Our online privacy and access greatly depend on the passwords we use. From some of the social websites we visit on the regular to a chain of information we try to protect on our smartphones and personal computers, it is unequivocal our privacy and access to important apps and websites almost entirely depend on a huge chunk of passwords we use.
The only rub we have is memorizing all the passwords. While smart people will only use a single password on all the websites and applications they frequently access, there are certain incidences when you may be required to calibrate your passwords in accordance with the sign up procedure and requirements.
That’s where LastPass and KeePass come in—to help you store your passwords online safely and be able to use them anywhere at any time without wracking your brains too hard as you try to remember them.
LastPass is a cloud-based password manager that you can integrate with your browser to help you synchronize all your passwords, while KeePass is an open-source password manager that you can use to store all your sensitive data locally. In other words, KeePass isn’t as well-integrated as LastPass, but a more effective program for storing sensitive data locally.
Using KeePass in Your Browser
Unlike Lasspass, KeePass doesn’t sport a browser extension. So expect no pop ups and prompts whenever you visit login pages.
Instead, you can copy paste or drag and drop the login information into their matching boxes, something that most users find somehow inconvenient.
There’s one trick though—instead of going through all that hassle, you may want to use the integrated auto-type feature to fill in your username and password. To do this, just open the KeePass test form page. Then click inside the username box before pressing CTRL +Alt + A for default auto-type shortcut. That way, KeePass will identify the website you’re trying to access then send you your username, tab character and password for a one-time login.
If this fails to work with some websites, just tweak the auto-type settings in the account and you’d ironed out the snag.
Sync Your KeePass with Computers
You can use KeePass to store all your passwords in a single file in your computer. But bear in mind that KeePass doesn’t synchronize the passwords via the cloud or transfer them to other computers. It’s therefore upon you to ensure that all the files are properly backed so you won’t lose any of the passwords stored in case the machine breaks down.
A simple trick would be to sync the files by dropping them into a cloud storage folder such as Copy, DropBox, SkyDrive, Google Drive or One Drive among others. This will help you synchronize Keepass with all your computers so you can access your passwords via any of them.
Using Keepass on Your Phone
You may want to access your KeePass database via your smartphone. But since KeePass doesn’t arrive with an official mobile app that means accessing it via a mobile phone is far unlikely.
But thanks to third party KeePass apps such MiniKeePass and KeePassDroid, it’s now possible to perfectly integrate your smartphone with your KeePass database. First, find a way to transfer your KeePass info from your PC to smartphone. You can do this by transferring the files directly. If you have the files saved in your dropbox, it’s just a matter of opening your dropbox account via your smartphone and you’ll have full access to all your KeePass info.
Once you have all the files copied, you can go ahead and open KeepassDroid or MiniKeepass to sync your KeePass data with the app. However, you’ll be required to enter an encryption code to manage the files on your smartphone. Plus every time you make a new entry, you’ll have to copy all the recent additions manually to your smartphone to keep the third party app you’ve installed on your handset well-updated.