Password Managers


5  /  25 Reviews
May 4, 2019 Last updated


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# Change Log

- Added main menu items 'Group', 'Entry' and 'Find', which contain all commands related to groups and entries (supersets of context menus); removed 'Edit' main menu item, because all of its commands are included in the three new main menu items.

- Added support for a system-wide hot key to auto-type only the password of a matching entry; by default, the hot key is Ctrl+Alt+Shift+A, changeable in the options dialog.

- When double-clicking the URL cell of an entry in the main entry list while holding down the Shift key, KeePass now copies the URL to the clipboard (a double-click without Shift continues to open the URL; the option 'Copy URLs to clipboard instead of opening them' reverses this behavior).

- Added quick edit commands 'Expires: Now' and 'Expires: Never'.

- There now are two commands for copying a whole entry to the clipboard: 'Copy Entry (Encrypted)' and 'Copy Entry (Unencrypted)'; the first one encrypts the data for the current user using the Windows DPAPI.

- Added Ctrl+Shift+P shortcut for printing the currently selected group.

- The creation time and the last modification time of an entry are now displayed on the 'History' tab of the entry editing dialog.

- Added support for importing Steganos Password Manager 20 CSV files.

- Added support for importing Bitwarden 1.12 JSON files.

- Mozilla Bookmarks JSON import: added support for importing tags (new format, in addition to the old format) and keywords.

- Enhanced the Enpass import module to support TXT files created by version 6.0.4.

- The language selection dialog now also lists KeePass 1.x LNG files; when trying to select such a file, an informative error message is displayed.

- Added 'Cancel' command in the context menu of KeePass' system tray icon, which can be used to abort opening and saving a database file.

- Added '-cancel' command line option, which causes all other KeePass instances to cancel opening/saving a database file.

- Added '-auto-type-password' command line option (other running KeePass instances auto-type only the password of a matching entry).

- Added '-e1:' command line parameter, which works like '-e:', but is handled by only one other instance; '-e:' is handled by all other instances.

- When compiling a PLGX plugin, KeePass now defines a 'KP_V_*_*_*' symbol, where the asterisks specify the KeePass version (for example, 'KP_V_2_42_0' for version 2.42).

- Added workarounds for .NET Caps Lock warning tooltip bug.

- Added workaround for Mono grid view default color bug.

- Added workaround for OneDrive bug on Windows 1809.

- Auto-Type: improved sending of characters that are realized with the AltGr key.

- Auto-Type: improved compatibility with VirtualBox 6 and VMware Player.

- Improved user interface behavior while opening a database file.

- Accelerator key improvements.

- Replaced 4 and 8 weeks expiry date search commands by 1 and 2 months (taking the number of days in the months into account).

- Improved hot key controls (better key combination handling and display).

- The hot key controls in the options dialog now support entering hot keys that are already registered by KeePass.

- Improved field to standard field mapping function.

- Improved new-line handling of several import modules.

- When a file import fails, KeePass now shows a more detailed error message.

- After changing the color of an entry using a quick edit command, the entries are deselected now, such that the new color is visible immediately.

- Moved 'Print Emergency Sheet' command into 'File' - 'Print'.

- The pattern-based password generator now supports repeating escaped characters using '{...}'.

- The pattern-based password generator now refuses to generate a password if the pattern is (partially) invalid.

- Turning off the 'Unhide Passwords' policy now enforces hiding passwords in a few more places/situations.

- New-line characters at the end of the output of a {CMD:...} placeholder are now removed (analogous to $(...) and `...` shell command substitutions).

- The {URL:SCM} and {BASE:SCM} placeholders now work with arbitrary data having a ':'-terminated prefix.

- Improved {URL:RMVSCM} and {BASE:RMVSCM} placeholders ('//' authority prefix is removed, but not '/').

- The '-entry-url-open' command line option is now handled by all other KeePass instances (instead of only one).

- Path traversal with attachment names is not possible anymore.

- Removed the option 'Show tray icon only if main window has been sent to tray' from the options dialog (due to possible denial-of-service problems); if you want to hide the icon, it is recommended to configure this in the system settings instead.

- Improved reading of KDBX XML documents with unknown elements.

- Improved JSON parser.

- Various UI text improvements.

- Various code optimizations.

- Minor other improvements.

- Fixed a crash that could occur when trying to import certain Mozilla Bookmarks JSON files.

- Fixed a crash that could occur when trying to import certain files with very deeply nested groups.

- Fixed handling of paths with folder/file names containing quotes (which can occur on Unix-like systems only).


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.

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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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