"One single vulnerability is all an attacker needs." - Window Snyder, Chief Security Officer, Fastly
Today we are going to talk about the free password manager KeePassX.
KeePassX is a free password managing program (free, unlike the ones we talked about in our other blog post about password managers here). KeePassX works exactly the same way as other password managers, it helps you create secure passwords to your online accounts without you having to remember each individual password. All you need to remember is one single master password that will protect, and also decrypt, all of your other passwords.
However, KeePassX also offers another option, something called a Keyfile. A Keyfile works identically to how a password would. Every time you go to decrypt your stored passwords, you will have to provide that specific file to be able to decrypt it. This is an extremely good way of securing your passwords. A Keyfile should be kept on a USB drive or some other type of portable storage device and only put into your computer when those passwords in the database need to be accessed. The best part about the Keyfile method is that it is extremely secure. By using a master password and a Keyfile you are essentially using two-factor authentication (Click here for our blog post on two-factor authentication!). The benefit here is that even if someone knows your master password or gains access to your computer with the password database, they will never be able to get into your account to view the other passwords because they will not have the Keyfile or vice versa.
KeePassX is a great free option for a password manager and if you are weary about spending the money on others, this should stop the excuses of not using one. You should be using a password manager for all of your passwords. It does take some time to set up, but you rather prevent the possibility than deal with the hundreds of problems that come after you are hacked.
To find more information about KeePassX click here for the EFF's guide!
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