At a Glance
- Simple to use; Generates random passwords
- Difficult to use the automation feature
KeePass is a free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager.
KeePass solves an increasingly important dilemma: How to keep
track of all of your passwords, whether they be for email
services, Web sites, bank accounts, or what have you. Increasingly,
we are inundated with passwords, with no easy way to keep track of
them. KeePass does the job neatly.
When you first run KeePass, you create a new database where you
store your passwords, and enter a master password. Only someone
with that master password can get into the program to see the
passwords. One nice touch is that as you type the master password,
it shows you the relative strength (and therefore safety) of the
password. You can also set other options as well, such as using
GZip compression to keep down the size of the database.
Keeping track of your passwords is also easy. When you create a
new KeePass entry, type in a title, your user name if any (such as
for a Web-based mail account), the passwords, a URL, and any notes.
If you’d like, you can have the program generate a random password
for you, and you have plenty of different options for choosing the
password strength, and how to generate it. Techies will revel in
the features; everyone else will just ask the program to generate a
You can also store your passwords in different categories. By
default, KeePass provides categories for General, Windows, Network,
Internet, eMail, and Homebanking. But you can easily add your own,
or delete existing ones.
KeePass is useful for those who want a simple
password-protection program, but also those who want to automate
the input of passwords. Automating password input is not for the
faint of heart and is quite difficult to do. Most people won’t find
it worth their while. But if you’re technically inclined and like
to fiddle and troubleshoot, and don’t mind not getting any help,
you may want to give it a try.
Overall, KeePass is a very useful program for anyone who has
plenty of passwords to track, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s free,