Dashlane Vs. KeePass— Which Password Manager Is Right For You?

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Update: Dashlane now offers multi-factor authentication.

Dashlane may be one of the most popular password managers out there, but there are plenty of lesser-known, quality programs that are worth checking out. Consider KeePass. It operates differently than most mainstream password managers, and has some unique features that you won’t find elsewhere. Both are free to use, so which one is better, Dashlane vs KeePass? Check out some of the key similarities and differences below to see how they stack up.

Dashlane vs KeePass

Key Similarities

  • Both have password generators
  • Both use one-sided encryption
  • Both are free to use

Key Differences

  • Dashlane has a “security score” feature that generates a report of the strength of your passwords, indicating if there are any old, duplicate, compromised, or weak passwords.
  • KeePass gives you the option to create a key file, an added file that will be needed to unlock your database in addition to the master password.
  • Dashlane offers two-factor authentication.
  • Dashlane has a tile-like layout, whereas KeePass displays your saved entries as lists.
  • Dashlane has a password changer feature that allows you to change all of your saved passwords at once.
  • KeePass is an open source application, meaning that its source code is available to be modified and tested by the user, a feature unique to KeePass.
  • Dashlane offers a business-specific version of their software.
  • Dashlane offers a paid premium version.

Winner and Loser Categories


Winner: Dashlane

Dashlane and KeePass have very different interfaces. The KeePass interface is definitely a little outdated, and it may take some time to figure out how to navigate it. The Dashlane interface is more modern and intuitive, and the tile layout is overall much more efficient.


Winner: Dashlane

Some may argue that KeePass is more secure than other password managers because it’s an open-source application, and therefore its source code is frequently being tested, modified, and improved. But Dashlane’s security test feature gives an in-depth analysis of all of your saved passwords, making it easy to identify when your passwords are not as strong as they could be. Dashlane also has two-factor authentication.

For Families

Winner: Tie

Neither Dashlane nor KeePass offer specific versions designed for family use. You could potentially use either program for the entire family by creating an account for each user and sharing the desired information amongst each other.

For Businesses

Winner: Dashlane

KeePass does not have a business-specific version of their software, but Dashlane offers Dashlane Business, which allows companies to share information securely among employees. A designated admin can manage employees and permissions from the Admin Console. They also offer a unique feature called Smart Spaces, which allows employees to separate their personal information from shared company information. This allows the admin to regulate shared data without compromising personal data, ensuring the safety of employee’s personal information.

Read Our Roundup Of The Best Password Managers Here


Winner: Tie

Both Dashlane and KeePass are free to use. However, if you want to use the premium version of Dashlane, a subscription starts at $30/year after the 30-day free trial.

Mobile App

Winner: Dashlane

Dashlane wins this category because the Dashlane mobile app can automatically sync your information across devices. On the KeePass mobile app, you must manually enter all of your passwords, as they won’t sync across devices unless you use an outside service (like Dropbox or Google Drive). Dashlane also streamlines mobile use by conveniently texting you the mobile app download link as soon as you open the application on your computer.

Who Dashlane Is Better For:

· Users who want a password manager with comprehensive security features, like a security test and two-factor authentication
· Users who want a sleeker, more modern-looking password manager
· Users who are new to password managers, and want a more intuitive interface

Read The Full Dashlane Review Here

Who KeePass Is Better For:

· Users who are interested in using open-source software
· Users who want a very basic, no-frills password manager for no cost

Read The Full KeePass Review Here


Even though Dashlane prevails in most categories, KeePass is still a very solid alternative for a specific type of user. It’s not your typical password manager, but if you’re looking for something different, it’s definitely a viable choice. Its open-source software is a unique feature. If you’re new to password managers or just prefer something easier to use, Dashlane is definitely the better option. It’s much easier to figure out and it’s more user-friendly overall.

To learn more, read our review of the best password managers of 2020.


Is Dashlane the best password manager?

Dashlane is one of my favorite password managers around. Not only does it store your password and auto-fill your forms, but it has a ton of helpful extras to guard your identity online, from credit monitoring to identity theft insurance. However, it is on the pricey side, with mixed customer support reviews, no family plan available, and no multi-factor authentication, so I wouldn’t call it the best option around.

Is KeePass the best password manager?

KeePass is not the best password manager around. I’d only recommend KeePass to an incredibly tech-savvy, privacy-oriented person who absolutely doesn’t want to spend a dime on a password manager. It’s pretty hard to use and lacks security breach alerts, although it is free and lets you be the most in control of your data, as it’s open-sourced.

Can Dashlane be trusted?

Dashlane can be trusted. The company is based in New York, New York, exactly where I’m writing this review from. Now, if you’re thinking about a password manager, privacy might be one of your biggest concerns, and that means that Dashlane could be a problem for you. That’s because the U.S is part of Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and 14 Eyes, international surveillance alliances that could legally force companies to hand over customer data to national governments. Many password managers, along with storing your passwords, give you encrypted storage for whatever you want. It’s particularly useful for sensitive information like your credit card info, your social security or tax information, etc. Keep in mind that, under certain extreme circumstances, Dashlane could be forced to hand over your information.

Now let’s talk about Dashlane’s data-logging policy. For the most privacy-oriented, it’s important that not even the company you’re storing your data with holds on to it. Dashlane has a really strict no-logging policy. Even the information you used to register with, like your name, address, phone number, and payment information, will be encrypted and stored locally on your device as well as in Dashlane’s cloud. They also collect anonymous usage information, any feedback you send in such as customer support, and miscellaneous information like your referrals, IP address, browser type, and more. However, this miscellaneous information will only be kept voluntarily, or you’ll be alerted. I’m happy with Dashlane’s privacy policy, as many companies keep a lot more information than that. Most importantly, your email and your Master Password are not stored anywhere.

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Gwynn Ballard

Gwynn Ballard

Gwynn Ballard is a writer based in New York City. In addition to writing for Security Baron, she writes and performs comedy all around New York and on the internet. She's also a playwright, and has had her work presented at places such as Classic Stage, Manhattan Repertory Theater, and Playwrights Horizons Theater School.