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The new password manager

Posted in Tools and Software at Sunday, 14 August 2005 13:55 W. Europe Daylight Time

After years of using and recommending Steganos Password Manager as my solution to the lost password problem I accidentally discovered KeePass Password Safe today. This program seems a lot more capable of managing many passwords. KeePass organizes items in a tree view. My copy of Steganos, not the recent one, has some limitations of the UI (i.e. fixed window sizes) that were bugging me the last weeks.

KeePass is open source, extensible, has a nice UI and supports the AutoType feature that fills passwords into controls in a customizable way. See the whole list here.

One drawback: The program is not compatible with Windows Limited Users Accounts (LUA) as it stores the user configuration in the application path (C:\Program Files) which is write-proteced for users. I've attached an Application Compatibility Fix (SDB file) created with the Application Compatibility Toolkit that allows you to circumvent the wrong behavior and let the application save config data in C:\Documents and Settings as it is appropriate.

DownloadDownload, unzip and install the fix from the command prompt:

sdbinst.exe "KeePass Password Safe.sdb"

Time to install this great piece of software, fellows!

Update: The current version 1.02 fixed the problems with Limited User Accounts. No SDB file is needed.

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