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KeePass is an open-source tool that saves all your passwords and private documents using a key file or master password.

Since the tool is open-source, it’s available for everyone for free. And you always have access to the source codes and see yourself if your data is appropriately encrypted.

Even though it’s not as dense as Sticky Password in terms of features, those who want a plain Jane password manager without spending anything can still consider it.

But that being said, don’t let the ‘free’ and ‘open source tag’ fool you. It has its own perks (and snags, too) associated with it that I’ve mentioned in the following sections:

KeePass Pros

#1. Being an open-source tool comes with many benefits, and the most notable one is the flexibility to mold the software according to your needs.

And KeePass is no different.

The software uses AES-256 and Twofish to encrypt your data and offers to add additional plugins to add an extra layer of encryption to your files.

This is where you can cash in the flexibility perk that comes with this open-source software.

You can get your hands on the source codes any time and create a customized version of KeePass by adding more encryption plugins or doing necessary changes in other functions.

#2. KeePass too has an automatic password generator, but it renders you more freedom than other password managers.

While other password managers generate a random password for you, with KeePass, you get the freedom to choose how your password will look.

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How many characters it will have, whether you want to include any numbers, or add special characters to it.

Similarly, thanks to its autofill function, you can fill up forms or login pages in no time.

But for that, you will first have to store your passwords and other pre-existing credentials in the database. So that when you come across similar forms next time, KeePass could do the job for you.

Though the function was a bit clumsy a few times, especially while filling payment info, the overall performance was still decent in my test.

#3. Using a shared network, KeePass can also be used by small groups or families. You can simply store the database in a shared network and grant access to everyone. It’s that easy!

But unlike other password managers, I didn’t find it too secure because everyone on that network can see and modify your passwords.

So, you better share your database with trustworthy people or your private information won’t be secret anymore.

#4. Just like Sticky Password Premium, KeePass is also portable and can be carried out in a USB stick.

You can move your entire database along with the key file to a USB stick or burn it onto a CD. When needed, just plug-in the USB or CD and derive the passwords or documents without even installing the software.

Don’t worry, KeePass doesn’t create any directories in computers, neither it leaves any trace.

So when your work is done, take out the USB, sit back, and relax.

#5. Though KeePass works best on Windows computers, there are several variations available on the website for Android, iOS, and macOS devices.

KeePass Cons

#1. Keeping your passwords safe is the only function KeePass does.

Unlike modern password managers like LastPassΒ or Dashlane, it doesn’t analyze the strength of your passwords or shows how prone they’re to online attacks.

Once again, unless you’re cautious and do some manual scrutiny from time to time, the absence of an audit report gonna hurt you badly.

#2. Similar to an audit report, KeePass also lacks multi-factor authentication. That’s sloppy work from KeePass considering how nasty hackers have become. Also, it doesn’t have a biometric system like Sticky Password to cover up for this.

KeePass pricing plans and payment methods

KeePass is open source and absolutely free of cost. There’s not even any hidden cost associated with the tool.

Do I recommend KeePass?

Depending on what kind of user you are and what you want from a password manager, the answer could be yes as well as no.

If you just want to save a few passwords or documents, then it would be wise to go for a free option like KeePass.

Otherwise, I would suggest going for a paid option like LastPass, if you want to store confidential info and make sure the security is compact.

Teams and families too should opt paid password managers because the sharing feature of KeePass is not as advanced as other cutting edge tools.