KeePass and RoboForm are both reliable, free password managers, but they both offer a very different range of features. We’ve compared the two side by side in a number of different categories to see which is the better password manager.
- 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
- RoboForm has versions of the application designed specifically for families and businesses
- RoboForm offers two-factor authentication
- KeePass is an open source application, meaning that its source code is available to be modified and tested by the user
- RoboForm offers more comprehensive security features
- RoboForm can only save passwords by importing them directly from the website
Overall, RoboForm has a much cleaner, more modern-looking interface than KeePass. One drawback of the RoboForm interface is that you can only save passwords by importing them directly from the website for that login. Not being able to add a login information directly to the application is kind of annoying, especially if you’re someone who just wants to enter them all at once.
The main drawback of KeePass is the overall style. The icons look a little outdated, giving it more of an old-school feel to it.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. Both are adequate, but RoboForm is slightly more efficient.
RoboForm definitely outshines KeePass in the security category. There’s a section of the RoboForm application called the “security center,” which generates an overall percentage score of all your saved passwords. It also breaks down the strength of each password, showing you which are reused or duplicate. It’s also easily accessible in the application, located right in the navigation toolbar. RoboForm also offers two-factor authentication, a popular and effective security feature, while KeePass does not.
Keep in mind that KeePass is an open source application, meaning anyone can test and modify the source code. This does give KeePass some merit in the security category, because its code is constantly being tested, improved, and submitted for improvements. But RoboForm is definitely better in the short term, offering effective, immediate security solutions.
KeePass does not offer a family application, but RoboForm offers a version of the application called RoboForm Family, which allows families with up to five users to share logins, identities, and safe notes. A central administrator can decide which users have access to what information, while individual users can also create their own, private entries.
KeePass doesn’t offer a business-specific version of the application, but RoboForm offers RoboForm Business, which allows companies to securely share passwords and other sensitive information among multiple employees. This version offers a centralized Management Console, which allows administrators to designate permissions, assign credentials, view password security reports, and streamline the onboarding process for new employees.
Both KeePass and RoboForm are free. RoboForm offers a paid premium version called RoboForm Everywhere. You must have the premium version to enable two-factor authentication.
The KeePass mobile app is much sleeker than its desktop counterpart, but 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 RoboForm 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
Who RoboForm Might Be Better For:
- Users who want a security test feature to help monitor password strength
- Users who want to enable two-factor authentication for their password manager
If you’re looking for a free password manager, RoboForm clearly comes out ahead of KeePass. It offers more comprehensive security features, including a security test feature, an intuitive interface, and applications designed specifically for family and business use. KeePass is a great option for users who are interested in open source, but otherwise, since they’re both free, you may as well go with RoboForm.
To learn more, read our review of the best password managers of 2019.