KeePass – A single Master Key for all your Digital Locks

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You enter your username and password and the system says, password or username doesn’t match. You purposely did kept different passwords for different websites (that’s one smart move) but now, recalling correct passwords from a dozen in being more haunting than ever before. Now, it is a prime time for the computer users to become more comfortable with available tools to help them remember the passwords for different sites easily but yet most securely. KeePass is one such utility which helps the user to remember all the usernames, passwords, and web addresses along with special notes. The number of kinds of websites which requires username and passwords is increasing substantially. Cookery video blogs, personal mail Ids, office passwords, documents passwords, zip file passwords, e-mail passwords, social websites, discussion forums, online banking, shopping websites and the list goes on forever. In this article, a unique secure tool, KeePass is introduced along with the step by step guide of using the app.

How to Download KeePass?

Latest version of KeePass is 2.29 and is available for download for free. Click here to download KeePass. The KeePass application is free of cost and is also Open source certified software.

Is storing vital information in KeePass is secure?

The link here presents the detailed summary of security features. In short, the KeePass employs the most secure 256 bit SHA algorithm.

How to use KeePass?

After Installation of KeyPass, launch the application from Start Menu. Click on ‘New’ to create new database of your account names, usernames and passwords.

Creating New Database in KeePass
Creating New Database in KeePass

The application then saves the database in the predefined location and prompts you for a strong Master Composite password. The Password strength indicator (Estimated Quality Bar) shows how powerful the set password is. The password can be made strongest by having multiple symbols, both capital and small letters, and numbers. Then just select OK below, which closes the prompt window.

Master Key in KeePass

Master Key in KeePass

The New Window now will show you two examples of stored passwords; they are only for example but give a feel of how the stored passwords appear in the application along with the username and other notes.

KeePass User Interface

KeePass User Interface

The user can right click on the particular account and select copy username. The username will be copied to clipboard. The username can now be pasted into the username field of the website (Gmail for example, Gmail password was stored in that way). Similarly copy the password by right clicking and selecting ‘copy password’. Now, the password can be pasted in the same way. It is made very simple.

 

Copying Username and Password in KeePass
Copying Username and Password in KeePass

To add new entries into the database please right click anywhere on the account creation window and select ‘add entry’ in the available options as shown in the figure. The new window prompts to add username, password, notes and other info which can be added quickly and finally click on OK to confirm the addition of new account. The new account will be added to the database.

Adding New Entry in KeePass
Adding New Entry in KeePass

The KeePass application is very simple to use, always free of cost with no adware attached. Hence, users can make best use of KeePass to have a secure and pleasant experience in saving passwords for all the sites in secure location.

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