Keeper (password manager)

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Keeper Security
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Keeper Desktop Application
Keeper Desktop Application
Developer(s)Keeper Security Inc.
Initial releaseJanuary 2009
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS,[1]
TypePassword manager
LicenseSoftware as a Service (SaaS)

Keeper is a password manager application and digital vault created by Keeper Security that stores website passwords, financial information and other sensitive documents[2] using 256-bit AES encryption, zero-knowledge architecture[3] and two-factor authentication.[4]

In 2018, Keeper was named "Best Password Manager" by PC Mag[5] and nominated Editors' Choice with an "Excellent" rating.[6] Keeper was rated "Best Security" by Tom's Guide.[7]


Files and passwords in Keeper can be synced, backed up in the cloud, encrypted with a 256-bit AES key derived from the user's master password using PBKDF2.[8] Every record in the user's private vault is encrypted and stored with a unique encryption key.[9] Keeper also addresses the problem of password fatigue, by autofilling login and password fields with stored information.[4] Sharing passwords between Keeper users is performed using 2048-bit RSA encryption.[10]

A feature called "Keeper DNA" provides multi-factor authentication using connected devices, such as a smartwatch, to verify a user's identity when logging into the vault.[11]

BreachWatch is a feature that monitors the dark web for stolen passwords and notifies the user within their vault.[12]

KeeperChat, a secure communications platform was launched in March 2018 that provides encrypted messaging, self-destructing messages, retraction and two-factor authentication.[13]

Keeper is a free service for storing passwords on a single device and has an optional annual subscription with cross-device syncing.[14]

Keeper comes pre-loaded on the Orange Dive 70 smartphone,[3] Samsung phones, América Móvil phones[15] and most AT&T Android phones.[16] As of January 2015, Keeper has more than 9 million registered users[17] and works with over 3,000 companies.[18] Keeper is available for download on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, Linux, Kindle, and Nook,[19] and available as a browser extension for IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.[9] Keeper is also available for Microsoft Edge.[20]

Keeper for Business and Enterprise Use[edit]

Keeper Enterprise is a multi-tenant password management and secure file storage platform for businesses. Features include file sharing, user provisioning, auditing, reporting, Active Directory integration[9] and delegated administration,[18] all of which are available within a centralized admin console.[9] In June 2019 Keeper launched BreachWatch for business customers, a service which searches the Dark Web for login credentials exposed through a public breach and prevents credential stuffing or account takeover attacks.[21]


Keeper Security was founded in 2009 by Darren Guccione and Craig Lurey while on a business trip to China.[22] As of May 15, 2019 the company has 145 employees in Chicago, Northern California and Cork, Ireland.[23]


In December 2017, Keeper was bundled with Windows 10 by Microsoft. Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy disclosed that the software recommended installing a browser addon which contained a vulnerability allowing any website to steal any password.[24] A nearly identical vulnerability was already previously discovered and disclosed to Keeper in 2016.[25][26] Within 24 hours the company issued a patch.[27][28] Days later, the company that makes Keeper sued Ars Technica claiming their article was defamatory and misleading.[29] The lawsuit was dismissed on March 30, 2018 and Ars Technica added further clarifications to the article.[30] Keeper launched a public vulnerability disclosure program with Bugcrowd following the lawsuit.[31]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Keeper. "Download Password Manager for Mac, PC, Linux & More - Keeper". Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  2. ^ Dallke, Jim (December 5, 2014). "15 Chicago Startups to Watch in 2015". ChicagoInno. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Seals, Tara. "Orange Embeds Password Manager". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  4. ^ a b Parker, Jason (April 18, 2014). "Take control of password chaos with these six password managers". CNET. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  5. ^ Staff, By PCMag; November 20, 2018 9:00AM EST; November 20, 2018. "The Best Tech Products of 2018". PCMAG. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  6. ^ Rubenking, By Neil J.; December 6, 2017 4:50PM EST; December 6, 2017. "Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault". PCMAG. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  7. ^ Managment, Paul Wagenseil 2019-07-01T20:05:00Z. "Best Password Managers 2019". Tom's Guide. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  8. ^ Rubenking, Neil (August 15, 2014). "Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault 8 Review & Rating". PC Mag. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d "10 Password Managers For Business Use". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  10. ^ "Keeper Password Manager Review". Security Baron. 2018-01-26. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  11. ^ "New products of the week 10.26.2015". Network World. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  12. ^ Krol, Jacob (2019-03-30). "This password manager puts security and ease of use at the forefront". CNN Underscored. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  13. ^ "Keeper Launches Secure Chat Platform". Mobile ID World. 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  14. ^ "10 Best Mobile Password Managers". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  15. ^ "Password-security startup lands Samsung, two big carriers". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  16. ^ Rubenking, Neil (August 15, 2014). "Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault 8 Review & Rating". PC Mag. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  17. ^ "Keeper Security Sees Growth as America Movil Signs Up". 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  18. ^ a b Kuranda, Sarah. "Keeper Security Launches Channel Program, New Enterprise Mobile Security Platform". CRN. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  19. ^ Rubenking, Neil (August 22, 2014). "The Best Password Managers". PC Mag. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  20. ^ Sunita (2017-05-31). "How to Install and Use Keeper Password Manager in Microsoft Edge". Howtoconnect - How-to, Tips on Windows 10 | 8, Android, IOS, Banking. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  21. ^ Murphy, Ian (2019-06-25). "Keeper searches Dark Web for password breaches -". Enterprise Times. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  22. ^ "Can this app protect you from being hacked?". Crain's Chicago Business. 2015-01-15. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  23. ^ "Password-security company boosting space, tripling local staff". Crain's Chicago Business. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  24. ^ "Windows 10 included password manager with huge security hole". Engadget. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  25. ^ "For 8 days Windows bundled a password manager with a critical plugin flaw". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  26. ^ Chirgwin, Richard (18 December 2017). "Windows 10 bundles a briefly vulnerable password manager". The Register. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  27. ^ Kovacs, Eduard (18 December 2017). "Google Researcher Finds Critical Flaw in Keeper Password Manager". Security Week.
  28. ^ Security, Keeper (2017-12-15). "Update for Keeper Browser Extension 11.4.4 - Keeper Blog". Keeper Blog. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  29. ^ Whittaker, Zack. "Security firm Keeper sues news reporter over vulnerability story". ZDNet. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  30. ^ "Press releases | Ars Technica". Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  31. ^ "Keeper Security forms vulnerability disclosure program with Bugcrowd". SearchSecurity. Retrieved 2019-07-02.

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