When it comes to password managers, every user is looking for something different. For example, one person may be looking for the cheapest software while someone who’s less technically savvy might be more concerned with ease of use.
To provide a helpful comparison for all readers, we evaluated NordPass and Keeper with respect to five criteria:
Security and Encryption
A password manager is only useful if you can trust it to protect your information. Account security starts with encryption, which ensures that your data isn’t at risk while in transit or while being stored on the password manager’s servers.
You’ll need more than encryption to keep your passwords safe. Even if the encryption holds up, someone could get the information in your password manager account by taking advantage of other weaknesses. For example, they could find your password through a dark web leak or target you with a phishing attempt.
You need to know about any leaks as soon as possible, so dark web monitoring is a critical feature for security-conscious users. Two-factor authentication (2FA) is another vital tool when it comes to preventing unauthorized access. In this section, we’ll also go over all the other security-related features that these two password managers offer.
After reviewing security, the next thing you need to consider is whether a password manager supports the devices and operating systems you use regularly. A web client can also be highly convenient, particularly if you need to log into your accounts on public or shared devices. App compatibility includes all the apps and clients available with each password manager.
Setup and Ease of Use
Every password manager claims to be easy to use, but some are much more intuitive than others. Password managers are supposed to make things simpler, so you shouldn’t have to spend too much time getting your account set up or figuring out how the app works. Ease of use also involves overall reliability — for example, a password manager that’s inconsistent about autofilling passwords are much more frustrating to use.
Password sharing is another key feature of most contemporary password managers. Instead of sending passwords through email or short message service (SMS), you can share them directly with other users through your password manager.
This type of password sharing is more secure and convenient than most other methods. In the password sharing section, we outline the sharing methods offered by each service as well as the settings and options available for users.
No software comparison is complete without a consideration of price. NordPass and Keeper come in at similar price points — NordPass subscriptions start at $2.49 per month while Keeper is slightly more expensive at $2.91 per month. However, NordPass also has the advantage of offering a free plan, while Keeper requires users to pay for access.
With respect to encryption, Keeper uses industry-standard TLS and AES-256 bit methods to protect information in transit and at rest. NordPass is more unconventional, relying on an alternative encryption method called XChaCha20.
According to the NordPass website, it chose XChaCha20 because “it’s simpler,” “it’s faster to implement,” and “mobile platforms are slowly but surely moving to XChaCha20.” Of course, you shouldn’t rely on its pitch alone to make that judgment. XChaCha20 is very similar to AES-256, but has some qualifying features that outweigh the competition including using a stream cipher instead of a block cipher, does not require hardware, and is not as prone to human error as traditional AES models.
Both NordPass and Keeper are widely available for most common devices and operating systems. You can also log into either password manager online, which makes it easy to access your accounts even without downloading any apps.
NordPass offers desktop apps for Windows, macOS, and Linux, and each app comes with the same functionality. Alternatively, you can download the NordPass browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Opera. NordPass does have a mobile app for iOS and Android, but the feedback hasn’t been great so far.
Keeper goes slightly further than NordPass with respect to app compatibility. Keeper is available for all the same operating systems and browsers as NordPass, and you can also get extensions for Safari and Internet Explorer.
The first step you need to take to get started with NordPass is create an account. Nord accounts are shared across all Nord applications, such as NordLocker and NordVPN, so you don’t need to create an account if you’ve already signed up for another Nord service. You can sign up using your email address or by connecting to a Google or Apple account.
Unlike some other password managers, NordPass requires both an account password and a master password. The account password protects your global Nord account and is used on all services while the master password only protects your NordPass vault.
It’s critical to make these two passwords different from each other to make your NordPass data as safe as possible. You should also take a second to generate a recovery code so that you can get back into your account if you ever forget the master password. You have to contact NordPass support if you happen to lose both your master password and your account recovery code.
After signing up, you’ll be met with a straightforward, sleek interface that’s largely similar to what we’ve seen from other password managers. The menu bar on the left-hand side organizes entries by category, such as logins, secure notes, credit cards, and shared items. You can add new entries, edit existing entries, or share entries with other users from the main dashboard.
If you already have your passwords stored somewhere else, you can import them quickly either through a generic comma-separated values (CSV) file or directly from the source application. NordPass supports direct imports from six different browsers:
New Keeper Password Manager users can start a free trial by visiting its website and click “Try It Free” in the top-right corner. You can start a free trial for individual, business, or managed service provider (MSP) use. The Keeper free trial doesn’t require a payment method, so you just need to enter your email address to receive the signup email.
While Keeper also supports password imports, it isn’t quite as convenient as we saw with NordPass. According to its website, automatic imports are only natively supported from LastPass.
If you’re coming from any other password manager, you’ll need to use the import command to add your passwords to Keeper. This process is much more complicated than the automatic LastPass import, and even a minor mistake could stop the import from going smoothly. Overall, importing passwords is much more streamlined with NordPass than it is with Keeper.
While Keeper works very similarly to NordPass, the interface is a little more basic. As with NordPass, you’ll see a list of categories on the left. Subcategories and individual entries are shown in the middle, with details about each entry displayed on the right. Each entry also comes with an option to jump directly to the target URL for convenient access.
Both NordPass and Keeper support secure password sharing, but there are still some key differences in the functionality each password manager offers.
With NordPass, you can quickly share saved passwords by clicking the familiar three-dot button to the right of each entry. From there, type in the email address of the person with whom you want to share the password.
There are two critical limitations associated with NordPass password sharing. First, free users can’t access any kind of password sharing functionality — you have to upgrade to a premium subscription. Additionally, you can only share passwords with other people who are also NordPass users. There’s no way to share NordPass passwords with people who use another password manager or those who don’t use any password manager at all.
Meanwhile, NordPass does offer some basic options when sharing passwords. For example, you can give the recipient either full or limited access to the shared password. With full access, they can view the password in plain text and even make changes to the password without your permission. The limited access option enables them to use the password to log in without allowing them to make changes or see the plain text.
Alternatively, you also have the option to make the recipient the password’s owner instead of yourself. This is a good option to use if you’re planning to transfer ownership of your account. Changing a password’s owner also revokes access from any other users it’s shared with.
Keeper’s password sharing tool works like NordPass, and it comes with the same crucial limitation — you can only share passwords with other Keeper users. At the same time, Keeper also provides more sharing options compared to NordPass, which gives it a clear advantage in this category.
Instead of a binary setting of “full access” or “limited access,” Keeper allows users to enable or disable three different privileges: editing, sharing, and becoming the primary owner. In other words, you can let the recipient share a password without changing it, or you can allow them to change it without enabling them to share it with anyone else.
NordPass is the only one of these two password managers that offers any kind of free plan. While both services come with an initial 30-day trial of the premium tier, you have to pay to keep using it after that.
The NordPass free tier comes with the basic tools you would expect from a password manager: autofill, password generation, cross-device syncing, multifactor authentication (MFA), and support for unlimited passwords. Paying for a subscription unlocks some extra features like emergency access, password health analysis, dark web monitoring, and password sharing.
The base NordPass rate is $4.99 per month, but that drops down to $2.99 per month paid annually or just $2.49 per month paid every two years. However, those prices are only advertised for the first year or two-year subscription, so you may have to pay the standard $4.99 per month beyond that point.
Keeper’s pricing is roughly similar to NordPass, with basic premium subscriptions running $34.99 per year. That works out to $2.92 per month billed annually, but Keeper calls it $2.91.
One issue with Keeper is that the premium plan doesn’t come with all of the available features. Dark web monitoring and file storage are only included with the Keeper Plus Bundle, which costs $4.87 per month billed annually. That’s a pretty steep price tag for a password manager, especially since both of Keeper’s “Plus” features come with regular premium NordPass subscriptions for a lower price.
You can also get a family subscription from either provider if you need to create vaults for multiple users. NordPass plans support six unique users for $7.99 per month, $5.99 per month paid annually, or $4.99 per month paid every two years.
With Keeper, you’ll pay $6.25 per month billed annually for a basic family plan or $8.62 per month billed annually for a family Plus Bundle. It’s important to note that Keeper’s family subscriptions only support a total of five users compared to six with NordPass.
If you’re willing to make a long-term commitment, NordPass is slightly cheaper at $2.49 per month paid every two years compared to $2.92 per month paid annually for Keeper. Similarly, NordPass Family plans are available for as little as $4.99 per month paid every two years while Keeper runs you a minimum of $6.25 per month billed annually.
Keeper has better user reviews on mobile, and it offers a few extra features, such as additional password sharing options. At the same time, Keeper also locks file storage and dark web monitoring behind the Plus Bundle, which is nearly twice the price of a comparable NordPass plan. NordPass also has a smoother interface as well as a more streamlined import tool.
It’s tough to justify Keeper over NordPass for most users. NordPass is cheaper, easier to use, and generally comes out ahead on features unless you’re willing to spend more on the Keeper Plus Bundle.
Of course, NordPass and Keeper are two of the many choices if you’re looking for a password manager in 2023. Check out our list of the best password managers of 2023 if you aren’t sold on either of these options.