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? Check out some of the key similarities and differences below to see how they stack up.
- Both have password generators
- Both use one-sided encryption
- Both are free to use
- 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
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 The KeePass interface is definitely a little outdated, and it may take some time to figure out how to navigate it.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 2019.