Keepass Password Manager Review
Keepass is a simple, fast and light weight Password Manager. Using this software allows you to keep track of all of your different passwords in one secure and encrypted database.
The program gives you the possibility of using a different password for every online account you have. This is totally recommended as it is a terrible idea to use the same password for everything. Especially if it is a simple one.
If a person with ill intentions figures out your one password they can then use it to try to log into countless online website and gain access to things like your email, bank, online member websites like Wealthy Affiliate, anything that uses that password. Without a password manager it can be very difficult to keep track and remember all of your passwords.
Create A New Keepass Database & Keep It In Sync
When you first install Keepass you simply create a new database and set up a very strong master password. This is the password that will unlock your encrypted database. Be sure it is very strong and includes upper and lower case alphanumeric characters as well as symbols.
If you have a single computer you can save the database file anywhere on your hard drive where you will be able to find it. For users with multiple devices I would suggest saving your database file to a syncing location.
For myself I use SpiderOak. SpiderOak is a Zero-Knowledge encrypted online backup solution that includes a Sync Folder called the SpiderOak Hive. I save my Keepass database file to my SpiderOak Hive. From there it syncs to all of my other devices that I have SpiderOak installed onto.
Keepass Passwords Should Be Complex and Unique
Each password you create for any web site’s login should be complex and unique. This is so simple with Keepass. Just add a new entry for each website and use the password generator to come up with long and complex passwords.
I usually set the Keepass password generator to the maximum length that the site allows. I also try to include all types of characters that the site allows as well. Not every site accepts special characters and spaces so that is one thing to look out for.
Keepass iPhone Setup
Since Keepass does not make versions directly for mobile operating systems like Android and iOS, there are very many third party apps that integrate accessing Keepass from these devices.
For and iPhone or iPad running iOS there is MiniKeePass. It’s a simple and free app that can be easily installed from the App Store. Once the installation has completed open the app and open the Keepass database file. It will prompt you for the master password. Once that has been entered all of your passwords will be available on your device.
Keepass Master Password
This goes for any of the password managers that are out there. Now this is important — this is the one password you do not want to forget. Forgetting this password will result in losing access to all of the contents of your Keepass database.
You need a long and strong Master Password that you can remember and again it should include alphanumeric characters as well as special characters. Use a phrase to help you remember the password.
If you do decide to write it down somewhere be sure it is kept in a safe or something very secure since it controls access to all of your other passwords.
A bad example of a master password: jennifer1986 or p@ssw0rd, or abc123 or 123456789101112 or thisisnotastrongpassword, etc…
A good example of a master password: Kn5in!38bAf@V1n#37IJh1kjk1! or Fix2@Door3!Today4
A good password has some kind of randomness to it but also a mix of upper and lower case and special characters. It should also be more than 15 characters.
Keepass Password Safe Professional
There are two versions of Keepass available. The first version which is known as Classic Edition. The modern version is known as Professional Edition. Both do the job but from my personal experience I only use the Professional Edition. It seems to sync great between the different devices I have running different third part programs.
On my Mac running OS X 10.11.x I use KeePassX
On my Windows machine I run the Keepass Password Safe Professional that they provide.
On my iPad I use MiniKeePass.
On my Android phone I use KeePassDroid.
On my Windows PC I use Firefox as my main web browser so I’ve installed the KeeFox plugin which integrates very nicely with Keepass allowing new entries to be created from within Firefox, auto population of login credentials and updating passwords. It also includes a password generator available right from within Firefox. Anything other than Firefox I just copy and paste my passwords in.
One of the very great things about Keepass over other proprietary password managers is that it is built using the Open Source model. This is great because any security expert or home grown computer guru in the world can download and review the source code and be sure things like cryptography and other security measures are implemented properly. They can review the code for bugs as well and participate in correcting them.
Besides using the SpiderOak Hive solution for syncing your Keepass database file you may want to just use your Dropbox account. Considering the Keepass database is already encrypted it is OK to use Dropbox if you have a very strong master password.
The one thing I like better about SpiderOak is their Zero-knowledge approach to storing files. With SpiderOak Hive any file you put there will be encrypted locally again before it is transmitted to their data center. For me I don’t mind using Dropbox for sharing certain things easily with others. Personally, I just like a more secure solution for my password database.
Try It Out
Thanks for reviewing my brief summary of Keepass Password Safe Professional. If you need better password management and to update your passwords to be unique for each account and website you have this is something which can be put to use today towards you online business success.
If you have any comments or questions please feel free to leave them below and I will be sure to get back to you.