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KeePass

On Sat 8th February 2014, 10:38 Jonathansays:

KeePass is a password safe to help you remember passwords - mainly by making it so you don't have to remember them. Passwords are entered into the safe along with any other useful information and can be grouped and given appropriate icons. Although the grouping is useful (and the icons small but pretty) if I'm honest one of the most useful features is the search box at the top of the application. I have a number of passwords to keep track of and having to browse a database is a pain - it's a database so search it! (the same goes for Active Directory so Microsoft sys admins pay attention...)

People in IT, and now the government are encouraging the use of strong passwords but how is that defined? Contrary to popular belief, a strong password doesn't have to be hard to remember (although it can be) but as we're talking about KeePass, and don't have to remember passwords anyway, we can use one of its other features: password generation.

Based on your settings for length, character types and source information (e.g. your computer's MAC address) KeePass will generate a password for you. An example is 6iELm:zAq5c7f!Vd^7,T - that's got 127 bits of "quality" apparently. Simply copy and paste the password into the webpage you're signing up for and you're good to go.

With a tool like KeePass, which is free by the way, there's no reason not to use a strong password on sites you use. There's also no reason to use the same password everywhere anymore as you don't have to remember them! Give it a whirl and see how KeePass can help you. I've recommended it to a few people now and at least 2 of them are happily using KeePass as part of their day-to-day life.

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