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KeePass – Free Open Source Password Manager

by James 14 May 2009 5 Comments

Overview

KeePass is a lightweight, easy to use, open source password manager. It allows you to build an encrypted database with all your passwords and protect it with a master password or a key file.

Review

I guess many of you face the same problem I’m trying to deal with: several accounts, from the Windows logon to email accounts, several usernames and passwords that you have to fill in, remember and last but not least… protect. If you’re looking for an easy and secure way to handle your passwords KeePass might be right what you need. It’s an open source program that allows you to build a database with all your passwords. The database will be encrypted using the most secure encryption algorithms around (AES and Twofish). 

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You can lock the database with a master password or with an encrypted key file. After you set up your “lock” you can add entries to your database, from Windows accounts to website accounts, emails or homebanking accounts.

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As you can see from the screenshot below there are several features that you can explore with each entry in the database. Although the program is very easy to use it can get a bit complicated if you get into all the details.

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The feature list of this open source password manager is simply unbelievable, I’m just going to list the most important ones: strong security (AES and Twofish algorithms used to encrypt the password database), it’s portable (you can put it on an USB stick and run it on any Windows system without installing), easy database transfer or export to txt, xml, html or csv files, customizable with the available plugins.

Version Tested

2.07 Beta

Author

Domink Reichl

Operating System

Windows All, plus unofficial releases for Linux, Mac OS X, Pocket PC, BlackBerry, Palm OS, you name it…

Download link

Summary

Powerful and easy to use.

 Open source and available for various platforms.

Rating

Verdict

KeePass was recommended to me by Gerald, so I have to thank him for suggesting this rock-solid open source program. I can’t see myself uninstalling this freeware password manager soon 🙂

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If you have any trouble with this software just leave a comment, I’ll help you out! If you know better free programs in the same category, please let me know!

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5 Comments »

  • zeldafan678 said:

    I recommend last pass not kee pass trust me on this one

    http://www.lastpass.com

    This is one great program WAY better than keepass and its free! Read the why its safe, read the faq, read the features.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Zeldafan
    Thanks for the recommendation. If it’s better than KeePass than it surely is an outstanding freeware program. Thanks again, I’ll give it a try sometime.

  • rono said:

    just try konboot it is a programme which help you to log in your computer without the password.if you forgot or lost your administrator paaword then it will help you solv the problem.it is free.it is for windows,linux & mac os platform.

  • Dave said:

    Hey great post!

  • Lisa said:

    Well, I’ve been using this free tool called Billeo . It does a wonderful job with managing passwords. It’s VeriSign and Truste certified – which means my personal data is safe and secure. It has also got some cool features that help me pay bills and shop online.

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