PROS / Advanced Password Manager has a simple interface with helpful icons for sorting information.
CONS / It lacks the advanced features and proper help and support that other applications provide.
VERDICT / Users will find it less helpful than better-designed password managers.
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Advanced Password Manager is a fairly secure password manager that creates strong encrypted passwords with the integrated password generator. While it can be effective password management software, to learn it effectively you have to read the user manual. Although it does have many of the same features as other applications, it does not compare with the quality and usability of our top software RoboForm Pro.
The software’s interface is similar to other Windows applications. It uses a file tree system with nested folders and files to organize all your user information within its database.
Learning to use the features can take a bit of time and effort on your part since the application is a little difficult to navigate. Once you get the hang of the system, it becomes easier to use. We had to go through the user manual two or three times to learn how many of the features work, especially the auto-fill function, which is not as intuitive as other password management software.
Similar to other password safes, this application requires you to manually enter all your information into the database before you can access the features from the system tray. Make sure the object you select corresponds to the field you want filled. Otherwise the application will input the wrong field. We also found that you have to modify the template database with database commands if your forms require any keystrokes beyond username, tab and password.
Additionally, we didn’t like that upon installation the application automatically changed our computer registry to launch every time we started our computer, although you may find this feature useful.
As we mentioned, learning the program involves spending some time reading the user manual. The set up is fairly easy, but learning the features is not as easy or intuitive as other password management software that we tested. Overall, ease of use is something that could definitely be improved.
Help & Support
The software is easy to download and install. Begin by downloading the 30-day free trial version, and if you like the program, you can purchase the additional download and flesh out the application without losing any information you’ve already saved in the database.
Advanced Password Manager has some useful features but falls far short of what we’ve come to expect from password management software. It’s not compatible with recent Windows operating systems like Vista and 7, and it lacks the kind of browser integration we’ve come to require of truly great software.