KeePass Vs. Sticky Password— Which Password Manager Is The Right Choice?

KeePass is a free, open-source password manager, meaning anyone can test and modify its code and submit it to KeePass for improvement. It’s definitely one of a kind, but how does it compare to other free password managers, like Sticky Password?

 

Key Similarities

  • Both have password generators that allow you to create strong, unique passwords
  • Both use a master password to protect your data
  • Both use one-sided encryption
  • Both are free
  • Neither offers a family or business application

Key Differences

  • Sticky Password offers two-factor authentication
  • The password generator in KeePass is customizable, the password generator in Sticky Password is not
  • KeePass is an open source application, meaning that its source code is available to be modified and tested by the user
  • Sticky Password has more traditional security features
  • 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
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Interface

Winner: Sticky Password

Having originally been developed for Windows, the KeePass interface definitely has an outdated feel to it. Once you acquaint yourself with the interface, it’s not difficult to navigate, but it does still seem like a computer application from the early 2000s. The Sticky Password interface is much more modern looking and more intuitive. It displays your entries as a list, and adding new entries is very straightforward. Sticky Password also allows you to create separate identities, making it easier to separate your work logins from your personal logins, which especially comes in handy when using the autofill feature.

Security

Winner: Sticky Password

Neither KeePass nor Sticky Password offers a comprehensive security test feature that analyzes all of your saved passwords. But Sticky Password does offer a less comprehensive version of this feature by telling you if your password is weak, normal, or strong whenever you enter a new password into your vault. Sticky Password also offers two-factor authentication, a helpful and increasingly popular security tool.

KeePass does not offer two-factor verification, but it is an open-source application, meaning that anyone can test and modify the source code. KeePass advocates would argue that this actually makes it more secure despite the lack of two-factor authentication, since it’s always being tested for security glitches by its users. But ultimately, one of the main benefits of a password manager is that it can help you refine your password practices, and Sticky Password is definitely better at helping its users do that.     

For Families

Winner: Sticky Password

Neither Sticky Password nor KeePass offers a family-specific version of their application. However, you could potentially use Sticky Password for families by sharing information between multiple accounts. You could do this in KeePass as well, but it would be easier and more intuitive in Sticky Password.

For Businesses

Winner: Tie

Neither Sticky Password nor KeePass offers a business-specific version of their application.

Pricing

Winner: Tie

Both Sticky Password and KeePass are free to use. Sticky Password does offer a paid premium option, as well as a one-time payment option for a lifetime license.

Mobile App

Winner: Sticky Password

The KeePass mobile app is much sleeker than its desktop counterpart, and more intuitive. 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). Sticky Password automatically syncs your data when you download the app, which is a huge plus.  

Who KeePass Might Be Better For:

  • Users who are interested in using an open source application

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Who Sticky Password Might Be Better For:

  • Users interested in a one-time payment for a lifetime license
  • Users who want to enable two-factor authentication for their password manager

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Conclusion

KeePass is a great option if an open source password manager excites you. It doesn’t come with some of the standard security features that a lot of password managers have, but it does let you create something called a key file, which can be used in addition to your master password to protect your account. Since it’s open source, anyone can test the code and submit feedback for improvements, so you know that you’re always using an updated version.

If you want a more traditional password manager, Sticky Password is definitely going to be the better option. It’s a great option for users new to password managers, and comes with more standard security features, like two-factor authentication and the password check feature.

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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