How To Safely Store Your Passwords Using KeePass


17.10.2009

If you are working with a lot of passwords, you really have to pay attention either to remember all the passwords (do not use the same password for everything) or to store them in a place where nobody can get a hold of them. One of the biggest mistakes some people make is to store the passwords in a notepad or word file.

These files are unencrypted and everyone can read them if they get the file. Which is the case with hackers going into your computer.

If you are looking for a safe way to store passwords on your computer, KeePass provides one of the best answers around. Your passwords will be kept in an encrypted database so even if someone gets a hold of these files, they won’t be able to read them unless they have your master password. Remembering one password is a lot easier than a bunch of them, right ?

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How To Safely Store Your Passwords Using KeePass

Here is a quick guide on how to use KeePass:

1. Once you have installed the software, you should go to the upper menu and click File->New.

2. Now you will be asked to create a master password for your database. Make sure to combine characters, symbols and numbers for a password that is impossible to crack. It is also possible to create a file containing the password, but then you should store it on a stick or other removable media so it doesn’t get lost nor it falls into the wrong hands.

3. Once you created your master password, you will be able to store all your passwords. For organization purpouses, you can tag them with an appropiate category: General, Windows, Network, Internet, eMail and Homebanking. One sample password will already be created by KeePass. To add another one, right click in the right pane and select “Add Entry”.

4. Complete the fields in the Entry tab. It is always a good idea you enter something in the Notes field, just to make sure you will remember what the password is for. If you ran out of inspiration for a password, KeePass can create a password for you. Click the button next to the “repeat” field and then select “Generate Using Profile” and then one of the profiles.

5. Once you completed the fields click OK. Once you did this, you will be able to make other changes to your password by right clicking on it and selecting an option from the menu.

6. Enter as many passwords as you need but make sure that you save your changes before exiting.

There you go, now you have safely stored all your passwords. Remember that the strength of your database is given by the strength of your password. Do not enter “12345″ or “password” as well as any real names for you, your wife, children or pets. If you combine upper and lowercase letters along with numbers and symbols, your password will be really strong.

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