RoboForm and Password Boss are both solid, free password managers. But is one better than the other? We’ve compared the two side by side in a number of different categories to see how they stack up.
- 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 are free
- Both offer business applications
- Both offer two-factor authentication
- RoboForm offers a family application
- Password Boss allows you to save passwords in the desktop application, while RoboForm can only import them directly from a website
- Password Boss has a customizable interface
Winner: Password Boss
RoboForm utilizes a list layout on its interface, while the Password Boss interface is customizable, allowing you to toggle between a list layout or a tile layout. The Password Boss interface also automatically features the logo on entries for popular websites and applications, making it easy to find specific passwords quickly.
A downside to the RoboForm interface is the inability to add passwords directly to the application. You have to enter information into the website correlating with the password, and then import it from there. It’s not a huge drawback, but may be frustrating for users who want to add them all into the application right away. While both interfaces are solid, Password Boss comes out ahead for those few advantages.
Password Boss and RoboForm both offer two-factor authentication, a helpful and increasingly popular security tool. But what RoboForm offers that Password Boss does not is a security audit feature. It’s located in the “security center” section of the application, located right in the navigation toolbar. It generates an overall percentage score of all your saved passwords and breaks down the strength of each password, showing you which ones are reused or duplicate. This is a very helpful tool that helps users maintain the strongest possible passwords. Ultimately, one of the main reasons to have a password manager is password safety, so RoboForm is advantageous in this category.
Password Boss does not offer a family specific application, but RoboForm offers the RoboForm Everywhere Family plan, which allows up to five family members to securely share passwords and other sensitive information. Additionally, each member has their own private vault so they can keep some logins private. It’s a helpful application for parents who want to share some passwords with the whole family, but keep sensitive passwords and financial information between the parents.
Both RoboForm and Password Boss offer impressive business applications that allow companies to securely share passwords and other sensitive information among multiple employees. Both utilize a role-based management structure that allows designated administrators to control which users have what permissions. RoboForm has a slightly more sophisticated version of this called RoboForm Policies, which allows the company to customize its features based on their specific needs. Company admins can deploy policies to group managers, and group managers can deploy them to members of their group, which allows for an organized compartmentalization of privileges.
Both RoboForm and Password Boss are free with the option for a paid premium version.
RoboForm and Password Boss both have easy to use mobile apps that feature an in-app browser and an intuitive interface. Ultimately, RoboForm wins this category for offering a free mobile app. While the Password Boss app is free to download, you have to pay for it after the 30-day free trial.
Who Password Boss Might Be Better For:
- Users who want a customizable interface
- Companies that want a strong password manager for their business
Who RoboForm Might Be Better For:
- Users who want a security test feature to help monitor password strength
- Users who want a strong password manager specifically for family or business use
- Users who want a free mobile app
RoboForm and Password Boss both have their advantages. It really comes down to which features you value the most, but RoboForm is probably the better option for most users, and especially for those who use their password manager on mobile devices.
To learn more, read our review of the best password managers of 2019.