Last week, I read an article “After LinkedIn: How to protect your password from hacks” describing how LinkedIn was hacked and millions of passwords were stolen. Fortunately, LinkedIn encrypts their passwords, but easy passwords are easy to decypher. Regardless, I thought this was a good time to figure out how to beef up my passwords, thus making them more secure to hacking. As a result of reading the article mentioned, I downloaded and tried out KeePass, a password safe.
KeePass will allow you to store all your passwords under one secure master password.
It is good practice to have a different password for all your different accounts. It is also good practice to have passwords that are not easily broken. Unfortunately, what is good for security is not good for the human mind. However, KeePass allows you to store different secure passwords for each of your accounts. You need to only remember one secure pass phrase to access the other accounts; this is much easier to remember.
I have created a couple of videos to show you how it works.
How to log in with KeePass
Creating a KeePass Entry
In our office, we are now using KeePass to store shared passwords for the various Web sites we manage. We maintain the KeePass “safe” in a shared dropbox folder. You can easily run KeePass off of a USB drive.
If you are concerned about the security of your information, I recommend trying out a program like KeePass.