Enpass and KeePass are two free password managers. KeePass is unique — it’s open source, meaning anyone who uses it has access to its source code and can subsequently alter it and submit it to KeePass for improvements. But does this coder-friendly password manager really have anything on Enpass?
- Both have password generators that allow you to create strong, unique, customizable passwords
- Both use a master password to protect your data
- Both use one-sided encryption
- Neither offer two-factor authentication
- Both are free
- Neither offers a family or business application
- Enpass has a password audit feature that allows you to monitor the strength of your passwords
- KeePass is an open source application, meaning that its source code is available to be modified and tested by the user
- KeePass allows you to create a key file, an added file that will be needed to unlock your database in addition to the master password
Enpass is the clear winner in this category, offering a clean, intuitive interface. It utilizes a simple list layout, and neatly displays the information for each entry next to the list. The KeePass interface is tougher to navigate, and has an old-school feel to it. The icons in KeePass look a little outdated, and some of the functions take a while to figure out, so finding your way around can be a little difficult in the beginning. Once you acquaint yourself with the interface it’s not hard to use, but Enpass undoubtedly has the better interface.
Enpass is standard when it comes to security, offering a common security test feature that analyzes the strength of your passwords. In Enpass, this feature is called “password audit,” and is conveniently located in the navigation toolbar. It tells you if you’re using any weak, identical, or old passwords. Having it on the home interface at all times allows users to consistently monitor the strength of their passwords.
KeePass doesn’t offer any variation of this feature. However, KeePass is an open source application, meaning anyone can test and modify the source code. KeePass fans may argue that being open source actually makes it more secure than other password managers because its code is constantly being tested, modified, and submitted to KeePass, and therefore constantly being improved. While this may be true, the password audit feature in Enpass is much more effective in the present moment.
Neither Enpass nor KeePass offers a family-specific version of their software. Enpass still wins this category because you could potentially use it as a family password manager by sharing information between accounts. Sharing information in KeePass is a little more complicated.
Neither Enpass nor KeePass offers a version of their software designed specifically for businesses.
Both Enpass and KeePass are free to use.
Both Enpass and KeePass have solid mobile apps, and the KeePass mobile app is surprisingly sleeker and easier to use than its desktop counterpart. But on the KeePass app, you have to manually enter all of your passwords because they won’t sync across devices unless you use an outside service (like Dropbox or Google Drive). In the Enpass app, your information is automatically synced when you download the app.
Who Enpass Might Be Better For:
- Users who want to be able to easily monitor the strength of their passwords
- Users who want a more traditional interface
Who KeePass Might Be Better For:
- Users who are interested in using an open source application
Since Enpass and KeePass are both free, it really comes down to whether you want a more traditional password manager, like Enpass, or something a little different, like KeePass, which has a much more technical feel to it. Enpass is straightforward, easy to use, and pretty bare bones. It offers a basic security test feature, but no two-factor authentication.
KeePass doesn’t offer two-factor authentication either, but it is an open source application, meaning its code is constantly being tested and submitted for improvements by its users. If you’re just starting out with a password manager, you probably want to choose Enpass.
To learn more, read our review of the best password managers of 2019.