Note: Keeper now offers dark web scans for Business and Enterprise accounts.
1Password and Keeper are both reliable password managers that require a paid subscription. If you’re going to pay for a password manager, which is the better of the two? We’ve compared them side by side in a number of different categories to see how they stack up.
- Both have password generators that allow you to create strong, customizable passwords
- Both use a master password to protect your data
- Both use one-sided encryption
- Both offer applications designed specifically for families and businesses
- Both require a paid subscription
- Keeper offers two-factor authentication
- 1Password has a travel mode feature that hides your data while traveling
- 1Password gives you a secret key when you create your master password, which is needed to access 1Password on another device
- Keeper has a customizable interface
Keeper and 1Password both have clean, simple, and straightforward interfaces. Keeper uses a list layout to display your saved passwords. When you click on an entry, the information will pop up right next to the list. 1Password displays your password “vaults” as squares on the homepage, which you can then click on to retrieve your passwords. Keeper ultimately wins for providing more options to compartmentalize.
1Password doesn’t allow you to create subfolders, although you can create separate vaults to compartmentalize your passwords. Overall, the Keeper interface is better for organizing, and bonus points go to Keeper for having a customizable interface with different colors and backgrounds.
Keeper definitely comes out ahead of 1Password in this category. 1Password does not offer a security test feature that identifies weak, old, reused, or compromised passwords. Keeper, on the other hand, has a “Security Audit” feature, which gives each of your saved records a security score. It assigns each login a percentage score, as well as a tally of passwords that require an update. If your password is weak, it will mark that record in red, and include it in the “require update” section. There is also a section that includes any reused passwords. Keeper also offers two-factor authentication. 1Password does not.
Both Keeper and 1Password offer an application specifically designed for families. Both allow family members to have their own individual accounts, while one central administrator controls what each family member can access. They cost about the same ($60/year) and both allow use for up to five family members. Keeper ultimately wins for offering up to 10GB of secure storage, as opposed to 1Password’s 1GB.
Both 1Password and Enpass offer impressive business applications that allow employees to securely share passwords and other data. Only designated administrators are able to manage who can view, edit, and create information. Keeper wins for offering more detailed monitoring, auditing, and reporting options. Keeper also has an advanced onboarding feature called Keeper SSO Connect, which uses Keeper’s zero-knowledge security architecture to authenticate new users into the Keeper vault.
Keeper is slightly less expensive than 1Password, costing $30/year. 1Password is $36/year.
Both the Keeper and 1Password mobile apps offer features like browser autofill, touch ID, a password generator, and backup/restore features. Keeper wins for offering a little more in the way of security. In the Keeper DNA section of the mobile app, you can streamline some of your security preferences by turning on Touch ID, one-time passwords, and Apple Watch syncing.
Who 1Password Might Be Better For:
- Users who travel a lot and may benefit from the travel mode feature
Who Keeper Might Be Better For:
- Users who want more comprehensive security features
- Users who want to enable two-factor authentication
At a slightly lower subscription price, Keeper is overall stronger than 1Password in most categories. A huge advantage is Keeper’s security audit feature. Keeper also offers two-factor authentication, a helpful and increasingly popular feature.
In terms of functionality, they’re pretty similar. So if you’re deciding between the two, we’d think most users would find Keeper to be the better option.
To learn more, read our review of the best password managers of 2019.