Dashlane and Keeper are two of the best password managers in 2022 — they both use end-to-end encryption and provide extensive security features for a low cost. Both password managers also offer free plans. However, while Dashlane’s free plan is one of the best on the market, Keeper’s free plan is pretty limited.
Dashlane and Keeper share many features that are essential to premium password managers:
- 256-bit AES encryption.
- Password sharing.
- Password vault auditing.
- Dark web monitoring.
- Encrypted storage.
However, Dashlane and Keeper also have significant differences. For example, Dashlane also includes an unlimited-data VPN and a one-click password changer, while Keeper offers encrypted messaging and 24/7 customer support.
I wanted to find out which password manager is better, so I spent weeks testing Dashlane and Keeper to see how they compared in terms of security, features, plans and pricing, ease of use, and customer support.
It was challenging to pick a winner because both password managers come with their own set of unique features and advantages. So, read each section carefully and see which password manager will best suit your needs.
Short on time? Here’s the final verdict:
- 🥇 Dashlane — Winner in Basic Features, Extra Features, and Plans & Pricing. Dashlane is a highly secure password manager with some great extra features, including a VPN, dark web monitoring, and encrypted storage.
- 🥈 Keeper — Winner in Ease of Use and Customer Support. Keeper is an easy-to-use password manager with excellent security, great customer support, and some cool extras (like an encrypted chat feature).
Dashlane vs. Keeper: Security
Dashlane and Keeper are both secure password managers that share several key security features, including:
- 256-bit AES encryption — secures your data using an unbreakable encryption method.
- Zero-knowledge protocol — even Dashlane and Keeper employees are unable to access the data in your password vault.
- Two-factor authentication (2FA) — you need to use two forms of identification to log in to your password vault.
Dashlane encrypts your data using end-to-end 256-bit AES encryption, which is the most secure form of encryption available. All information is encrypted on your device, using your master password as the key to encrypt your data before it’s then stored in Dashlane’s cloud servers.
This end-to-end encryption means that nobody but you (not even Dashlane’s staff) can access the information in your password vault. It also means that it’s critical you don’t forget your master password, as Dashlane won’t be able to help you recover your data.
However, Dashlane does offer one account recovery option — via biometrics. So long as you’ve previously enabled biometric logins (with your fingerprint or Face ID, depending on your device), then you’ll be able to access your account and change your master password that way. Biometric login is considered a highly secure form of authentication, and it’s great that there’s a way to access your account if you forget your master password, but I do wish that Dashlane had a few more account recovery options (like Keeper does).
Dashlane’s 2FA options are good, but a little limited. Dashlane only offers 2FA through biometric scanning or TOTP authenticator apps (such as Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, or Duo Mobile), while Keeper also provides SMS and USB token 2FA tools.
Despite being one of the most visible and popular password managers in the world, Dashlane has never been breached, hacked, or publicly exposed for containing security vulnerabilities. Not all password managers can say this — other big-name competitors, including Keeper and LastPass, have had vulnerabilities exposed in the last few years.
Keeper also uses end-to-end 256-bit AES encryption to secure all user passwords and data. Like Dashlane, all data is encrypted and decrypted at device level using your master password — which Keeper has no record of. This means that even if hackers were able to gain access to Keeper’s servers, they wouldn’t be able to access your data without your master password.
Keeper also has a strict zero-knowledge policy, which means even Keeper’s staff can’t view or access any of the data in user accounts. All of this makes Keeper a highly secure password manager. That said, in 2017, a security flaw was found in Keeper’s browser extension that supposedly allowed websites to steal user passwords. However, Keeper patched this vulnerability within 24 hours of discovery, and no user accounts were affected, nor any data exposed.
Keeper provides a few options for account recovery. In the event that you forget your master password, you can reset your master password by entering a backup verification code sent to your email and then answering security questions (which you will have provided when setting up your account). If you have 2FA enabled, you can also have verification codes sent to your authenticator app. This process is slightly more accessible than Dashlane’s password recovery process.
Keeper also provides more 2FA options than Dashlane, including:
- Biometric login.
- TOTP authenticator apps.
- SMS text.
- U2F key (such as YubiKey).
Keeper can also send one-time 2FA passcodes to your smartwatch, which is pretty cool.
Winner (Security): It’s a tie!
Both Dashlane and Keeper provide excellent security features, including military-grade encryption and zero-knowledge protocols. While there are a few other differences between the two, it’s impossible to pick a winner. Dashlane’s security infrastructure has never been compromised, but its 2FA and account recovery options aren’t quite as good as Keeper’s. Keeper, on the other hand, was involved in a security breach in 2017 — but it was addressed within 24 hours and no user accounts were affected, nor any data exposed.
Dashlane vs. Keeper: Basic Features
Dashlane and Keeper’s basic password management features are both really good. Both password managers are compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android, and all the most popular web browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. Their features include essentials like:
- Unlimited password storage.
- Multi-device synchronization.
- Password generator.
- Auto-save and auto-fill.
- Identity and payment storage.
- Password sharing.
- Password importing.
Dashlane: Basic Features
For desktop users, Dashlane is now a web-only password manager — so it has a web app, but no specific desktop app. Its browser extension works for Chrome, Edge, Safari, and Firefox, and there’s a Dashlane mobile app for Android and iOS.
Dashlane has a handy password generator that works well. You can generate a password between 4 and 40 characters that contains letters, numbers, symbols, and similar characters (i.e. O and 0). The password generator can be accessed via the browser extension and mobile apps, and it automatically pops up whenever you’re creating a new login on a web page.
Dashlane’s password generator also remembers the last 20 passwords generated, which is a really handy feature. Whenever you generate a new account login, Dashlane offers to save it to your vault automatically. However, if you ever forget or neglect to do so, this feature allows you to easily recover your recently generated passwords and add them to your vault.
Getting started with Dashlane is also very easy. If you’re transitioning from another password manager, it’s easy to import passwords into Dashlane using a .csv file (which can be generated by all major password managers). Dashlane can also easily import passwords from most web browsers (also using .csv files) — including Chrome, Edge, and Firefox. Dashlane has clear instructions on how to import passwords from each specific browser or password manager, and it takes just a few minutes in total.
Dashlane’s free plan allows users to store up to 50 logins on a single device, and its paid plans offer unlimited logins across multiple devices.
I found Dashlane’s auto-save and auto-fill functions to be quick, intuitive, and accurate. Whenever I registered a new account, Dashlane would issue a pop-up offering to generate a password and save the new login in my vault, all of which can be done with just a few clicks. When navigating to saved websites, Dashlane offers a couple of options — it can automatically log you in, or you can click the “D” icon in the password field to log in. In my experience, Dashlane auto-filled my logins on all of my saved sites without error.
I also liked how Dashlane let me save and auto-fill my personal information, including my name, phone number, address, and bank account details. This made filling in forms easy. However, Dashlane doesn’t allow you to create folders if you have multiple users on one account, so it can be harder to find the right personal information if you’re sharing your vault. Keeper allows you to create folders containing each user’s personal information.
Keeper: Basic Features
Keeper has easy-to-use apps for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Linux. The browser extension similarly works on all Chromium-based browsers (Chrome, Edge, Brave), Safari, and Firefox.
Keeper’s password generator works well and allows you to generate both complex and random passwords. You can generate passwords up to 100 characters in length and quickly save them into your vault. However, unlike Dashlane, you can’t access your previously generated passwords in Keeper, which can be really annoying if a login doesn’t save correctly into your vault.
Like Dashlane, Keeper lets you easily import passwords from web browsers and other password managers. Keeper’s Automatic Importer Tool scans for any accounts saved into your web browser and automatically adds them to Keeper, without the need to even export any data into a .csv file first. Keeper also makes it easy to import data from other password managers — using .csv files like Dashlane in most cases, but it has a super handy one-click importer tool for importing passwords from LastPass, so you only need to input your LastPass login credentials.
Keeper’s auto-saving and auto-fill functions also work well. Like Dashlane, whenever I created an account on a new website, a pop-up would ask if I wanted Keeper to generate a new password for it. Once I’d generated a password, I could then save the account into my vault. When returning to a website I already have saved in my vault, I could click on a padlock symbol in the username and password field to allow Keeper to fill in my credentials. However, Keeper doesn’t have a zero-click login option like Dashlane.
I much preferred Keeper’s identity and payment feature to Dashlane’s. Keeper also allows you to store your name, phone number, address, and payment information, but unlike Dashlane, Keeper stores all the saved IDs in separate folders depending on who they belong to, which I find much more user-friendly.
Winner (Basic Features): Dashlane
Selecting a winner between Dashlane and Keeper was challenging because both offer good basic features. However, I found most of Dashlane’s password-saving and recalling features more intuitive. For example, logging into a website with Dahlane is instant, and if you forget to save a password you’ve generated, you can quickly retrieve it. Keeper’s auto-fill and password storage is pretty good, and I like the way it organizes user information in separate folders, but it’s just not as smooth and intuitive as Dashlane overall.
Dashlane vs. Keeper: Extra Features
Dashlane and Keeper both come with a range of extra features for additional security. Some of the features they have in common include:
- Password sharing.
- Password auditing.
- Dark web monitoring.
- Encrypted storage.
However, both Dashlane and Keeper also provide unique extra features. For example, Dashlane comes with a VPN and an automatic password changer, and Keeper has a unique messaging app.
Dashlane: Extra Features
Dashlane includes the best extra features of any password manager in 2022 — including an unlimited-data VPN. Dashlane is the only password manager on the market that includes a VPN, and it’s a really good VPN too. Dashlane’s VPN is powered by Hotspot Shield, which uses unbreakable 256-bit AES encryption, has a strict no-logs policy, a kill switch, and more. It also provides fast connection speeds to over 1,800 servers in 80+ countries around the world.
Dashlane has a good password sharing feature, which is very simple to use. You can share a password with other Dashlane users by simply entering their email address/Dashlane ID. When you share passwords, you can either give the recipient full user permissions, meaning they can read, edit, and re-share the passwords, or you can lock passwords — so that the recipient can’t read, edit, or re-share them but can use them to log in. Users on Dashlane’s free plan can share up to 5 passwords, and paid users can share unlimited passwords.
Dashlane also allows you to export your passwords in a separate, encrypted folder. You’ll be asked to create a separate password from your master password, which you can then use for importing the data later. This is a useful security feature, and a secure way to provide emergency access to the data in your vault.
Dashlane comes with a really good password auditing tool, too. It monitors every account you’ve saved into Dashlane and gives you an overall password health score.
The password auditing tool also alerts you to:
- Weak passwords.
- Passwords you’ve reused too many times.
- Compromised passwords.
When you click on a password Dashlane has flagged in its audit, you’re given easy-to-follow instructions on how to change it.
A particularly great feature is Dashlane’s automatic password changer, which is compatible with hundreds of websites. It lets you change passwords for all compatible websites with just one click — most password managers (including Keeper) have password auditing tools that flag passwords that are weak or compromised, but you then have to manually change every single one, which can be really tedious.
Dashlane Premium users also get 1 GB of encrypted file storage. However, Keeper offers up to a whopping 100 GB of encrypted storage, and Dashlane’s encrypted storage limits individual files to 50 MB max, which is pretty limiting.
Finally, Dashlane has excellent dark web monitoring that allows you to monitor up to 5 email addresses. It uses its own dark web database that contains more than 12 billion records of data breaches, as well as information gathered from dark web forums by Dashlane’s dark web monitoring team. When I tested the dark web monitoring using a test email, it alerted me to 5 breaches and provided guidance on how to secure my accounts. Unlike most password managers that only provide on-demand dark web scanning, Dashlane also provides real-time alerts to any new breaches, sending you an alert as soon as any new breach is discovered.
Keeper: Extra Features
While Keeper doesn’t have as many extra features as Dashlane, its extra features are pretty good, and I particularly like KeeperChat. KeeperChat is an encrypted messaging app that uses 256-bit AES encryption to prevent hackers from reading your messages. KeeperChat also allows you to retract messages or set a timer on messages so that they delete themselves after a certain period.
Like Dashlane, Keeper also allows easy password sharing. You simply enter the email address of the person you want to share a password with, and they’ll receive an email prompting them to create a Keeper account (if they don’t already have one) so they can receive the password. However, unlike Dashlane, the free version of Keeper doesn’t allow you to share any passwords.
Keeper also has a pretty good password auditing feature. Like Dashlane, it gives you an overall password health score and alerts you to any weak or reused passwords. But Keeper doesn’t have an automatic password changer, so you’ll have to manually change every password it flags.
I also thought Dashlane’s dark web monitoring was better than Keeper’s. Keeper relies on publicly available breach data from the haveIbeenpwned database, and it doesn’t include live assistance or dedicated dark web monitoring agents to catch the latest breaches. Keeper’s dark web monitoring is also only available as an add-on, it doesn’t come as standard with Keeper’s Unlimited plan.
Finally, Keeper offers up to 100 GB of encrypted storage, which is really great. Like the dark web monitoring, the encrypted storage is only available as an add-on though. However, the packages start at 10 GB (which is much more useful than Dashlane’s 1 GB) for a pretty reasonable price.
Winner (Extra Features): Dashlane
Both Dashlane and Keeper come with really good extra features, but Dashlane’s are better. Dashlane’s VPN is a really excellent online privacy tool, and its password auditing and dark web monitoring tools are much better than Keeper’s. I love that Keeper offers up to 100 GB of encrypted cloud storage, and its encrypted messaging app is a great way to securely communicate with other Keeper users, but at the end of the day, Dashlane provides more security, privacy, and ease-of-use with its extra features.
Dashlane vs. Keeper: Plans & Pricing
Both Dashlane and Keeper are available for a reasonable price, and both come with a 30-day free trial. Keeper is slightly cheaper than Dashlane, costing only $3.75 / month compared to Dashlane’s $3.99 / month, but Dashlane contains better features, including a premium unlimited-data VPN, which makes it worth paying that little bit extra.
Dashlane: Plans & Pricing
Dashlane offers 3 plans: Dashlane Free, Premium, and Family.
Dashlane Free includes:
- Password storage (up to 50 accounts).
- Use on 1 device.
- Password generator.
- Auto-save and auto-fill.
- 2FA (TOTP or biometric).
- Password sharing (up to 5 accounts).
- Security Alerts.
While Dashlane Free provides more features than most free password managers, it restricts users to only using Dashlane on one device at a time. For this reason, most users will just want to upgrade to one of Dashlane’s paid plans.
Dashlane Premium costs $4.99 / month, includes everything in Dashlane Free, and adds:
- Unlimited password sharing.
- Sync across unlimited devices.
- Unlimited password sharing.
- Automatic password changer.
- Dark web monitoring and alerts.
- VPN (with unlimited data).
- 1 GB encrypted file storage.
- Secure notes feature.
Dashlane Family then costs $7.49 / month and includes 6 separate Dashlane Premium accounts — which you can manage through a central family management dashboard.
You can try Dashlane using a 30-day free trial, and it also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Keeper: Plans & Pricing
Keeper also offers 3 plans: Keeper Free, Keeper Unlimited, and Keeper Family.
Keeper Free includes:
- Unlimited password storage on 1 mobile device.
- Identity and payment storage on 1 mobile device.
- Password generator on 1 mobile device.
- Password exporting.
While there are no limits to the number of accounts you can store on the free version, Keeper Free is missing many features essential to a password manager, such as auto-fill and emergency access. You also don’t get access to the web dashboard, which is a big letdown.
However, with Keeper Unlimited ($24.49 / year), you get everything included in Keeper Free as well as:
- Multi-device use and sync.
- Web/desktop app access.
- Browser extension access.
- Auto-fill and auto-save.
- Secure password sharing.
- Emergency access.
You can also pay a little extra and get 10 GB secure file storage and Keeper’s dark web monitoring.
Finally, Keeper Family includes everything in Keeper Unlimited. It costs $52.49 / year and comes with 5 separate password vaults for you and your family members. You also get 10 GB of secure file storage that you can upgrade to 50 or 100 GB for an additional cost, and there’s another add-on plan for this bundle that adds dark web monitoring. Keeper’s family plan is a pretty good deal, and cheaper than Dashlane’s Family plan (they’re both among the best password managers for families).
Keeper doesn’t offer a money-back guarantee, but you can try Keeper Unlimited on a free 30-day trial.
Winner (Plans & Pricing): Dashlane
Both Dashlane and Keeper offer free plans as well as excellent premium plans. Dashlane’s free plan is limited to a single device, but it comes with a good range of useful features, whereas Keeper’s free plan is extremely limited, and it doesn’t even include auto-filling. Dashlane’s paid plan is slightly more expensive than Keeper’s. However, the extra features you get from Dashlane’s premium plan, plus the inclusion of a 30-day money-back guarantee, make it the clear winner.
Dashlane vs. Keeper: Ease of Use
Both Dashlane and Keeper are very easy to use. Dashlane is 100% web-based, whereas Keeper still provides a desktop app in addition to its web dashboard. Some users will prefer Dashlane’s web-first approach because it’s more lightweight than Keeper, but the web-only app does make offline access a little more complicated.
Dashlane: Ease of Use
Dashlane’s web app and browser extension are really easy to set up and use. From Dashlane’s website, you can add the Dashlane extension to your browser with a couple of clicks. Once you’ve done this, Dashlane will take you to the web-based dashboard, where you can easily access every feature.
If you click the VPN button on the dashboard, you’re given your VPN login details. From here, you can download and set up Hotspot Shield in just a few minutes, and once set up, you can connect to a server of your choice with just one click.
Importing passwords to Dashlane is quick and straightforward. The auto-fill and auto-save functions also worked perfectly during my tests. And other functions such as the dark web monitoring, automatic password changer, and password generator are also very intuitive and work well.
Dashlane’s advanced 2FA features are also very easy to set up. You can turn 2FA on from the Settings menu in your main account, and then there’s a clear step-by-step guide that takes you through setting up 2FA with an authenticator app.
Finally, Dashlane’s mobile app is available for Android and iOS, and both versions are excellent. The mobile app includes almost all of Dashlane’s features, including the VPN, password generator, password auditing, and much more — and they all work very well. The auto-fill and auto-save also works seamlessly on mobile devices.
Keeper: Ease of Use
Keeper’s web app and browser extension are both really easy to navigate. However, unlike Dashlane, Keeper also comes with a desktop app. I loved this inclusion because it lets you auto-fill passwords on applications that the web extension doesn’t support, and you can easily access your vault when offline.
Setting up Keeper is super easy. It takes no time to download the browser extension, and you can then download the desktop app separately.
Once the browser extension is installed, you can easily generate passwords from the web extension or desktop app, save your credentials to the password vault, and utilize the auto-fill and auto-save functions, which work very well. All of Keeper’s other features are just as intuitive and easy to use.
Setting up Keeper’s 2FA is also very straightforward. You’re given the option to enter a phone number, choose an authenticator app, or set up KeeperDNA (which lets you authenticate Keeper using your phone or smartwatch). You’re then given an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide on setting each of these 2FA options up.
Importing passwords from browsers and other password managers is fast and easy, with very clear instructions for each individual browser and password manager.
And like Dashlane, Keeper also has excellent iOS and Android mobile apps. The mobile apps include most of the same features as the desktop app, including the password audit tool, payment card details storage, and more. However, Keeper’s mobile apps don’t include a standalone password generator, which is a bit of a shame.
Winner (Ease of Use): Keeper
It was tough to choose between Dashlane and Keeper for ease of use. Both are easy to install and can be set up in minutes. However, while I loved that most of Dashlane’s features are accessible in one click, Keeper’s desktop app gives Keeper a slight edge. Users that don’t use passwords for desktop apps and don’t need to access their vaults offline will be very happy using Dashlane, though.
Dashlane vs. Keeper: Customer Support
Both Dashlane and Keeper provide a comprehensive knowledge base, live chat support, and more. However, Keeper’s customer support is a little more helpful than Dashlane’s.
Dashlane: Customer Support
Dashlane’s customer support options include:
- Live chat support.
- Twitter support.
- Reddit support.
- Email support.
- Knowledge base.
I found the knowledge base helpful. It contained easy-to-find guides with clear step-by-step instructions on how to use Dashlane.
The email support is okay, but it’s not the fastest. I had to respond to an automated message before my email could be processed, and after that, getting a response took over 24 hours.
However, I like the live chat support. It operates Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm (ET), and I never had to wait to be connected to an agent. The support agents were friendly, helpful, and always responded quickly with informative advice.
Keeper: Customer Support
Keeper’s customer support options include
- Knowledge base.
- Live chat.
Keeper’s knowledge base is really good. Unlike Dashlane, it includes video guides that are easy to follow and supplemented nicely by individual support pages.
The email response team consistently responded in 3 hours, much quicker than Dashlane’s 24-hour response time.
The live chat is also accessible 24/7, which is rare in a password manager. With both the live chat and email, I always received quick and clear answers that quickly resolved any issues or questions I had.
Winner (Customer Support): Keeper
Both Keeper and Dashlane provide really good customer support. However, while Dashlane offers a broader range of customer support options than Keeper, Keeper’s faster email response time, 24/7 live chat, and extensive knowledge base give it the slight edge over Dashlane.
Dashlane vs. Keeper: Overall Winner
Dashlane is a secure, feature-rich, and intuitive password manager — and it includes the best extra features of any password manager in 2022.
Keeper is a secure password manager with some pretty good extra features, but its overall range of features don’t quite match up to Dashlane. That said, its inclusion of a desktop app makes it more accessible to home users, and it has excellent customer support.
Overall, Dashlane and Keeper are both great options, and selecting a winner was difficult. However, Dashlane provides more useful features for most users — particularly with its unlimited-data VPN and automatic password changer, plus Dashlane’s auto-fill function is super intuitive and easy to use. Keeper has slightly better customer support, and its inclusion of a desktop app allowing auto-filling in apps is helpful. However, these factors aren’t enough to give Keeper the edge over Dashlane.
Overall Winner: Dashlane
Comparison of Dashlane vs. Keeper in 2022
|Password Manager||Starting Price||Free Version or Trial||Additional Features||Money-Back Guarantee|
|🥇Dashlane||$3.99 / month||Free version and 30-day free trial||VPN, password sharing, password auditing, automatic password changer, 1GB encrypted file storage, dark web monitoring||30 days|
|🥈Keeper||$3.75 / month||Free version and 30-day free trial||Encrypted chat, password sharing, password auditing, dark web monitoring, up to 100 GB encrypted storage||No|
Dashlane vs Keeper — Frequently Asked Questions
Which is better — Keeper or Dashlane?
Both Dashlane and Keeper are really good password managers. However, Dashlane is slightly better. I really enjoyed having access to a VPN, a live dark web monitoring team, and an automatic password changer tool. Keeper provides excellent auto-filling, a good desktop app, and up to 100 GB of encrypted storage (for an extra cost), but its extra features aren’t as good as Dashlane’s. They’re both among the top password managers on the market in 2022, though.
Is Dashlane trustworthy?
Yes. All of our top-rated password managers are trustworthy — including Dashlane. Dashlane uses end-to-end 256-bit AES encryption to store user data, which means that you are the only person who can access the information stored in your Dashlane vault. Dashlane has never been breached or hacked, and there has never been a report of Dashlane user data being pulled from Dashlane’s servers.
Competitors like LastPass and Keeper have both been part of public vulnerability reports, but both companies have quickly patched any security vulnerabilities found in their systems, and none of their user data has ever been compromised.
Is Keeper a good password manager?
Yes, Keeper is a really good password manager. It’s among our top 10 password managers in 2022. Keeper includes all of the basic features of a password manager, plus some really good extras (such as advanced 2FA options, an encrypted chat feature, password vault auditing, and encrypted storage). If you want to learn more about Keeper, you can read our full review here.
Which password manager is the most secure?
No one password manager is the “most” secure. But both Dashlane and Keeper — as well as all the other password managers we recommend in 2022 — are extremely secure.
Both Dashlane and Keeper protect their user data using military-grade 256-bit AES encryption, and they both have a zero-knowledge protocol. This means the only way your password vault could ever be hacked is if your master password is leaked or stolen — and you are the only person that should ever know your master password. However, even in that instance, Dashlane and Keeper both provide 2FA options, meaning that a hacker would also need access to your fingerprint, authenticator app, or USB token to break into your vault.