“Oh No! What’s my login and password?”
That’s what I wrote back in 2020. And then I thought the answer to managing passwords was Last Pass. Many people did.
But . . . 2022 came and Last Pass had a severe data breach. Then more and more information came out at the end of 2022. Here’s just a few articles:
So, do we just throw out the idea of having a password manager app? I don’t think so.
I think we STILL have the same problem: we have so many passwords and we need to access them quickly.
So today I am running away from Last Pass (I am not going to stick around to see if they make it better) and trying Keeper.
1. What is Keeper?
Keeper is a password manager. Honestly, I was thinking about Keeper or 1Password. There are many articles on both of them.
- Here’s an article from Cyber News
- Here’s an article from Best Reviews.net
Today, I am trying Keeper.
It works basically the same as Last Pass:
- We create a Master password that we need to remember.
- We use this password to access Keeper.
- Then Keeper remembers our other passwords.
2. Where Do I put Keeper?
Here’s some good news: we have some choices.
- We can add Keeper to our computer browser like Chrome or Firefox.
- But It works on both Windows and mac0s.
- We can also put Keeper on our phone or mobile device.
- It works for both iOS and Android.
3. Let’s Get Started and Sign up
- Sign up
- I signed up and immediately got a verification email with a code.
- I typed in the code and continued signing up.
- Finish Signing up
- Be careful: like many websites, they automatically add on other products and your check-out price is more than you thought it would be.
- If you don’t want the additional products, make sure to uncheck them.
- I chose to keep: BreachWatch.
- The site states that this added feature “monitors the dark web for breached accounts then alerts you so you can take action to protect yourself against cybercriminals”.
- That’s it! I was emailed a payment receipt and then clicked “Get Started”.
4. Set up Keeper
- The good news is that Keeper walks us through the basic set up and it’s easy.
- The bad news: I think Keeper falls short after that in getting us up and running.
- Keeper has videos, guides, blog posts … some new and some from years ago. Highly frustrating does not even begin to describe my experience.
- Some go in to detail of advanced tools first before the basics.
- Some tell instructions out of order . . .
- or they finally tell you what you need and then repeat themselves a few pages later.
- But I kept telling myself: I am going for security and will overlook their lack of simple start up instructions.
- So, I am writing (3) posts — this is the first of the three — with some general information. Later you can fill in information with their instructions / videos.
- We first create a Master Login password.
- Next step: we can install the Keeper import tool.
- BUT this is only for the passwords saved by our Browser.
- I was disappointed that the wizard didn’t at least get me started in importing from another password app.
- So we are on our own: let’s import our information from another password app.
5. Import from Last Pass, first Download the Keeper Desktop app
I will be going through what I did to move data from Last Pass to Keeper. But if you have data in another Password App, the instructions should be similar.
- Go to the Keeper website and click Download at the top,
- Or go directly to the Keeper download page
- Choose “Windows”, “Mac”, or “Linux” Download
- So far, so good; this is similar to other installs I have done.
- Keeper downloads a file.
- We then double click the file and install the Keeper app.
- We quickly get a message: “Import has finished with success. Please open the Keeper Web Vault”.
- With Windows, there is now an icon waiting for us.
- Once we click the icon, we see “Welcome to Your Keeper Vault!”
- We log in using the master password we recently created.
- We are also given the choice to set up Account Recovery.
- This is optional.
- We now have Keeper Desktop App on our computer!
- Note: There is a “Simple” Method where Keeper automatically gets the information from Last Pass.
- Click our email / Settings / Import / Last Pass.
- Fill in Last Pass login info and click Next.
- Click Import. Poof it supposed to import all info, BUT . . . This “Simple” method did not work for me. I got an error. And everything came to a stop!
- If it doesn’t work for you . . . keep reading . . . I continued and imported Last Pass info the “Manual” way.
6a. Manual Method: Export Information from Last Pass
- Open our browser and go to the Last Pass website.
- For Last Pass, since I have used Last Pass in the browser, the Last Pass icon is sitting there at the top of the browser.
- Click Advanced Options / Export.
- This will export a csv file – which is a basic text file with all our information.
- We now have our Last Pass data ! The csv file has now been automatically downloaded to our computer.
6b. Manual Method: Import Information into Keeper
- Under Section 5 above, we got the Keeper desktop app on our computer but I had a frustrating stop at step 6.
- Now with the Keeper Desktop App: click our email / Settings / Import / Last Pass / Import CSV.
- Remember this is the Desktop App — don’t go out to their website and try to do this.
- Drag and Drop the Last Pass csv file we just exported into the “Drop a File Here” box.
- A new windows appears where we can see our information.
- Press Next / Import.
- Done! It worked!
7. Try it Out
- Web. We can now see our Data via our browser on the web
- Go to the Keeper website
- Login / Web Vault (Note: logging in to Admin Console if for a business account)
- It will now try to upsell us again:
- It will ask us to “please turn on Secure File Storage to protect your secret files, photos and videos in your Keeper Vault”
- You can choose “Yes” and pay for another product, or choose “No”.
- Finally: there is our info!
- Desktop App. We can also see our Data via the Desktop App – we have an icon on our computer that takes us to the Desktop App.
- Note: at the bottom of the Desktop App, there is a choice to work offline.
- I don’t know if I’ll use the Desktop App much. I see myself going directly to their website . . . but time will tell, I’ll keep it on my computer for now.
- Well well! See Keeper Blog #2 under Two-factor authentication. This Desktop App was needed to solve a problem.
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