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Shameless plug - KeePass
Previous | Next by rich 12 December, 2006 - 2:32 AM

KeePass is a windows program that is basically a highly encrypted database for keeping credentials. There are recent ports to OSX/Linux and Pocket PC.



Keepass is my killer app. I have been using it for about a year and a half. Let me extol its virtues.



- Open Source

- Small, simple, no install needed, just run

- Pocket PC mini version that you can automatically sync your desktop to

- Fun cryptography/security items such as two factor auth options (password plus key file) and random entropy gathering password generation

- Copy, paste, then clear clip board options with simple commands.



KeePass on SourceForge

I think every one should use this.  The only way you can realistically keep good and unique passwords is to keep track of them.

A word of caution.  I recommend highly that you make many backups of this database if you use it extensively.  With many unique random passwords that are not committed to memory losing your password database would be catastrophic. 




12/12/2006 >> muhgcee

Because I don't think it is very clear, I should point out that it is a program that stores your usernames and passwords. And I second the endorsement.


12/12/2006 >> rich

Clarified


12/14/2006 >> muhgcee

Update from the trenches:

I just started using the OSX version as well. Good stuff.

One thing that would be nice is if there were some service to store and retrieve your db file remotely. I can see myself using this on about 5-6 machines.


12/14/2006 >> rich

I have an account on rsync.net $1.80 per gig per month. I sync my whole home directory(s) nightly. Just set this up this week.

Not perfect but gets the job done.

Also might I suggest the auto-backup plug in. Any time you save the file it shoves off the previous database file to a backup directory. You can tell it how many versions to keep. I am keeping 500 because I am paranoid and the files are very small.


12/15/2006 >> muhgcee

I'd rather do the gmail approach because I use it on a lot of different computers, and I can definitely access gmail from anywhere except for a CLI-only computer.


12/15/2006 >> rich

The thing is I tend to edit the database if not daily at least several times a week. I don't want to think about manually uploading it vial e-mail.




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