Saturday, May 5, 2012

5 Free and Secure Password Management Apps

Looking for a password management application to protect your data? Well, here's 5 free and secure apps that does a great job of storing your passwords. You won’t have to spend a single penny to use them or have any excuse for forgetting your passwords. You can safely run these apps on your computer or laptop hassle free.

Password Gorilla: is a straightforward cross-stage application that helps you safely manage your logins. It stores names, passwords, login data, and miscellaneous notes in a safely encryted record. A single master password is used to protect the encrypted file that contains the password database. The app is fairly stripped down, without any fancy bells and whistles that you have to worry about.

KeePass: is a single-minded application that provides its users with a list of quality features. It's also a cross platform and open source application, that offers the following. Strong security, multiple user keys, a portable (no install) version, export/import in various formats, database transfer, password groups, time fields and entry attachments, auto-type/global auto-type hot key, drag and drop, secure clipboard handling, search and sort, a strong random password generator, and plug-ins.

KeePassX: is designed to save various types of information e.g. user names, passwords, urls, attachments and comments in one single database. For a better management user-defined titles and icons can be specified for each single entry. The entries are sorted in groups, which are customizable. The integrated search function allows to search in a single group or the complete database. The application also offers its users a little utility for secure password generation. The password generator is very customizable, fast and easy to use.

Passpack: is an online password manager that offers free and paid accounts that you can sign up for. The free account limits the number of passwords you can keep. Although some might balk at the idea of keeping passwords online, Passpack has been around and vetted by plenty of large companies. It allows you to share passwords on a need-to-know basis (free account limited to one user share). The application also has a unique feature called the Passpack It! button, which allows users one-click entry into many sites requiring authentication.

Clipperz: is also another online password management website that'a designed to keep track of your passwords. It stores each entry in the form of a card. You can create cards for Web, bank account, custom, and direct login (Figure E). Clipperz also offers a Compact edition that works as a sidebar for the Firefox browser. And you can install a bookmarklet so that adding a new card is as simple as clicking the button in the browser (without having to go to your Clipperz account) and adding the information.

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