Have you ever noticed how many passwords you need to remember online?
Did you know you can use a password manager to remember them for you?
Mostly your browser does the remembering, but what if your computer crashes? Do you have a written list of your passwords or perhaps you use the same password for everything? That is a very dangerous solution that is often not possible, as some sites insist on a fixed format for passwords.
KeePass is a free open source password manager which helps you manage your passwords. It enables you to put all your passwords in one place, which is then locked with a master key or key file. You only have to remember a single password or select the key file to unlock the database of passwords. The database itself is secured using the best encryption technologies know.
Keepass was developed for Microsoft Windows, but unofficial ports of the program are available for Linux and the Mac OS X. Versions of the program are also available for iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows smartphones.
One of the coolest things about Keypass is that there is a portable version that can be copied to, and run from, an USB stick or portable device.
Some of the features of Keypass are;
- Strong Security
- Multiple User Keys
- Portable Version Available, so No Installation Required
- Export To TXT, HTML, XML and CSV Files
- Import From Many File Formats
- Easy Database Transfer
- Support of Password Groups
- Time Fields and Entry Attachments
- Auto-Type, Global Auto-Type Hot Key and Drag&Drop
- Intuitive and Secure Clipboard Handling
- Searching and Sorting
- Multi-Language Support
- Strong Random Password Generator
- Plugin Architecture
- Open Source!
The most secure passwords are made up of random alphanumeric characters and special characters. Keypass has a built in password generator that can help you create these. For most online activity, passwords of 8 characters are sufficient, but for master keys and sensitive activities like banking, passwords of 12 or more characters are recommended.