See why Keeper is a world-class Android password manager

If you need a solid password manager for Android, Jack Wallen found a solution that might do the trick. Here's how to install and use Keeper.

If you're an IT admin, you might carry around keys to either one large kingdom or many smaller kingdoms. Those keys must be secure — the last thing you need is to allow unwanted eyes to spy sensitive company data.

Outside of making sure your mobile devices are locked down with a lock screen password, PIN, or pattern, you employ tools to encrypt passwords and even help you create strong passwords for future usage. One Android security tool that will do just that is Keeper. Its features include:

  • world-class encryption to protect passwords;
  • the ability to create very strong passwords;
  • the ability to auto-fill passwords on mobile apps and browsers; and
  • the ability to store files, photos, and videos in vaults.

Installing Keeper

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your device.
  2. Search for keeper.
  3. Locate and tap the entry by Keeper Security, Inc.
  4. Tap Install.
  5. Read the permissions listing carefully.
  6. If the permissions listing is acceptable, tap Accept.
  7. Allow the installation to complete.

You should see a launcher on your home screen, or in your App Drawer, or in both spots. Tap the launcher to fire up the application.

Using Keeper

After swiping through the welcome screen, you need to set a master password. From the final welcome page, tap START KEEPER and then enter and re-enter a strong master password (Figure A).

Figure A

Figure A
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Setting up Keeper on a Verizon-branded LG G3.

After you enter the password twice, tap NEXT. You will be required to set a security question. Select a question, add your answer, and tap DONE.

The next step is deciding which version of the app you want: Free, Backup, or Enterprise. The Keeper Backup edition, which will run you $29.99/year for personal usage, adds:

  • an encrypted cloud backup;
  • multi-device sync;
  • secure sharing; and
  • a desktop web app.

If you're interested in the Enterprise edition, check out the Keeper site for more details. If you're unsure which version to choose, opt for the Free edition — you can always upgrade later.

You should see the Keeper main window, which is where you manage your entries (Figure B).

Figure B

Figure B
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The Keeper main window.

To add your first entry, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the + button on the main window.
  2. Since this is your first record, you will need to create a folder — do so by giving the folder a name (Figure C).
  3. Enter the remaining information for the entry (if you need to create a random password, tap the dice button).
  4. When complete, tap the Check button to save the entry.

Figure C

Figure C
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Adding a new entry in Keeper.

You can use the ADD FIELD button to add new data (such as IP addresses) or even add files or photos to the record.

Note: If you want to create a new folder, you must tap the + button on Keeper's main page. If you're inside a folder, you cannot create child objects — only entries for that folder. By default, Keeper will auto-log out after 10 minutes. You can change that in the Settings: tap the menu button on the main page and then locate AUTO-LOGOUT. From the Settings window, tap the drop-down associated with AUTO-LOGOUT and select from 1 to 30 minutes (Figure D).

Figure D

Figure D
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Setting the AUTO-LOGOUT time.

I suggest enabling the self-destruct feature. By turning this on, Keeper will automatically erase all entries after five failed login attempts. There is also a feature that prevents screenshots from being taken with the app (it's disabled by default), which could be helpful.

Enabling the FastFill feature

The FastFill feature allows Keeper to autofill login credentials for sites with saved entries. If you add an entry to Keeper that has an associated username/password with a URL, you can enable the FastFill feature by tapping the URL within the entry and then tapping ACTIVATE when prompted.

After enabling the feature, you will be taken to the Language & Input settings where you must enable the Keeper FastFill feature. Tap to enable, and you will be taken back to Keeper. Tap OK when prompted, and then set Keeper FastFill (which is under SERVICES) to ON. Now when you visit a website you've entered in Keeper, the credentials will automatically populate.

You can imagine how this could be a security issue. If you do enable it, I don't suggest adding Keeper entries for sites containing sensitive data.

What's your favorite password manager?

I highly recommend using a password manager on your mobile device. You have to do as much as you can to keep sensitive data from prying eyes. If you must carry passwords with you, an app like Keeper is a must have.

What is your mobile password manager of choice? Post your answer in the comments.

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Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website

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