Sticky Password Review
Sticky Password is an inexpensive password manager that has enough options to make techies go crazy. The lack of a multi-user plan puts on a damper for businesses and families, but individual users will find one of the best options on the market. Read our full Sticky Password review to learn more.
Free plan available
Sticky Password is a feature-dense password manager that pulls ahead of the competition with its unique approach to multi-device sync and security. It’s not the most difficult password manager to use either, but stumbles a bit with an outdated interface. Still, it makes our list of the best password managers.
In this Sticky Password review, we’re going to run through those pros and cons and more. We’ll discuss features, pricing, user friendliness, security and support before giving our verdict on who should pick up a copy.
Passwords must be strong in order for Sticky Password to function to its highest potential. You can learn how to set a strong password using our password generator. You can also check out our article on how to securely store your passwords in the cloud.
- Offline sync
- Guided install
- Backup & recovery
- No browser UI
- Lackluster support
- Limited 2FA options
Outside of the typical password manager fodder, Sticky Password has a few unique features that make it stand out from the bunch. Our expected list of auto-fill, application support, multi-device sync and identity storage are all included, but not the most exciting of the lot.
Surprisingly, the most exciting features come from the offline functions of Sticky Password. Password managers usually store your data in cloud storage and use that to sync all your devices. While that’s the case at Sticky Password, you can opt to only use local WiFi sync instead, which will send the data between each device on the network.
Syncing this way, or manually, helps protect your data from interception, as we’ll discuss in the security section below.
If you opt for cloud sync, you also have the opportunity to backup your data. Unlike Password Depot (read our Password Depot review), this is an optional feature that isn’t enabled when you install.
One of our favorite features is USB export. You can load your entire vault on a USB drive that’s readable by any instance of Sticky Password. All the data is encrypted, of course, and you’ll need your master password to view it, so you’re not at much risk if you lose the drive.
Sticky Password has excellent browser support, with extensions available for 16 applications across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. Some lesser known browsers such as Pale Moon and SeaMonkey are among the list.
Unfortunately, there is no Linux support, so Tux fans are out of luck.
We like Sticky Password’s feature list. It covers every base we like to see with auto-fill, support for non-browser applications and credit card storage, and has extra support for offline sync and USB export.
Sticky Password Features Overview
1-year plan $ 2.50/ month
$29.99 billed every year
Sticky Password makes choosing a plan simple. You can either download the free application or upgrade to Premium. While there aren’t any multi-user plans available, the individual will have an easy time figuring out which of the two they should go with.
A free plan is the best place to start with any password manager and something we consider first when evaluating this area. You’re missing multi-device sync, something Sticky Password shares with Dashlane (read our Dashlane review), but, overall, the free plan suffices.
You have complete access to the manager with auto-fill for passwords and forms. You have the same security and two-factor authentication options as the Premium plan, but without priority support and cloud backup.
Those are two of the standout features of the Premium plan. In addition, you get cloud sync across devices and local WiFi sync should you want it. We’ll talk more about the security implications of this approach in the security section below.
At $29.99 per year, Premium is only slightly more expensive than LastPass (read our LastPass review), which clocks in at around $24 annually. We prefer LastPass’s free plan over the paid one, however.
Unlike LastPass, or any other password manager, you can buy Sticky Password outright for $149.99. You have access to the program for life along with any updates that come along. Those should be few and far between, however, as we’ll discuss in the next section.
Premium subscribers also support the Save the Manatee Club. As the symbol of Sticky Password and Lamantine Software, it only makes sense that a little bit of your money goes toward saving the endangered species. The fact that Lamantine donates some of your money doesn’t change our evaluation of this section, but it’s a nice addition.
There’s nothing to complain about here. Sticky Password has a simple lineup of plans at a good rate. While there are cheaper options available, this password manager sits in a sweet spot, providing a list of features without overcharging for them.
We want to see business or team plans, as well. Sticky Password only offers its application to individual users. Upgrading the roster to even include a family plan would be a huge win for this password manager.
Sticky Password impresses in user friendliness. While the interface feels outdated by a few years, the system that runs it is sound. Power users can tweak Sticky Password, but the normal user should be content leaving these additional features alone.
During install, Sticky Password does a few things. The first is installing the browser extension and importing your passwords. The standard browser lineup including Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer is available, in addition to some niche browsers such as SeaMonkey and Comodo Dragon.
After that’s completed, Sticky Password will prompt you to enter an identity for form auto-fill. You can then walk through the steps of auto-fill within your browser for passwords and identities.
These aren’t absent features from other password managers, but few others give you an opportunity to set everything up from the onset. We imagine a lot of users may not know that these features are available, much less how to set them up, making Sticky Password’s straightforward approach all the more impressive.
Things get dicey in the interface. Your imported passwords look like data vomit with no clear organization or labeling. We like 1Password’s approach (read our 1Password review) to organization better, with different favicons for each login. In the case of Sticky Password, every favicon is your browser icon.
It takes some legwork to clean up your interface. The addition of folders or, as Sticky Password refers to them, groups helps. You can add any number of groups to your vault and drag different entries inside. We like this approach over that of LastPass, which forces you to specify the folder as you’re creating the entry.
If you’ve imported from your browser and scrolled through the list, you may notice there aren’t duplicate entries for any specific site. Sticky Password handles multiple logins as a single entry as long as they share the same URL. It helps keep your entry count low, but it’s awkward when using auto-fill.
When you land on a site with multiple accounts, instead of auto-filling, Sticky Password will pull up a small window with your different accounts. It isn’t back-breaking, just strange given how other password managers handle this hurdle.
Outside of browser import, Sticky Password will capture accounts as you log in. It’s not perfect, missing a few times during testing, but still did a good job overall.
The only real issue with Sticky Password’s user friendliness is its handling of non-standard forms. It’ll miss during capture and auto-fill, creating fields for your username and password that may be from a different set of data.
You can solve this by adding a new account, entering the login URL and clicking on the “show advanced settings” box. From there, click on “define settings manually.” Sticky Password will load the page inside the client where you can then assign the correct values to each field.
Sticky Password uses industry standard AES-256 encryption for your database. This model is next to impossible to crack, with a single key taking a supercomputer multiple billions of years to figure out.
Your data is encrypted at rest and then sent to Sticky Password’s cloud servers over a SSL/TLS channel.
If you don’t want the possibility of interception, you can opt out of cloud storage and store your passwords locally. You have control over your database on the server, something that few other password managers can boast.
You’ll use a master password that Sticky Password has zero-knowledge of to unlock your database. It’s never sent to the servers, meaning you, and only you, know it. Sticky Password can’t help you in the event that you forget your master password.
Sticky Password offers two-factor authentication via Google Authenticator, one of our best 2FA apps. We want to see other apps supported, or even a simpler approach in the form of an email or text message.
Your second factor is restricted to Google Authenticator, but your first factor isn’t restricted to your master password. You can set up Sticky Password to authenticate with a USB drive or Bluetooth device instead. You can cut authentication altogether, as well, but we wouldn’t recommend it.
AES-256, 2FA and zero-knowledge are all things we look for from a password manager as a baseline. Sticky Password doesn’t impress with these features, but rather the support for offline sync and different login options.
You can only get a hold of Sticky Password over email. It’s disappointing, but not surprising given the lackluster support of most password managers on the market. Free and Premium users have access, but Premium subscribers have a 24-hour weekday window for responses.
We sent a question to Sticky Password using a free account and received a response the next day. Premium users have the guaranteed window, but there shouldn’t be a major delay on Free plan.
Outside of direct support, Sticky Password has a help center. There are general articles on setting up and using the application as well as operating system specific topics. Each article is laid out cleanly with step-by-step instruction and plenty of screenshots.
You can use the Sticky Password forums, which seem to be updated daily. As of the time of writing, the latest post was only a few hours old. Thankfully, this section isn’t littered with topics, but organized into the few services Sticky Password offers.
Support is strong overall, at least for a password manager, but the lack of a 24/7 option is felt. We want to see either live chat or phone support, but that is a tall order for most password managers.
Sticky Password excels with its feature set and straightforward pricing model. Ease of use is good as well, but the UI is difficult to adapt to after years of using more modern interfaces. We like this password manager for those who don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty. It has a laundry list of options to customize the experience and an interface that rewards it.
Our only real gripe with Sticky Password is its omission of any multi-user plan. Businesses are out of the question, but even a small family plan would go a long way toward making this password manager feel more well-rounded.
What do you think of Sticky Password? Let us know in the comments below and, as always, thanks for reading.