KeePass and Dashlane couldn't be more different from each other. While both share the main goal of saving your passwords in a safe place, their approach is very distinct. Dashlane is a modern password manager with a slick interface that's very easy to use. KeePass, on the other hand, has a retro design and it's developed for people who are tech-savvy and know what they're doing. However, KeePass offers its product entirely for free, while Dashlane only provides a limited version of its service at zero cost.
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Dashlane is a comprehensive password manager that does more than just store people's credentials and generate complex passwords. When it comes to its paid plans, there are plenty of extra features that really come in handy to make your vault even more secure. While the free plan limits users to just one device and a maximum of 50 entries, Dashlane still offers the standard package at zero cost. You can store various types of entries, safely share items with others, take advantage of the autofill feature, just to name a few.
However, in addition to having the ability to use Dashlane on unlimited devices and store an unlimited number of entries, paid users also get a safer vault in general. Dashlane not only monitors the dark web and alerts you if it finds any of your information there, but it also provides a built-in VPN for Wi-Fi protection. The latter stops anyone from trying to tamper with your password vault by hacking your system when you're using insecure public Wi-Fi.
Pricing-wise, Dashlane is definitely not cheap: prices start at $4.99 per month with yearly payments. Thankfully, there's a 30-day money-back guarantee so that you can get your money back if Dashlane isn’t right for you.
KeePass is one of the oldest password managers in existence. Created in 2003, this password manager is an open source program that can securely store an unlimited number of credentials entirely for free. Its design is pretty dated but KeePass compensates for this by being a flexible and powerful tool. It offers a password generator that can go up to 30,000 characters, and you can select which character set to be used – it's even possible to create passwords using high ANSI characters. Enpass also autofills passwords for you, but in a slightly different way than usual. It has an autotype feature, which basically records what you type and then proceeds to imitate that to log into any website for you.
Since KeePass stores all information locally, there's no data being uploaded to the cloud. Of course, this is perfect security-wise, but it means you can’t sync passwords among various devices or share them with others. Fortunately, there are various free plugins that can be installed. Not only will you find ports for all existing operating systems, but extensions that will let you do everything the base program can't do – including syncing and sharing passwords.
Comparing password managers isn't always easy, as many providers offer similar interfaces and features. However, that's not the case with Dashlane and KeePass. As we have seen, they work in very different ways and cater to distinct target audiences. Dashlane is the perfect password manager for people looking for comprehensive software that provides various extra features while still remaining easy to use. KeePass, on the other hand, is a better fit for advanced users who love to play with their programs and build software to their own specifications. That being said, Dashlane's free plan is pretty limited, so if you're looking for a solution where you don't have to spend a cent then KeePass is the way to go.