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.
KeePass is a free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and mobile devices. You can store your passwords in highly-encrypted databases, which can only be unlocked with one master password and/or a key file. A database consists of only one file that can be transferred from one computer to another easily. The program supports password groups, in which you can sort your passwords into. You can drag-n-drop passwords into almost any other window. The auto-type feature types your login information into other windows automatically (just press a hot key). Fast copying passwords or user names to the clipboard is possible by just double-clicking on the specific field in the password list. KeePass can import data from various file formats. The password list can be exported to various formats, including TXT, HTML, XML and CSV files. The password list can of course also be printed (complete database or only current view). Searching and sorting the password database is possible. KeePass ships with a strong random password generator (you can define the possible output characters, length, patterns, rules and restrictions). The program is available in over 40 languages. It has a plugin framework; plugins provide additional functionality like backup features, network features, integration with other applications, etc.; they are available from the KeePass website.
What's new in this version:
Version 2.27 mainly features auto-type improvements, integration and usability enhancements, and various other minor new features and improvements.