Password Managers

KeePass

5  /  60 Reviews
61,910 Downloads
May 9, 2022 Last updated

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# Change Log

- Most dialogs with fixed size now detect whether they fit onto the current screen, and when a dialog does not fit (e.g. due to a very high DPI factor), its size is reduced and scroll bars are displayed.

- Added plural entry command names in the main window (e.g. the command for editing the currently selected entry/entries is now called either 'Edit Entry' or 'Edit Entries', depending on the number of selected entries).

- Added tooltip for the main part of the status bar of the main window.

- Enhanced color buttons (tooltips, accessible names, ...) in the entry dialog, in the database settings dialog and in the options dialog.

- Added 'Interface (2)' tab page in the options dialog, renamed the existing 'Interface' tab page to 'Interface (1)', moved some controls from 'Interface (1)' to 'Interface (2)'.

- Enhanced font selection controls (with a checkbox that allows to return to the default, the button shows the currently selected font, tooltip, improved accessibility, ...) in the options dialog.

- Added help links 'Dark theme' and 'Main font (size)' in the options dialog.

- The options 'Custom alt. item color' and 'Esc keypress in main window' are now disabled if they are enforced (by an enforced configuration file).

- Added support for opening URLs with Waterfox in private mode.

- Added dialog for editing (HMAC-based and time-based) one-time password generator settings (can be opened using the 'OTP Generator Settings' commands in the entry dialog or in the 'Edit Entry (Quick)' menu of the main window).

- Added entry commands 'Copy HMAC-Based OTP', 'Show HMAC-Based OTP', 'Copy Time-Based OTP' and 'Show Time-Based OTP' (in the 'Other Data' menu).

- Added entry commands 'Copy Title' and 'Copy Notes' (in the 'Other Data' menu).

- When switching to the 'Generate' tab page of the password generator dialog (no database open), the entropy collection dialog is displayed now, if the option 'Show dialog for collecting user input as additional entropy' is turned on.

- Added option 'Colorize password characters' in the HTML export/print dialog; the colors are customizable.

- Added options 'Custom main font' and 'Custom password font' in the HTML export/print dialog.

- Added horizontal entry separator lines in tabular HTML exports/printouts.

- In the plugins dialog, the 'Delete old files from cache automatically' option and the 'Clear' button are now disabled if they are enforced (by an enforced configuration file).

- Plugins can now change the expiry date of an entry more easily.

- Added workaround for Wine bug 52457.

- Improved main window initialization performance.

- Improved initial emergence of a minimized or maximized main window (less flickering, improved performance, ...).

- Improved names/tooltips of the database toolbar buttons in the main window.

- Improved handling of bold/italic list fonts.

- Improved entry list update performance in certain situations.

- Improved dynamic menu deconstruction performance.

- Fields starting with 'HmacOtp-' or 'TimeOtp-' are not shown in the entry string copy menu anymore.

- Improved tooltips and accessibility of password repetition text boxes.

- When a dark theme is active, the error background color of text boxes is darker now.

- Improved accessibility of expiry control groups.

- The title of the master key creation/change dialog is now adjusted to the context.

- Improved 'Compression' tab page of the database settings dialog (extended 'None' option description, improved accessibility, ...).

- If no color has been specified, the 'Custom alt. item color' button in the options dialog now shows the default color.

- Improved HTML generation for HTML exports/printouts.

- Improved default fonts used when printing or exporting to HTML.

- In block HTML exports/printouts, field names are not italic anymore (unless the user has selected an italic main font).

- In HTML exports/printouts, all field values except passwords are trimmed now.

- HTML exports/printouts: improved encoding of white-space characters in passwords.

- Improved horizontal entry separator lines in block HTML exports/printouts.

- TrlUtil: improved control classification.

- Increased Authenticode certificate key length.

- Various CHM/help improvements.

- Upgraded installer.

- Various UI text improvements.

- Various code optimizations.

- Minor other improvements.

- The command line parameter '-preselect:' now works as expected when the option 'Clear master key command line parameters after using them once' is turned on.

- Font selections in the options dialog are now applied only when closing the dialog with [OK].

Description

KeePass is a free open source password manager that allows you to manage and store passwords in a secure way. This program allows you to put one or more passwords in one database.

Protection of database is assured by a master key or a key file. You will need to remember one single password or select the key file to unlock the entire database. It offers many features, for example, KeePass supports the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES, Rijndael) and the Twofish algorithms to encrypt its password databases. KeePass is easy enough for a beginner and it is at the same time a complex application that can satisfy even a computer expert.

Trademark Note 1: Microsoft®, Windows® and other product names are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

KeePass Review

I could write entire pages about KeePass and it would be probably not enough. To be honest, you can find tons of information's even the program homepage comes with excellent resources and support. However I think I can mention here the most important aspects of this program. It's free, "open-source", "lightweight" and "easy-to-use" which is more than enough. I mean, when you want the best password manager you can expect to be shareware, that means that you need to pay for a full license. KeePass is another proof that "best things in life are free".

I tested this application on a computer running Windows® 7. It took me several minutes to understand the basic features and usage. The program works excellent on Windows®. As an advice, make sure to remember the "master password" which is going to let you access the entire database.

TIP: Do not create a single password for all of your accounts. If you have one password that you're using it at your email account, bank account, computer login or others you can be in great danger. Supposing that you are a phishing victim, if the bad person is going to access all your accounts with one password you can realize that this is a bad thing.

This is where KeePass will surpass your ability to remember long and complicated passwords and it will become your best friend. As a conclusion, this is "probably" the best, free password manager.

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