KeePass is an excellent stand alone application, which allows you to keep your passwords handy and portable. It is a free / open-source password manager which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way.With the help of KeePass, you can take all your passwords with you on a USB Stick, by remembering just one password (Master Password).
After you install KeePass ( Running the setup is simple as any other application. You are allowed to install the KeePass wherever you want) , setup will create a folder named as KeePassPortable, in this folder you will get the file KeePassPortable.exe, which you need to run.
Now let use learn how it works and features we can use .
- Creating a database
- Adding records to database
- Moving database to USB
Creating a Password Database
Setting up master key.
Choose “New” , either from file menu or the first button on toolbar, and choose a master password for your password database, this master password is the only password you need to remember and your password can consist of any combination of the characters present on your keyboard.
Now you would be asked to re-type your password like any other password creation mechanism, once you have finished with this you are ready to jump on the Step # 2. , which is as follows.
Creating Password Groups.
Now you come across a Windows Explorer like navigating window, left side of this window has some predefined password groups for you, right click on any of these password groups allows you to either add or delete these password groups.
Adding individual entry.
Now let us choose eMail password group to step further in order to create the password database for you, Click on eMail group and hit the fourth button on toolbar, which will bring you across a window as shown below, here only two fields i.e. user name and password are important all others are kind of optional fields at this point. Also this window has a predefined password for you, you can either keep this password and change your passwords accordingly or you can use your old passwords and edit the password field here in this window.
In this way you can add as many entries as you want.
Saving database to USB device.
Save this database anywhere on your disk or on any other device like floppy or USB Stick, by clicking on the third button on the toolbar. Now whenever you want to retrieve the passwords from this database, click on the open button i.e second button on the toolbar or the sub-menu under file menu, locate the file you saved, enter the Master Password and here you get all your saved passwords.
Features of KeePass
When you are creating a new database, the window you come across as shown in for Step # 1. , you can choose the key file also, so you can either choose key file or master password as your pass to this database, or you can use the combination of both. Key-file is an automatically generated file based upon the
- You can Drag and Drop Username and Password from the database to their respective filed’s.
- Autofill is also one of the features, open the web page or the application and then click on the respective password entry in database and then choose Perform Auto-Type under edit menu.
- This automatically enters the Username and Password and hits the enter button to get you logged in without any other additional key-press.
- As far as portability of this software is concerned, you just need to copy the generated database file, which has the extension .kdb and the folder KeePassPortable to use it anywhere. You can also zip this folder along with database file and save it in your mail account.
KeePass has a lot more than I could unveil here, this can be done by exploring more, but as a basic I found above software suitable enough, Give it a try, I am sure you will relish the privilege, please comment back to tell if you liked this application…..Bonus Tip: If you had missed do read How to Create Simple yet Secure Password