Keeper Password Manager Review— How Does It Measure Up?

Keeper is overall a strong password manager, with several security features and an intuitive interface. But after your free trial, you have to pay to keep using it. While it’s definitely a solid password manager, it might not have enough extra pizzazz to justify paying for it.

How To Install

To install, go to the Keeper website and click Download. You will be given the option to download both the desktop application and the browser extension. Once downloaded, open the application and you will be prompted to create your account. You will be asked to create a unique master password, which will be needed to access your Keeper records. It won’t automatically install the browser extension, but it will give you the option, and you may as well so you can start using the autofill feature right away.

How It Works

Keeper stores all of your saved information as “keeper records.” To create a new record, click create new on the homepage, and you will be given the option to add a record, payment information, or a shared folder. Once you’ve created your first record, you’ll be prompted to install the browser extension if you haven’t already.

When the extension is installed, Keeper will autofill the login information for any website you have saved in your records (they call it “KeeperFill”). Keeper also guides you through the process of creating your first record, and even offers a guided, interactive tour of the application. You can also save a new record to your Keeper vault when you enter login information on a website.

Features

Interface

The Keeper interface is simple, clean, and intuitive. The layout consists of one main page with a navigation toolbar on the left. In the navigation toolbar, Keeper conveniently allows you to view your saved records by folder, or as a full list of all records.

Other menu options include: shared logins, identity and payment information, security audit, and deleted records. There is a search bar at the top of the navigation menu, making it easy to find a specific record quickly. Keeper definitely has more of a modern, technical feel to it, and in your settings, you can even customize the background color on the application.

Password Generator     

Like any good password manager, Keeper has a password generator feature. When entering a new record, you can generate a strong, unique password by clicking on the password generator icon, which looks like a dice. It’s customizable, so you can alter the length and the kinds of characters and symbols you want to include in your password. You can also generate a new password if you are logging into a website, and Keeper will automatically save the new password to your vault.   

Auto Logout

In your settings, you can turn on Keeper’s auto-logout feature, which will automatically log you out after a set number of minutes.

Sharing

Keeper makes sharing a record with another Keeper user very easy. Go to the record you want to share, click options, and then share with user. Then, enter the email address of the user you want to share with. You can even designate whether or not they are also an “owner” of the account, and can control their editing, viewing, and sharing privileges of that record. You can also create shared folders in the “folders” section.

Emergency Access

Keeper allows you to add up to five emergency contacts who will have access to your vault in the event of an emergency. These designated contacts will have access to all of your Keeper records. If you want, you can also set a customizable delay time before they can access your account.  

Import Wizard

Keeper’s import feature makes it easy to import passwords from a spreadsheet, web browser, or another password manager.

Record History

Record history is a paid feature that allows you to view the time and date of any previous modifications of a record. It also allows you to restore old versions of any of your records.  

Syncing

Keeper does allow you to sync your data across devices, but this is a paid feature that can’t be used in the free trial.

Keeper Family

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. Overall, this version offers easy, secure sharing while providing individual family members privacy with their own, personal vault.    

Keeper Business

Keeper also offers a comprehensive business version that allows companies to securely share passwords and other sensitive information among employees. Account managers can oversee which users have access to certain passwords, and privileges such as editing and sharing.

Managers can also monitor the password behaviors of their employees, as Keeper provides a detailed security audit score that shows the strength of its users’ passwords, as well as how many people are utilizing two-factor authentication. There is also an advanced feature called Keeper SSO Connect, which uses Keeper’s zero-knowledge security architecture to authenticate new users into the Keeper vault.

Security

Keeper has a “Security Audit” feature within the application, which gives each of your saved records a security score. It assigns each login a percentage score, as well as a tally of passwords that 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. Keeper’s security audit feature isn’t as comprehensive as some other password managers, as it doesn’t break down weak passwords into used, old, weak, compromised, or duplicate categories. But it does streamline the process by simply telling you whether or not you need to update your password, so some users may appreciate that simplicity.

Keeper also offers some additional security features, like two-factor authentication. For this, you can choose to use either a TOTP (a time based, one time password) or Google authentication. Keeper also gives you the option to use a security key, in the form of a physical device such as a USB, as a form of two factor authentication. There is also an advanced multi-authentication option called Keeper DNA, which pairs with an Apple watch for a more sophisticated level of authentication. In terms of encryption, your master password is encrypted and stored locally, so Keeper will never have access to it.

Mobile App

Keeper offers a mobile app for iOS, Android, Windows, and even Blackberry. The interface is pretty similar to the desktop application, and easy to use. In the Keeper DNA section, you can streamline some of your security preferences by turning on Touch ID, One-Time Passwords, and Apple Watch syncing.

Pricing

  • Individual: 30 day free trial, then $29.99/year
  • Family: $59.99/year for 5 users
  • Business: 14 day free trial, then $30.00/year per user

Who It Might Be Good For

  •   Users who want a strong password manager specifically for a family or business
  •   Users who want a sleek, simple interface
  •   Users who want advanced multi-authentication features

Who It Might Not Be Good For

  •   Users who don’t want to pay for a password manager
  •   Users who want an extremely detailed security score feature

Conclusion

Keeper has an intuitive interface, and some interesting features, especially when it comes to multi-factor authentication options. But considering how many competitors are offering strong password management options for free, it can be tough to justify paying for this particular password manager — you really have to value those specific features. If you’d like to learn more take a look at our favorite password managers.

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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