Support Creators: KeePass

You should never reuse a pass­word. That means a dif­fer­ent pass­word for every com­puter and web­site ac­count you have. If you’re like me, that means over 100 dif­fer­ent pass­words to keep track of. There are two so­lu­tions to this prob­lem:

  1. Use the same pass­word every­where.
  2. Use a pass­word man­ager.

Op­tion 1 is bad bad bad. A chain is only as strong as it’s weak­est link: if you use the same pass­word every­where, then a hacker only has to break into one site (the least se­cure) and they now have ac­cess to your email, bank, and credit cards.

Us­ing a pass­word man­ager is much more se­cure. I use KeeP­ass. All of my pass­words are stored in KeeP­ass, which re­quires a mas­ter pass­word to ac­cess. Now I just have to re­mem­ber one pass­word. To keep it backed up and to use it on all my de­vices, I store my KeeP­ass data­base in Drop­box.

To make it eas­ier to en­ter pass­words into web­sites, I use chromeIPass, which au­to­mat­i­cally fills the user­name and pass­word fields when you open a web page.

To make the mo­bile ex­pe­ri­ence eas­ier, I use KeeP­ass2An­droid. This works sim­i­larly to chromeIPass: you share the URL with KeeP­ass2An­droid, which then pops up a no­ti­fi­ca­tion which al­lows you to eas­ily copy and paste the user­name and pass­word into the web­site.

KeeP­ass is a solid open-source pro­ject that is pro­vid­ing free se­cu­rity to tens of thou­sands of peo­ple. That’s why KeeP­ass was my July cre­ator do­na­tion, and KeeP­ass2An­droid was my May cre­ator do­na­tion.

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