KeePass Password Safe is a popular open-source password manager with support for several operating systems, one being Microsoft Windows. The developer also supports various distros of Linux, mobile devices and Mac OS X!
The big advantage of KeePass over many other password managers is its very unique ability to shield the master key dialogue from keyloggers as it works on a secure desktop.
Like many password managers, whether freeware or commercial, this one saves a list of passwords behind very tight encryption and thus passwords can only be unlocked by providing the master key. It also has a built-in password generator, when if used, provides an extra layer of security when choosing passwords for various online services.
The German developer of this software keeps this program up-to-date with a very strong sense of building the software with security in mind from the get-go.
The developer also maintains a list of third party plugins available for KeePass which, among other things, can integrate the password manager with popular applications like replacing the default Firefox Password Manager or integrating with Google’s Chrome browser. Other useful plugins include importers from other managers you may have installed (either from XML/CSV or directly).
A lot of work went into creating this program and it’s extremely surprising that it’s available as an open-source project. Of course if you find the program useful, you’re free to support the project on their web site 🙂
Features and highlights
- User names, notes, etc. are encrypted
- SHA-256 is used as password hash
- No attacks are known yet against SHA-256
- Protection against dictionary and guessing attacks
- Protected In-Memory Streams
- Security-enhanced password edit controls
- Master key dialog shown on a secure desktop, on which almost no keylogger works
KeePass 2.50 on 32-bit and 64-bit PCs
This download is licensed as freeware for the Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system on a laptop or desktop PC from password software without restrictions. KeePass 2.50 is available to all software users as a free download for Windows.
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