Password managers. Do you need one, and which one do you use?


  • Vivaldi Team

    Hi, Personally I have used LastPass for many years. I use it for more than just passwords like secure notes and reminders. But what i like the most is how it follows my browser install regardless of it being Firefox or Chrome. As soon as I sync my browser install it's right there ready to go. My one concern is that all my passwords are stored on the LaspPass servers and I do not know enough about how secure it is and what it would take for it to get out. And of course, I do not know whether LastPass is being leaned on by the NSA! B) I am curious if people use password managers, and if so which one they prefer. If you do not use a password manager, not even the one built into your browser, how do you manage logins? I have friends who has passwords written down on a piece of paper and feel most secure that way. Maybe that is the way to go? At least you can be sure your password collection stays off-line at all times! :lol:



  • As yet I do not use a password manager…

    But I am thinking about it.

    When I was using one browser and one OS for my research this was not so much of an issue. With the demise of Opera (Presto) and the uselessness of its repalcement I find myself having to try new browsers. I also run a mix of Linux and Windows computers (my Windows Netbook always comes with me to the Library), so finding a product that will run with all of them seems a challenge.

    I was considering putting my password info into an encrypted database file on a usb stick as I have sqlite on all platforms, but that poses the some of the same problems (OS support, loss, corruption or just forgetting it).

    I have not tried browser tools for this as in the past I've not really had the need. Now I am finding the need but using multiple browsers...

    You also mention another issue. Just how trustworthy are these services?
    (Three Letter Acronyms, hackers...)

    Yes, it probably would make my life easier, but would it be worth it? Perhaps, when I can workflow organized again with supported browsers and OSs.



  • With Opera presto I never felt the need to use any password manager.But now with firefox I use last pass as it behaves somewhat like wand when using multiple logins for a site.



  • I use keepass it is free, small and encrypted and available on most Operating systems.
    As the web is getting more and more dangerous I may go back to paper soon.



  • I always found Opera's password manager adequate and have Firefox set up to work the same until I started online banking and the occasional online purchase, for that I have Password Safe. I used to have all password backed up on paper but now they're all on an old camera memory card.


  • Vivaldi Team

    I really miss Opera's wand. But LastPass is still a great solution especially the sync aspect of it and that it works seamlessly on Android. Chrome's password manager does that also, but LastPass has an edge and works very well.



  • I also use Password Safe: http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/

    I don't use any auto form-filling. I really just use it as an encrypted database. It's a small program, you can run it on a USB stick. And it also has an Android version.

    It's definitely worth having one. You need to sign up for just about everything on the internet now. If nothing else, you just need something to keep track of all the sites you've signed up for.

    And, if a certain company makes a terrible decision to shut down their e-mail service to focus on designing a terrible browser with none of the features their old browser had, it's handy to have a list of sites that you signed up with using that e-mail address.



  • I like to use KeePass password manager for my general passwords.

    But in Opera 12 i prefer built-in password Manager "Wand". Also, i use special addon (bookmarklet) SavePassword that helps to save password in "Wand" where Opera can't save authorization data.

    SavePassword's homepage: http://www.geocities.ws/jaejunks/SavePassword.html

    P.S. Why forum doesn't support "opera:/button" links?



  • I use keepass and use Bittorrent sync to keep a copy of the database up to date on my various devices.

    I use Chromeipass (works with Opera Blink also) and Passifox so that I have browser integration in my various browsers.

    Andrew



  • i have to agree with chrisian, lastpass is my prefered manager. occationally, when i'm forced to reinstall windows … it has really simplified my life.


  • Moderator

    I use Password Safe for Windows and Android, and also Opera passwords manager.


  • Vivaldi Team

    @biggerabalone:

    i have to agree with chrisian, lastpass is my prefered manager. occationally, when i'm forced to reinstall windows … it has really simplified my life.

    LastPass has an added benefit: It works well on Linux as well which is important to me. To be really useful a password manager has to be covering all OSs. Are there any other than LastPass that does that?


  • Vivaldi Translator

    A literal physical notepad.
    Yes it is inconvenient, but it is not hackable, and works on any device.
    My details are also on an encrypted USB key.



  • @Dr.Flay:

    A literal physical notepad.
    Yes it is inconvenient, but it is not hackable, and works on any device.

    +1
    and it has the additional benefit that your relatives have access to important data, just in case something happens.

    None of my passwords is stored on any computer but I use printed keycards for daily use. No person not knowing what fields are used for what site and the master password can use them for anything.



  • All my passwords are stored in my brain. No physical notepad, no Lastpass or other extensions, only mnemonic means, for me.



  • All my passwords are stored in my brain (uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters) only mnemonic methods used. :pinch:


  • Vivaldi Team

    @Cellix:

    All my passwords are stored in my brain. No physical notepad, no Lastpass or other extensions, only mnemonic means, for me.

    You must have a very functional brain. If I were to store all my passwords in my brain I would have to make a career out of it. Do you really remember all your passwords, and do you have totally random 6+ character passwords for all sites and services stored in your noggin? If so, kudos to ya! :)



  • @leirom:

    All my passwords are stored in my brain (uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters) only mnemonic methods used. :pinch:

    Excellent… I wish I could do that.

    Perhaps you could tell us about the techniques you use sometime?

    I tend to use phrases that mean something to me, mixing cases, numerics and special characters. Usually I am pretty good but there are times I mix myself up.



  • @greybeard:

    Perhaps you could tell us about the techniques you use sometime?
    I tend to use phrases that mean something to me, mixing cases, numerics and special characters. Usually I am pretty good but there are times I mix myself up.

    I use 3 or 4 techniques.
    One is use of 8 languages. I speak only 2 languages, but I understand 3 more and have some knowledge of another 3. I don’t use whole phrases in one language, so the mixture should be pretty mining less to all but myself. :)
    The other techniques are even more personal. I dare reveal that geography also plays a part? B)
    (I did mix myself up once or twice on some little used sites.) :blush:



  • … remembering this helps a lot too:

    http://xkcd.com/936/

    it is the length that raises the security most, not necessarily mixing cases, numerics or special cases.


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