After this week’s news on 1Password forcing users to the crappy experience of being an Electron app, I started to look for alternatives. I haven’t decided yet, but I’m considering the following options.
- Elpass: subscription-based, native iOS and macOS apps, looks good.
- Secrets: one-time payment, native iOS, and macOS apps, also look good.
- iCloud Keychain: free, built-in to iOS and macOS; also, it will have a couple of new features this autumn, like two-factor authentication.
- Update on 2021-08-14: Minimalist: I got this recommended in the comments, looks pretty cool as well.
I’m leaning toward iCloud Keychain because, nowadays, I like to use the built-in tools of the Apple ecosystem.
The only question I have with iCloud Keychain is where to store passwords of my servers and a couple of app licenses? I think the built-in Keychain app on macOS will be OK for this. It can store arbitrary username/password pairs (great for servers), and it has secure notes which can hold the small number of serial numbers I have.
Right now, the next step is to clean out my old passwords from my 1Password and iCloud Keychain databases before starting the migration process.