Password Boss is a pretty efficient password manager that has all the bare essentials. But many of the features that make a password manager worthwhile are only available in the premium version, and it lacks some common comprehensive security features.
How To Install
On the Password Boss website, click “Try it for free” and download the desktop application. Once installed, open the application. You will be prompted to create an account by adding your email address and entering a unique master password. Password Boss requires that your master password contain numbers, letters, symbols, and capitals, and it must be at least eight characters long. The browser extension does not automatically install with the application, so make sure you either install it from the website, or click on “browser buttons” in the top toolbar of the application and choose which browser extension you want to install.
How It Works
To add an entry to your Password Boss account, click the orange “+” at the top of the screen. You can then select from a number of options what kind of entry you want to add (website, email account, WiFi, an application, etc). Once you save that entry, Password Boss will use its autofill feature to automatically fill in your login information for that website. Password Boss can also save any logins you enter directly from the website.
There’s a “digital wallet” section where you can add credit card information to streamline the online checkout process. You can also add secure notes and different “identities.” For example, you can save a personal identity with all of your personal information and logins, and a separate work identity for all of your work information and logins. When adding an entry, you can go to “advanced settings” to customize the autofill for that entry. You can disable the autofill feature or require your master password for that specific login.
The Password Boss interface is easy enough to use, but definitely a little clunky and a little outdated (“instant messenger” is one of the entry options). In terms of layout, you can view your saved passwords in a list or in tile layout. You can sort the list by alphabetical order, date created, last modified, favorites, last used, and type. You can also create folders to subcategorize your saved entries. There’s also a search bar at the top of the application, so you can search for a specific entry quickly. Ultimately, using Password Boss is pretty intuitive, but it doesn’t have the cleanest or most modern looking interface.
Password Boss has a password generator feature that allows you to create a strong, unique new password. To do this, go to the website and click on the owl icon that appears in the username or password field, then click the “Create a new password” button. It will generate a password and you can customize the length, number of characters, and types of characters in the password. You can’t use this feature in the desktop application, though; you can only use the password generator when you’re on that website.
Password Boss allows you to designate an emergency contact who will have access to all of your saved information in the event of an emergency. All you have to do is add that person’s email address. In the advanced settings, you can even choose which specific items they will have permission to access.
Password Boss has an efficient sharing feature that allows you to share saved data while maintaining control over what the recipient can do with it. Select which login(s) you want to share and enter the recipient’s email address. You can then decide how long they have will have access to that login, and designate whether or not they can edit the login or if they have “read only” privileges.
Basic Vs. Premium
The most basic version of Password Boss is free, but comes with only the bare essentials. You can only use Password Boss on one device, and can only store data locally.
In the premium version, you can use Password Boss on multiple devices, and can utilize cloud syncing to sync across devices. Many features that are considered basic on most password managers are only available on the premium version of Password Boss — like two step verification, digital wallet, and even form filling. So if you’re going to download Password Boss, you’ll probably want to upgrade to premium right away to reap the full benefits.
Password Boss offers a business version that allows employees to securely share logins. Each team member has a separate Business and Personal profile. Business logins are saved in the Business profile, while personal logins are saved in the Personal profile, allowing employees to share logins while keeping their personal data private. Unlike the personal version, the business version does have a security score feature that creates reports on both team and individual password strength and overall password practices. Admins can also designate which team members have editing privileges.
Password Boss lacks the classic security test feature that many other password managers have. Its premium version does, however, have a security section in the settings tab with other features to make your data more secure. You can set an auto-lock time limit, enable two-step verification, and enable login information to automatically show up in the username and password fields on a website. There is also a “disable list” in the settings tab, where you can disable Password Boss for specific pages or domains.
While these are all helpful features, Password Boss lacks a feature that tests the strength of all your saved passwords. One of the benefits to using a password manager is having the ability to improve your password security practices. So the lack of this feature is a major setback.
Password Boss has a mobile app for iOS and Android. After the 30-day free trial, you have to pay for use. If you have Touch ID enabled on your phone, you can use that to quickly and securely login, instead of using your master password. The mobile app has a similar tile-like layout to the desktop application.
- Password Boss Basic: Free
- Password Boss Premium: 30 day free trial, then $2.50/month
- Password Boss Business: $2/month per user for standard, $3/month per user for advanced
Who It Might Be Good For
- Users who plan on sharing data frequently and want a comprehensive sharing feature
- Users who want a basic, no-frills password manager
Who It Might Not Be Good For
- Users who want comprehensive security features
- Users who want a password manager with a clean, modern-looking interface
- Users who want a password manager with a version specifically for families
- Users who want an autofill feature for free
- Users who want free use of a compatible mobile app
Overall, Password Boss is a mediocre password manager. To really make it worthwhile, you’ll probably want to upgrade to the premium version — and even if you’re paying a price — Password Boss doesn’t measure up to some of the best password managers on the market.