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Review: KeyPass - Free Password Manager *****

  • Have you ever forgotten a password, or a user name for that matter?
  • Do you have a system for your passwords but forgot the system?
  • Do you avoid registering for things because you can't cope with yet another password?
  • Would you like to keep all your important details safe and remember just one single password?
  • Would you like to find a free tool that will solve all your problems?
I had the same problems and more for years, I was getting so frustrated trying to remember all the important security stuff that I needed to that I got to the point where something had to be done. It isn't just Internet passwords either, what about bank card PIN numbers, credit cards PIN's, passwords for the telephone answering machine. The list goes on and on and it never stops getting bigger and bigger.

I had to find a solution so I went searching. I was looking for a tool that was easy to use, secure and keeps all your details in a single file so that I could take it with me wherever I went. After a little searching and trying out a few password managers I came across KeePass and I've been using it ever since. You can do the same and the best thing is, it's completely free.

Keepass is great but if you want something that does a lot more for you then try out The Cyber Organizer for saving passwords, your address book, keeping your private diary, recipies, bill payments and a whole lot more.

At the time of writing the latest version of KeyPass is 0.97b and it can be downloaded from here. It is a little difficult to locate the online documentation but you will find a features page here and a tutorial here.

So how will this tool solve your password problems? Well, what if you only had to remember one password, would that do it for you? it has for me and KeyPass allows you to do just that. You enter all your passwords into a KeyPass database then remember one password to unlock the database.

If you object to remembering even one password then KeyPass allows you to create a 'Key-Disk' to unlock the database with. The Key-Disk can be generated on any removable media including floppies, CD's, USB flash memory etc. and it works like a conventional key. You take the Key-Disk with you and pop it into the machine that you want to view your database on.

You can keep all of your important information including user names, passwords, urls and other account information in one single, encrypted database file. That one file can be moved around from machine to machine or even uploaded to a server on the Internet so that you can access it from anywhere. Choose a very good password (one that is unlikely to be guessed) for your KeyPass database master password. You can afford to make this password better that the ones you usually use because now you only have to remember one instead of many. At the time of writing I have 49 passwords stored in my database and I am adding to them all the time. I haven't even bothered to enter the passwords that I haven't used since I started using KeyPass. Remember that you can change the master password for your database at any time.

Do you tend to choose the same password for everything because that's the only way you can realistically remember them? The problem with that strategy is that if someone guesses your password they then have the key to unlock all of your accounts. Using KeyPass you can choose a different password for every account or web site etc. and you can make them all as long and difficult to remember as you like because you will always have the password manager on hand to tell you what they are. Simply copy them out of KeyPass and paste them into the login form.

Do you have a problem thinking up passwords? well KeyPass can help there too with a very neat password generator. The generator first allows you to choose what types of characters to include, then you enter a load of random characters to use as a seed for the password that it generates. As an alternative to the text seed you can move the mouse randomly around a chaos field (area of random dots) while KeyPass monitors the mouse movements to use as the seed.

You can also save any information you like along with the user name and password for an account. You can enter notes and even attach a file. You can save all the additional account information such as extra urls and any hints that you might need to remember and you might want to attach the sign-up email file for instance. You can only attach one file to each record which is a little bit limiting but it isn't a big problem.

KeyPass does not lock you in to using it forever as it allows the entire database to be printed or exported to a file in TXT (simple text file), HTML (Web page), XML (eXtended Markup Language or CSV (Comma Separated Variable) formats. This is more than enough to ensure that you are able to import your password list into another manager utility at some later point. You might even want to print out your password list and put it in a safe place just to be on the safe side. A hard copy printout can help your peace of mind.

As your database grows you will find that you will start to find that it is difficult to remember even the name of the account let alone the group that you stored it under. KeyPass's "Find in Database" search feature solves this problem for you and works very well.

Well that's it, KeyPass is the Password Manager that I use and I love it but if you need something that does more for you then check out The Cyber Organizer

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