Keeper and Sticky Password are pretty similar in terms of efficiency and functionality, but Sticky Password is free, while Keeper requires a paid subscription. Is there anything Keeper offers that makes the extra cost worthwhile?

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 offer two-factor authentication

Key Differences

  • Keeper offers versions of the application specifically for families and businesses
  • Sticky Password is free, while Keeper requires a paid subscription
  • Keeper has a customizable interface
  • Keeper is cloud-based, so you need the internet to use it
  • Keeper has more comprehensive security features

Categories

Interface

Winner: Keeper

Both the Keeper and Sticky Password interface are simple and easy to use. They both display your saved passwords in a list format, and when you click on an entry, the relevant information will pop up right next to list. While they’re pretty similar, Keeper comes out slightly ahead for a few reasons. Categorizing your entries into folders is a little more straightforward, and Keeper allows you to view all of your passwords either by folder or as a complete list of passwords. Keeper also has more of a modern feel to it, and in your settings, you can even customize the background color on the application.

Security

Winner: Keeper

Keeper offers a lot more in the way of security than Sticky Password. Sticky Password does not offer a security test feature that identifies weak, old, reused, or compromised passwords, although it does tell you if your password is weak as you’re adding it to the application.

Keeper is much more comprehensive, offering a “Security Audit” feature that assigns each of your saved records a security score based on their 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. Having a feature like this helps users stay on top of their passwords and develop safe password practices, making Keeper a clear winner in the security category.

For Families

Winner: Keeper

Sticky Password does not offer a family specific version of the application. Keeper offers the Keeper Family Plan, a version of the application that allows you to add up to five family members, each with their own private vault. It offers secure vault-to-vault sharing, so you can share certain records only with specific users. This allows you to share financial or sensitive information with your significant other without sharing it with your children.

For Businesses

Winner: Keeper

Sticky Password does not offer a business-specific version of their software, but Keeper 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, as well as the privileges they have over them. 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. An advanced feature called Keeper SSO Connect uses Keeper’s zero-knowledge security architecture to authenticate new users into the Keeper vault.

Pricing

Winner: Sticky Password

Sticky Password is free to use, but Keeper costs $30/year after the 30-day free trial. Sticky Password does have a premium version, which includes a lifetime license for a one-time payment.

Mobile App

Winner: Keeper

Both the Keeper and Sticky Password mobile apps are impressive, offering 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 more comprehensive security features
  • Users who want a strong password manager for business or family use
  • Users who want a customizable interface

Full Keeper review

Who Sticky Password Might Be Better For:

  • Users who want a free, very basic password manager for no cost
  • Users interested in a one-time payment for a lifetime premium license

Full Sticky Password review

Conclusion

While Sticky Password and Keeper are largely similar, Keeper has a little more to offer. The security audit feature is much more comprehensive than Sticky Password’s basic password check feature, providing a full analysis of all your passwords versus just a simple check. Keeper also offers impressive business and family applications, which Sticky Password does not.

It ultimately comes down to whether or not you want to pay for your password manager. While Keeper does offer more features, it also requires a paid subscription, and if you just want a basic password manager, Sticky Password will get the job done. It may not be worth paying more for those extra features.

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