by Korben, on
Keepass – Never forget a password again:
If like me you registered with a ton of Websites, you probably need to juggle a lot of logins and passwords. It’s not always easy to remember all of them and sometimes you have to go through the ‘forgotten password?’ mayhem.
What a waste of time!
That is why I found you a small app called Keepass, which aim to store all your passwords in a secure manner.
This password manager is partitioned into several sub-folders, you could for example have one of the sub-folder for your Windows passwords, another one for your Internet passwords, a third one for your email accounts passwords, etc., or even a set for your bank details.
Unlike 1Password (a paid software), Keepass offers you the same input windows for all the information but in the end it doesn’t impact on the security and privacy. The file with the passwords is encrypted with a 256 bits key (AES or Twofish), and is protected by a main password to keep curious people at bay.
The tool is reasonably fast, and it is possible to share the passwords’ file among multiple computers across a shared network or Dropbox. If you have trouble coming up with secure passwords yourself, Keepass can also generate very strong ones for you.
I would also like to bring your attention to the numerous Keepass plugins that can do all sort of things such as automated backups, integration in your browser or even conversion to other formats.
For those who prefer to communicate via mobile phone, you should know that Keepass is open source and available on iPhone, Windows Phone 7, J2ME, BlackBerry, PalmOS, and of course on Linux and Mac OS.
All in all, a smart little tool for the forgetful people that we are that will stop you using the same password everywhere and will relieve your memory! A last tip: if you can only remember 1 or 2 passwords make sure they are the ones for your main email account and blog/Website if you have 1.