PASSWORD MANAGERS, anyone use them? Ideas? FREE ones or pay?

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  1. mjp28

    mjp28 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    anytown, OHIO
    PASSWORD MANAGERS, anyone use them? Ideas? FREE ones or pay?

    I've been debating about using one for years.

    Plus I'm ready to update all of my user names and passwords anyway.

    Opinions? Suggestions? Recommendations on any?
  2. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Identity Safe is included in Norton Internet Security.
    It is GREAT, works perfectly, and only requires logging in with a single 'master' password at the start of each session. It stores not only usernames and passwords, but also identity cards that make filling out on line forms (name, address, phone number, e-mail address, etc.) a matter of a single click -

    AND - when I bought a notebook computer, It makes it easy to transfer the entire file and all that information to the second one also.

    I can't address the security of the program itself, because I have never had anyone get on my computer and TRY to break into it, and the Norton firewall protects me from outside hackers -

    But in general, I think password programs are a good idea. Without them, it is very tempting to use the same password at multiple sites, and that is NOT a good idea. With this program, that temptation is removed -

  3. FlashBang

    FlashBang Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    As someone employed in the computer security field, and based on 25 years experience in same, I recommend Password Safe. I use it for keeping my work and my personal passwords secure and available. It is free and very secure.

    *I am not affiliated with this product
  4. crystalphoto

    crystalphoto Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2012
    Gilbert, SC
    I use Password Safe also.
  5. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I allow Mozilla FIrefox keep the passwords on SOME of the sites I go to (such as TFF) I put all of my passwords into an Excel spreadsheet and I print it out. I have approximately 75 sites and passwords so I just look at the printout when I get ready to log on to most places.
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  6. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Or you could do like I do. Got them passwords on Excell, like Moody. But got THAT file on a thumbdrive. NOT on my computer.

    If I need to go somewhere that I don't remember the password, I stick that drive in the confuser, open the file and look. Then I close the fire and open the site.
  7. mjp28

    mjp28 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    anytown, OHIO
    Thanks everyone for the ideas.

    I'm about to upgrade all of my user names and better yet passwords into my "4th generation" of passwords. Long gone are the pet names, common numbers, we're going real big, all 12+ and M1xEd $tuff.

    Getting harder and harder to remember everything even though I have a master pad at home v 3.0.

    Well PASSWORD MANAGER it is, just which to pick, I prefer FREE is it's secure enough. ;)
  8. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    I'm still a TXT file holdout too...but one of these days I'll lose both my flash drive and it's backup then I'll be SOL.
    Password Safe does get good reviews but is Winders only.

    Being that I'm multi-platform and multi-browser, LastPass looks awful tempting to me but I haven't DL'd it yet to try.
    Anyone here using LastPass? And free or premium?
  9. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    Since you mentioned leet-speak...
    Keep in mind that most of that leet-speak mixed character **** is already in the cracker libraries too right alongside the real words they sub for so you still need to mix it up.

    Steve Gibson has a really interesting read on password entropy on this page.
    About halfway down is a podcast of the Security Now! episode where he covered it in detail.
    A definite must-read and must-listen if you're security conscious. It might surprise you.
  10. Buckshot

    Buckshot Active Member

    May 5, 2009
    Southern AZ
    I use the password manager in Firefox for routine business like TFF, where nothing substantial is at stake. (Sorry.:eek:) Passwords for financial or other private, secure or high-stakes stuff I never keep in Firefox or anywhere else in or on near the computers. I do try to keep an updated hard copy of all passwords stashed in a secure location. Every now and then my aging mind draws a complete blank on something.

    A tip for the new, much longer passwords that some sites will require or accept: Find a long sentence, some phrase that has some meaning to you so that you won't forget it and use the first letter of each word, along with some related number. It has to be something that is easy to remember exactly the same way time after time.
  11. terryu1

    terryu1 Armed Infidel

    Oct 16, 2009
    NE Pennsylvania
    Agreed Buckshot. DO NOT keep any passwords for financial institution or any important sites on any internet based system. They can crack big business computers and gov't computers so I would not trust any with my money.
  12. FlashBang

    FlashBang Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    Not true, There are versions available for Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Linux and Solaris. I use it on my Mac, iPad, Toshiba Thrive, Blackberry, Windows and my Linux systems. I use it to store the URL, Username and password for my work accounts and my personal accounts. You can have multiple databases, I have one for work and one for personal, and the database is encrypted as well as password protected. It also allows you to generate random passwords to whatever criteria you want. I am a big proponent of Open Source, I was a code contributer to the Open Source IPcop firewall project, and would rather spend my money on things other then software.
  13. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    Do you have links to the Android version? I did find the 0.8 Linux version on sourceforge now but I can't find any of the other operating systems that you mentioned.
    I would be interested in checking it out because I too prefer open-source software. I am subscribed now...looking forward to seeing more.
    Til then LastPass is still the best option that I've found to date.
  14. mjp28

    mjp28 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    anytown, OHIO
    That's TRUE. I just put M1xEd $tuFF here just as a sentance and not a suggestion. For real secure passwords you want to really mix it up with non-words!

    I'm still amazed in articles I read at all the qwerty and other really lame passwords a LOT of people still use! The Top 50 are so easy to guess and hack.

    You really need things that are impossible to guess, spell, hack but you still can figure out...and I back up in a notebook that only I have access to.

    I have a few neat ones that are theme orientated, one example I like chess. There's a gold mine there of moves, etc. Like start PxKN4.....(or whatever) and go from there.

    Some of your hobbies are a good start. ;)
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