KeePass Vs. Password Boss— Which Password Manager Is The Pick?

Password Boss and KeePass are two free password managers with very different features. KeePass is an open source application, while Password Boss is a much more conventional option. So which is the stronger password manager?

Key Similarities

  • 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
  • Both are free
  • Neither offers an application designed specifically for families

Key Differences

  • Password Boss offers a business version of the application
  • Password Boss offers two-factor authentication
  • KeePass is an open source application, meaning its source code is available to be modified and tested by the user
  • Password Boss has a more customizable interface

Categories

Interface

Winner: Password Boss

Password Boss has a more efficient interface compared to KeePass. It’s sleek, easy to navigate, and even customizable, allowing you to view your saved passwords in either a list layout or a tile layout. While the KeePass interface is definitely functional, the overall style is a drawback. The icons look a little outdated. 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 that hard to use. While they’re both perfectly functional, the Password Boss interface is more modern-looking and more user friendly.  

Security

Winner: Password Boss

Password Boss doesn’t offer some of the standard security features seen in other password managers, but it does have some features that KeePass lacks, like two-factor authentication and a “disable” feature that allows you to disable the Password Boss autofill function for specific pages or domains. Neither Password Boss nor KeePass offers a security test feature that tests the strength of all your saved passwords and tells you which need to be updated, a pretty common feature among password managers.

KeePass is an open source application, meaning anyone can test and modify the source code. This does give KeePass some points in the security category, because its code is constantly being tested, improved, and submitted for improvements. Ultimately, neither are all-stars in the security category, but Password Boss offers more immediately applicable security features.

For Families

Winner: Password Boss

While neither KeePass nor Password Boss offers a family specific version of the application, you could potentially use Password Boss for a family by sharing logins between multiple accounts. The KeePass interface is a little more confusing for this function and probably not ideal for family use.

For Businesses

Winner: Password Boss

Password Boss offers a business version that allows employees to securely share logins. Each team member has a separate business and personal profile, allowing employees to share logins while keeping their personal data private. And unlike the personal version of the application, the business version does have a security score feature that provides reports on both team and individual password strength. KeePass doesn’t offer a business-specific version of its application.

Pricing

Winner: Tie

Both KeePass and Password Boss are free to use for the most basic version. Password Boss also offers a premium version for $2.50/month.

Mobile App

Winner: Password Boss

KeePass has a pretty efficient mobile app, but the downside is that 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 Password Boss 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

Full KeePass review

Who Password Boss Might Be Better For:

  • Users who want a customizable interface
  • Users who want a password manager specifically for business use
  • Users who want two-factor authentication

Full Password Boss review

Conclusion

Compared to KeePass, Password Boss is the more conventional and accessible option. It has a standard looking interface and offers two-factor authentication, which KeePass does not. KeePass is open source. So if you want something different, and you’re into coding, KeePass is definitely a cool option. If you want something more traditional without paying for a subscription, Password Boss may be a better option for you, but keep in mind that there are other free password managers that offer more features for no cost.

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.

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