When comparing KeePass vs Google Chrome, the Slant community recommends KeePass for most people. In the question“What is the best cross-platform password manager?” KeePass is ranked 2nd while Google Chrome is ranked 23rd. The most important reason people chose KeePass is:
KeePass being open source means that a number of people have reviewed the code and found it to be secure.
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Pro Free and open source
KeePass being open source means that a number of people have reviewed the code and found it to be secure.
Pro Does not depend on the cloud
Unlike many other password management tools, by default the KeePass encrypted database is not stored in the cloud, but strictly locally, for added security.
Pro Cross-platform desktop and mobile
Available for Windows, with unofficial ports for Linux/OS X and iOS/Android.
Pro Powerful built-in password generator
Password generator can be adjusted to use or exclude certain characters, patterns, external algorithms and principles.
KeePass is consistent and stable across all clients including merging conflicts between desktop and mobile apps
Pro Can be used as a portable application
Works as a portable application that does not need to be installed and can be carried around in an external device.
Pro Extensive plugin and extension support
Keepass offers a range of plugins and extensions in different categories: Integration & Transfer, Automation & Scripting, Cryptography & Key Providers, and others.
Pro Autofills passwords securely
KeePass uses a feature called AutoType that pastes passwords in browser window using a combination of virtual keystrokes and clipboard obfuscation for added security against keyloggers.
Pro Extremely powerful encryption algorithm
KeePass uses AES-256 encryption for passwords which is practically unbreakable.
Pro Intuitive categorization options and search for managing entries
Entries can be categorized in folders and subfolders and quickly found using search.
Pro Regular updates
On average a new point release is available every 3 months.
Pro Offers multiple sync options
Since the database is stored locally it can be synced across devices using a cloud storage service like Dropbox, Google Drive or via a file sync tool like BitTorrent Sync. KeePass v2 also provides a powerful built-in synchronization mechanism that allows setting appropriate level of sync, kind of sync, and choosing between a number of sync sources (Dropbox, Drive, etc).
Pro Multifactor authentication
Keepass offers a combination of master password, key file and user account verification.
Pro Due to the open source nature, there are numerous apps for Android available that support KeePass
Offers large variety of apps with different features and user interfaces vastly increasing the user base by catering to almost every taste.
Pro Built-in history that tracks changes to individual credential entries
With the built-in history you can lookup previous passwords, track changes in general and if necessary recover those. In essence you are looking at a built-in Version Control System (VCS) which operates on single entries. Browsing the history of specific entries also displays associated metadata like the date of a change.
Pro Allows storage of attachments such as pictures, documents and all kinds of files in general
Appending attachments to individual credential entries allows things like scanning important documents (for instance a scanned document containing the login information for your internet connection), appending them to the corresponding credential entry and afterwards destroying the original paper copy.
Pro Works inside Android apps
There are variations in support of features, so this is dependent on the Android app being used. Keepass2Android is one that has built-in synchronization over ssh and other protocols, fingerprint support and plugins are also supported to a certain extent.
Pro Customizable password records
Users may define any extra fields (eg. "Surname", "Credit Card No", "Start Date", "Expiry Date" and "Security No") and their values may then be easily copy-and-pasted when required. This is a great feature not found in a lot of password-managers: they leave you to consign such additional information to the "Notes" section.
Pro Allows useful scripting via KPScript plugin
KeePass can set global hotkeys to fill in credentials while on a sites log-in screen. Scripting can launch a site or other application and perform any necessary log-on steps securely. It requires the KPScript plugin.
Pro Clear, concise user interface
This app has the easiest, cleanest, and clearest user interface. For reference, LastPass has progressively gotten worse and worse and is now a confusing mess, while Keepass remains very user-friendly.
Pro Blackberry support
Keepass has an available Blackberry app that not only makes it easy to use on the go, but will work with any files backed up in the cloud for ease of access to stored passwords used on different machines.
Pro Support in iOS Safari browser
Difficult passwords are mostly a PITA on a mobile keyboard.
Pro Syncs between devices
By logging into Chrome using a Google account it's possible to sync history, extensions, passwords, bookmarks and other settings between devices. This makes it great for anyone working with multiple devices as it allows experiencing consistent context when in the browser.
Pro Excellent HTML 5 feature support
As of February 2015, Chrome scores highest of all browsers for HTML5 compatibility.
Pro Installs extensions without requiring a restart
Pro Good performance
According to TopTen Reviews, Chrome is currently one of the best performing browsers for initial (cold) startup, average startup, and navigation times.
Pro Great built-in developer tools
Chrome comes with built-in developer tools, making testing and enhancing web pages simpler for those of us involved in working with such technologies. As well as being beneficial to developers, this also has some benefit to non-technical users; in that by making testing simpler for developers those developers are more likely to use Chrome for their tests, and can spend more time making improvements over investigating underlying causes of issues.
Pro Backed and supported by Google
Whilst Chrome is based on the open source browser Chromium), Google reviews this code and build on top of it. This means it takes (and contributes to) a number of the benefits of the open source model whilst having the resources, support and investment of a major company.
Pro Plenty of extensions
Pro Automatically updates
Chrome updates in the background ensuring you're always on the latest version. This makes it much more likely that sites will work on your browser, since (almost) all Chrome users will be running exactly the same version.
Pro Simple user interface
For example, the address bar is also the search bar. Google calls it Omnibox.
Pro Multiple account login
You can have multiple Chromes with different accounts logged at the same time. And it is really easy to manage different accounts.
Pro Huge variety of extensions available
Pro Customizable by user
Each of the managed users can have their own configuration (themes, extensions, ...)
As of March 2015, Chrome is the most popular browser on the internet, with a 43.9% - 63.7% market share, meaning most developers will be testing their sites against this browser to ensure compatibility.
Pro Sandboxed Tabs
Every tab runs as their own process, so if one crashes or becomes unresponsive, the whole browser isn't affected.
Pro Uses Blink
It uses the blink rendering engine which has removed many legacy khtml/webkit code to be much lighter and faster.
Pro Multimedia Plugins and Codecs included
Google Chrome comes with its own flashplayer and the most common multimedia codecs so you don't have to worry that they are outdated nor do you need to install them as a third party package.
Pro Works great with many extensions
Unlike Firefox, Google Chrome can keep its fast performance regardless of how many extensions are installed. With more than 10 extensions Firefox gets slower and slower in a geometric progression rate. Google Chrome doesn't care how many extensions the user has installed - 3 or 133 it still performs great.
Con Non-Windows versions are unofficial ports
While there are ports available for Linux, OSX, iOS, Windows Phone and Android, the only officially supported version of KeePass is on Windows.
Con Uses a database
Uses a database and thus decrypts all passwords within it when only one is needed. Which is less secure than having individual files. It also means you will have only one master password.
Con No good cross platform syncing ability
E.g. between Windows and mobile.
Con Not particularly modern UI
Con Huge memory hog
Each tab and extension in the browser uses significant chunks of RAM, giving the browser poor performance on machines without enough RAM to supply.
Con Gives too much weight to Google on the future of the Web
Con Online tracking by default
Chrome allows opting out of tracking by going to Settings > Advanced > Privacy and un-checking any unwanted services. Alternatively Chromium can be used to get a similar browser experience without Google's services on top of it.
Con Bad for battery life
Drains battery life on both Windows laptops and Macs much quicker than the alternatives. It can shave hours off the battery life of any non Chromebook laptop.
Con Increasingly slow
When Chrome first came out, it was known for being lightweight and very speedy. Over the years, more and more features have been added to Chrome. Because of this, crashes, errors, and general laggy-ness has increased noticeably.
Google Chrome is proprietary software, meaning that it is not open source.
Con Blurred fonts on Windows
Fonts on Windows are blurred, that is especially noticeable in light fonts on dark background. Small italic text is hard to read.
Con Hard/impossible to transfer passwords to a different machine without uploading them to Google
Con Does not hardware accelerate HTML5 video correctly
Chrome is unable to hardware accelerate HTML5 video correctly which makes playing 4k video on laptops a poor experience filled with lag.
Though there is a workaround for YouTube in that a plugin can be installed to force Flash playback instead of HTML5, which plays smoothly and has no HW acceleration issues. There's another plugin (h264ify) that will force to use the h.264 codec video if available instead of the VP9 one which is the resource hog.
Con No mobile extensions
Chrome on Android and iOS does not support extensions.
Unlike Opera and Vivaldi which are more stable and has more features, Chrome is pretty basic.
Con Bad quality control on extensions
Some just plain don't work while a few actually break the browser.