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NordPass Review – 9 Pros & 1 Con of NordPass Password Manager


May 11, 2022


If you’re anything at all like me, you’ll absolutely abhor security systems that make you change your passwords every few months.


Thank heavens the good developers at NordVPN have just released their brand new password manager, the aptly named NordPass.



We’ve given it a go and we’ll share our thoughts about it, together with whatever unfortunate cons that might come with the program.


NordPass – Does It Do NordVPN Proud?


While Tefincom & Co’s NordVPN is serving them well in the VPN market (they actually made #1 in our best VPN list), we’re pretty happy that they’ve decided to foray into the password manager business, providing us with an affordable alternative to the competition out there.


Although NordPass has only been established in late 2019, the developers behind the tech has been working on NordVPN since 2012, giving them 8 solid years of experience in the internet security industry.


The company operates out of Panama, a very clever thing to do because the country doesn’t participate in the Five Eyes or Fourteen Eyes alliances, which allows them to keep user data private. This means that no one can invoke the law to force Tefincom to share their data whatsoever, which is great news for those of us that like to keep our private data, private.


I think it’s important for all of you reading this to know that Tefincom was in hot soup lately due to a credential stuffing attack early 2019, which caused over 2000 usernames and passwords to be leaked.


It’s possible that this happened to be a blessing in disguise, which forced the company to seek out zero-knowledge architecture, a security protocol which ensures no one will have access to your data except you. Experimenting with this tech possibly led them to realize that they could create another revenue stream with a password manager, which in turn, led to you reading this beautifully written piece today.


So, does NordPass do NordVPN proud? Read on to find out!


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9 Reasons To Use NordPass Password Manager


1. Easily import data from other sources


When you download a password manager, you don’t want to key in all the passwords you’ve managed to accumulate over the years, one by one. Naturally, you’ll want it to just work.


nordpass import passwords from browsers


NordPass makes our lives easy by making it convenient to import all the password data from your browser and other password managers, so you won’t have to go through the hassle of manually keying in your passwords!


Once you’re done setting up the software, you’ll be prompted by NordPass to import your passwords and organize your vault.


nordpass import passwords


Hit the big green “Import Items” button and you’ll see an entire selection of programs to import your data from.


nordpass can import data from browser or password managers



For the purposes of this review, we just used the data accumulated from our Chrome browser, but feel free to use the data from your other browsers or password managers.


You will then need to export a CSV file from Chrome to upload to NordPass, but the instructions are a little unclear so we’ll guide you through the process.


nordpass importing password from chrome


In Chrome, you’ll have to go to settings by clicking on the three dots on the far right of the browser.


nordpass go to setting to import password from chrome

(Excuse my tabs, I’m working on several projects at the moment.)


Select the three dots in the red circle above, then click on “Settings” – “Autofill” – “Passwords”. This is where it gets a little confusing because there’s no option to export data as CSV in the page that’s visible. You’ll need to click on the three dots again, as shown below.


nordpass exporting csv file from chrome


Once you’ve done that, the “Export Passwords” button will pop up and all you have to do is follow on-screen instructions to export your data as CSV. Not too difficult now is it?


After uploading the CSV file (make sure to delete the file or keep it somewhere safe, because anyone snooping around will be able to see your passwords) into NordPass, you get to pick whichever logins you want the manager to remember.


nordpass lets you select which password to import


Since we just wanted them all, we got NordPass to select everything.


Congratulations, you’re done! You can move on to using NordPass normally now.


Note that NordPass doesn’t work for sensitive data like banking passwords, and rightfully so. You should at least remember the passwords you have for your primary financial service!



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2. Speed up your browsing process


As you know, speed is king when it comes to the internet, and NordPass helps speed up the process, which gives you a more pleasurable, natural feeling, user experience.


nordpass lets you check all the logins


With the NordPass browser extension, you’ll get to see all your logins at a glance,


Best part is when you click on a login, you’re able to launch right into your favourite sites without having to stress about keying in the right password.


This will save you 1 or 2 seconds at most, but keep in mind that speeding up your browsing experience by just 1 second is MASSIVE in the digital world.


This is especially crucial if especially if you use a lot of digital services for your business. All the services you need will load of for you literally at the click of a button.


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3. NordPass is useful for business


The password manager comes with some features that are really useful! We’ll explore some of them here.


  • Secure Notes
    If your business employs rotating WiFi passwords or key locks, you can securely store those passwords away with Secure Notes, since writing it down on paper just leaves them vulnerable to prying eyes.


    nordpass has secure note feature


    Adding a secure note is really quite easy.


    Just click on the NordPass extension in Chrome (or whatever browser you might be using), click on “All Items” then look out for “Secure Notes”.


    nordpass finding secure note in chrome


    Once you’ve got the feature-loaded up, all you’ve gotta do is type in your title and the note itself. Doesn’t exactly require a masters degree in biochemistry.


    nordpass secure note


    As an example, I used it as a little notepad to tell myself how awesome I am, until my crippling anxiety took over and reminded me that I am not, in fact, not very awesome at all.

  • Securely Share Notes
    Now if you’re responsible for distributing the aforementioned rotating WiFi passwords or keylock codes, you’ll know that emailing them to your colleagues is just not as secure.


    With NordPass, you’ll be able to share secure notes to your intended recipients, in a way that only they can view those notes.


    It’s really simple to do too!


    nordpass lets you share secure notes


    Click on the NordPass extension, select the secure note you want to send, and hit “Share”. Key in your recipient’s email address, and you’re done!


    NordPass will then send an email to the recipient, notifying them that you have sent them a secure note. The receiver will then also have to get NordPass (free version) to view the document.


    nordpass send notification for shared secure note

    It’s a sneaky little move by NordPass to onboard more users but then again, you will need to be in their ecosystem to view the secure notes. Besides, no harm done!

  • Securely Store Credit Cards with OCR Scanning
    Shopping online for business supplies can be rather frustrating, with all the payment forms you have to fill up.


    What’s worse is that if you forget your wallet or misplaced your card – you won’t be able to purchase your supplies at all!


    Fortunately, NordPass has a built-in OCR scanner which provides a solution to this problem.


    Fire up the OCR scanner from NordPass’ mobile app, scan your credit card, and it’ll automatically save your details into their system.


    The next time you need to do any online shopping, you won’t have to fill up payment details. Instead, NordPass will automatically fill up your credit card info for you!


    nordpass lets you add credit card details


    Such conveniences are truly life’s little luxuries.


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4. NordPass uses Zero-Knowledge Architecture!


What does it mean and why is it important to you?


Well, seeing that this is a Password Manager, you’ll want to ensure that no one else knows your passwords, right?


With Zero-Knowledge Architecture, you can be assured that you’re the only one with access to your logins – even NordPass won’t have access to them, capeesh?


nordpass uses zero knowledge encryption


Using this tech, NordPass keeps proof that you have the key to unlock your vault, but they do not keep the key themselves, which makes it super secure.


To add on another layer of security, the data in your vault is encrypted by your Master Password, so in the unlikely event that NordPass’s servers are breached, your data will be rendered useless by whoever gets a hold of the data.


If you somehow forget your master password, the only thing that allows you to retrieve your account is the recovery code (which they’ll provide when you purchase an account).


If you somehow manage to lose both your master password AND your recovery code… well I’d hate to say it, but that’s really your own fault.


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5. NordPass Autolocks your passwords


It’s can be quite worrisome leaving your computer or your laptop for extended hours to attend meetings or events, especially when all your passwords are literally unlocked with the use of a password manager.


Thankfully, the good people at NordPass are forward-thinking folks, and they’ve already created a solution for this problem.


Introducing, NordPass’s Autolock system!


nordpass has autolock feature


With the Autolock system, NordPass will automatically lock the password manager after a set amount of time, requiring you to key in your master password to get access to everything else again. Goodbye prying eyes!


You can set the Autolock feature to lock up from anything as short as 15 minutes, or as long as 1 month. If you don’t want this feature at all, you can set it to never Autolock, but we really don’t recommend this unless no one else has access to your computer.


Personally, I found the sweet Autolock spot to be 1 hour. It’s long enough to keep my machine secure, yet doesn’t happen often enough to irritate me.



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6. NordPass has Multi-factor authentication


For those of you that want as much security as possible with your password manager, NordPass has implemented multi-factor authentication just for you.


Although the password manager already has plenty of security features, we were quite happy with this because… well, it’s now impossible for anyone to access our passwords without us knowing!


We’d want to know if someone was trying to snoop around on our computers!


nordpass has 2fa security feature


NordPass now gives you 3 options for MFA:


  1. Authenticator applications
  2. Security keys
  3. Backup codes


For example, NordPass can produce a QR code for you to connect to your mobile authenticator of choice, be it Google Authenticator, Duo Mobile, or whatever flavour of the week you deem.


nordpass scan QR code to enable 2fa


After scanning, the code will be sent to the authenticator app, which you’ll then need to key into NordPass.


nordpass enter verification code from authenticator to enable 2fa


Once you’ve done that, you’re set! It’s now set up on your computer, and it’s now damn near impossible for someone to snoop around your computer without alerting you.


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7. NordPass is available on almost every platform!


Whether you use an Android device, an Apple phone, a tablet, or operate strictly from a computer, you’ll find that NordPass works with almost all devices.


nordpass is available on many major platforms


It also works on most popular browsers, like Chrome, Edge, Firefox & Opera (although Safari is strangely left out).


Best part is NordPass syncs between all your devices, so if you save a password on Chrome, you’ll find that it is saved on your mobile device and iPad too!


Data syncing works with up to 6 devices, which is more than enough for a single user, but hey, we’re not complaining!


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8. NordPass Offers Top-Notch Security


NordPass really has one of the best security systems we’ve seen in a password manager! Let’s take a look at some of the security features.


  • XChaCha20 Encryption

    NordPass uses the XChaCha20 algorithm to encrypt and decrypt data. It’s used to encrypt users vaults, with the 256-bit encryption being the most secure. It’s so effective at encryption that tech giants like Google and Cloudfare uses it to ensure safe yet speedy connections for their users!

  • Thumbprint Authentication with Mobile Devices

    NordPass applies biometric authentication with mobile devices, and it’s one of the best ways to keep sensitive data completely private.


    nordpass has biometric authentication


    Thumbprints are unique to each individual so this ensures that no one else is able to unlock your vault. With NordPass, it works as a key so only you have access to the content inside of your vault, be if credit card details, passwords, or nuclear missile launch codes!


September 2021 Update:


Since we first wrote this review, NordPass has added a slew of additional security features that we absolutely love, including dark web monitoring, and a secure password generator!


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9. NordPass has a kickass FREE version


Which password manager is the best in the world?


The one that’s free, duh.


NordPass offers a completely free version of their password manager that completely kicks ass. It’s practically as awesome as the paid version, except that you won’t be able to sync your data across multiple devices, or share secure notes with other users.


nordpass has a legit free plan


Note that with the free version, you’re still able to receive secure notes just fine, you just won’t be able to share them.


Other than that, all the features you get to enjoy in the premium version, you’ll also enjoy in the free version! It’s actually pretty damn viable for someone that works primarily from one device.



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One Minor Complaint About NordPass


Honestly, we had to struggle a little bit to come up with a complaint about NordPass. We don’t think it’s the best in the world, but there is really very little wrong with NordPass. The one thing we could come up with, is this:


1. No Organization Options


NordPass allows us to go through our passwords and acts like a bookmark for us, but unfortunately, it doesn’t have any organization options. You can sort by name or last used, but that’s about it. Again, this isn’t a huge complaint, it’s just a feature that we feel is missing from the program.


September 2021 Update:


Well, what’dya know – the NordPass team has fixed this too.


It’s now possible to organize your passwords, credit cards, and secure notes into folders for quick and easy access.


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NordPass Plans & Pricing: Overview


NordPass has multiple billing cycles, allowing you the flexibility to cancel without losing out on much if you ever feel like cancelling.


1-Year Plan
2-Year Plan
1-Month Plan

Price /mo

Total Bill /yr



The nice thing about this is you’ll have the option to pay via credit cards, Amazon Pay and Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Dash, and Etherium!


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How Does NordPass Hold Up Against Competition?


A password manager is just that, a password manager.


However, certain brands have certain features that make them unique, giving them a slight edge over the competition. Here, we’ll list the important features side by side so you get to see at a glance what makes NordPass better or worse, than their closest competitors.


NordPass VS Dashlane


  1. Value
    When we reviewed NordPass when it first came out, we felt like it was a great no-frills password manager, lacking advanced features.
    BUT – it’s evolved so much in the last few years that we can no longer make that claim. It does not only the basics well, but also includes fancier tools such as dark web monitoring and password generation.
    Sure, Dashlane has some extra-special features – such as a bulk password changer – which puts a smile on my grumpy old face. But that smile turns upside down once I get a glimpse of the price. Personally, they both provide value, but we’d pick NordPass.


  1. Useability
    Both password managers did an excellent job of making their respective programs feel really easy to use.
    Their interfaces are so well designed we never felt lost or overwhelmed.
    Both are designed to look contemporary and clean, allowing you to access all of their features in just a couple of clicks.
    In terms of ease of use, I’d say they’re pretty equal.


  1. Features
    As previously mentioned, Dashlane has a couple more special features to NordPass. They’ve also been around for longer, hence they know the market well.
    Both password managers perform basic duties very well, but Dashlane does offer a couple of unique features like a free built-in VPN, and bulk password changer. Point goes to Dashlane!


  1. Security
    The password manager industry is a stiff one, with plenty of competition all around.
    This means that the players can’t afford to scrimp on security, because without proper security measures, they’ll be playing a losing game.
    Both programs did well by implementing the most stringent security features available in their systems, such as zero-knowledge architecture and military-grade encryption, etc.
    However, we’re giving the edge to NordPass. They are the absolute masters of online security (and are the creators of the best VPN on the market – NordVPN) and it shows in their use of cutting-edge security tech – like using the XChaCha20 encryption algorithm, and offering multi-factor authentication.


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NordPass VS Google Password Manager


Many of you are familiar with Google Password Manager (GPM), since it comes built-in with Chrome.


By comparing NordPass to GPM, you’ll get a rough idea of how much of a difference it makes using a premium password manager.


  1. Value
    GPM is free, and it does the job well, so it technically would provide the best value.
    However, after having tried out both I would personally pay for the extra benefits NordPass affords me.
    GPM doesn’t cost a cent, but I need a password manager that is more secure and user-friendly, hence to me, NordPass provides more value.


  1. Useability
    GPM comes preinstalled with Chrome, and it automatically saves your login data and uses it to make your browsing experience as seamless as possible.
    Needless to say, it is VERY easy to use.
    However, they’ve got a chink in the armour – GPM hides their features within Chrome’s settings, making it difficult to access. As a matter of fact, most people don’t know that GPM has more features beyond just saving your login details.
    NordPass requires installation, but the onboarding process and fantastic UI makes using it feel like second nature. All the features are viewable at a glance and are easily accessible with just a few clicks.
    Obviously, we personally prefer NordPass’s professionally designed user-experience over GPM.


  1. Features
    GPM doesn’t come with a lot of features, but for what it is, it does its job well.
    NordPass is as basic as a premium password manager gets, but they’ve definitely got GPM beat.
    After using GPM for awhile and switching over to NordPass, we realized how much we were missing out on. Secure notes, secure sharing, biometric scanning, OCR scanner – all these and more are not available with GPM.
    To be fair, GPM is free so we can’t expect them to have additional features but after using NordPass, we just can’t go back.


  1. Security
    As you already know by now, Security needs to be top-notch if one wants to be a player in the password manager industry.
    NordPass comes decked out with all the security features you’ll ever need, protecting your data against online and offline threats.
    GPM… well it’s secure. We don’t know HOW secure exactly, but it’s Google. It’s secure.
    Having said that, with GPM I never really felt comfortable letting them store my personal data.
    With NordPass, I felt completely at ease keeping my passwords with them.
    Says a lot, doesn’t it?


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Verdict: Should You Go For NordPass?


NordPass delivers on what it promises and they delivered it well. It’s simple, efficient, and very easy to use. We like the multiple levels of security that the password manager offers, and the ability to sync our data across multiple platforms is such a convenience.


Speaking of conveniences, we no longer have to worry about forgetting a username or password. This gets us to our data much faster than we normally can. The stress of remembering important passwords or usernames is also a thing of the past, as NordPass remembers everything for us with just one master password required.


Their free version is very good, and we would highly recommend it for people that work primarily by themselves on a single device. If you’re working with multiple devices and you have a need to share data securely, you’re better off getting one of the plans as the data syncing and secure notes are so useful for those of us with those requirements.


Whilst not our official #1 choice, NordPass manages to kick all sorts of butt!


Key Features

  • ✓ Unlimited passwords
  • ✓ 6 devices
  • ✓ Web Vault
  • ✓ Password Health
  • ✓ Multi-factor Authentication
  • ✓ Breach report

Recommended For

  • • Personal use
  • • Families


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