Strong Passwords: How to create and use them
Password managers are leverage technology. They effectively raise the bar for attackers by improving the user interface to computing environments that routinely require authentication.The need for password managers is tied directly to the difficulty of memorizing numerous sets of usernames, and passwords for specific web sites. Password managers can increase the overall security because they allow a user to generate many different usernames instead of relying on just one, making it more difficult for the attacker to guess.
The trade off is the user has to trust the application to perform its role (securely storing, processing, and forwarding credentials to authorized entities).
Today you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your homepage’s ftp password, online passwords (like CodeProject member account), etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. Also, you should use different passwords for each account. Because if you use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password you have a problem… A serious problem. The thief would have access to your e-mail account, homepage, etc. Unimaginable.
KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk. So you only have to remember one single master password or insert the key-disk to unlock the whole database.
The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish). For more information, see the features page. Yes, KeePass is really free, and more than that: it is open-source (OSI certified). You can have a look at its full source and for example check if the encryption algorithms are implemented correctly.
KeePassX saves user names, passwords, urls, attachments and comments in one single database. For a better management user-defined titles and icons can be specified for each single entry. Furthermore the entries are sorted in groups, which are customizable as well. The integrated search function allows to search in a single group or the complete database. KeePassX offers a little utility for secure password generation. The password generator is very customizable, fast and easy to use. Especially someone who generates passwords frequently will appreciate this feature.
The complete database is always encrypted either with AES (alias Rijndael) or Twofish encryption algorithm using a 256 bit key. Therefore the saved information can be considered as quite safe. KeePassX uses a database format that is compatible with KeePass Password Safe. This makes the use of that application even more favourable.
Originally KeePassX was called KeePass/L for Linux since it was a port of Windows password manager Keepass Password Safe. After KeePass/L became a cross platform application the name was not appropriate anymore and therefore, on 22 March 2006 it has been changed.
FREE for personal, non-commercial use.Access Manager
Access Manager is designed to operate on all current 32bit versions of the Microsoft Windows® operating system released since Windows 95®. It requires the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0. If you are current with Windows Update, you will already have this component installed.
Access Manager is a FREE software solution that keeps all your passwords in one, simple to use list. It offers fast, easy and secure password management.
One ‘Master Password’ is all that is needed to access all your passwords and private information. You can view or edit your passwords, and drag & drop or copy passwords to web pages and other software. Access Manager is available in Dutch and English language versions.
- Web site passwords
- Credit card and PIN numbers
- Computer logon passwords
- Telephone banking codes
- Email passwords
- Software access passwords
- Door entry and alarm codes
Password Depot is a user-friendly tool for the management of all your passwords. It uses security algorithms such as BlowFish and Rijndael to encrypt your files and also includes a file shredder, that complies with the directives DOD 5220.22-M of the US Department of Defense and allows you to fully destroy files created with the program.
Features include a password generator, backup options, password expiration, search functions, import/export and more. Password Depot includes a convenient browser bar, that attaches to the top of your screen and provides quick access to all your passwords, without taking up much screen space. The auto-complete feature can optionally automatically fill in username and password for you. This free version is limited to 20 password accounts – which should be sufficient for the average user.
KeyManager is a utility to keep track of your passwords, logins and more. Keep information safely stored in your computer with the main password protected feature. Operating system Mac OS 10.3.8 or later. It’s free!
- Create different types
- Live Search field to fast search in KeyManager database
- Backup function
- Main Password to keep your data protected
- Simple and intuitive interface
Originally published November 18th, 2007 11:28