What is Keeper? Keeper is a cloud-based password manager that can help you create stronger passwords and keep those passwords secure. Keeper is also a digital vault where you can store passwords, login information, files, credit card information, and other confidential digital content.
This Keeper review will consider the advantages and disadvantages of Keeper, the technical specs, and security features. We will also look at Keeper alternatives and go over how to use Keeper on various platforms.
Pros and cons of Keeper
A huge advantage of Keeper is its great compatibility. It works with Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Kindle, and Linux. There are also extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and Internet Explorer.
Other high points include two-factor authentication and secure password sharing. The tool is fairly inexpensive. They also have 24/7 support.
While the password manager allows for web form filling, the function is limited. Another drawback is that if you don’t like Keeper it can be difficult to change to a new one. Another downside is the interface. The design is better now than it used to be but could still use some improvement.
Keeper requires iOS 9.0 or later, Windows 10 version 15063.0 or higher, Android 4.4 or higher, OS X 10.10 or later. It will also work on newer versions of Linux and Blackberry devices.
With extensions for most popular browsers to boot, you can use Keeper with most of the devices that you have.
While Keeper is a great app overall, there are some other notable alternatives you can use instead.
LastPass is another extremely popular password manager you can use. It is free, dependable, and simple to use. LastPass has many of the same features as Keeper, including 2-factor authentication, a password generator, secure sharing, and top-notch encryption.
Another option is Dashlane, which is another password manager that has a free version. They both have great security features like 2-factor authentication, security tests, one-sided encryption, and password generators.
Keeper is better for families, but Dashlane and LastPass have more options for businesses. A third option is 1password. 1password is a cloud-based password manager that is great for families and businesses, but less ideal for individual users. 1password features solid encryption, a secure vault, file and password sharing, and a password generator.
Read our full LastPass Review
How to use Keeper
You will want to disable the password manager built into your browser before you use a third-party one. Keeper’s website has a great step-by-step tutorial on installing the Keeper app. It will work better this way.
Once you’ve installed Keeper on your device, the first step is to set a Master Password. You want a super strong password, as password managers are only as secure as their Master Password. A bar will show up when you type in a password that will indicate the relative strength of the password you chose.
You will then create security questions you can use later on if you need to restore backups or setup Keeper on new devices. Click Create Account.
Now you can easily download Keeper on your mobile devices. Just download the Keeper app on the Play Store or the iOS App Store. Enter your email and Master Password to sync devices.
Now you can create folders and subfolders where you can store passwords and files. To create a new folder, select Create New. You can choose between a regular folder or a shared folder.
How does password capture and replay work
Keeper captures passwords when you log into a new site. When a log-in screen is detected, a pop-up window will show up asking you to create a new record. Creating a new record will save the log-in info into Keeper.
When you go to the site again, the log-in info will automatically fill itself out. This will work with standard log-in pages but won’t work reliably on non-standard log-in pages. If password capture does not work automatically, you can try clicking the lock icon and capture the password manually.
Keeper offers a number of useful security features. Keeper is a zero-knowledge security provider that encrypts data at the device-level rather than the server-level. No data is stored in plain text. The encryption they use is AES 256-bit, which is one of the best and most popular encryption options. Another security feature they have is multi-factor authentication. The cool thing about Keeper is that only the user can decrypt the data. Keeper cannot. Account recovery also adds some extra security. Like most password managers, though, the quality of your Master Password matters.
With Keeper, you can securely share passwords with other users of Keeper. To share passwords or other records, you need to input the other user’s email address. Keeper will be able to recognize if the email corresponds with another Keeper user. The other user will then receive a notification in their mail. You can set it so the file is only shared with the user, or you can grant them the ability to edit and share the file. You can also make other users owners of the record. If you want to share files with multiple users, you also have the option of creating a shared folder.
One potential downside of secure password managers is that the control is firmly with the user. There is likely information in the vault that a user would want shared with family if they were to pass. Keeper allows you to grant up to five Keeper users emergency access. Pick five family members or friends who you trust and input their emails. You can revoke access if they try to access your account while you’re still alive. You’ll receive a notification in your email if anyone other than you accesses your account.
Overall, Keeper is one of the most reliable and secure password managers on the market. Recent updates have made the password manager even better than it when it first launched. It’s easy to use, compatible with many different devices, and inexpensive.