Keeper Password Manager review: ticks all the boxes

With the constant rise of new security threats, password managers have become even more indispensable. While many people think of LastPass and 1Password as the premier names in the space, Keeper is another great service with competitive pricing and a plethora of features.

Keeper is worth considering if you’re looking for an alternative to mainstream password managers, although it doesn’t bring anything too unique to the table.

Keeper: costs and coverage

Keeper has a free version, but it’s limited to a single mobile device – there’s no free desktop or web option. The free version offers unlimited password storage, two-factor authentication (2FA), and access to Keeper’s password generator, but it won’t be of much use to anyone with more than one device.

Fortunately, Keeper’s paid plan, Unlimited Guardian is competitively priced at $34.99 per year. This matches what competitors charge: LastPass’s premium option costs $36 per year, while 1Password’s costs $35.88 per year. Keeper Unlimited users are free to use Keeper on unlimited devices (phones, laptops, desktops, etc.) and can also store up to five files in Keeper’s encrypted storage.

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Keeper also has a family plan, which provides access to the same features as Keeper Unlimited for up to five users for $74.99 per year. It’s more expensive than its competitors’ family plans — LastPass costs $48 per year for up to six people and 1Password costs $59.88 per year for up to five people — but Keeper’s family plan offers 10GB storage space (LastPass and 1Password only offer 1 GB).

Keeper also offers add-ons that can be purchased as a bundle (the Plus Bundle) or individually. The Plus plan includes dark web monitoring and additional storage, and costs $58.47 per year for individuals and $103.48 per year for families. You can also purchase Keeper dark web monitoring (BreachWatch) and additional storage a la carte; BreachWatch costs $19.99 per year for individuals and $39.99 per year for families, while additional storage starts at $9.99. It should be noted that there are password managers, such as LastPass, that include dark web monitoring in their base price.

Guardian: Setup

The installation process is quick and painless, but some parts require a computer. For example, if you want to import passwords from a service like LastPass or 1Password, you won’t be able to do so from your phone. On the other hand, if you’re starting from scratch, you can securely set everything up from your smartphone without relying on the desktop app.

Once you have the desktop app, all you have to do is enter your email address, create a master password, and go.

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Importing passwords from other services is quite simple. The keeper has Documentation which breaks down the process. For LastPass, which is the service I use regularly, it was as easy as logging in with my LastPass account and clicking a single button.

Unfortunately, it didn’t import my payment methods and other items without a password, so I had to add them manually. While not a breach of contract, it would have been nice to have everything from my LastPass account added to Keeper.

During the trial period, or if you sign up for a premium account, you’ll be able to log in on your other devices with the master password you created, and everything will be there, ready to go. You can also get a browser extension called KeeperFill to autofill passwords in your browser of choice. You can also use the auto-complete feature on your mobile device.

Guardian: Web/Desktop

As mentioned, you can use Keeper on the desktop, either through its dedicated app or on the web. You will also want to download the KeeperFill browser extension so that your passwords are entered automatically. Otherwise, you’ll miss key features and part of what makes a password manager like Keeper great.

The best thing I can say about Keeper is that the experience is almost indistinguishable from LastPass for simply storing and managing passwords on a desktop computer. Everything works as you expect. You go to a website and quickly log in with the saved password, that’s all you want.

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You can use the desktop app or browser version to create new items with convenient templates. So whether you want to store a simple password or more complex items such as payment cards, bank accounts and passports, you will be able to do so. These make it easy to fill your vault with anything you want to add after the initial setup period.

If you decide to get the Keeper Plus package, Keeper offers additional services to keep you safe. Keeper can analyze your passwords to see if they are repeated, easy to guess, or insecure. It will also scan the dark web to see if any of your accounts are compromised so you can change passwords and lock things down.

Overall, the desktop experience with Keeper is excellent. It does everything you might expect from a password manager quickly and easily. Whether you’re importing passwords from an existing service or just setting up your first password manager, Keeper handles it with ease.

Guardian: mobile app

One of Keeper’s biggest selling points is how easy it is to switch between desktop and mobile apps. Apart from importing from other services, all your password management features are available on the phone app, whether you’re on Android or iOS.

You can use the menu at the bottom of the screen to switch between your vault, the app’s BreachWatch feature, your account, and your settings. You can also click on the menu at the top left of the screen to see more features and options.

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You can use your phone’s password autocomplete option to have your credentials filled in automatically, which is essential for the overall functionality of any password manager. When I tried this on my iPhone, it worked exactly as advertised when I was running Keeper at its pace.

Overall, Keeper delivers a fantastic mobile experience. It’s just as functional as the desktop app (minus the setup process), and it was easy to forget I wasn’t using LastPass anymore.

Guardian: Security

While great features and smooth functionality are essential for a password manager, the most important thing is to keep your passwords locked and secure with proper encryption. Keeper uses AES-256 encryption to lock down data on its servers and on your devices. It’s the industry standard for password managers, and it’s served other big names well over the years.

There is also the option to use two-factor authentication with Keeper, which is recommended. Your password manager hides a lot of private information, so locking it down with that extra layer of security is a must.

Keeper definitely has all the key security features you need from a password manager, so you can feel secure knowing that your login details are protected while using them.

Conclusion

Keeper’s biggest problem might be that it doesn’t stand out sufficient in the world of password managers. It’s priced competitively, works well, and even has a decent import tool (which is actually pretty rare). But that wasn’t enough to convince me to switch from LastPass, which I’ve been using for years.

Also, while Keeper Unlimited is the same price as the premium plans of LastPass and 1Password, you’ll have to pay extra to access features like password health checks, dark web monitoring, and storage. secure files. Keeper Unlimited only offers secure file storage for five files on its individual plan, while LastPass and 1Password both offer 1GB. from Keeper offers a whopping 10 GB of storage.

Lance B. Holton