Note: Keeper now offers dark web scans for Business and Enterprise accounts.
While they may have similar names, KeePass and Keeper couldn’t be more different. And while KeePass doesn’t require a subscription, it lacks a lot of helpful features that are offered by Keeper. So is Keeper worth the money? Check out our side by side comparison to see how they stack up.
- 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
- KeePass is free, while Keeper requires a paid subscription
- Keeper has versions of the application designed specifically for families and businesses
- Keeper offers two-factor authentication
- Keeper has a customizable interface
- 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
Keeper has a pretty typical interface for a password manager, using a standard list layout to display your saved passwords. When you click on an entry, the information will pop up right next to the list. In the KeePass interface, the icons look a little outdated, giving it more of an old-school feel to it. Some of the functions take a while to figure out, so navigating can be a little difficult in the beginning, but once you acquaint yourself with the interface it’s not hard to use. Overall, the Keeper interface is more modern looking and more intuitive, making it the clear winner. Plus, you can customize it using different colors and backgrounds.
Keeper offers an in-depth security test feature, a feature common to a lot of password managers. In Keeper, this feature is called “security audit.” The security audit section gives each of your saved passwords a security score. Each login gets a percentage score, and Keeper will tell you which of those 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.
KeePass doesn’t really offer any significant user enabled security features. However, it is an open source application, meaning anyone can test and modify the source code and submit it to KeePass for improvements. You could argue that an open source application is just as, if not more secure than other password managers because its code is constantly being tested. But if you want reliable, immediately effective security, Keeper is the better option. Keeper also offers two-factor authentication, which KeePass does not.
KeePass does not offer a family application, but 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.
KeePass doesn’t offer a business-specific version of the application, but Keeper offers a comprehensive business application that allows companies to securely share passwords and other sensitive information among employees. Account managers can oversee employee access and privileges. They can also monitor the password behaviors of their employees, as Keeper provides a detailed security audit score that shows strength of its users’ passwords, as well as how many people are utilizing two-factor authentication.
KeePass is free, but Keeper costs $29/year after the 30-day free trial.
Both Keeper and KeePass offer impressive mobile apps. But in the KeePass mobile app, you have to manually enter all of your passwords, as they won’t sync across devices unless you use an outside service (like Dropbox or Google Drive). In the Keeper app, your information is automatically synced when you download the app.
Who KeePass Might Be Better For:
- Users who are interested in using an open source application
- Users who want a free password manager
Who Keeper Might Be Better For:
- Users who want more comprehensive security features
- Users who want to enable two-factor authentication
- Users who want a strong password manager for business or family use
While KeePass is a very cool application, Keeper comes out ahead in nearly all categories. It has a cleaner and more intuitive interface, more comprehensive security features, and impressive options for businesses and families. KeePass is free, and definitely a fine option if you don’t want to pay for a password manager. It’s also a great option for users who may find the open source aspect of it interesting or useful. But if you really want to get the most out of your password manager, Keeper is definitely worth the money when compared against KeePass.
To learn more, read our review of the best password managers of 2019.