Keeper and RoboForm are very similar password managers. They offer many of the same features and both offer free base versions. So which is the better password manager? Check out our side by side comparison to see how they stack up.

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 have security audit features
  • Both offers family and business applications
  • Both offer two-factor authentication

Key Differences

  • RoboForm is free, while Keeper requires a paid subscription
  • Keeper has a customizable interface
  • Keeper allows you to save passwords in the desktop application, while RoboForm can only import them directly from a website

Categories

Interface

Winner: Keeper

Both the Keeper interface and the RoboForm interface are sleek and efficient. They both display your saved passwords in a list layout that expands when you click on the entry. The Keeper interface has a sleeker, more modern feel to it, and it’s also customizable, allowing you to change the background color.

The main drawback of the RoboForm interface is its inability to save passwords directly into the application. Instead, you have to go to the website correlating with each password and enter your login credentials first. It will then automatically save the form specific data from that website to your passwords folder. Not being able to add a login information directly to the application could be annoying, especially for users who want to just add all of their logins all at once, putting Keeper slightly ahead in this category.

Security

Winner: Keeper

Keeper and RoboForm both offer similar security audit features that analyze the strength of all of your saved passwords. In RoboForm, this is called the “security center.” This section generates an overall percentage score of all your saved passwords. It also breaks down the strength of each password, showing you which ones are reused or duplicate. It’s an accessible feature, located right in the navigation toolbar.

Keeper offers a slightly more comprehensive “security audit” section. Each of your saved passwords is assigned a security score based on its strength. It also tells you which passwords 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.  

For Families

Winner: RoboForm

Both Keeper and RoboForm offer an application designed specifically for families. Both allow up to five family members to securely share passwords and other sensitive information, and each member has their own private vault so they can keep some logins private. RoboForm ultimately comes out ahead for being less expensive at $40/year, versus Keeper’s $60/year.

For Businesses

Winner: Keeper

Both Keeper and RoboForm offer impressive business applications that allow companies to securely share passwords and other sensitive information among multiple employees. In both applications, a central administrator oversees employee activity, and can designate permissions, assign credentials, view password security reports, and streamline the onboarding process for new employees. Keeper wins for its advanced onboarding feature called Keeper SSO Connect, which uses Keeper’s zero-knowledge security architecture to authenticate new users into the Keeper vault.

Pricing

Winner: RoboForm

RoboForm is free, but Keeper costs $30/year after the 30-day free trial.

Mobile App

Winner: Keeper

The RoboForm and Keeper mobile apps are pretty similar in terms of functionality and design, and both offer features like Touch ID and a password generator. Keeper wins for offering more detailed security options. In the Keeper DNA section of the mobile app, you can streamline some of your security preferences by turning on Touch ID, one-time passwords, and Apple Watch syncing.

Who Keeper Might Be Better For:

  • Users who want a more comprehensive security audit feature
  • Users who want a strong password manager for business use
  • Users who want a customizable interface

Full Keeper review

Who RoboForm Might Be Better For:

  • Users who want a security test feature to help monitor password strength
  • Users who want a strong password manager specifically for family use

Full RoboForm review

Conclusion

RoboForm and Keeper are ultimately very similar password managers, offering many of the same features for no cost. The main drawback of RoboForm is the inability to save passwords directly into the application. Instead, they must be imported directly from the website or application correlating with the password. Keeper’s security audit feature is slightly more comprehensive than the one in RoboForm, although they’re pretty comparable. RoboForm’s family application is slightly less expensive, but Keeper’s business application is a little more detailed.

You’ll have to decide if Keeper is worth the extra money.

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