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Password Safe

CNET Editors' review

Password Safe is a strong contender in a large field of similar applications. The irritation of its obtuse interface is lessened by the inclusion of a thorough Help file and a healthy stable of features.

The arrangement of the icons on the toolbars and lack of text under the icons meant having to hunt for the right tools. However, after wading through the interface, the various functions all seemed well conceived and well executed. The capability to install in "portable mode" proved to be an extremely useful feature. Password creation is also another strong point, with the capability to tailor the creation feature. When adding a new entry, the password "strength" check could be more aggressive, instead of waiting until final submission of the entry, but at least the program let users continue even if the password they've entered is deemed "weak." The inclusion of a KeePass database import function is a plus for users of that software, and though there is no KeePass export, there are various other import and export formats available.

During use, the program was responsive and did not crash, and all the features we tested performed as expected. The installer (in desktop mode) placed an icon on the desktop without asking, and uninstalling the program left some items behind in the install directory. Database encryption and the portable-mode installation option make this a fine choice for managing all your various passwords.

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All User Reviews

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent basic password handling"

    August 6, 2013  |   By DavidOmah

    Version: Password Safe 3.31

    Pros

    Love that it's free
    One place for all my passwords
    Basic, but I find it easy to use

    Cons

    It disappears at times that I cannot control.
    I worry that the encryption is hack-able

    Summary

    I've been using Password Safe for years. Probably the biggest disadvantage is that I no longer know any of my passwords! It's easy to use, and it provides functionality to handle even the most obtuse sign-on processes. And... the price is right! What more could I want?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Can't do without it"

    November 9, 2011  |   By DGG-KY

    Version: Password Safe 3.27

    Pros

    Keeps all of my personal information and passwords in a safe place.

    Cons

    Can't recover data if you forget your password. There's no method to provide a help or reminder and the database is lost forever (or until you remember)

    Summary

    This is a terrific product and the price is wonderful. The creator(s)are to be commended.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Found it a bit difficult in getting started"

    October 8, 2011  |   By HarryScott

    Version: Password Safe 3.26

    Pros

    good product

    Cons

    I'm a computer idiot and this is not for idiots.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Has saved me many times from forgot password probs"

    September 17, 2011  |   By The Phantom

    Version: Password Safe 3.26

    Pros

    allows groups and subgroups
    personal database does not have to be stored locally
    can paste information to other programs e.g. browser
    It is free

    Cons

    What if you forget the master password?
    Does not always load into the notification - not sure why.

    Summary

    Does the job of remembering the passwords one uses for internet access very well. The data is heavily encrypted so can't be easily hacked to get this information. It means only one password needs to be remembered.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent program."

    September 9, 2011  |   By ccwo

    Version: Password Safe 3.26

    Pros

    Convenient & safe place to store passwords.

    Cons

    None that I have encountered.

    Summary

    Excellent program that I have used for years.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic utility"

    July 24, 2011  |   By DGG-KY

    Version: Password Safe 3.26

    Pros

    Easy to use, intuitive and love the ability to go directly to a URL.

    Cons

    1. Does not have a reminder of how to find the password if it is forgotten.
    2. Newer versions won't open older versions of the database
    3. Doesn't provide username or password directly to a URL login.
    4. Won't create multiple groups at 1st level

    Summary

    This is a tremendously valuable tool. It's easy to learn and use and I wouldn't be without it. The fact it is open source and 'free' is wonderful and unbelievable. Thanks to the creators and maintainers of this great product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So easy to use."

    July 13, 2011  |   By flewis66

    Version: Password Safe 3.26

    Pros

    I found this software very user friendly and secure.

    Cons

    I find no fault with this software.

    Summary

    I would recommend this software to all, especially those who are new users to this type of software.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This is an excellent product"

    July 12, 2011  |   By DACrouch

    Version: Password Safe 3.26

    Pros

    Program is simple and easy to use but it provides the results you would expect.

    Cons

    I have none.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A good little app gets better with each update!"

    July 10, 2011  |   By Bill Thielman

    Version: Password Safe 3.26

    Pros

    Easy to use, Easy to protect, easy to maintain.

    Cons

    doesn't add date automatically to backups.

    Summary

    I've used this for many years; it's about the best safe database for keeping track of accounts, user names, and passwords I've found. Even has a Droid app for my phone (which I don't really need)! Eliminates the need for remembering all your passwords - OR, more importantly - using the same password(s) for all of your secure apps.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outstanding program."

    July 10, 2011  |   By j.smitherman

    Version: Password Safe 3.26

    Pros

    Easy and simple to use and generates secure passwords.

    Cons

    Nothing that I find so far.

    Summary

    Simple and easy to use and appears to be very secure. Generates passwords for you if you desire. Passwords are random and appears to be secure.

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