Keepass vs 1Password: Which password manager is better?

The password manager is one of the must-have applications for the Windows operating system. When you install it on the PC, you can save the passwords with the software and see them when required.

If you store the passwords to a plaintext file and someone access this file, you’ll be in trouble as the person can log in to your accounts, see personal messages, etc.

KeePass is one of the best password manager software. It is a cross-platform and open-source application used by hundreds of thousands of users. 1password was launched in 2005 by a company called AgileBits. The first version of KeePass was introduced in 2003. Unlike KeePass, 1Password is a closed-source software.

Is KeePass better than 1Password or vice versa? Which password manager application among the two is better? Let’s find it out!

1Password vs Keepass

Setup file size, security, and UI

The KeePass software’s setup file size is 25 to 28 megabytes only, and that of 1Password is around 100 megabytes. The user interface of KeePass is not very attractive, but 1Password’s UI is beautiful. To use KeePass, you just have to install, run it and follow the instructions the software displays.

KeePass will create a database on a PC to store passwords. It will also generate a key file. While accessing the passwords saved on KeePass, you’ll be prompted to choose the database file, key file and enter a key. To access the passwords on 1Password, you must enter the 1Password user id and password.

If you forget your KeePass key or key file, you will never be able to access your passwords. Once you create your 1Password account, you will be prompted to download the “emergency kit” PDF file. This PDF file has a secret key. You must keep it in a safe location. As in KeePass, if you lose this PDF file, you may not be able to access your passwords on 1Password.

KeePass and 1Password encrypt passwords with a robust encryption algorithm and store them securely. Thus, it would be difficult for intruders or hackers to crack the passwords without logging in to the application. 1Password uses an AES-256 bit algorithm, whereas KeePass uses BlowFish and AES algorithms.

Groups

Although the two password manager tools come with a search tool, it is a good practice to group passwords. In KeePass and 1Password, you can group passwords into various categories. You can either add a new category or create one in both applications. By default, KeePass ships with the following categories:

  • General, windows, network.
  • Internet, email, home banking, recycle bin.

You can also create a category manually in the two applications.

More than passwords

You can store passwords in 1Password or KeePass and save other vital details of the account. For example, you can save the PIN, IBAN, SWIFT, account number, etc. 1Password shows fields that you can fill. You can add new fields to the form as well. In KeePass, the advanced tab of the “add new entry” window allows users to add a new string field. You can use this option to store additional details of the account.

Password strength meter

1Password shows the password strength next to the masked password. If you have stored a weak password, 1Password will display the word “terrible” at the right of the password field and a message that your password is weak, and you must change it to something else. KeePass shows the option to copy the password on its toolbar. You’ll find the copy option on the user name or password when you move the mouse cursor on two fields.

KeePass doesn’t have this function. 1Password analyzes all passwords and shows the overall strengths of passwords in the “watchtower” section. The Watchtower section shows the overall strength of passwords and the number of weak and strong passwords in the software’s database.

Link to entries

1Password can generate a link to individual entries. You can share this link or bookmark it to access the entry quickly. KeePass is an offline application. Thus, it doesn’t generate shareable links like 1Password.

Autotype

KeePass, despite being a desktop software, can autofill form fields. 1Password also supports this feature.

Plugins and security

KeePass supports plugins. With the plugins, you can extend the functionality of the software. You’ll find 60+ plugins on the official KeePass website. 1Password doesn’t support extensions or plugins. In 1Password, you can enable two-factor authentication. 2-factor authentication is an extra security layer in 1Password in addition to the PIN and security key.

As passwords you save with 1Password are stored on the cloud storage memory, you don’t have to do anything apart from logging into your account to access passwords on phones/laptops. In KeePass, you would have to move the password database/key file from one device to another to access the password. You can configure 1Password to store passwords locally if you want to use the application offline.

Pricing

1Password isn’t a free application like KeePass. However, the company offers a free trial to users who want to try out the application before purchasing its subscription plan. The subscription plans of 1Password are grouped into two categories – Personal/Family and Team/Business. There are two plans in the Personal/Family category and three plans in the Team/Business category. 1Password offers two Personal plans for 2.99 and 4.99 dollars. The team plans cost 19.95, 7.99, and N dollars per month.

Other ways to sign in

1Password supports integration with the Windows Hello system. KeePass lets you sign in only with your KeePass ID.

Extensions and platforms

You can install and use KeePass and 1Password on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. You’ll also find the extensions of the applications on the Chrome web store.

Closing words: KeePass might be a free application, but it has every feature you’ll find in 1Password. It is ideal for users who want to use the password manager on a single device and would like to access your password on multiple devices. 1Password is a great alternative to KeePass but it is a paid software.

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