Keeper: Password Manager

Privacy and security are among the most debated topics in the tech world.  After security lapses and plenty of data breaches, there is a heightened sense of concern around our data – which leads me to ask, are you using a password manager?  A password manager is a service that stores all of your usernames and passwords and lets you access them all with just one master password.  There are many password manager services out there, however, we use Keeper Security here at Lance CPA Group.  It’s the highest rated password manager on the App Store. The Keeper system isn’t just for your laptop or desktop, it’s for all of your devices.  Plus, Keeper offers browser extensions for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and Opera.  Let’s dive into what makes Keeper a compelling option.

First, it’s super secure. It’s crucial that your password manager is secure, and Keeper takes security very seriously. It generates new, strong random passwords for all your accounts. It’s a Zero Knowledge password manager and uses 256-bit AES encryption.  That means that your data, including passwords and everything else found in Keeper, is accessible only to you. No one at Keeper can access the data and yep, this is crucial for any software, but especially for one that has your passwords stored in it.  While the master password (the one to log in to Keeper) is the first line of defense, the service also supports several forms of two-factor authentication. This is essentially another layer, like a digital code or physical key, needed to gain access to your vault. Keeper allows you to use an SMS code for two-factor, an authenticator app like Google Authenticator, or even physical security keys from Yubico or Google. As it’s recommended by Keeper, I would also strongly recommend you turn on this additional layer.

Along with safely storing your passwords, Keeper also offers several other features that can be bundled with the core service. For starters, you get BreachWatch built into the apps, which monitors the dark web for your logins and passwords stored in the vault.  It’s not fun to think about, but personal information including usernames and passwords, can end up on the internet and available to bad guys.  Keeper can watch for this and flag you if it finds your password or username out there. It will also help you to quickly change that password and alerts you if any of your other accounts are using the same or a similar password.  BreachWatch works together with the Security Audit function of Keeper, which helps to find duplicate passwords or not very secure ones.  Also, if you ever have to digitally share important files, photos of credit cards or even passports, Keeper’s KeeperChat messenger platform is a secure way to do so. You can get this bundled with Keeper’s core password manager. It’s a nice added option and allows you to send messages under that same level of encryption, plus you can have them self-destruct afterward.

Keeper is impressive as a password manager, and it stems from the high level of security that the platform offers. Being Zero Knowledge and letting only the user have access to personal information is crucial, plus the same user interface across all platforms makes it a versatile manager to use.