Passwords, as we all know are some of the extremely important data that we possess. With the increasing number of online services and the variety of options available for a single service, most people tend to use the same password for multiple services across several platforms.
While this behavior is certainly convenient, it is definitely not the most secure approach, especially considering the frequency of data breaches that are happening these days. So, if you are going to use the same password everywhere, one single breach where your password is leaked might be enough to compromise all your accounts.
This is where password managers come in. They are essentially a useful piece of software which could generate and store passwords for multiple services that you might use. So, by using a password manager, you not only need to remember all your passwords, but you can also get automatically generated complex passwords that are difficult to guess and since they are all stored in an encrypted vault, easy to compromise as well.
So, in today’s post of what I hope to be a weekly series of posts of This Instead Of That (TIOT), I am going to list out 5 reasons, why you should use the password manager called KeePass, instead of the highly popular and widely known LastPass password manager with millions of downloads.
The TIOT series will essentially be a weekly series with posts arguing why you should use a particular app or a service instead of a popular one and me listing out a few reasons to convince you into using the less popular but a better alternative.
KeePass is Open source
Open-source software, are in general are more transparent than a company-owned software. This is particularly considered more advantageous when it comes to this topic as password managers handle a lot of your sensitive data and it is a little reassuring to know how the app actually works and how the software handles and protects your passwords.
KeePass is also maintained by an active list of community members, this means that the app would be frequently and quickly updated with new features or patches compared to LastPass. Also, since KeePass is open source, anyone can perform a security audit on their code and make sure that the app is running according to the recommended security standards.
You can have a look at the audit information over here.
KeePass is less popular
While people, in general, prefer using popular products and services as opposed to the less known ones, in this case, it actually makes sense to use KeePass, a less popular alternative to LastPass. This is mainly because of the reason that a less popular software means that the probability of it getting attacked is also considerably lesser than LastPass. As LastPass as millions of downloads, a lot of attackers have made attempts at compromising the software and hijacking the millions of passwords stored in it.
However, since KeePass is relatively less popular, the chances of it becoming a target for mainstream attackers are less, as hackers generally target applications or services with a larger user base which in turn would have a huge impact and a greater success rate. While this does not mean that the KeePass application would never be the target of attackers, it is comparatively less of a target than LastPass or any other popular password managers out there.
KeePass does not have any commercial targeting
LastPass’s main aim, besides being a secure application to manage your passwords, is also frankly to be the number one application to do so. With that targeting and aim in mind, they need to work towards making their application available to all kinds of users and platforms. This might sometimes mean that they need to add some attractive features which are otherwise unnecessary or provide support for even older more vulnerable versions of operating systems or browsers just to make sure that their application is available to the maximum number of audience.
On the contrary, KeePass, being an open-source application does not necessarily work towards making it available to wider audience and it rather concentrates on making sure that it is as secure and functional as possible. While this might mean that the application might be unusable or unstable in older versions of browsers of operating systems, it also means that it is more secure and is prone to fewer threats compared to LastPass.
KeePass does not store your passwords on the cloud
Granted, not having your passwords stored in the cloud for easier access across multiple devices and quicker synchronization is less convenient, it is also more secure, especially considering the increasing amounts of security breaches we are witnessing every passing day.
However, you can still use Google Drive or any other cloud provider of your choice to store the encrypted database of your passwords exported from KeePass. By this, your password is not only hosted on some unknown place, but it is also stored safely in your account and you can still access the encrypted file of your passwords across multiple devices by signing into your Google Drive or any other cloud service account you use.
That’s probably all of the reasons I have got to motivate you into using KeePass instead of the popular LastPass. Let me know in the comments section if you think there are any other reasons to do so.