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Open Source Password Manager with Encrypted Database

SUMMARY: KeePass is an open-source password manager that can also help generate strong passwords.

KeePass Password Safe is an open-source password manager that runs on Windows 98 and above, and via the Mono Framework on Macintosh and several Unix variants. The software can store usernames, passwords, URLs, notes, and other miscellaneous fields for a variety of services / networks / accounts, placing the information into a database encrypted and (optionally) compressed. The database is protected via a master password, key file, and/or the computer user account.

Features include exporting information to CSV, XML, and other file formats; search capabilities; clipboard auto-clearing for security; and customizable keyboard shortcuts. The software supports a plug-in architecture with addable features such as automatic database backups, importing of passwords from Firefox, and scripting capabilities.

KeePass with recorded username / password information for several e-mail providers

KeePass can also help generate passwords for you, making them as weak or strong as desired. Passwords will contain a customizable amount of characters that can include upper and lowercase letters, numbers, symbols, high ANSI characters, and/or other characters. You can even prevent repeating characters or those that look similar (such as the letter 'O' and number zero).

Options for the password generator in KeePass

Note that on some versions of Windows, KeePass v2.0 and greater require the Microsoft .NET Framework.

KeePass can be downloaded at the following address. Note that at the time this tip was written, two editions were available for download, each with portable versions:

* KeePass http://keepass.info/download.html

This tip was written regarding KeePass v2.08 running on a Windows Vista machine. Features, information, and screenshots for other versions /operating systems may vary.

As with all password managers, use is at your own risk. If you lose access to the database or if it becomes corrupted, you may be unable to access a variety of services.

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