May 142012
 

Credit cards, SIM cards, social networking sites and forums are just some of the many services that can give us trouble. That’s right … Each of these, now, requires passwords and codes that you must keep secrets. I can not remember everything for sure! The only solutions are the ones that we all know. Use a general password? too risky! An intuitive and memorable password? Unfortunately also too risky! Also writing them all in some paper is not a good idea … In fact, in addition to being found by others it could even be missed by us! So … what a beautiful mess!



If you too have these problems I have a solution for you! I’m talking about a software that keeps all your passwords. Not a simple database program, but a real key manager that you can crypt at very high levels and at the same time, very easy to use. I’m talking about KeePass. An amazing cross-platform software ! This characteristic makes it one of the best around! This software, in fact, can be really used on any electronic device ! In your office you have a terrible Win98 or Seven, or any other Microsoft product ? No problem … you can install it through the usual .exe files ! But you can use it also on Linux, just install from your package manager, “KeePassX“, “KeeDroid” in your Android, or other versions available for your Mac, Ipad, Iphone, Ipod, Symbian and even in other devices …
It seems incredible but that’s it! You can have your passwords wherever you want. With the right precautions to keep updated on all devices your password archive! The best solution to achieve this ?

These are some solutions that you can use:

1) If you have a smartphone, save the file onit. And open it from any PC or laptop simply by connecting the device and running the software from your PC!

2) IMO the best solution is to keep the archive on the clouds, with a good password of course, and choose a service that encrypt the files such as Spideroak.

The practicality of this software is one of the key features that make it a leader in this field. But also many other interesting features. First it’s Open source, very intuitive, thanks to the interface translated into many languages ​​and a very simple, very complete, lightweight and, above all, safe structure. Even in the security of its components is king! To access your password you have two choices. A simple “keyphrase” or you can combine this with a file. In short, you must either set a password or give to the software the path of a file that will allow the opening of the archive.

Other features of KeePassX include:

Extensive management- title for each entry for its better identification

  • possibility to determine different expiration dates
  • insertion of attachments
  • user-defined symbols for groups and entries
  • fast entry dublication
  • sorting entries in groups

Search function

  • search either in specific groups or in complete database

Database security

  • access to the KeePassX database is granted either with a password, a key-file (e.g. a CD or a memory-stick) or even both.

Automatic generation of secure passwords

  • extremly customizable password generator for fast and easy creation of secure passwords

Precaution features

  • quality indicator for chosen passwords
  • hiding all passwords behind asterisks

Encryption- either the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) or the Twofish algorithm are used

  • encryption of the database in 256 bit sized increments

Import and export of entries

  • import from PwManager (*.pwm) and KWallet (*.xml) files- export as textfile (*.txt)

Operating system independent

  • KeePassX is cross platform, so are the databases, as well


Conclusions

Well, you’ve got a software that will allow and will guarantee the absolute safety for the management of the passwords. Now you just need to head to the official page, or store or access your repository and start the download!
And please … when you open the file make sure not to be under prying eyes! All in all … yes … is tested against hacking or bruteforce … but not from the nosy!


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  7 Responses to “Too many passwords to keep in your mind? Here is a great solution! Cross-platform and portable!”

  1. > 2) IMO la soluzione migliore è quella di mantenere l’archivio sul cloud, con una buona password ovviamente, e scegliete un servizio che cifri i > file come SpiderOak .

    hai idea di quello che hai detto? Hai trovato il tuo primo pc nelle patatine?

    • Magari :)

      Non ti piace il file con le password su Cloud o Spideroak in particolare ?

      Ciao

  2. LastPass does the same thing, and its security has been properly vetted. Many of the so-called password programs are totally insecure. In fact, in the review I saw, LastPass was the ONLY secure password program.

    • Hello Jim, link please ? Otherwise could seem an ads for Lastpass :)
      What i can say about keepass is that it’s an open source software and can be used also in offline mode.

      Best Regards

  3. I use Password Gorilla. Based on Password Safe it uses the Twofish algorithym. Have been using it for years on all my netrbook, laptop, desktops.

  4. Kee* is my software of choice. Offline mode is a must. Nothing like a service like LastPass going belly up and having your list of passwords getting lost. What good is that? I can run Keepass or it’s derivative software on my Windows box, Linux box and android phone all using the same database without problems and it’s local so I can make backups of it on cloud services of my choice in multiple places.

  5. I was just looking at KeePass yesterday, but found the Linux version KeePass2 is dependent on Mono (I want to keep a Mono-free system due to potential patent issues). The version KeePassX seems to be Mono-free.

    The alternative is PasswordSafe for which most implemenations seem to be Windows based, although there is a Linux implementation. There is also a multi-platform version pwsafe.

    So, what is the difference between KeePass and PasswordSafe? Different crypto libraries and database structures, I’m sure. Is there a comparison of the two? Has someone audited the code? Although I could compare the user side of the applications, sadly my math-fu is not up to a crypto-comparison of the two products.

    –Bob.

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