Congratulations! You’ve been narrowing down the plethora of password managers and you’ve whittled it down to Keeper and 1Password. Well done on choosing two of the very best in the business. Keeper and 1Password both offer an array of useful features to help individuals, families, and businesses protect their sensitive data with advanced, flexible apps and high security. So, how on earth can you separate them? Well, let’s take a closer inspection to find out.
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Made by Keeper Security from Chicago, Keeper has been a popular password manager since its release in 2010. Users are able to store passwords, identities, and payment methods in Keeper’s well-designed vault. Your passwords are then separated into different categories and Keeper will show you which passwords have been shared, which require two-factor authentication, or alternatively you can pick your own favorites. All credentials stored in your vault are protected by AES-256 encryption, and Keeper gives you scores on the strength of your passwords, so you’ll know when you have to boost your security. Keeper will also flag any reused passwords to remind you that it’s better to always use a unique password for every account. On top of all this, there’s the extra BreachWatch feature which constantly monitors the dark web to see if your details have been compromised; although this a very useful tool it is unfortunately a paid extra while other password managers do this for free.
Keeper’s customer support is excellent, with 24/7 support available through email and live chat. The Keeper website is also home to a vast number of user guides, video tutorials, and webinars. Keeper’s base pricing option is very affordable and costs less than 1Password, however if you want to use BreachWatch you’ll have to pay extra which actually then makes it far more expensive than its rival. There is a free version available although it will only cover one device, which isn’t ideal if you want to swap between a desktop and phone, but you’ll still retain many of the great features of the paid version. As always, it’s best to test out software before buying it and Keeper offers a 30-day free trial.
Once a Mac-exclusive, 1Password has since expanded and become one of our favorite password managers. 1Password allows users to store their logins, notes, bank cards, and server details in its vault. Any credentials added are categorized by type and users can add tags for easier access and more individual categorization. 1Password’s safety watchtower feature is particularly outstanding. The watchtower will show you your expiring, reused, vulnerable, and weak passwords so you don’t get caught out. Any passwords stored on websites that have been compromised by data breaches are also separated. Sharing passwords with 1Password is done by utilizing shared vaults, meaning that families or companies can store all their passwords in one place that allows access for the entire group. Of course, these passwords are all secure thanks to the industry-standard AES-256 encryption. One area where 1Password stumbles is with importing passwords; users who already have their credentials in another password manager and are looking to transfer may find their options are very limited, especially when compared with other password managers.
1Password has great customer service with fast response times via email, Twitter, or through the support forum. The 1Password website also has plenty of user guides and video tutorials. While 1Password isn’t the cheapest password management software on the market, it is still reasonably priced for the sheer number of features on offer. Unlike rivals there is no simplified free version, but users are able to take advantage of the free 30-day trial.
It’s very difficult to separate these two top-drawer password managers. Both are packed with features that are aimed at making their users’ lives easier by neatly sorting all our passwords and other credentials in one safe place. While 1Password has more functions overall it is also the most expensive of the two, however that changes if you add the price of the extra Keeper’s BreachWatch on top of your final bill. Keeper has the more attractive user interface while 1Password has the more intuitive design. Really, it’s the little details that set these two similar password managers apart. If you’re still undecided, then why not test both of them out yourself since both have free 30-day trials and Keeper even has a totally free version available.