1Password Vs. LogMeOnce— Which Password Manager Is Preferable?

LogMeOnce is a unique password manager that offers photo verification as an alternative to the standard master password. It’s a cool feature, but does it really put it above a more traditional password manager, like 1Password?

Key Similarities

  • Both have password generators that allow you to create strong, unique, customizable passwords
  • Both use a master password to protect your data
  • Both use one-sided encryption
  • Both have versions of the application specifically designed for businesses

Key Differences

  • LogMeOnce is free, while 1Password requires a monthly subscription after the free trial
  • 1Password offers a version of the application designed specifically for families
  • 1Password has a travel mode feature that hides your data when you travel
  • 1Password gives you a secret key when you create your master password, which is needed to access 1Password on another device
  • LogMeOnce offers photo verification as an alternative login method to the master password
  • LogMeOnce produces productivity charts that demonstrate account activity
  • LogMeOnce offers more security features

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Categories

Interface

Winner: 1Password

1Password is the clear winner in this category. While the LogMeOnce interface is fun and colorful, it’s also cluttered and outdated. It also includes some animations and crazy fonts that can be a little distracting. Compared to LogMeOnce, the 1Password interface is clean and simple, neatly displaying each of your password vaults on the homepage of the application. Click on a vault, and you can access all of the passwords stored in it. Hands down, it’s easier to navigate and will give you less of a headache.

Security

Winner: LogMeOnce

Some may think LogMeOnce is a little extreme when it comes to security features, but compared to 1Password, which offers very few added security features, it definitely comes out ahead. LogMeOnce offers an alternative login option that uses photo verification instead of a master password. The application snaps a photo of you on your computer and sends it to your phone. From there, you will be able to confirm your identity and access your passwords on your computer. This option is a little extreme, but it adds a layer of security beyond password protection alone. It also employs two-factor authentication by default, since you have to have access to another device in order to login.

1Password doesn’t offer two-factor authentication at all. LogMeOnce also offers an anti-hacker feature called “mugshot,” which takes a photo of the hacker and shows the date, time, and geolocation of the hack, as well as the IP address of the hacker. This feature is a little extreme and probably not entirely necessary, but nice to have. The only notable security feature that 1Password has is the secret key, which is a unique string of letters and numbers that you will need in order to access 1Password from other devices. It’s a nice added layer of security, but in a way, it’s just a more annoying form of two-factor authentication.

For Families

Winner: 1Password

LogMeOnce does not offer a family-specific version of their software. 1Password offers 1Password Families, which allows family members to have their own individual accounts with their own personal vaults while maintaining access to one family vault. The “family organizer” has control over which members have access to what information.

For Businesses

Winner: 1Password

The one feature unique to the LogMeOnce business application is the photo login feature. In the business version, a central administrator verifies the identification of each employee. Unless you’re specifically drawn to this feature, 1Password is probably a better option for businesses. The interface is cleaner and easier to navigate, which is definitely more ideal for administrators overseeing multiple employees.

Pricing

Winner: LogMeOnce

LogMeOnce is free to use, while 1Password costs $3/month billed annually after a 30 day free trial.

Mobile App

Winner: LogMeOnce

A mobile app is definitely the platform that would benefit the most from the LogMeOnce photo verification login, since it’s so easy to snap a photo of yourself on your phone. This makes LogMeOnce a great option for mobile use. Plus, to use the 1Password mobile app, you have to pay for a subscription.

Who 1Password Might Be Better For:

  • Users who want a password manager specifically for family use
  • Users who want a password manager with an intuitive interface
  • Users who travel a lot and may benefit from the travel mode feature

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Who LogMeOnce Might Be Better For:

  • Users who might prefer the photo verification over a password login, or want both options
  • Users who want extreme security features
  • Users who don’t mind a more eccentric interface

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Conclusion

1Password and LogMeOnce are definitely on opposite ends of the spectrum. LogMeOnce offers a photo verification login option, which is a little more extreme than having a master password. If you want that option, it might work for you, but some may find it more time consuming.

If you’re using a password manager for the first time, 1Password is definitely a better option because it’s more intuitive and easier to navigate. For that reason, it’s probably better for businesses, and it offers a family specific version, which LogMeOnce does not. That said, it does require a subscription, while LogMeOnce does not.

To learn more, read our review of the best password managers of 2019.

Gwynn Ballard

Gwynn Ballard

Gwynn Ballard is a writer based in New York City. In addition to writing for Security Baron, she writes and performs comedy all around New York and on the internet. She's also a playwright, and has had her work presented at places such as Classic Stage, Manhattan Repertory Theater, and Playwrights Horizons Theater School.

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