Passwd.team review

Password management is tricky for single users, and the problems only get worse for organizations. With team members each using their own personal password managers, it’s tempting to share them in plain text via emails or Excel files, a major security hole.

Passwd.team is a browser-based tool which aims to fill this gap. It’s not a full-featured password manager – there’s no browser extension, no autofill – but instead it offers a secure way to create, store and share passwords within a team, whose members can then use the credentials with their personal password manager.

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What’s different here is that unlike most of the competition, you’re not trusting your valuable credentials to a database managed by someone else. Rather, what you’re buying is cloud software which you host on your own Google Cloud Platform. Passwd.team can’t see your passwords, and neither can anyone else, as they’re encrypted by Google’s industrial-strength Key Management Service.

So, is Passwd.team the best password manager for your business? In our Passwd.team review, we’ll explore everything this software has to offer and evaluate whether it’s secure.

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Plans and pricing

Passwd.team’s commercial product is priced at $30 per month or $300 per year for an entire organization, no matter whether you have five users or 500. Basic support is free, but if you want 24/7 priority support you’ll need to contact the company for a quote.

Two free options give you the ability to try out the interface and explore Passwd.team’s core features: the Demo product covers single users, and the Free Tier is for Google Workspace (previously G Suite) admins and their teams. They’re fine as a quick way to get a feel for how the technology works, but Passwd warns that they don’t match the architecture of the paid version. (The free plans are hosted by Passwd.team, not on your own Google Cloud Platform, which means they’re not compliant with SOC 2 or GDPR.)

Keep in mind that in order to use the full version of Passwd.team, you’ll need a Google Workspace or G Suite plan as well.

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Setup

Setting up Passwd.team in Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) is easy, as the company does most of the heavy lifting for you. Essentially you create a new project for Passwd, invite its installation admin, and they set up the system for you. You’ll need to revoke their admin’s access when it’s done, but after that the service should be up and running and under your sole control.

As Passwd is now a part of your Google setup, you access it by logging into your Google account in the usual way. (The company recommends you enable Google’s two-factor authentication for maximum security.)

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An Import feature should get you up to speed quickly by importing your current password database. This is CSV-only, with no support for individual password manager’s own formats, but should still work in most situations.

Features

Passwd.team works, at least for individual end-users, like any other password manager. You can save an unlimited number of records and they can be any type of text string, such as credit card or bank account numbers. A secure password generator is on hand if you need it.

Records can be grouped using tags. Create these to suit your needs (‘financial’, ‘development’, ‘resources’, and so forth), and they appear in a tag cloud on the sidebar. Assign them to records as required, and you can then filter your password list by clicking any tag in the list.

As we explained above, there’s no browser extension, and no ability to autofill login forms or capture new passwords. The company says Passwd.team is designed to securely synchronize and share passwords between team members, but not replace their personal password managers. If you’re looking for autofilling, support for shipping addresses or anything more advanced, you’ll need a regular password manager as well.

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On the plus side, Passwd.team’s tight Google integration brings some unusual benefits of its own. You can share passwords by offering access to any user groups you’ve set up within Google Workspace, for instance – there’s no need to recreate the same groups in Passwd.team, you just use the ones you have already.

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