#1 By: howtogeek, June 29th, 2013 06:42
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/165882/how-to-use-keepass-in-your-browser-across-your-computers-and-on-your-phone/
If you’re using a password manager and it’s not the cloud-based LastPass, it’s probably KeePass. KeePass is a completely open-source password manager that stores all your sensitive data locally. However, this means that it isn’t quite as well-integrated as other solutions.
#2 By: Suryanshu Vasishta, June 29th, 2013 08:28
KeePass is the best password solution. I was inspired by previous articles Securely Store Your Passwords with KeePass on HTG and shifted to KeePass instead of keeping the same password for all web services. It works well on my iPhone as well. This article may answer anyone's doubts on KeePass browser integration but I don't mind copy pasting as its much safe if other people also use your computer. I would also suggest the user to backup the kdbx database file in an encrypted external storage device.
I still don't know how KeePass can be used for Windows passwords but I use TrueCrypt bootloader to protect my machine
#3 By: Mark Kusz, June 29th, 2013 11:27
I have yet to find the perfect password manager for WIN and iOS. I love Roboform on WIN. Been using it for a decade or so. Don't like its iOS app. I prefer to use 1password on iOS devices. So, I kind of maintain two master password databases.
#4 By: Baht Simpson, June 29th, 2013 11:38
Why does everyone keep going on about KeePass? Have you guys never heard of Password Safe? Password Safe was the inspiration for KeePass and they both do the same job. I've been using Password Safe for over 6 years and have over 400 passwords stored in a nicely structured database, so I am always amazed why everyone keeps banging on about the new boy.
Do the KeePass guys have an army of promoters constantly badgering websites such as HTG to promote their product? It IS free after all - as is Password Safe.
I am really puzzled by this and would like to know what drives the KeePass propaganda machine while Password Safe has been around longer and quietly doing a perfect job.
#5 By: Tim John, June 29th, 2013 12:45
Excellent piece! As you suggested, I've dropped KeyPass in my cloud and can now access an up-to-date database from all of my PCs. So much easier and quicker than using the USB stick. I'm just slightly embarrassed that I didn't have the sense to figure this out previously!
#6 By: Wisewiz, June 29th, 2013 12:57
I have four networked computers at home, each with two independent copies of the portable KeePass (portable has no external files or registry settings): one copy for my credit card and banking info (with a strong password) and one for general passwords like Web site forum logins and software keys (with a quick and easy p/w to get into that copy of KeePass). I sync the four kdbx (the database) files (and the config files if I change the config for any reason) quickly and simply with the File menu's Synchronize feature, which keeps a Recent Files record and lets me do a three-click sync for the other three databases after I make changes to the database on one machine. No sweat.
#7 By: Rizzoli, June 29th, 2013 13:31
I'm uncomfortable placing my unencrypted .kdbx or .kdb file in Dropbox so I placed it in Boxcryptor. I've had no problems using the program and syncing to my other PCs, but it refuses to allow other entries to be added and saved to the same place. The program gives a warning that it can't save the file...it may be corrupted...etc, so try saving to another location. I can save the file to another location, e.g., desktop, but then I have to replace the old file in Boxcryptor. Again - it syncs and opens OK on other PCs. I've tried upgrading/downgrading KP, but can find no answer to this. It seems to me that placing the file in Boxcryptor would be the answer to concerns about Dropbox security...but not so far. BTW - I have no problems opening and saving other files in Boxcryptor. Any ideas folks? On Googling this I found the same problem with KP in 2009, which was fixed by an upgrade. As I said, that hasn't worked for me.. TIA.
#9 By: bedlamb, July 2nd, 2013 23:21
I really don't see the point.
I keep an encrypted text file of my passwords. Why is it better to have a password manager, with databases and such?
#10 By: Ryan Mc Master, July 3rd, 2013 14:30
I honestly didn't know about Password Safe until I read your comment. When I was looking for a password manager I wanted one that I could use on all my devices. So just now I went to Password Safe site to see if it could work on Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry, or Linux. At the site there wasn't any links to those downloads.
#11 By: Ryan Mc Master, July 3rd, 2013 14:40
KeePass does encrypt the database file. You can read more here.
I came across the situation you are talking about with not being able to save. What I figured out is you can't save to a database that is opened somewhere else. It usually happens when I forget to close KeePass at work before opening it at home.
#12 By: Rizzoli, July 3rd, 2013 16:15
Many thanks! That's exactly the problem.
#13 By: System Guru, July 3rd, 2013 20:59
Great Article! I read that browsers don't interface with KeePass. I have been using KeePass for the past year and it works fantastic with Chrome and Firefox, my mainstay browsers. Each have plugins that work through KeePassHttp. Go to: http://keepass.info/plugins.html and look up the plugin of your choice. Also, I use Keepass2Android on my phone and tablet to interact with compatible applications. You will find it in Google Play.
#14 By: Baht Simpson, July 4th, 2013 02:16
Hi MixMaster, I had a look at the site too - haven't done that in a while - and there is a link to other projects here:
But the few posts in the forums about versions for IOS and Linux aren't too encouraging, so I guess the original author's Password Safe for Windows is always going to be for Windows only. Pity.
#15 By: mirindonian, July 4th, 2013 09:20
Does PS have plugins, add-ons? Tenths of translations? Fantastic trigger system? Autotype with obfuscation? Synchronization? Attachments?
PS is simple, AFAIK. KeePass is very, very, very powerful and flexible tool, that's why it has outgrown the program that inspired it.
#16 By: Baht Simpson, July 4th, 2013 10:00
I suppose that I could try KeePass, but I would need to transfer my 538 items from Password Safe to KeePass to really give it a thorough test.
My 538 items are in 12 top level folders, each folder having up to 5 subfolders. I don't think there is a limit on these numbers.
Regarding plug-ins, I don't know what others I need, as it does what I want it to do, i.e. finding an entry in the database is simple, right clicking on an entry allows me to browse to the URL and/or auto-type the password (if the entry is a web site), or just auto-type the password where the cursor is.
I don't know what else I would want it to do, apart from exporting the database in a format that can be read by other password store programs, such as KeePass. But the last time I tried I couldn't find a program or plug-in to do it. Maybe I'll write one to convert from Password Safe's XML or Plain Text outputs to whatever KeePass uses for import.
If you can think of something that KeePass can do that I've not listed for Password Safe, please comment.
#17 By: mirindonian, July 11th, 2013 06:01
I don't think there will be any problems regarding importing, KeePass handles it very well and understand a LOT of formats, never had any problems.
I personally don't use plugins, but I think you may find something interesting on the project homepage.
My most commonly used feature is autotype (obfuscated!) on Ctrl+V. Also, every entry has its own icon, not really needed but still nice thing to have. Seriously, can't think of anything more right now. just be sure to carefully look through the every option menu and read the manual (it is really useful!) when you have the time.
#18 By: Gary, July 13th, 2013 12:31
I have used RoboForm for many years and like its ease of use and versatility. Is there any reason I should consider changing to KeePass?
#19 By: Nam Nguyen, September 20th, 2013 12:20
You can use KeePass to WRITE to the database, and BrowsePass to READ from it when you otherwise do not have KeePass available. For example, at work, I do not install KeePass on company's MacBook Pro so I have to rely on some online app to access my passwords.