Why I use LastPass and not KeePass

I usually prefer open source products over closed source ones, but not with password managers.

Responsibility

When using something like LastPass, and something goes wrong, LastPass will be held accountable by their millions of users. That puts a lot of pressure on them to test things before putting them out in the open, and to fix things as fast as possible. Also, because they exist to make money, they have more of it to put into things such as testing. While I’m sure KeePass is just as secure, if there is a security issue, no one is responsible, it was just a mistake a few hobby developers overlooked. I mean no disrespect to those hobby developers, hobby developers are who run the open source projects(most of the time) I love.

What about Linux? Linux is very important to security, and I use it even though it’s open source. Correct, but Linux is much more widely used and tested that KeePass, it’s also sponsored by many for-profit companies such as Intel.

Features

LastPass also offers a browser extension, and a two factor authentication option for mobile devices. Auto-fill in browsers makes it much easier to use, and makes sure you use LastPass instead of typing in your passwords. That, in turn, leads you to use LastPass to generate passwords, making them more secure. LastPass is also synced across all of my devices, something KeePass doesn’t (natively) offer, and one of the reasons I switched away from mSecure.

Popularity

While I don’t think that you shouldn’t use a less-known program just because it’s less-known, for something as important as a password manager, it better be pretty good to be less-known. LastPass is well known, and trusted by millions of users, while KeePass is often left out of password manager comparisons, as even the people comparing password managers never heard of it. While open-source is better for security 9/10 times, for my password manager, no open source solution comes close to what LastPass offers.


  • Well, I believe its time that you actually start doing research before you begin posting… Because everything you assumed under your “features” title is completely 100% wrong… Although, KeePass doesen’t directly sync across all your devices… You can more easily sync it across DropBox and other Cloud services for free! This in term is actually a better option as it allows you to also switch password managers a lot easier… Something that Lastpass thought of prior… Oh and about the open source… KeePass offers much much more options and plugins than compared to Lastpass… I’d say about 100x more…

    Oh and about the responsibility… That is just rude to call no obligation under a “few hobby developers” as huge organizations use KeePass… I recommend you read this article https://keepass.info/help/kb/trust.html and about open source cryptography…

    Next time before you publish a post about dishonoring a product, I seriously suggest that you do real research on it. And actually write about the topic no one wants to read a “snippet” as this comment is almost the length of this entire post…

    • NerdOfLinux

      First, let me just say that unlike what you did to my comment, I did not replace your name with Noob_alert

      Second, KeePass does not offer any syncing, it’s just an application. You can use third-party tools, but the key word is third-party, LastPass provides the syncing, and the password manager, so the integration is better in my opinion. On the topic of switching password managers, there is an export option in LastPass, so it’s quite easy to switch to Dashlane, 1Password, etc. As for plugins, LastPass is a password manager, not the only app you run on your computer. It keeps my passwords safe, auto-fills forms, and generates secure passwords for all my accounts, which is all I want a password manager to do. For the “hobby developers” thing, that’s there because they’re not a company and they aren’t exactly being payed to develop KeePass as far as I know.

      Most importantly, this is a BLOG, not a news site. I put whatever I want on my own blog, and you can put whatever you want on yours. This is my OPINION, I never said that everyone should use LastPass, I’m just writing about why I use it.

      • You went around my key points here… I suggest maybe re-reading it two or three times to actually grasp the concept… And second of all, “hobby developers” is rude and KeePass is much less of a hobby because it has over 20,000,000 downloads but besides the fact… I recommend you read this post https://gizmodo.com/lastpass-vs-keepass-whats-the-best-online-password-m-1452918307

        • NerdOfLinux

          The article you linked is from 2013, and LastPass has improved a lot since then. The article gave LastPass the win in Setup, and Auto-Fill, or 2/5, meaning its just one behind winning. However, they stated that KeePass won security by a hair, so I’d consider that a tie. LastPass lost “use across multiple devices”, but that’s because they said you need to pay $12 a year for that feature in LastPass, but that’s no longer true; syncing across all devices is now a free feature, meaning LastPass would win that round, which gives LastPass 3/5 categories, meaning it’s the better choice. KeePass requires you also log in to Dropbox to sync, while LastPass has that feature built in for free.

          Also, stop the argument now please. Everyone has their own favorite, and LastPass is mine, and KeePass can be yours.

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