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Password Safe allows us to create a database to store passwords that we use regularly.
Our day-to-day is surrounded by passwords and security codes: credit cards, mobile phone PIN code, Windows logon, social networks accounts, etc. All of these passwords must be stored safely somewhere. Notepads and post-it does not count as a safe method of password storage.
We must have a tool that is able to store all of our pass keys, both Online and Offline, and do so in a safe and effective way.
Password Safe will create an encrypted file (database) on the hard drive to protect all the passwords that we decide to save on it. In addition, when we make use of the program, all the passwords shown by the program, will be encrypted in memory, in such a way that all the passwords will be protected from possible attacks.
Thanks to this software we will be able to save, without any worry, our access credentials (user name and password), of all the web sites that we visit regularly.
In this way we will avoid that anyone can discover our passwords, or lose by accident the notepad where we had all of our access key.
In addition we will be able to enter our credentials in any web page in a simple way, because we only need to choose the entry we want to use, and press Control+T (or right-click - >”Perform Auto-type”).
The first time we open the program we will have to press on “New” button to create a new database with a password, choose the location and enter file name that will store all of our passwords. The program will prompt you for a “master key” to protect the file.
It's important to choose a strong password to protect this file. A good password is one that includes both upper and lower case letters, and that also includes numbers, and special characters (_*⁺$...). If we choose a weak password, the program will alert us about the weak password.
Therefore, the only password that we must remember is the master key that we use in the file that store all our passwords.
If we have a Yubikey, we will be able to make use of it to configure it as the “master key” in our passwords database. In this way we should simply press the Yubikey to have access to the program and all of our secret keys.
All the buttons on the top bar have context-sensitive help, we simply should move the mouse cursor over any button, and a dialog will appear with information about that button.
If we don't have our passwords stored in digital format, we will be able to add new entries to our passwords database by clicking on the button “Add new entry”.
When we add a new entry, we should select a group for that entry. We can create groups according to our needs, for example: Banks, Online Shopping, Forums, Social Networks, etc.
We can create sub-groups, so all of our passwords will be well-organized, and will be easily traceable.
We must enter a title to identify the entry. We must also enter the user name and password.
The program can generate strong passwords. If we make use of this option, our passwords for access to Internet sites, will always be safe and solid. We can configure the “strength” of the auto-generated passwords, so we can generate passwords practically unbreakable.
If we have a file with saved passwords, we can import it using the option “File->Import”. We will be able to import .xml files, CSV files, or KeePass V1 files.
The program creates databases backups automatically, so if we accidentally delete an entry from the database, we will be able to open a backup and retrieve the entry.
The software can be installed on the computer hard disk, or use it as a portable software, that is to say, without installing it.
If we are going to use the program frequently, we need to check the “Normal” option in the installation process.
If we want to use this soft as portable, we need to select the “Green” option.
The software is open source and free, and we can install it for personal or professional use, without any kind of restriction.