Password Depot Review: Quick Expert Summary
Password Depot claims to offer a simple and effective way of managing your passwords across multiple platforms, but does it really live up to the hype? There are some things you need to know before you buy if you’re planning to use both the desktop and mobile versions of this app. Password Depot promises a lot, but does it deliver when it comes to being your one stop solution for password management? The answer may surprise you.
I’ve reviewed nearly 70 password managers in my quest to bring you the best of the best. Read on for an in-depth Password Depot review in order to get a sense of whether this password management solution is the best fit for you and your needs.
Password Depot Features
Overall, the Password Depot features are simple but very effective. It’s worth noting that the PC and Mac version of the program are much more usable and effective than the mobile versions – the complete opposite of some of the other password managers I’ve reviewed such as LogMeOnce. With that said, the mobile version is still relatively straightforward and easy to understand, it’s just missing one critical feature – form autofill.
Multiple Database Storage Options
While many password managers may force you to store your data locally or on one specific cloud service, you’ll have a whole host of options to choose from when you first start the installation process for Password Depot. You can also swap between them at will, keeping separate databases locally and in the cloud should you choose.
One point I did want to mention is that you’re best off using a clouse service to store your data if you are planning to try to sync your data between the mobile and desktop versions, as otherwise you’ll have to transfer the database file manually.
I decided to store my passwords on Google Drive, and due to the cloud format of that option it was incredibly simple to move back and forth between the two different platforms. Simply by connecting both the app and the desktop program to Google Drive, my passwords were easily accessible in both locations.
Key File Support
The majority of password managers use a master password or PIN in order to unlock the database and give you access to the information. Password Depot has that option as well, but they also give you the option to secure your database using a keyfile. The keyfile can be any sort of file as long as it’s present and accessible when you want to open your database.
In practice, the way that this would normally be used is through a file stored on a USB. That way, you’d only be able to access the database when the USB was plugged into the computer – giving far greater security and making the manager essentially immune to remote hacking.
If you’re interested in this feature, another popular password manager that makes use of the option is KeePass.
Speaking of form autofill, this is one of the best implementations I’ve seen with a desktop password manager so far. When you install the program on your PC, you’ll be prompted to decide whether you want the Chrome and Firefox extensions as well. If you select yes, those are automatically added to your browser, and adding a password to your database is as simple as pressing a button when you log into your favorite sites around the web.
This is one of my favorite features of the password manager, as it saved me the effort of having to manually enter in all of my information – instead allowing me to add the login information naturally as I use the web.
Unlike some password managers like DataVault that require you to hit a specific button to enter your login information, Password Depot does so automatically, allowing you to forget that the extension is even there until you need it.
One area where I do have to dock points in the Password Depot review is in the fact that the mobile app handled the autofill much less elegantly. You can technically still autofill for websites, but you need to do so from the company’s own internal browser within the app rather than through your regular mobile web browser.
Long story short, I feel that they did a great job with the desktop version and sort of fell short with the mobile version – a trend you’ll see repeated throughout this Password Depot review.
One of the more unique features included in Password Depot is a Password Analysis feature. Accessed through the tools menu on the main interface, you can have the program take a look at the passwords you’ve entered and determine how secure they are as well as how long they’ll take to crack. It’s great to be able to do this from time to time, as it will inform you of security holes in your host of online logins and give you the chance to beef up your passwords and ensure it’s very difficult to access your personal information.
Features Final Impressions
I feel that Password Depot does a great job of offering all the basic features you’ll need for comprehensive password storage. It does fall short, however, in its mobile implementation and in its apparent lack of support for any sort of document storage. Those looking for an area to store non-password related information may be more interested in a service like LogMeOnce.
Password Depot Plans and Pricing
Unfortunately, Password Depot does not offer a free plan, and the price for the full program is decently expensive. However, one of the better aspects of the pricing is that you only have to buy the program once instead of committing to an ongoing monthly fee like you’d see with many popular password managers.
Fortunately, the mobile app appears to be available free of charge, which means you’ll only really bei paying for the utility if you’d like to use it on your desktop – enjoying access to your databases on your phone for no additional cost.
The reason I gave such low marks is that I feel the price is a little expensive for the features that Password Depot brings to the table. One good aspect to note, however, is that you’ll have access to a free trial for 30 days when you first download the password manager. If you decide not to upgrade at the end of the 30 days, you’ll continue to be able to use the program as a freeware version with a severely limited number of passwords available for storage (only up to 20).
So while there’s “technically” a free option, you’ll really need to pay the one-time fee in order to have access to any significant utility.
Password Depot Ease of Use and Setup
The one main downside to using Password Depot was that there wasn’t really a tutorial to get me up and running. However, in just a few clicks I was able to figure out what was going on and get well on my way to setting up my first database and adding passwords.
Basically, when you first install the program, you’ll be asked whether you’d like to install the browser extensions. I recommend doing so, as this is one of the easiest ways to get passwords added to your database automatically while browsing the web.
After that initial installation process, I was prompted to either choose an existing database or start a new one from a list of possible program options. I chose Google Drive, as I’m a frequent user of the service and wanted to have easy access to my passwords on mobile without having to manually transfer a file back and forth.
From then on, adding a password is quite simple. By pressing the button at the top of the screen you can add in a password directly to the database. You’re far more likely, however, to use the browser extension to do so and autofill while you’re browsing the web.
Because I used Google Drive as the area where I’d store my password database, I was able to easily access my passwords right off the bat when I downloaded the app off of the App Store. The main area that caused me to dock a point from the manager in this section of the Password Depot review was the fact that Auto Fill doesn’t appear to be supported on the mobile version of the application. Instead of being able to populate the fields as you browse around the web, you’ll have to either autofill from within the app’s internal browser or copy and paste the username and password individually from the app into your mobile browser.
Ease of Use and Setup Final Impressions
Long story short, I found the desktop version to be easy to set up, and once it was installed it was very much a “set it and forget it” type of manager. The mobile version, on the other hand, required me to be much more active in my password management by copying and pasting the various login details into my web forms rather than supporting form autofill. If you’re looking for an app that can autopopulate web forms, check out DataVault or OneSafe.
Password Depot Security
From a security standpoint, Password Depot does have the major bases covered. AES-256 encryption should keep your passwords safe, and the manager will lock you out after too many incorrect password attempts, providing a solution against brute force hacking attempts. There’s also the option for cloud backup (depending on where you decide to store your password database), which means that if your physical program happens to be compromised you should still have access to all of your important information.
Another neat security feature discussed above is the password analyzer, which gives you a sense of which of your passwords may need improvement in order to keep you better protected while browsing the web.
All in all, while Password Depot does have the basics down, it doesn’t necessarily excel in any way. It’s for this reason that I feel comfortable giving a ⅗ in this section of the Password Depot review. Security is average – not awful, and not exceptional.
Password Depot Customer Support
While I’m still waiting on a response to my customer support inquiry from Password Depot, I feel that it’s worth noting that the documentation and frequently asked question section of the program is much more robust than I’ve seen with a lot of the company’s competitors.
If you do find that you need help, you can submit a web ticket for direct access to the customer support team. But you may find that with the manuals available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, that you won’t need to reach out for help at all.
It’s difficult to give a completely conclusive rating in this section due to my lack of ability to get a prompt exchange with the customer support team, but if the FAQ and manuals are any indication, it’s clear that the company behind Password Depot is committed to providing an excellent customer experience.
For now, I’ve given the company a 3/5, but that rating is subject to change based on my interactions with an actual human on the support team.