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Dominik Reichl
Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Sep 13, 2018
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KeePass Review

Felix Cheng
KeePass - A free open source password manager
A review of KeePass by Felix Cheng

KeePass Password Manager (or 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 :)

A quick note: The developer still maintains version 1 and version 2. The latter has a few more extra features including Windows login integration. This review is for KeePass 2.

KeePass 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
  • Auto-Type can be protected against keyloggers, too
  • One master password decrypts the complete database
  • KeyPass is portable
  • Export password list to TXT, HTML, XML or CSV files
  • Print password list (complete database or only current view)
  • Fast copy password or user name to the Windows clipboard
  • Searching in password database is possible

KeePass is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from password managers without restrictions. KeePass 2.40 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

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  • Freeware Password Managers
  • Software Reviews
  • Open source and GPL software

Compatibility with this software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of KeePass may be available from Dominik Reichl.

KeePass has been picked by our editors as very good.
KeePass has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested KeePass 2.40 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

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