KeePass Password Safe 2.35 Pick
FREEWAREFILES EDITOR'S REVIEW
Online password security is a serious issue that should not be taken for granted. You need to choose strong passwords that combine numbers and letters, both lower and upper case. You should also maintain a different password for each online account you have. However, managing all these passwords can prove challenging if you want to remember all of them and maintain your security. With KeePass, you only need to choose one strong master key to manage all your passwords in a single database. This free password manager takes a different approach than many password managers in the market, which capture and replay credentials. However, the program can log into websites and handle application passwords.
When you initially create a database of passwords, you may use a specific file as your encryption key or create a strong master password. You may also use both options for even better security. Other interesting features include:
- No need of installation (portable version)
- Easy transfer of databases
- Search and sort
- Entry Attachments and Entry Fields
- Compatible with Password Groups
- Import from many file formats
- Export to different file formats, including XML, CSV, HTML and TXT
- Plugin Architecture
- Random password generator
- Drag and drop
- Auto type
KeePass uses a 256-bit secure one-way encryption algorithm known as SHA-256. No attacks have yet been reported about this algorithm. The program encrypts the whole database unlike other managers that only encrypt password fields.
How KeePass Works
We liked the portability of this free password manager, which allowed us to keep it on a USB drive that we could use on different computers. Don't worry if you do not intend to use the software on any other computer because you can lock your database to your active Windows account.
There is still concern about different tracking tools, particularly keyloggers, in spite of the use of password managers. Fortunately, KeePass has a secure desktop option that suppresses other processes when it displays the master key entry dialog. It also makes it difficult for keyloggers to follow what's typed by automatically pasting passwords using clipboard obfuscation and virtual keystrokes.
Since we have been using other password managers, we were pleased that KeePass could import from more than 30 password managers. In addition, the software allowed us to indirectly import from incompatible managers by exporting to a compatible file format and then importing the file to KeePass. If you choose this option, you must securely delete the file afterward to maintain your security.
We also used the program's password generator to create a very strong password that no one could possibly guess.
- Ability to import from many other tools
- Ability to handle non-standard login sequences
- Multi-factor authentication
- Generating strong passwords
- Protection against keyloggers
- Multi-level grouping of entries
- Support for plugins
- Too many settings
- Manual programming of non-standard login sequences
If you like programs that work automatically, then don't choose KeePass. However, if you like to have complete control of settings, then this is a great password manager for you.
Although KeePass is officially designed for Windows, there are versions for Mac OS X, Linux, iOS and Android.
Software Product Description
Reviewer: -Crackity Jones
Review Date: 2012-06-16
Pros: No more silly passwords just because they're easy to remember. This will generate long strings of characters and numbers that nobody could guess. After you've entered your master password and decrypted your password database, this thing will even fill in the username and password fields on websites for you. Works on Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, and iOS. Easy to set up, but read the instructions.
Cons: Wish there was a better way to sync with iOS. Currently you have to use Dropbox, which I guess is okay since the database file is encrypted. Also I suppose it's a pain when you first start using it, but it will become part of your routine eventually.
Other Thoughts: Change your master password now and then. When you set up a new account, use the timer feature to remind you to change passwords at set intervals.