In the current internet world you always need to remember many passwords simultaneously. You need to remember different passwords for your email account, Facebook account, Orkut account etc. Also you need password for Windows network logon and your website’s FTP login. Remembering a password is a tedious task itself because you try to set a complex password in order to avoid any unauthorized access s. And if you use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password then you will be in big trouble. Because of this reason users generally set different passwords for different online accounts. Sometimes it also happens that you may get confused which password belongs to which account.
Is there any solution available?
The solution of this problem is KeePass, a free open source password manager, 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 file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms.
How to proceed?
This KeePass utility is of just 1.45 MB and you can download it for free.
To download :
Once installed just follow the following steps in order to take advantages of this wonderful utility :
- Launch the KeePass. Now the first thing you have to do is to set create a new database. This is where all of your passwords will be stored.
Click “File” from the main menu, then select “New”. A dialog window will appear that asks you to enter a master password and/or key file. Generally it should be a very strong password with a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
- Click on the password edit field and type in your new master password. Click “OK.” You will then be prompted to enter the master password again. Then click “OK.” You will see a new dialog box that allows you to configure some database properties. For now, just click “OK.” You will then be directed to the main menu.
- You have created your password database, and now you will need to save it. Select “File,” then “Save As” from the main menu. Type in a file name for your database, select where on your computer you want to save it, and then click “OK.”
- Now it’s time to add all of your passwords to the database. To add a password, select “Edit”, then “Add Entry” from the main menu.
The Add Entry Screen will appear. There are a lot of different fields to enter information into. None is mandatory, but it may be helpful to you in the future.
- You may not be able to easily remember some of the passwords you have stored in KeePass. Select the password entry associated with the account you need it for. Right click on the entry, then select “Copy Password to Clipboard”. Then go to the related account where you need your password. Paste the password into the password field.
- You should minimize or shut down KeePass each time, but remember you will have to re-enter your master password when you bring the program up again.
- You may use random password generator built in KeePass for a strong password.
- There are several configurable settings in KeePass. You may use them as per your needs.
Moreover it also provides facility to change your master password. It is highly recommended to change your password once in every three months. 😆 🙄