscription.

Enpass appears to be a little-known application that is not only free but integrates well into my Windows desktop, Android phone and various browsers. Its focus is to maintain a secure file locally to the computer, though the clincher is that it will work with a shared file on your chosen cloud provider. I use OneDrive to sync between multiple devices.

NordPass is from NordVPN and comes with the same assurances of security as NordVPN, which one just has to believe. VPN providers already use questionable marketing practices against potential new users and existing users (try and find your account login page) so it’s difficult to find out if the product is a good fit without signing up for it. There is no trial period.

I’ll use a product comparison chart, as marketers like to do, to distill the differences:

EnpassNordPass
CostFreeVaries. Appearance of being heavily discounted. Roughly £3.69 per month.
Stores on own serversStores locally, with user-selected synchronisation to cloudStored on own servers
SpeedFastSlow – have to assume due to heavier encryption
Platform availabilityWindows
Firefox
Android
iOS
Windows
Firefox
Android
iOS
Can share passwordsNoYes – requires other person to have NordPass software
Automatic form submissionYesNo
Memorable password generationExample: 3Unfounded-Unreached9-woe

Remembers selection of “Pronouncable”
Example: pAx-c0Sm063n1c-l4K3d-8A8ul5

Requires selection of “Words”, “Use capital letters” and “Use digits” every time
Password generation at fieldYes, and retains for automatic addition to fileNo
TemplatesProvides templates for varying types and services with optional and optimised custom fields.None
It’s a marketing comparison grid to help you make the “right” decision.

The answer is obvious.

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