KeePass is a free and open-source password management software that is available for all desktop platforms, including Windows, Mac OS, Linux, BSD, and more. It features auto-type, command line options, composite master key, configuration, field references, integration, multi-user, password generator, TAN support, and more. It requires GDI+, .NET Framework 2.0, or Mono 2.6 before installation.
Passwords have become a big hassle of digital life. So many sites, so
many passwords. Keep them simple and you get hacked, keep them
difficult and you forget them. Fortunately, password managers can ease
the pain. So here we're going to review a popular open source password
manager named KeePass. Let's see how powerful it is and whether you
should go for it or not:
One major upside of using KeePass instead of other password managers is that it gives you total control over your security. Other popular password managers don't, and that is because of two reasons:
However, full control also comes with major responsibility. For any reason if you fail to protect your computer and are targeted by some (not so) decent human beings, then you can imagine what can they do to your online life (and also to your offline life because the two are very intertwined these days).
With that in mind, lets see other aspects of its functionality.
started with KeePass is easy. You just download a small package from
their website keepass.info, install it, launch it and it's very easy
from there. First
thing you'll have to do is making a new database file and save it from
any name of your choice. You can have any number of databases. You can
also open multiple databases in a tabbed user-interface.
Once a database is set up, you can start adding password entries to it manually. If you were expecting deeper browser integration like LastPass, LogMeOnce and other popular password mangers, then this is a disappointment.
If you're coming to KeePass from any other password manager (LastPass, for instance), you can import your passwords. The importer is fairly simple and you'll get an idea of how to use it in first few minutes - you select Import option from File menu, choose the file format, select your password file and a new wizard pops up to help you import your passwords. In the wizard first of all you're asked to choose the right kind of encoding for your file (along with text preview). Then you can specify the format of your file on next screen and then when you click next it'll show you a preview of data before importing it. If you see your sites, usernames and passwords listed as they should be, you can import them. It's fairly simple, and if you're even a little tech savvy and have ever imported CSV files then you'll get its idea in less than 10 minutes.
However, depending on your password manager this can also be a little tricky. But that's not the fault of KeePass - that's the trick of other password managers to keep you attached to them.
So if you too encounter this problem, save your password content in a plain text file and try importing the file by choosing Generic CSV Importer in KeePass.
Using KeePass is fairly simple, as long as you're willing to keep it open. Since there's no browser integration, it won't enter your passwords automatically as soon as you load a website. However, it can certainly enter your passwords in the forms if you tell it to do so. Just load the login page of site, search for the entry of website that you've loaded and after selecting that entry hit Cntrl+V on your keyboard. That's it - it'll log you in by entering your username and password automatically in the form fields.
However, unlike other password managers that sit in background and do the job you'll have to keep it open on side. Fortunately, it can be minimized to a tray icon to ease that distraction.
It has also got a very good password generator under Tools menu, and that too is fairly easy to use.
For any experienced tech savvy user who wants total control over his security
there's no option better than this one I'd say. If you belong to that
crowd, go for it. Once you get comfortable with it, you'll fall in love
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Company Name: keepass.info
Address: Haydnstr. 12, Metzingen, Germany