Dashlane Vs. Keeper— Which Password Manager Comes Out On Top?

Note: Keeper now offers dark web scans for Business and Enterprise accounts.

Dashlane is one of the most popular password managers out there, partly because the most basic version is free. One of its main competitors, Keeper, has many of the same features as Dashlane, but charges an annual subscription. Does Keeper offer anything over Dashlane that makes the price worthwhile? Check out our side by side comparison to see how they stack up.

Key Similarities

  • Comprehensive security features, like a security test and two-factor authentication.
  • The option to use a security key, in the form of a physical device such as a USB, as a form of two factor authentication.
  • Password generators that allow you to create strong, unique, customizable passwords
  • One-sided encryption, so no one will ever be able to see your master password.
  • Versions specifically created for businesses.
  • Step-by-step guidance as to how the interface works and how to add entries.

Key Differences

  • The most basic version of Dashlane is free, while Keeper costs, at minimum, $30/year after a free trial.
  • Dashlane offers a more detailed analysis of your passwords.
  • Dashlane has a tile-like layout, whereas Keeper displays your saved entries as lists.
  • Keeper has a family-specific version. Dashlane does not.
  • Keeper allows you to customize the interface, providing different color options. Dashlane does not.

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Winner and Loser Categories

Interface

Winner: Dashlane

Both have clean, easy-to-use interfaces. But Dashlane’s tile layout is more efficient. Each tile has the logo for that website or application on it, making it easy to identify. There’s also an ellipsis icon on the tile, which will immediately display all of the options you have for that entry (edit, go to website, share item, copy, delete, view history, etc).

Security

Winner: Dashlane

Both Keeper and Dashlane are above average when it comes to security features. They both have a security score feature that helps you monitor the strength of your passwords, as well as sophisticated two-factor authentication options. But Dashlane wins in the end for offering a more in-depth analysis in its security score feature, identifying which specific passwords are weak, old, duplicate, and compromised.  

For Families

Winner: Keeper

Keeper offers a family version that allows you to add up to five users, each with their own private vault. This version also offers secure vault-to-vault sharing, so you can share certain records only with specific users. This is helpful if you need to share financial or sensitive information with your significant other, but don’t want it shared with your children. Dashlane could potentially be used for families by utilizing the sharing feature, but it does not have a version made specifically for families.

For Businesses

Winner: Keeper

Keeper’s business software is a little more comprehensive than Dashlane’s, and might be a better option for larger companies. Keeper offers more detailed monitoring, auditing, and reporting options, as well as an advanced onboarding feature called Keeper SSO Connect, which uses Keeper’s zero-knowledge security architecture to authenticate new users into the Keeper vault.

Pricing

Winner: Dashlane

The most basic version of Dashlane is free. After a 30-day free trial, a Keeper subscription starts at $30/year.

Mobile App

Winner: Dashlane

The Dashlane app and the Keeper app are extremely similar in terms of functionality and features, and both maintain the best qualities of their desktop counterpart. But Dashlane streamlines mobile use by conveniently texting you the mobile app download link as soon as you open the application on your computer. The Keeper mobile interface also has a lime-green on grey color scheme, which some may find irritating.

Who Dashlane might be good for:

  • Users who don’t want to pay for a reliable password manager
  • Users who want the most detailed analysis of their passwords in the security score feature

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Who Keeper might be good for:

  • Users who want a password manager specifically designed for family use
  • Big businesses who may find the onboarding feature useful, or want more comprehensive monitoring and auditing options

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Conclusion

Both Dashlane and Keeper are great options, especially if you are new to password managers, as they both offer tutorial-like guidance as to how to navigate the interface and add new entries. Keeper definitely offers more advanced features with its business software when compared to Dashlane’s. Keeper also offers a family version, which Dashlane does not. Other than that, they are very similar in the way of features and functionality, although the Dashlane interface is a little cleaner and slightly easier to navigate. While both are good options, for most users, there’s no convincing reason to pay for Keeper, when Dashlane is free.

To learn more, read our review of the best password managers of 2019.

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.

2 thoughts on “Dashlane Vs. Keeper— Which Password Manager Comes Out On Top?”

  1. Dashlane is also quite annoying when it repeatedly asks you if you want to save the password. Somtimes, it asks 3 or 4 times in a row creating multiple password entries that ultimately lock you out of your account on next login or requires you to delete the entry and start over. Also, the most basic free version of dashlane does NOT support syncing across multiple devices. That’s the main reason why you’d want to subscribe to either of these services. But, for the most part, if you only have one device and you live alone Dashlane IS the winner because it’s free… but that’s the only significant reason why it beats keeper.

  2. Both my husband and I have been using Dashlane for about three years or more. It’s been a great app…until recently. Both of us rely on the syncing between multiple devices, so the basic (freebie) option is NOT an option for us. We were paying about $40 per year for Premium; now it’s $60! 🙁

    But what’s been the MOST annoying is that I’m having serious performance issues on my Windows 10 pc…and so is my husband running a Mac! I’ve worked with tech support and thought we had it fixed (had to exclude Malwarebytes), but it’s now randomly becoming unresponsive…again! Grrr! My husband says it’s now eating up all his memory.

    So even though it’s going to be painful to switch, we’re abandoning Dashlane! I seriously think they’ve added TOO many features to the point that they’ve created something that is beyond their ability to maintain. And I’m speaking as a former 32+ year computer programmer.

    Not yet sure if we will go with Keeper, but we are not paying $60 per person for Dashlane!

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