1Password vs. Google Authenticator

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
1Password
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
AgileBits in Toronto offers 1Password, a password manager available to both private individuals and businesses, touting a unique approach to multi-factor authentication to improve security.
$2.99
per month
Google Authenticator
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Google Authenticator is a mobile authentication app.N/A
Pricing
1PasswordGoogle Authenticator
Editions & Modules
1Password
$2.99
per month
Teams
$3.99
per user/per month
1Password Families
$4.99
per month
Business
$7.99
per user/per month
Enterprise
Custom Pricing
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
1PasswordGoogle Authenticator
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
1PasswordGoogle Authenticator
Considered Both Products
1Password
Chose 1Password
1Password was ultimately selected due to the multiple security issues we have seen effect LastPass. We ended up not even evaluating LastPass due to the perception of them not being as secure as the alternatives.
Google Authenticator
Chose Google Authenticator
Google authenticator can only run on mobile devices, which makes for a more secure authentication flow.
1Password's desktop multi-factor authentication is easier to use, but it's the same device so is a weaker form of multi-factor authentication and thus less secure.
Chose Google Authenticator
LastPass is the most similar to Authenticator that we're currently using, but I honestly wouldn't say they are all that similar. Authenticator is another step up, security-wise, from password managers as far as internet safety goes.
Chose Google Authenticator
Google Authenticator was the first one we used, and everyone is more used to Google products, and all our users have at least one Google product, and that made the implementation easier.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
1PasswordGoogle Authenticator
Small Businesses
Dashlane
Dashlane
Score 9.3 out of 10
WatchGuard AuthPoint
WatchGuard AuthPoint
Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Dashlane
Dashlane
Score 9.3 out of 10
WatchGuard AuthPoint
WatchGuard AuthPoint
Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
KeePass
KeePass
Score 9.3 out of 10
Cisco Duo
Cisco Duo
Score 9.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
1PasswordGoogle Authenticator
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(47 ratings)
9.2
(46 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(3 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(17 ratings)
8.6
(8 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
4.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
1PasswordGoogle Authenticator
Likelihood to Recommend
1Password (AgileBits, Inc)
I've described how I use it to manage confidential client logins for the websites I develop for them. Every site has a myriad of things that need logins - from setting up their domain name and hosting, to building the WordPress site, to getting them set up with email and maintaining their sites. When I need to provide IT support to our staff, I have my phone right there to log in to their computers to address the issues. When I want to order cookies from Amazon or check my home's security camera settings, it's there for personal needs as well. There are sharing features that I haven't explored enough to be comfortable with setting up for staff. They may be just great, but it is a place where I personally don't make use of the program.
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Google
It is supported by virtually all cloud-based software applications for business. I am happy to allow users to use this in addition to other authenticators. Certainly, if your business is in the Google cloud it makes sense, but my approach to the remote/virtual work world these past couple of years has been structured flexibility. Leaving some choice up to the users for their own comfort, particularly when they are using their own devices. I cannot think of a scenario where it is less appropriate - perhaps where you run the risk of "app sprawl". I.e., where you are requiring users to handle multiple authenticators (which can happen with certain pieces of hardware) you may want to encourage consolidation into one to avoid frustration.
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Pros
1Password (AgileBits, Inc)
  • 1Password's Watchtower service is a real value add - 1Password monitors the security news for evidence of security breaches containing your credentials and alerts you if you have been impacted. That is a huge value as it enables you to get out in front of a security breach and be proactive in protecting yourself.
  • 1Password's core strength is that it makes it easy to practice good security hygiene by using strong, unique passwords for each site you interact with. This is something that all password managers do now, but offering an easy experience is key.
  • 1Password's password sharing features makes it easy to share team credentials with other team members, and to decide who amongst the team gets access to the designated credentials.
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Google
  • One strength is in how it checks identity to stop unwanted people from getting access.
  • Another strength is in cutting down on the frustration of users for the authentication process.
  • With the pandemic and needing to work away from the office it also provided additional security in keeping our network/infrastructure safe.
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Cons
1Password (AgileBits, Inc)
  • 1Password is so secure, that it lacks a self-managed "forget your password" functionality which means that as a manager, I have to approve password resets which may slow down some users.
  • On Chrome, the extension sometimes stops working when the browser is updated.
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Google
  • I once performed a factory reset of my smartphone which had Google Authenticator. I didn't have a backup for the device. When I restored my phone with the same google account, I was not able to restore the authenticator app settings. I had to add all the keys back into the app to use it. This is cumbersome, but I understand it is set up this way for security reasons.
  • I don't like the ease with which it lets you delete a key. If I accidentally delete a key, I am doomed to get my 2FA key reset, unless I still have the QR code saved somewhere.
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Likelihood to Renew
1Password (AgileBits, Inc)
Its simplicity and vast functionality provide a solution to a former pain point for our organization. As long as 1P exists, we'll be customers.
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Google
It works as intended, easy to setup, free and gives you another level of security against any unwanted access or cyber attacks
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Usability
1Password (AgileBits, Inc)
The 1Password app design is top notch, much better than a couple other password managers I've looked at. The app and service are very flexible, allowing for many different types of data storage. The browser extensions generally work very well, allowing for easy access to login information while using pretty much any modern web browser.
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Google
I have not faced any technical challenge personally using this application. It's very lightweight and doesn't require many system resources on your mobile device.
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Reliability and Availability
1Password (AgileBits, Inc)
No answers on this topic
Google
In terms of availability, I had not experienced any issues with outages or the product not working when needed
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Performance
1Password (AgileBits, Inc)
No answers on this topic
Google
The performance of google Authenticator is good and I have not experienced any slow downs
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Support Rating
1Password (AgileBits, Inc)
I have never had any issues with 1Password and they have always been able to answer my questions adequately resolve my issues. Furthermore, they have a robust peer forum that can be accessed. They have helpful "Get to know Apps", videos and many articles to assist in the process of using the product.
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Google
I have found Google’s support to be hit or miss. There are times when they are very responsive, and I get my issue resolved quickly, and there are times where a response from them takes weeks. There is no in-between. But my support experience with this particular product is nonexistent because I have not had a problem with it yet. Hopefully, we do not have any problems with it either.
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Implementation Rating
1Password (AgileBits, Inc)
No answers on this topic
Google
It was easy to implement and it went very smoothly. No issues
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Alternatives Considered
1Password (AgileBits, Inc)
I don't know any of the software in the list, but normally, I used to save logins in Chrome - whether work or private, in separate accounts of course. Chrome stores information, even credit card info in plain text, that is easy to crack. 1Password is a step up, or even, several steps up from there. The Master key is stored in a Google service though, that 1Password gave me in a pdf format, but I consider that safe
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Google
We deploy Google Authenticator in residential and non-managed client scenarios. Google Authenticator can perform the basic functions needed for multi-factor authentication but lacks the more advanced features of solutions like Cisco's Secure Access by Duo. Google Authenticator is our go-to solution for anyone ready to increase their security but struggling to find the necessary technology budget.
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Scalability
1Password (AgileBits, Inc)
No answers on this topic
Google
The product doesn’t have any features of tools that can help it scale
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Return on Investment
1Password (AgileBits, Inc)
  • 1Password has empowered me to meet the stringent security demands of my organization without having to resort to complex, time-intensive encryption setups to store all of my various credentials. Instead of wasting time on building, configuring, and maintaining such infrastructure, 1Password manages it for me.
  • 1Password's annual subscription pricing model is reasonable, given a great deal of value, it has provided me, both personally and in my business operations. I don't need to invest capital into secure storage infrastructure to ensure that I always have my credentials at my fingertips, and I prefer to have a dedicated, focused security company own the hardware behind this great service.
  • The fact that I control my 1Password account means that I can get double the use out of it: personal and professional account credentials sit side-by-side in my secure vault. Because I do not need to rely on my internal IT department to provide access, I am confident in storing whatever I need to store.
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Google
  • More secure data = less worried about a data breach.
  • Takes longer to log in, and if I don't have my phone then I have to go looking for it, so it really makes it so that you can't be without your phone, which in certain instances is annoying or not possible and can hold up work time.
  • Everyone is willing to use the same program because everyone likes Google—makes it easier to manage.
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