Keeping Your Passwords Organized

Keeping Your Passwords Organized

Posted on 27. Aug, 2009 by Jeff Lambert in Reviews

I’m just writing a quick Post today as I continue to marvel in a product that my brother, Jon, turned me onto; KeePass Password Safe by KeePass.  This cool little utility is an Open Source Windows application that lets you store any number of passwords in a secure manner and also will generate strong passwords for you.

Up until finding out about this application I had been storing my passwords in a password protected Word document.  Not the most full proof method but it worked because I could search on it and the links worked.  KeePass is so much better.  First, your passwords are stored in an encrypted manner.  Also, the passwords you set up are all alphabetically managed.  In Word I had to rely on searching to find my passwords as I was not going to take the time to insert them alphabetically.

The navigation of this application also is awesome in that you can pretty much double-click on region specific areas of the password list and open up a link or have your password copied to the clipboard.  To make the clipboard even more secure it actually clears itself after 12 seconds.  The clickability I think is the strongest feature, outside of the basic functionality of maintaining your passwords safely.

What else do I like?  I like that there is a comment section for adding notes, like security questions.  Though I don’t use the feature, I like that you can store your various accounts within a folder structure.  I like that KeePass registers the date you created the password and when you last updated it.  Good if you like to update your passwords from time-to-time.  I’ve always been in the habit of setting up different, non-sensical (aka, strong) passwords for each of my accounts and this product just takes the pain right out of that.

What don’t I like?  I can’t say as there is anything I don’t like.  I just wish that this application also was available on the Macintosh.


About the author
 Entrepreneur Jeff Lambert is the President and founder of JVHM, Inc., a software development business located in the San Francisco Bay Area but serving clients around the globe. Jeff's expertise includes website design and development, Facebook development, blogging integration, SEO, video production, CRM systems, database design and development and more. In his "spare" time Jeff likes to hang out with his family, run, play tennis and, until recently, was Scoutmaster with a local Boy Scout troop.


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2 Responses to “Keeping Your Passwords Organized”

  1. Mitto

    27. Aug, 2009

    Hi Jeff,

    You should check our our safe and secure online password manager, Mitto (http://mitto.com). Our free service lets you add the passwords to all of your favorite sites in one place, then logs you in to each one of them by simply clicking a button. No need to remember or retype your passwords anymore! You can access your passwords securely from any computer, organize them with tags, securely share them with trusted friends, and more. And because we use security standards approved by the National Security Agency for top secret documents, only YOU can see your passwords.

    Mitto works on Macs, PCs, and all modern browsers.

    Check us out!
    -Arsen

    Mitto – Your Safe and Secure Password Manager
    http://mitto.com
    http://twitter.com/mittoapp
    http://facebook.com/mittoapp

    • Jeff Lambert

      28. Aug, 2009

      Arsen,

      I looked at the Mitto site and, without looking at the product itself, it would appear that Mitto is taking a lot of security precautions. I personally still hesitate on using web-based applications for storing data and/or passwords. Just where I am. For those who are more comfortable with cloud computing for items of this nature, it looks like you have a nice product.

      Cheers,
      Jeff

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