Passwords, passwords everywhere we always have to think!
No matter where we turn these days we’re asked for passwords and security details. From bank accounts, to Facebook, to shopping online, on PCs, telephone everyone seems to need a unique password.
When selecting a password most people are aware of the simple rules;
- Keep them unique – don’t use the same password
- Do not use personal data such as your birth date or family members
- Memorize them – never write them down
All well and good, but if you have a unique password each time, how on earth are you supposed to remember them without submitting them to a paper copy!
Thankfully there are applications available for your PC that will allow you to keep a secure copy of all your passwords. In this short article we’ll take a look at one of the free to use options; KeePass.
KeePass is 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. So you only have to remember a single master password to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using secure encryption algorithms so cannot be read without this master key. Here’s how to use it…
- Go to the http://keepass.info/ in your browser
- Download and install v2.19 and run it
The first thing we need to do is create a new password (database).
- Select New and you will be prompted for a location for saving the database (the Documents folder is fine)
- Enter a master password – this will be the password that allows you access to the KeePass tool so it is very important. Do not forget this one!
- Name your database, add a note and click Next
You should now see a set of categories.
- Click on a category (e.g.; Internet)
- Click Add Entry
- Enter the site details and its unique password. Click OK
Your password is now securely stored within KeePass. To see that password at any time, open KeePass and double click the required entry.
You can ‘copy’ the password to the Windows Clipboard by using the Copy icon . …
You can then easily paste the password into your web page.
Other useful features are available including a password generator and a colour coded bar that advises on the security level of your selected password.