Apr 15 AT 10:57 PM Guest Blogger 15 Comments

Keeper: A free personal assistant to help you remember your passwords

In this world of technology, everyone has so many passwords to remember that it’s hard to keep them all straight. Keeper is a password and data manager that allows you to securely and easily store passwords so you can remember at which site your password is “ABC123” and where it’s “Password”. You are able to store any kind of personal information you need to — from passwords to notes to web site logins.

Keeper uses military-grade encryption to ensure that your information is safe. The app is compatible with most major mobile operating systems for cross-platform use, and can be used on multiple phones simultaneously. It’s easy to port your information from one phone to another using the included backup/restore feature that securely stores your information on the developer’s servers to download to multiple devices. Additionally, for $29.95 you can purchase a desktop version of the app for use on PCs or Macs that allows you to sync your data between your phone(s) and computer.

Keeper is a rarity in the Android Market, a free app that is also ad-free that helps to attain Keeper’s uncluttered appearance. The app’s basic interface makes it easy to use. But if you do need assistance, there is a help section that includes a FAQ. There are various ways to store your data. You can list the different sites in a list format, or you can organize them in folders to make it easier to find information for a particular site.

Keeper is password-protected and takes a page out of the “Mission: Impossible” playbook with an optional self-destruct feature. If enabled, the app will erase all of your personal data you have entered (just in the app, not everything on the phone) after five unsuccessful login attempts to keep someone else from seeing your information if the phone is lost or stolen.

Final verdict

While you won’t need Keeper for passwords you use daily (i.e. e-mail and work passwords), it is an essential app for seldom-used passwords. For free, you can’t beat Keeper to manage your passwords.


  • A rare free app that is also ad-free
  • Basic, easy-to-use interface
  • Ability to store your data on multiple phones
  • Optional self-destruct mode

Would be nice:

  • A widget for quicker access to passwords

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Note: This review was submitted by Scott Jenkins as part of our app review contest.

Source: Callpod Inc.

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  • http://Website Nick

    Keeper isn’t showing up on my Droid with the barcode given up top. I’m rooted, using Cyanogen/Koush’s latest build. 5.0.6

    • http://Website Deek

      Just do a manual search for Keeper in marketplace. You’ll find it.

  • http://Website Stephan

    Keepass for Android is OpenSource and Desktop version is free. In combination with Dropbox Android app a far better choice.
    You can find the keepass version in the market and the windows desktop version here
    Ports to Linux are also avaible.

    • http://Website cV

      The problem with keepass is its horrible GUI and that it is solely focused on remembering password. It is not at all geared/designed towards holding credit card, passport, car, serial number, etc. kind of information.

      Keepass is a great first attempt but it needs some serious work! (And I would love to have a free alternative to eWaller/SplashID that works across all different platforms!!!)

  • http://android.appstorehq.com Chris DeVore

    Here’s a download option for desktop readers – click the “download” button to request an email- or sms-to-phone buy link: http://www.appstorehq.com/keeper-password-datavault-android-175368/app

  • http://www.weightlosswell.com Gabriel Heath

    Thanks for posting this article. Many info I got here.Keep writing

    • http://Website Scott Jenkins

      Not a problem, Gabriel. I’m glad you found the review helpful.

  • http://Website Mary

    How do we know it’s safe to use?

    • http://Website Scott Jenkins

      Hi Mary – As I said in the review, the app uses military-grade encryption to keep your information secure. Specificially, according to the developer’s site, the technology uses “U.S. Military and Department of Homeland Security approved 128-Bit AES cipher encryption.” If the encryption is OK to be used by the U.S. government, it’s likely safe for your passwords. I’ve been using Keeper for, among other things, remembering passwords for my online credit card payments for about six months now and none of my accounts have been compromised. Obviously no technology is absolutely perfect, but I feel Keeper’s technology is sufficient for the needs of someone using it.

      Also re-read my last paragraph before the Final Verdict. Keeper erases all your personal information in the app if someone else gets your phone and tries unsuccessfully to log into your account five times.

      If no one else gets a hold of your Keeper password, you should be fine using it.

  • http://Website Hu Shen

    I tried it and it’s decent, but I settled on B-Folders – a way superior, folder tree, syncs PC-to-Mac and with pretty UI.

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    When you think of personal assistants, you like most other people automatically think of rich executives with their personal assistants that follow them around taking care of all of the small details for them.