KeePass is a free, secure way to keep track of all of your passwords, and take them with you wherever you go.
These days it seems like you have to have a password for everything: logging into Windows, your Facebook and Twitter accounts, your e-mail, and dozens of web sites that require you to create an account. The easiest thing to do is use the same password for every web site, but each one has different password requirements. Some sites require passwords to have at least six characters, contain a combination of numbers and letters, and even capital letters or special characters.
Keeping track of all of those different passwords is difficult, and remembering them all is practically impossible. Writing down a list of your passwords can be dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands, and even saving them in a file on your computer doesn’t keep them completely safe. With KeePass, you can take your passwords anywhere, and keep them secure with a master key or key file.
KeePass can be installed on a Windows computer, or saved on a USB flash drive, so you can take it with you to work, school, or even Starbucks, and easily access all of your passwords anytime. Access KeePass with a secure master key, or with a key file, which you can carry on a floppy (if you still have a floppy drive), CD, or flash drive. Once you open your password database, you just need to double-click on a password to copy it to your Windows clipboard, then paste it into any password field. Hotkeys even allow you to login to a web site with the simple press of a button.
Tips for New Users
To use KeePass on your Windows computer, you must have Microsoft’s .NET Framework 2.0 or higher installed. You can download .NET Framework at Microsoft’s web site, www.microsoft.com.
Areas of Improvement
While KeePass is highly secure and portable, with tons of convenient features like key files and hotkeys, it is not the most user friendly of password keepers. The options can be a bit confusing to novice users, and the web site’s tech jargon doesn’t do much to explain it. As a result, KeePass might have more of a learning curve than other free password keepers.
An online option might make KeePass more convenient for users who need access to their password database on the go. That way, if you forgot to bring your flash drive with you to work, you could still look up your passwords online. Many free, online password keepers already take advantage of this option.
According to KeePass.info, KeePass encrypts passwords using the SHA-256 hashing algorithm, to which no possible attacks currently exists. This makes KeePass one of the most secure ways to store your passwords. Using both a master key and a key file adds extra protection for your sensitive information. Advanced users concerned with password protection will appreciate the strong security of KeePass. However, KeePass is a little complicated to use, and it doesn’t provide an online option. Novice users, or users looking for even more portability, may be better off with a more simplified online password keeper like Passpack, LastPass or Roboform.
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