Dashlane vs Keeper: An Overview
While they may not be as well known as 1Password or LastPass, both Dashlane and Keeper are powerful password managers that are very tough to compete with. If you’re looking for a strong password manager that delivers on nearly every front, both of these are a solid choice. However, when faced with two incredibly well-designed choices, how do we know which to commit to? Well, that’s what this head-to-head guide is for.
I’ve taken a look at over 70 password managers, and here’s the bottom line regarding Dashlane and Keeper.
Dashlane vs Keeper: Features
What’s great about both of these password managers is their unique offerings on top of the more traditional features like auto-capture and multi-device syncing. We’ll take this section to look at some of their more standout options and compare.
Dashlane: Dark Web Monitoring
Dashlane has a very unique feature in its Dark Web Monitoring module. Essentially, the password manager will consistently check online to see if your information has been leaked to the dark web – a space full of illegal activity like account selling, and will help you change your affected information to keep your life secure.
BreachWatch is Keeper’s answer to Dashlane’s Dark Web Monitoring feature. Just like with Dashlane, Keeper’s monitoring is constant and alerts you if your data has been compromised. It’s all entirely automated and you should rest assured that you’re safe with BreachWatch active.
Dashlane: Password Changer
Just like with its Dark Web Monitoring feature, Dashlane’s password changer is pretty standout. All you have to do is tell the software to scan your passwords, and it will give you the option to change your weaker ones to much stronger, more complex passwords that are nigh unbreakable. It takes no time to keep you secure!
While a paid add-on, Keeper’s KeeperChat feature is a fantastic little module ensures that you can communicate with others on an encrypted messaging platform. Not only does it keep your texts secure, but KeeperChat also brings with self-destructing messages, two-factor authentication, and even works directly with the Keeper password manager. A nice touch, here.
Both password managers offer a dark web monitoring feature, but Keeper’s chat service pales in comparison to Dashlane’s password changer. The latter’s offering is something that you’ll almost never see in competitors, while encrypted chat is a feature on many platforms, even if it’s not often seen in the password manager space.
Dashlane vs Keeper: Plans and Pricing
Right out of the gate, Dashlane has a free plan and Keeper does not. That fact puts Dashlane ahead of the game at the start. Not only do you never have to pay for the software, but it allows you to store up to 50 passwords on top of your financial information, and take advantage of Dashlane’s autofill and autocapture features. Of course, this isn’t ideal for long-term use, and the free plan only supports one device, but the ability to try the software for free as long as you like is not something to overlook.
However, while Keeper lacks in a free plan, it makes up for it by providing a ton of different plans to take advantage of, ranging from personal to family to multiple business plans. We’ll start with the personal plan comparisons.
First off, Dashlane’s Premium plan is cheap and brings with unlimited passwords, unlimited devices, and a virtual private network on top of its Dark Web Monitoring feature. Each of these are a fantastic value by themselves, let alone all together in one package. On top of this, you get secure storage for your files, which is just icing on the cake.
Keeper’s personal plan is even cheaper, and comes with multi-device sync, unlimited passwords and devices, and emergency recovery with 24/7 support. While it doesn’t come with the standout features from Dashlane, it’s nearly half the price per month, so it’s hard to compare. Then, Keeper offers a bundle with BreachWatch and its KeeperChat module, which is an encrypted messaging service to keep your communications safe from prying eyes. This combo deal is the same price as Dashlane’s premium plan.
Then, for twice the price of Dashlane’s Premium plan, you get credit monitoring and $1 million in Identity Theft Insurance, which doesn’t really seem worth the extra price. Sure, these are useful features, but it’s a little odd to see them offered by a password manager, and for so much more than the previous plan without anything extra thrown in.
Keeper’s equivalent to that would still be its Personal plan, so we’re going to examine the next tier up: its family plan. This tier offers the same features as a personal plan, but for up to five people who each get their own private vault on top of a shared one. Oddly enough, Dashlane doesn’t have a family plan at all, so Keeper definitely gains some points there.
Then we have the business plans. Dashlane’s business plan brings with the Premium tier (aside from a VPN) alongside a few extra features like an administrative console and secure password sharing on top of an onboarding module. You can acquire this plan for as many employees as you need, and they’ll enjoy personal on top of work vaults as well for a reasonable price.
Keeper delivers on this end as well, and for even cheaper too. This business plan comes with an encrypted vault for each employee, unlimited device access, security auditing, an activity log, administrative tools, and so much more. It supports up to 100 employees as well, with the option for more if you call the team and work it out with them. There’s also the Enterprise tier that adds automation, advanced two-factor authentication, additional onboarding features, and much more while still being cheaper than Dashlane’s business plan.
As if to rub it into Dashlane’s face a little more, Keeper also has a student plan which provides a discount on the personal plan for qualifying users.
Aside from its Premium Plus plan, Dashlane’s plans and pricing models are great. You’re getting incredibly useful features for a decent fee, and there’s even a free plan to boot. But, Keeper offers so many more features and options like a family plan and extra administrative tools for even cheaper than Dashlane’s, which makes it the obvious winner in this category.
Dashlane vs Keeper: Ease of Use and Setup
Both Dashlane and Keeper are super easy installs, with the latter providing a “Quick Start” tutorial that’s ideal for those who have little to no experience with password managers. This little help session takes you through creating a record within Keeper before it has you import passwords and activate the software’s web extension.
Dashlane, on the other hand, doesn’t have any sort of tutorial but it does feature a one-click password import, which streamlines a process that shouldn’t take very many steps at all in the first place. That said, both pieces of software support a ton of different password managers for importing on top of browser bookmarking as well.
Keeper, however, doesn’t allow you to create custom fields in your entires like many other password managers do. But, it provides a ton of default information in the first place, like name, address, email, title, and more, depending on your type of entry. Dashlane is in a similar position, not allowing for much customization but also subverting the need for it a majority of the time.
Both platforms bring a few quality-of-life features as well, like Dashlane’s password changing feature. This service takes a look at your weaker passwords and automatically changes them with its built-in password generator to create secure ones. That’s absolutely killer and something I’ve seen in very few if any other competitors. Not only does it save you a ton of time but it also ensures you remain secure in your browsing.
Then, Keeper delivers on some features like BreachWatch, which consistently examines your passwords and alerts you if they’ve been found in a breach somewhere online. Essentially, if your password has been leaked somewhere, this software will find it and ensure that you can generate a new, more secure one.
Both platforms have clean user interfaces as well, with Keeper making it especially easy to find everything thanks to its useful sidebar. You’re not going to struggle to find key features in either password manager, which is a sign of user-focused design philosophy.
Both Keeper and Dashlane have streamlined user interfaces, attractive, unique features, and super fast installs. It’s hard to pick a clear winner here, since for every feature one has, the other has a useful counter. So, they’re even in this category.
Dashlane vs Keeper: Security
Before getting into the details, know that both Dashlane and Keeper carry an industry standard AES-256 encryption method that keeps your information as secure as possible. From here, they both support two-factor authentication and master password protection as well.
Then, as far as Keeper goes, you can customize your level of encryption via something called PBKDF2 hashing. You can raise or lower this setting whenever you’d like, and the higher it is the harder it will be for a bad actor to crack into your information. But, this means you’re waiting longer for a browser log-in, which isn’t the most ideal thing in the world. The price you pay for high security!
Also, let’s not forget Dashlane’s auto password changing feature for extra security, which helps you keep secure with little to no extra effort.
But, Keeper brings with support for external two-factor authentication thanks to its compatibility with YubiKey. Moreover, it also has a self-destruct feature that destroys every single locally stored entry if the master password is wrong for five login attempts.
Of course, both managers have password generators as well, making it easier to browse securely. Also, they both have something called emergency recovery. Essentially, this means that you can assign up to five users as an emergency contact that can help you get into your account for a limited timeframe in case you forget your password or are locked out some other way.
In Keeper’s case, you can also securely send passwords and other entries to other Keeper users at the touch of a button. Of course, they have to have their own account with Keeper to access it.
Both password managers meet the industry standard in terms of security, which is great. However, Keeper’s third-party authenticator support and self-destruct feature put it ahead of Dashlane, and that’s not even mentioning its auto-password changing feature or custom hashing options.
Dashlane vs Keeper: Customer Support
With Dashlane, you can expect around-the-clock support for email inquiries, or live chat services during business hours on weekdays. Using these, the Dashlane support team responds fairly quickly, though you’ll receive an even quicker response if you’ve got a Premium plan subscription. You can also take advantage of the platform’s knowledge base or FAQ if you’re in a hurry.
Keeper also has live chat, and they respond to inquiries within minutes most of the time. You can also contact the team via phone whenever you’d like, and there’s even an online systems guide that lets you know if some modules are offline or not. The platform also teaches you the basics and even some advanced features with user guides, FAQs, and even a webinar.
Moreover, you can learn about Keeper with its video guides, but there isn’t any sort of forum for users to talk about their issues and use cases, which is a shame. Dashlane is also lacking in this regard.
Keeper offers more support avenues, 24/7 support, and responds faster than most password manager support teams do. That and there are detailed video guides even if there isn’t some sort of forum to keep up with things. Dashlane cannot compare here.
The Bottom Line on Dashlane vs Keeper
In terms of features, Dashlane and Keeper both deliver on having standout options that many other competitors struggle to compete with. However, when it comes to plan variety, customer support, and security, Keeper edges out over Dashlane pretty consistently.
When looking at both of these managers individually, you see strong offerings that any security fiend would be happy to take advantage of. But, comparing these two powerhouses shows that Keeper really has a few more quality touches that make it one of the best password managers out there.