Why Windows 7 Users Should Consider KeePass For Storing Their Online Login Details

Some of us have a hard time keeping our passwords in order.

When you surf the web you run into a lot of web sites that want you to have an account before you are truly able to use the site effectively.

They want to keep a record of who is using their product and also they might want to keep your information on file so that they can send you other offers.

The more sites that you sign up for to do this, the more passwords and usernames you have to remember.

Once you have been on the internet for a couple of years, this list can become overwhelming.

This is why you need a good password manager to use.

Unfortunately Windows 7 does not have one except for the software that comes pre installed in Internet Explorer.

But that is not, I believe, the best solution for storing your passwords.

You want something that is going to be safe and able to withstand strangers trying to get your information.

Managing Passwords With Keepass

One of the best bits of software out that does the job is called Keepass.

It is an open sourced based product that provides top notch security for your passwords and other information that you might have.

There is no need for you to worry about someone being able to get to your password because not only does the software store the password in a database, it also provides an encryption layer around it.

To be able to get into the file, someone would have to know the master key and they would only know that if you told them.

This means that, even if someone was to be able to get on your computer, they would not be able to break through the encryption layer on the password.

So, at the very least, you know your data is safe.

No-one will be able to log into your bank account without you knowing.

There is no reason for anyone not to use this software if they have a chance.

There are too many people storing their passwords in an unsafe manner.

Keeping your passwords on a piece of physical notebook paper or in a Word document with a password is not acceptable.

In this day and age with so much cyber thievery going on, you need to understand that your passwords are the key to your online identity.

If someone were able to get them, then you could be severely compromised.

If you want to be sure that your passwords are kept safe, then you must use software such as keepass or other alternatives to do this.

With so much temptation out there for people to steal, you do not want anyone to get a chance to steal your identity.

The threats are real both in the cyber world and the physical one as well.

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About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. Well i guess i am old school on this one. I never keep passwords saved on my computer an have always told people that its not wise to do it.
    I guess times have changed with ways to secure and protect passwords being saved on a users computer.

    • There are many different ways of looking at this one in my opinion Dave.

      For someone like myself I am so used to using lots of sites and having to remember lots of login details so it has become second nature and I would imagine you are much the same.

      For someone less computer savvy a password manager is infintely better than sticking post-it notes on the monitor, or having passwords on a pad next to the keyboard.

      Personally, the former option is much, much more secure but some people prefer a software solution which, whilst not ideal, is somewhat better than some of the alternatives I mentioned above.

      • I see your point in why users would want some software to keep up with things like passwords, for me the notepad laying here will work for me since i dont have to worry about where they are or who has access to them.
        Besides even if someone saw the notepad they would have no clue as to what accounts the passwords went to ,lol.

        • You’re lucky!

          I do all my writing at home and have 3 kids who have inherited my interest in all things computing. If I left a password lying around then I have NO DOUBT that they would eventually find out what it was for!

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