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KeePass Password Safe

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Memorable passwords aren't secure, but secure passwords aren't memorable. The right tools can resolve this standoff, such as KeePass Password Safe. This free, open source password manager securely records and stores all your passwords and user names. You only need to remember the master password to access your database, or you can protect it with a key file. It rates passwords for strength and can also generate secure passwords and random numbers. Its autotype feature can even type in your user name and password, or any keystroke combination, into a browser window, log-on screen, or other fields. It also accepts plug-ins, command line input, placeholders, and much more.

KeePass opened with its clean, compact Explorer-style interface and a wizard for creating a master password and performing other setup functions, including associating a key file or provider, if any. The Options dialog has tabs labeled Security, Policy, Interface, Integration, and Advanced; we were impressed with the many options KeePass offers, but also by the ability to deselect many features like print spooling and autotype. We set up our master password, database, file associations, and other options, and KeePass presented a pair of sample entries in the main field. These do a great job of showing what to enter, but there's an excellent Help file with clear screenshots, forums, tutorials, and documentation, too. The database is divided into Groups: General, Windows, Network, Internet, eMail, and Homebanking. We could add, edit, print, and export Groups, too. Under Tools, KeePass offers utilities to generate passwords and password lists, database tools, a TAN wizard, and tools for configuring Triggers and Plugins.

We found KeePass very easy to set up and use, though we barely got started with its many extras, such as the autotype feature. But it proved as effective as any password manager we've tried at its main job, recording and saving our various passwords, and limited by the same factor that compromised every other password manager we've tried, too: the human factor. You must record and save your passwords in KeePass before it can protect them for you. If you can handle that, it can do the rest.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Among the best free Password Managers"

    March 26, 2013  |   By ememkai

    Version: KeePass Password Safe 2.19

    Pros

    Rich feature set normally found only in paid programs. Among them are autotype with an obfuscation setting, and organizing entries in folders. I have used this program for several years now to store over 200 passwords. In addition, I find it is a convenient place to store equipment serial numbers, software keys, and personal vital statistics.

    Cons

    The interface is a bit old fashioned, but so am I.

    Summary

    KeePass is really a fairly powerful database manager that is well-adapted to its function of securely storing passwords and other sensitive information.

    Updated on Aug 2, 2013

    This version adds a great convenience: Autotype and Open URL are now on the toolbar.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Version 2 Works With Some Effort"

    October 2, 2012  |   By EricVonZipper

    Version: KeePass Password Safe 2.19

    Pros

    Free and it holds all 39 of my passwords. No auto-capture - you have to enter details by hand - but it does have very fast auto-login. Didn't ask for personal details or any login with your e-mail address.

    Cons

    Kinda klunky but it works, and if you like hands-on gizmos, you'll like this.

    Summary

    Kinda off putting at first, but it'll grow on 'ya!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Well worth the effort to master it"

    May 21, 2012  |   By RJD185

    Version: KeePass Password Safe 2.19

    Pros

    Compact functioning and portable

    Cons

    Takes a little time to understand (but worth it)

    Summary

    The multi-factor encryption means this is a fine way to carry a large number of passwords around with you without having too many concerns about loss of the password safe itself. I now habitually have 20+ character passwords and use the auto-type functionality. For clarity I'm still hanging on at v2.14 so haven't used v2.19 yet but assuming it continues to function as well, this is a key part of my traveling tool kit.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "works great"

    May 11, 2012  |   By spacecon

    Version: KeePass Password Safe 2.19

    Pros

    works great

    Cons

    I was a little lost at how to get started, but didn't take too long to figure it out.

    Summary

    Works great, free, so its for me.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to use"

    April 12, 2012  |   By Garygl101

    Version: KeePass Password Safe 2.18

    Pros

    Easy, safe, secure. and helps me when I forget my passwords.

    Cons

    None found yet

    Summary

    Recommended for anyone that needs to remember passwords and has trouble, great for high security sites

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good and free but help needs how to get started section"

    April 10, 2012  |   By spacecon

    Version: KeePass Password Safe 2.18

    Pros

    good and free. Works on windows7 64bit. My good old ZDNET password program I have used for years wouldn't run on W7-64bit, so I had to replace. This one works good.

    Cons

    The help could be much better. When I first started the program, it opened up and left me kind of hanging. Wasn't sure what to do. I eventually figured it out, but it would be nice if there was a getting started section in the help files. The help is aimed at developers and programming people instead of users.

    Summary

    Overall very good once you get started.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good security package."

    December 21, 2011  |   By GCG1000

    Version: KeePass Password Safe 2.17

    Pros

    >good encryption
    >local storage of PW's
    >easy to use
    >a solid security application for Win.

    Cons

    None at this writing.

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