Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage platforms. It is not the best, nor the most complete, nor the cheapest, nor the one with the most space. But he knew how to arrive at the best time and gain the trust of many users, especially at the business level. This cloud offers us 5 GB of free storage to save what we want, and, in addition, it allows us to access limited versions of some of its functions, such as, for example, its password manager .
Nowadays it is very important to use strong and unique passwords on all the websites in which we register. This is the way that, after the theft of a database, the hacker cannot take control of all our accounts and, in the worst case, only expose one, that of the stolen database. A simple password change would fix this problem in seconds. The problem with this practice is that it is difficult to remember a complex password (letters, numbers and symbols) to remember a different one for each website where we register. And this is where password managers come in.
Now that the new LastPass restrictions take effect, many users are looking for an alternative password manager. And, although Dropbox is positioned as an interesting alternative, in reality it does not contribute anything more than a new “freemium” model, and a service as a service, to something that already exists everywhere and that we can use completely free of charge.
Dropbox password manager: nothing new
Paying users of this cloud storage platform received this password manager in August 2020. They can safely save all the passwords they want and synchronize them with an unlimited number of devices. Now, the company has decided to bring a limited version of this feature to users for free, who do not pay. And the limitations are ridiculous.
Dropbox Free will allow us to save a maximum of 50 passwords , and these can be synchronized with a total of 3 devices. If we use a PC, a mobile and a tablet, we will not be able to synchronize them, for example, with a second computer. Some users may not have more than 50 accounts and, therefore, this limit does not affect them. But if we usually use the Internet a lot, the 50 passwords will quickly fall short. And the only way to increase these restrictions is to go through the checkout.
Chrome, Firefox or Edge password manager: the best options
What is the best place to store passwords safely without paying? If we want to have control of them at all times, and not trust any company, KeePass is an OpenSource password manager, the safest thing we can find, to save the keys and have them always at hand. And if we want something in the cloud, we can set up our own Bitwarden server, an alternative to LastPass or the Dropbox key manager that we can control and manage ourselves.
But the most comfortable thing for most users is to use the password managers that are included in web browsers. As we almost certainly use the same browser on all computers and devices, if we use the synchronization functions we can have all our passwords in all of them. In addition, these will always be updated, regardless of the device where we modify them. And so we will not have to worry about limitations or restrictions or security.