From the makers of TunnelBear, a reputable VPN service based in Canada, Remembear comes in as a simple and easy to use password manager that gets the basics right. The standalone app makes it easy for users to safely store, manage, and retrieve their passwords for their online accounts. With a catchy name that’s hard to forget, it accomplishes what every password manager must do.
Remembear is a relatively new password manager which was launched back in April 2018, and after a couple of years of fine-tuning, they have perfected their password management service. As a result, their password management service has gained a good reputation within their community.
Remembear utilizes end-to-end encryption and AES-256 security architecture to ensure high-security measures are met consistently. As far as password managers go, Remembear is one of the simplest and easy-to-use cross-platform password manager software available. Its layout and user-friendliness is perfect for the non-technical user and the ideal choice for small businesses.
It works as a standalone application allowing users to safely store and retrieve their passwords, saving users the hassle of having to remember numerous passwords.
Remembear works on all major platforms including Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android providing cross-platform security, and syncing. Remembear will cost you $36 for the entire year which makes it a little more expensive than its competitors.
Although it has a decent free plan and the essentials we expect from a password manager, you won’t get some of the advanced features available to other top password managers today.
User Experience: Remembear on PC
Remembear works on all major platforms including Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. Its interface is very clean and easy to use, and you shouldn’t have much trouble navigating the app. You get the same coverage and features when switching from mobile to PC or Android to iOS which is very convenient. Remembear also provides browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari (Microsoft Edge and Opera not yet included) which work to automatically fill in the passwords for you.
Getting started with Blur is as easy as heading over to their website and downloading the version of the application you want. The next step would be to download the Chrome or Firefox extension (pre-installed on Safari) which is required to use the autofill and auto save password features.
As with most password managers, you’re required to then sign-up for an account with an email and master password. In addition to that, they will provide you with a backup kit which consists of a 29-digit code which you can use to recover your account in the event that you lose the master password.
It’s very important that you store this password safely because if it falls into the wrong hands you could potentially lose all your accounts information and control. As such Remembear encourages users to print out the 29-digit code and store it somewhere safe, like a security lockbox.
Autofill & Password Generator
In addition to the autofill feature, Remembear features an intuitive password generator that allows users to generate strong and unique passwords that are automatically saved to your encrypted vault.
Setting up the chrome extension was effortless, and we had no issues with the autofill feature. Once you install the browser extension, Remembear will start capturing login credentials and save them to your master vault. Anytime you need access to an account, a bear icon is displayed in the entry field, and automatically fills the credentials when you click it.
Remembear has done a great job of keeping its interface clean and easy to navigate. Did we also mention there are animated bears that pop up randomly? They are everywhere! We loved them and the animations really and made the experience that much more fun. One of the true stand out features in the interface is the achievement system. For example, when you install the browser extension and import passwords to your account, you unlock 2 of the possible 9 achievements. If you’re able to complete 5 of those achievements, Remembear will generously take away $6 from the total subscription cost.
The rest of the achievements available include installing Remembear on your Android or iOs device, activating the premium version, etc, encouraging users to get the most out of their password management service.
Besides those features, there’s not much else, and you’re likely to spend more time on the browser extension instead. This can be a good or bad thing; navigating the app will be a breeze with straight-to-the-point tabs and labels. On the other hand, there’s not a lot of customization available for users. You can’t put your passwords into folders, or change the layouts. This shouldn’t be a dealbreaker of course, but features like that would be nice to have.
During the installation process, the installer will prompt you to import passwords from your browser or from another password manager. We particularly liked this feature because it gives users the flexibility to easily retrieve all the passwords from the beginning, either from your browser or through a CSV file. Remembear will scrap every single password and login combination you’ve used in Chrome and save them in your encrypted vault.
It’s also important to know that import functions are limited- you can only import from Lastpass and AgileBits password manager services. Also, the migration can only be done through Chrome for now(with the promise of Microsoft Edge and Firefox coming soon), and Mozilla and Edge users are limited in that regard. They made a promise to roll out these features later in the year, so for now, this is what we have to work with.
However, within a matter of minutes, you will go from installing the service to using it. They also allow first-time users 30-days of free premium usage, with the option of upgrading later.
Remembear on Android & iOS
Password management is becoming very popular nowadays. A lot of browsing is done on mobile, and users require the same security and convenience of a password manager on the go.
Installing Remembear on your mobile device and connecting it to your PC is a breeze. First, you install the app through the App Store or Play Store (Android users) and then snap a QR code with an existing Remembear account to link the two devices and that’s it, you’re connected.
On top of the password manager services and security features found on the PC version, you get the TouchID feature for added security. We loved the simplicity of the interface on iOS, and with the TouchID security feature added, it makes it even more secure storing your passwords.
- Syncs across Windows, Mac, Android, iOS
- Intuitive password generator
- Unique bear animations and achievement system
- Simple and easy to use
- Lacks additional features
- Browser extensions not included in Edge and Opera
- Lacks customizability options
- Expensive plan
Blur offers very basic features you typically expect from a password manager, but more than makes up for it with a secure and reliable security protocol. The team has invested a lot of time into engineering strong end-to-end encryption that’s safe and secure. As such their focus with Remembear was mainly security and convenience. Here’s what else you can expect:
- Password generator
- Cross-device syncing
- Unlimited credit cards
- Unlimited secure notes
- One-click autofill and auto-login
- AES-256 encryption
- Personal data protection
- Two-factor authentication support
- Backup kit
- Locally installed software
- Import/ Export features
- Browser integration
- Live chat
- 24/7 support
Remembear features an intuitive password generator that allows users to generate strong and unique passwords. You never have to come up with a password again, and Remembear automatically saves your unique passwords in an encrypted vault.
By default it will generate 18-character passwords containing a mix of letters and numbers. It features a color-coded password strength meter which displays how strong your password is depending on your combination. You can decide to choose the length of the password, how many digits, capitals, and symbols to include, and Remembear will auto-generate a password for you. You can also generate your own passphrases containing 4 or more words separated by punctuation. This can be useful if you need to manually type in the paraphrases in a form.
The first step in your password management should be to change all your other passwords into strong combinations. This can be done through the logins tab, from there you can access all your passwords and change them accordingly.
Remembear goes the extra mile in helping people auto-fill their personal data on sensitive web forms with credit card auto-filling. The feature allows you to save your card details for online use. Retrieving the info is simple when you click on a credit card entry, Remembear will display all the cards you have saved and you can pick one to auto-fill the details.
Remembering your master password is a big deal. Losing this password could potentially mean losing access to all of your online accounts. When you first create an account, Remembear will generate a backup kit for you containing a 29-digit code you can use to recover your account. The backup kit also includes a QR code and a New Device Key that you can use to set up Remembear on other devices like your smartphone or tablet.
THe QR code and the new device key can be used for device authentication instead of asking for your master password. It makes logging in and signing up for new accounts much simpler, you can simply scan your QR code when the prompt appears on your new device.
Remembear offers a generous free plan with basic features including password generator, autofill, fingerprint ID for mobile devices cross-platform support and browser extensions. However, the free plan allows you to use the service on only one device without the backup and sync features. To get those features, you will have to upgrade to the premium version of Remembear, which will cost you $3/month (billed $36/year) and covers all the features on the free version including cloud backup, cross-platform sync and cloud backup.
|Free PlanOne device only, no cloud backup and sync||Free|
|Monthly Premium PlanBilled monthly, cloud backup, cross-platform sync||$6/month|
|Yearly Premium PlanBilled yearly, cloud backup, cross-platform sync||$3/monthBilled $36/year|
The good news? A free plan will allow you to store as many passwords as you want. The bad- you can only use it on one account without cloud backup. This can be risky because all your passwords are stored locally and if your computer crashes you lose all your passwords. Users are forced to go with the paid version.
A cost of $3/month puts it in the same category as Lastpass, another top password manager. This doesn’t make it a competitive price, and at $6/month, it’s a bit costly. However, users can also potentially receive a discount of $6 when they complete 5 achievements we mentioned earlier, which takes the price down a bit. We’ve seen other password managers like 1Password and Dashlane costing way less anyways, but luckily there’s a generous free plan and first time users get 30-days of premium free.
All the data stored with Remembear is stored locally with military-grade AES-256 encryption. All of their security architecture has been carefully audited by Cure53, a German cybersecurity firm. This shows the time and effort they’ve put into thoughtfully engineering a strong end-to-end encryption the Remembear users can rely on today.
In short, the only key for unlocking your encrypted data is the Master password that you set up yourself and no one else has access to that information. Nothing related to your master password will ever reach to remembear servers. In addition, Remembear supports two-factor authentication which requires a password and a one time code when logging in to a new device.
Customer support is an essential service to any business, and Remembear has not perfected that part yet. To contact Remembear, there’s a contact form you need to fill out and the team typically responds within hours. There’s also enough resources to read on troubleshooting, getting started and a blog section that answers questions you might have. Aside from that, Remembear does not offer phone support, and live chat support, and we hope they can fix that in the near future.
Nowadays, online security is a big issue that everyone needs to pay attention to. It’s important to secure your accounts with strong password combinations and end-to-end encryption, which makes it harder for hackers to crack. Remembear can generate nearly-unbreakable password combinations for your online accounts. Security was their number one priority, and this made for a strong password management service. It offers secure password storage, cloud backup, and autofill functions at a competitive price.
Since it’s still only about 2 years old, they have a few drawbacks that need improving. It lacks additional features like password sharing and masking found in some of its competitors. These features might be added in the near future but for now Remembear is still a secure password manager that’s suitable for new password managers users that don’t require the additional features.