5 password managers for a Windows® 7 PC
We all have multiple logins for using several services such as emailing, social networking websites, Internet banking, blogs, billing accounts, and lots more. To ensure security, it’s recommended to use strong passwords and not use one’s name, date of birth, social security number, etc., for this purpose. Now it can be quite painful to remember all those cryptic passwords and we often end up forgetting them. There are many utilities that we can use to store and retrieve passwords. Here we analyze some of the password managers for a Windows 7-based PC.
KeePass Password Safe
KeePass is a free open source password manager which supports the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and the Twofish algorithm for securing the password database. In addition to encrypting the passwords, the software also secures the usernames or any notes that you enter in the database. What’s more, the passwords entered in the edit controls cannot be accessed through the process memory of KeePass or cached files. The database can be decrypted by using a master password or a key file.
Do you find it difficult to choose strong passwords for your accounts? 1Password has a solution. The program not only stores your passwords but also has a handy tool called the Strong Password Generator. Now you need not stress your mind thinking about what password to keep. The Strong Password Generator will do it for you and save the passwords in an encrypted 1Password data file. 1Password employs 128-bit keys and AES for encryption and is integrated with the web browser. 1Password also has the Wallet vault to save confidential information such as bank accounts details. A single user license of 1Password for Windows costs $49.99.
RoboForm automatically saves all your usernames and passwords that you enter to login to various websites. The program can be configured to fill web forms using the login credentials stored by you. RoboForm is compatible with several platforms and there are mobile apps as well. You can access RoboForm from multiple computers using the RoboForm Everywhere syncing service. The program is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
LastPass is neatly integrated with the browser and on clicking the program’s icon, the main menu is opened in the browser window itself. The software can also generate strong passwords with just a single click. Users can access a secure backup copy of all passwords through an online account at LastPass.com. Other features of LastPass include synchronization of data across multiple browsers, storage of confidential text data, exporting data to a file or a browser’s password manager, etc. For enhanced security, LastPass offers the facility of one-time passwords to access the password database. LastPass is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.
Password Safe is a free open source software for managing multiple passwords. All you need is to remember only the master password. Users have the option of creating multiple databases that are independent of each other. The databases are stored in an encrypted format and can be accessed only through the master password. The software is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.