Review of Keeper Password Manager and Digital Vault

Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault is a stylish and secure password manager that works across all major platforms and browsers.

PROS

  • Well-designed apps and browser extensions that sync across many platforms
  • Authentication with many factors
  • Password sharing and inheritance in a secure manner
  • Secure file storage and messaging are available as an option
  • Keeps a complete record of passwords and files
  • Templates for a wide range of record types are available

CONS

  • Only a free version is available

KEEPER PASSWORD MANAGER & DIGITAL VAULT SPECS

Import From BrowsersYes
Two-Factor AuthenticationYes
Fill Web FormsYes
Multiple Form-Filling IdentitiesYes
Actionable Password Strength ReportYes
Digital LegacyYes
Product CategoryPassword Managers
Secure Password SharingYes
Product Price TypeDirect

The biggest benefit of using a password manager is that it allows you to set unique, strong passwords for each website and app you use—passwords that you don’t have to remember. However, it’s equally critical that you have easy access to your passwords across all of your devices. Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault is a fantastic password manager and digital vault that works on a variety of platforms and browsers. It also has excellent features including strong multi-factor authentication, comprehensive sharing capabilities, effective auditing tools, and complete password history. Keeper is a winner in the Editors’ Choice category for password managers.

How much does Keeper set you back?

Keeper, like Dashlane and others, is free to use if you’re willing to limit your usage to a single device and forego backup protection. Although the one-device limit is a significant drawback, you can keep all of your passwords on that single device. The simplest approach to get started with Keeper is to join up for a free account and then upgrade once you’re convinced you to want it. Bitwarden and MyKi both have free versions that are far more capable, with no restrictions on how many devices or passwords you can use.

Keeper® Password Manager & Digital Vault

Keeper’s personal Keeper Unlimited subscription is $34.99 per year. Keeper is more expensive than a Sticky Password ($29.99 per year) membership and around the same as a LastPass Premium ($36 per year). Dashlane’s Premium tier is more pricey, at $59.99 per year, but it also offers a $35.88 a year Essentials version with fewer features. The Premium package with Bitwarden is only $10 per year.

Keeper provides a variety of subscription choices as well as additional services. Keeper’s Plus Bundle plan, for example, costs $59.47 per year and includes the Keeper Unlimited password manager, the BreachWatch security function for checking your passwords for leaks (which we’ll go over later), and 10GB of secure file storage. Keeper’s Family package is a great deal, with five Keeper Unlimited vaults for $74.99 per year. The BreachWatch monitoring and secure file storage for each user are included in the Keeper Family Plus Bundle, which costs $103.48 per year. Keeper is available for a 50% discount if you are a student.

The Keeper apps have a modern design that is uniform across platforms. The apps’ default color scheme is a modest blue, white, and yellow, but you may change it to one of several vibrant color schemes in the settings. Keeper has browser extensions for Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari, as well as apps for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Kindle, Windows Phone, and Linux. Keeper also has a version available on the Microsoft Store.

There is no knowledge.

Almost every password manager warns you when you install it that if you forget your master password, you won’t be able to access the passwords you’ve saved. You will not be able to reclaim them through the firm. That’s a positive development. Because only you have access to your master password, a subpoena cannot compel the corporation to hand up your passwords, and a dodgy employee cannot gain access to your stored data.

Keeper cannot see your data because of the zero-knowledge policy, which means that all information stored in the password manager is only accessible by the user. The client’s device handles all encryption and decryption. Keeper Security’s philosophy revolves around zero-knowledge encryption. For a long time, the company didn’t even include an inheritance option in its password manager because of this; finally, the developers devised a zero-knowledge solution.

How to Begin Using Keeper

Keeper comes with a comprehensive onboarding module that guides you through the full setup procedure. To begin, it allows you to import any passwords saved in your browsers; built-in password managers in your browsers are not as secure (remember the Opera breach?) or flexible as a dedicated password manager. It’s up to you to remove the credentials and disable password collection in your browser. Keeper can also import data from over 20 other services, including LastPass, Dashlane, and RoboForm.

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Keeper guides you through the process of creating your first record and installing the browser extension, as well as providing an optional tour of the extension’s functionality. It demonstrates how to fill out web forms with a credit card and personal information and invites you to use multi-factor authentication. This comprehensive introduction has wowed us.

You define a security question and answer as part of the setup process. Rather than accepting canned questions, we always recommend creating your own and making the answer something that no one else could know or find out about. Keeper doesn’t even offer the option of using a pre-programmed query. This is the answer you’ll need to recover a forgotten master password.

How can I recover a forgotten password? How can Keeper accomplish this while remaining a zero-knowledge solution? Keeper encrypts your local data and may decrypt it using either your master password or your security answer. Logging in using the security answer, on the other hand, requires an emailed code as well as the multi-factor option you’ve chosen. When choosing your security question and answer, you should be extra cautious.

Replay and Capture of Passwords

Keeper, like most password managers, saves passwords as you check in to protected websites. To begin, simply log in as you normally would and then accept Keeper’s prompt to preserve your credentials. Alternatively, you can make a new login entry in Keeper by clicking the Keeper lock icons that show in every username and password box. You can now give the entry a friendly name and add a remark to it. The keeper will fill them in on the page after you save the entry if you choose this method.

Keeper offers to auto-fill your credentials via a pop-up prompt when you return to a page where you’ve saved login info. You may also use the Keeper lock symbol to view and fill in all of your relevant logins. You can edit your existing passwords or create a new one from the lock’s menu.

Keeper lacks fully automated password updates like those found in LastPass, Dashlane, and LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Ultimate. When it identifies a password-change page, such as one with one field for the old password and two for the new, it provides a one-click option to update and save a new, secure password. Keeper’s developers argue that when competing systems do a fully automatic password update, your credentials remain on business servers for a period of time, which fails the zero-knowledge test.

Extensions for the web browser

KeeperFill is the name of Keeper’s browser plugin. KeeperFill’s functionality was tested on Chrome, but extensions are also available for Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari. The Enable KeeperFill, Generate Password, Create New Record, Vault, Settings, User Guide, and Logout buttons on the browser extension’s toolbar open a simple menu with the following options: Enable KeeperFill, Generate Password, Create New Record, Vault, Settings, User Guide, and Logout. Toggle a dozen crucial options by clicking Settings, such as whether Keeper should prompt you to create a new login and if it should instantly submit credentials typed in.

Keeper review: Security is the greatest strength of this password manager

KeeperFill’s menu is well-organized, and you can add and change entries without using the web vault or desktop client. You may also set per-site autofill preferences and utilize the domain-matching tool to make sure you’re entering your credentials on a reputable site.

Selecting Vault opens the Keeper interface in your browser, giving you access to all of the options. This interface is nearly identical to the Keeper Windows software, which is a good thing. To meet with Microsoft’s layout and appearance guidelines for store entries, the Microsoft Store edition must look different.

Vault Digital

In Keeper, you can attach a file or a photo to any password entry, or create a separate entry solely for the attachment. You can store five of these attachments with a free Personal account. If you want more, you can upgrade to 10GB of safe online storage for $9.99 per year or 1TB for $749.99 per year. As previously stated, the Plus Bundle plan for individuals and the Family plan for families both come with 10GB of storage. Kaspersky Password Manager does not limit the amount of storage space available for documents that are uploaded.

Keeper is notable for retaining all versions of each entry. You may go back and restore an old version of any password you’ve ever used for a specific site. You can also look over all of the files you’ve saved, as well as any entries you’ve removed.

Generator of Passwords

When you create a new record in Keeper, the password generator generates a new password for you. You simply overwrite the generated password if you’re logging in with an existing password. It generates 20-character passwords by default, using all character kinds (letters, numbers, and symbols).

By default, Password Boss Premium generates passwords with 20 characters. Because you won’t have to remember these passwords, they can be as long as you want. The default password length in MyKi, a free password manager, is 32 characters.

Password Strengthening

If all of your passwords are “password,” “123456,” or some minor variation of those, using a password manager will not improve your security. Even if you use the same super-strong password across many websites, a hack on one of them might reveal all of your accounts. Keeper’s Security Audit component assists you in identifying both weak and overused passwords by providing a password strength to each and a percentage-based aggregate score for the All, Reused, and Weak categories. Dashlane also alerts you to possible password changes that would improve your score. Keeper doesn’t match up entries with the same password as LastPass does, but that’s not a big deal because updating one of a pair of duplicates removes both from the list.

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Keeper, LastPass, and Dashlane may also show you which passwords haven’t been changed in a while. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) no longer recommends changing passwords on a regular basis. Instead, NIST now advises updating passwords only after a security violation. Keeper’s BreachWatch function alerts users to passwords that may have been compromised as a result of a data breach. However, this is not a simple check against databases like Have I Been Pwned? Keeper acknowledged that matching is done in such a way that the company’s zero-knowledge pledge is upheld.

Authentication with many factors

Because your master password is the one that secures all of your other passwords, it must be strong. You’re still in trouble if a bad guy gets his hands on it, no matter how powerful it is. Multi-factor authentication can help with this. A cyber-thief anywhere in the world can no longer acquire access because signing in requires both your master password and a fingerprint or physical token.

Keeper helps you through setting up multi-factor authentication throughout the onboarding process, as previously indicated. It specifically requests a mobile phone number so that six-digit authentication codes can be sent. It also creates a list of one-time codes in case you misplace your phone or lose service. You can specify an Auto-Logout timer and enable Self-Destruct in the options, which will delete any locally saved Keeper files after five failed login attempts.

Keeper may register FIDO2 keys for authentication, but only if you have another type of multi-factor authentication activated first, such as an authenticator app, an RSA SecureID token, SMS, or Keeper’s mobile authenticator, KeeperDNA.

You simply respond to the notification on your device with KeeperDNA. There’s no need for a six-digit number because the fact that you have the device is the second authentication factor. You can use biometric authentication on a device (mobile or desktop) that has a fingerprint reader. Keeper recently added NFC authentication capability, allowing you to grant authentication by simply tapping one authorized device against another NFC-equipped device.

Keeper can also be used as a Google Authenticator software for any password entry that supports it. Navigate to a password entry and select the Add Two Factor Code button beneath the Custom Fields and File or Photos choices to set up this integration. The connection to an account that supports authentication via Time-based One-Time Password apps can then be uploaded as a QR code or manually set up.

Filling Out Forms and Making Payments

Keeper® Password Manager & Digital Vault

Keeper has the ability to save and use personal information in order to fill out web forms. Keeper, unlike Sticky Password, 1Password, and a slew of other password managers, does not allow you to create numerous identities. Instead, you can only create one identity and fill out online forms using 18 distinct types of record templates. The templates may be used to fill out a wide range of forms, from health insurance paperwork to database information.

Keeper’s form filling isn’t as automatic as most other password managers, which allow you to fill out forms with a single click. To bring up the KeeperFill popup, first right-click in any field. Then, for the form you want to fill, click the tab that corresponds to the record type.

KeeperFill for Passwords in Apps

KeeperFill works on all platforms for app passwords. Give Keeper access to AutoFill passwords on iOS (version 12 and later) and then tap the Password button on the keyboard anytime it pops up to find matched entries. You must enable Keeper as an Autofill Service, select KeeperFill in the Manage Keyboard section, and grant it permission to display over other apps on Android (version 8 and newer). To test the autofill features of the Keeper app, we installed it on an Android handset. The app successfully offered to fill in the right username and password during testing.

On macOS and Windows, a hotkey (which you can set to whatever you want) is used to open KeeperFill and find the desired entry. A third hotkey fills in the password, while another fills in the username. Alternatively, you can simply fill in each entry by clicking on it. This worked perfectly in Windows testing.

To capture app passwords, LastPass and Sticky Password Premium use a convoluted multi-step process. To app windows that appear to be asking for a password, RoboForm adds a toolbar. Keeper makes no attempt to be captured. You may either manually enter the information or use an existing website login.

Sharing in a Secure Environment

You know not to give out your passwords to just anybody, but there are times when you will need to share them with a trusted partner. Keeper allows you to share any password record with another Keeper user while maintaining complete control.

To send a record, begin by providing the recipient’s email address. If the receiver’s email address does not match a Keeper account, the product informs you that the recipient will need to create a free account and that it will notify you once this is done. The recipient receives a notification from Keeper.

The recipient can read and use the login by default, but not alter it. You may set it up to allow modification, sharing, and even making the recipient the owner of the record. LastPass’s simpler sharing method only allows you to choose whether or not the recipient can see the password. You can choose between limited access (like with Keeper’s default) and complete co-ownership with Dashlane.

You should create a shared folder if you wish to share numerous passwords with other users. You can also set a restriction on how much power other users have. To begin, you must decide whether each user has the ability to add or remove users and data. You can also decide whether or not other users are allowed to update or share each record. Shared folders are distinguished from ordinary folders by a small sharing icon.

Obtaining Emergency Access

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What happens to your internet accounts when you pass from this life? Keeper, like Dashlane, LogMeOnce, and a few other apps, now has a system for granting emergency read-only access to your accounts to a trusted friend or relative. Go to Account & Emergency Access to access these options.

Up to five trustworthy individuals with Keeper accounts can have their email addresses entered. You specify a timeout for each of them, ranging from no delay to three months. If one of them wants access while you’re still alive, you’ll be notified and given the option to deny it. RoboForm and LastPass both have a similar functionality that allows for a 30-day timeout. Access is fast with the business-focused Zoho Vault, and an administrator can take control of any work-specific passwords.

Keeper is a password manager designed specifically for businesses.

Each member of a team gets an encrypted password vault and the option to exchange passwords and other information with coworkers with Keeper’s Business tier (beginning at $45 per person per year). This option is also available to LastPass and Dashlane enterprise users. Multi-level access filters in Zoho Vault’s enterprise password manager enable users to specify different permission levels for each team member when sharing goods.

The Business package includes all of Keeper’s other features from the Personal and Family tiers. Team members can, for example, fill out passwords and forms online, upload files to secure storage, access their vault from an unlimited number of devices, and use multi-factor authentication to protect their accounts.

The Security Audit Score feature is a business-specific tool for administrators that indicates which users have strong, medium, or weak passwords. The score also indicates which users reuse passwords or do not have multi-factor authentication enabled. Corporate users can use the aforementioned BreachWatch tool ($20 per person per year at this tier), which scans data breaches on the dark web for passwords used by everyone in the firm and prompts users to change those that have been compromised. Administrators can also send an email to users who ignore these requests, requesting that they change their passwords.

Keeper now makes tiresome record keeping very easy for firms that need to generate compliance paperwork. By choosing the Compliance option on the dashboard, business accounts can now create detailed compliance reports. These records reveal which employees use the password manager and how successfully they keep their passwords protected.

If the worst happens and your company gets hacked, you’ll want to figure out how the attackers got in and who is to blame for the security breach. Keeper allows you to create bespoke reports for each user on your team for an additional price ($10 per person per year) that show logins, usage statistics, password resets, BreachWatch activity, and other security-related data. The corporate solution from competitor Zoho Vault also allows you to receive detailed reports on password hygiene and user access.

Keeper also offers a free Family account to all employees enrolled under a corporate account to further encourage good password-keeping habits. When an employee quits the organization, they preserve their Family plan and all of their personal passwords, but the plan reverts to a 30-day free trial. The account reverts to the free version of the service once the trial period has ended.

Complete and encompassing

A password manager must perform its function with the least amount of friction as feasible. Users will abandon it if they continue to use the same password everywhere or write passwords on sticky notes. Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault provides consistent, outstanding apps for all devices and browsers, as well as advanced features found in the finest password managers, such as password inheritance, secure sharing, multi-factor authentication, and password strength report.

Keeper, as well as Dashlane and LastPass, are Editors’ Choice picks for paid password managers because of their usability and features. Our Editors’ Choice winners in the free password management category are Bitwarden and MyKi.

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