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Freeware of the Week! [KeePass]

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Following on from my brief discussion about computer security, all the precautions in the world are no help at all if you use the same password for every website you visit regularly, or if you’ve actually made the mistake of writing them down to remind yourself of them when you suffer the occasional memory lapse. This only makes your entire online life all the easier to infiltrate and compromise.

Naturally, unless you have a “system” for deciding on your next password, it could get a little tedious to remember every code you use for each website that you are registered for. Which is where the Keepass password manager comes in. This is a secure open-source database taht stores all of your passwords with a single master key. The effect is that you only need to remember one password, while the rest are safely sequestered in a secure file that you don’t need to worry about.

Tot up the number of webistes that you are currently registered to. I can tell you now, if you have asked your browser to remember the passwords on your behalf, your logins are less secure than they would be with KeePass. The program supports the  Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and the Twofish encryption algorithms, meaning that even a concerted attack against your system would take an aeon to decrypt and compromise your data.

KeePass is truly invaluable for those of use who suffer the occasional memory lapse, and the program is not only impressively secure, but is also portable and adaptable. If you have ever despaired of remembering a password for an infrequently-visited website, this is one for you. Download it today, and rejoice in freeing up your own memory.

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