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KeePass - Secure Password Storage

KeePass - Secure Password Storage

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Published by: Hossam el-Hamalawy on Aug 02, 2012
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KeePass - secure password storage
KeePass
is a secure and easy-to-use password management tool.
Homepage
www.keepass.info
Computer Requirements
 All Windows versions
Version used in this guide
1.14
License
Free and Open-SourceSoftware
Installing KeePass
Follow any program-specific directions in the Guide If there are none, simply click the link below and choose a location to save the installer Find the installer on your computer and double-click it 
KeePass
:
Required Reading
How-to Booklet chapter 3. How to create and maintain good passwords
Level
: 1: Beginner,
2: Average
, 3: Intermediate, 4: Experienced, 5: Advanced
Time required to start using this tool
: 15 minutes
What you will get in return
:The ability to save all your passwords in one convenient and secure databaseThe ability to create and store many strong passwords without having to remember them
1.1 Things you should know about this tool before you startKeePass
is an easy-to-use, powerful tool that helps you store and manage all your passwords in a highlysecure database. You can put both that database and the KeePass program on a USB memory stick and carryit with you. The database is protected by a 'master password' that you create. This password is also used toencrypt the entire contents of the database. You can store your existing passwords in KeePass or have itgenerate one for you. KeePass doesn't require any prior configuration or specific installation instructions. It'sready to go when you are!
How to Use KeePass
In the sections that follow, you will be taught how to create a master password, save your newly-createddatabase, generate a random password for a particular program, create a backup copy of the database andextract the passwords from
KeePass
when needed.To run KeePass, perform these steps:
Step 1
.
Select: Start > Programs > KeePass Password Safe > KeePass
or 
click
the icon on your desktop to activate the KeePass main screen as follows:
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Figure 1: The KeePass Password Safe main screen 
2.1 How to Create a New Password Database
Creating a new password database involves two steps:You must come up with a single, unique and strong master password that you will use to lock and unlock your database of passwords. Then, you must save that password database.To create a new password database, follow these steps:
Step 1
.
Select: File > New
as follows:
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Figure 2: The KeePass screen with File > New selected This will activate the Create New Password Database screen as follows: Figure 3: The KeePass Create New Password Database screen 
Step 2
.
Type
the master password you have invented into the
Master Password 
field.
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