RoboForm and 1Password are both easy-to-use password managers. They both have their advantages, but RoboForm is free, while 1Password requires a paid subscription. Is there anything 1Password offers that puts it ahead of RoboForm despite the cost?
- 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 offer applications designed specifically for families and businesses
- Roboform is free, while 1Password requires a monthly subscription after the free trial
- Roboform offers two-factor authentication
- 1Password has a travel mode feature that hides your data while traveling
- 1Password gives you a secret key when you create your master password, which is needed to access 1Password on another device
- Roboform offers more comprehensive security features
- Roboform can only save passwords by importing them directly from the website
While the RoboForm interface is efficient overall, 1Password wins the interface category, mainly because it allows you to save your passwords by entering them directly into the 1Password application. RoboForm, on the other hand, requires that you go to the website and enter your login credentials first. It will then automatically save the form-specific data from that website to your passwords folder. Not being able to add a login information directly to the application can be annoying, especially for users who want to add several logins all at once.
1Password lacks any kind of security test feature, a feature common to password managers that analyzes all of your saved passwords and identifies which ones are weak, old, duplicate, or compromised. RoboForm does offer a version of this called the “security center,” which generates an overall percentage score of all your saved passwords. It also breaks down the strength of each password, showing you which are reused or duplicate. It’s easily accessible in the application, located right in the navigation toolbar. RoboForm also offers two-factor authentication, a popular and effective security feature, although it’s important to note that it’s only available in the premium version.
RoboForm offers a version of the application called RoboForm Family, which allows families with up to five users to share logins, identities, and safe notes. A central administrator can decide which users have access to what information, while individual users can also create their own, private entries. 1Password offers a similar version of its application called 1Password Families, which offers the same features. RoboForm wins this category for being less expensive, costing $40 for a yearly subscription, compared to a 1Password families subscription, which is $60/year.
Both 1Password and RoboForm offer impressive business applications that allow employees to securely share passwords and other data. Only designated administrators are able to manage who can view, edit, and create information. 1Password ultimately wins this category for offering different options depending on the size of the business. There’s 1Password Teams, for small businesses or inter-departmental use, 1Password Business, which can accommodate larger businesses, and 1Password Enterprise, which is designed for large corporations and includes onboarding features.
Roboform is free to use, while 1Password costs $3/month billed annually.
The RoboForm and 1Password mobile apps are pretty comparable. Both have an intuitive interface with a tile-like layout, a Touch ID login option, and an autofill function. They also both include a built-in browser that allows you to use the internet within the app, adding an extra layer of security against hackers. But the RoboForm app is free, while you need to already have a subscription to use the 1Password app.
Who 1Password Might Be Better For:
- Users who want a simple, intuitive interface
- Companies that want a password manager more tailored to their size
- Users who travel a lot and may benefit from the travel mode feature
Who RoboForm Might Be Better For:
- Users want a basic password manager for no cost
- Users who want a security test feature to help monitor password strength
- Users who want to enable two-factor authentication for their password manager
RoboForm and 1Password definitely have their own advantages. 1Password is probably going to be a better options for businesses, especially larger ones, since it offers more customizable options depending on the size of the company. 1Password also has the better interface, mainly because RoboForm does not allow you to enter passwords directly into the application.
RoboForm does, however, offer more comprehensive security features, including the security test feature and two-factor authentication. RoboForm is free for the most basic version, but some key features, like two-factor authentication, are only available in the premium version, so you might want to buy it in order to get the most out of it. Ultimately, with either password manager, you’re probably going to end up paying for a subscription to get the most out of it, so if you’re deciding between the two, it really just depends on which features you value the most.
To learn more, read our review of the best password managers of 2019.