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Brummagem Flash
27 Oct 2015

Thanks, Bob: yet another very useful converse .....

I've been happily using the free version of LastPass for several years; and I intend to continue, whoever owns it, unless they drop the free option.
LastPass was a huge improvement -years ago- from my previous RoboForm. It saves my details and passwords securely; and regurgitates them as required.
I say "securely"; but I regularly change my master password; as nothing is ever 100% secure.

In answer to Phil Sevetson:
You can obtain a text listing of LastPass saved info from your online "vault": log into LastPass.com, then select "tools", and "export".
Perhaps somebody out there might know if this text file may then be exported directly to an alternative password client (as well as LastPass installed on another PC).

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Steve
27 Oct 2015

Perhaps I am just paranoid, but what if the password to one of these programs gets hacked? Then will the culprit have access to ALL of my passwords?
I have been using the spreadsheet option on Libre office to list passwords. It has a alphabetizing feature, so added entries can be added and then alphabetized for easy location. Then, I store the volume on a thumb drive and encrypt it with the Libre program. Probably not as convenient as one of the listed programs, but perhaps safer?

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Unitary
27 Oct 2015

The risk of entrusting ALL passwords, as well as personal data (full name, credit card details, home address, etc.), to a commercial entity like LogMeIn is by far more severe than the risk that one particular password will be hacked.

Amazingly, people that would not reveal passwords to trusted personal friends are willing to reveal all their passwords, as well as sensitive data, to a commercial entity that owes them nothing.

How can one be sure that LogMeIn does not reveal all these extremely sensitive data, either unintentionally or otherwise?

Recall that major corporations and even the U.S. Government lost sensitive data.

Therefore, I do not use a Password Manager and yet I do not “commit at least one of the cardinal sins against security best practices”.

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Dave
27 Oct 2015

I use keepass on a thumb drive. I have been very pleased with it. I print my pass words once in a while in case something happens to it. I plug it in to the machine I'm using and it has the URLs and the passwords I need and when it's unplugged it's not on the machine any more.

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Sally
27 Oct 2015

Was't LastPass hacked recently?

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Jason
27 Oct 2015

As a Linux user, I have been using keepassx (KeePass) for a few years now and it works wonderfully.

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techgirlG
27 Oct 2015

We've been using RoboForm Everywhere for several years across iPhone 5, MacBook, and PC platforms. I particularly like it on the phone, as it gets a workout when our college son calls for "emergency" money - I can do a bank transfer in a snap! Since I manage my mother's online financial life, I've made a separate folder for her passwords, too. Nice to have it all in one place.
It is occasionally cumbersome with 2 step authorization and does get confused sometimes about where to enter data, but all in all, I like it and find it very convenient. Worst case, I simply open the Editor and manually enter the saved data.

Just wondering - isn't it a bad thing to let your browser memorize your passwords? Doesn't that leave you open to pillaging if you get hacked or lose your device?

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RandiO
28 Oct 2015

As a few others have recommended, I have been using KeePass FREEware for age with 400+ entries in it.
It is OperatingSystem-agnostic and and the KeePass database (*.kdbx)can be shared with any/all of them.
Since it is a community based password manager, there are a variety of plug-ins for it. I especially like the following plug-ins: 1)KeeResize, 2)KPEnhancedEntryView, and 3)QualityColumn.
Not only do I keep notes within KeePass, but it also accepts attachments.
I am not too keen on cloud-based password utilities, due to my paranoia about storing all your eggs in the cloud.
It is highly recommended that, no matter which password storage utility one chooses, it is of utmost importance to make a backup of the encrypted database of the stored passwords, elsewhere (even the cloud)!
And it also goes w/o saying that the MasterPassword to open the program must be very, very strong because of security concerns.

Posted by:

John
28 Oct 2015

I just bought Kaspersky Total Security and am using their password protection. How does it size up against the ones you mention?

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Brian
28 Oct 2015

Another satisfied Roboform user....been using for years, and have got many family and friends using it. Mac'n'Cheese nailed it in his RF description. Give Roboform a try, and read the manual to really understand its behavior and how to use it. You won't regret it.

Posted by:

Mike in Colorado
29 Oct 2015

I've been using LastPass for years and love it. I switched to the paid version about four years ago. I didn't know that LastPass was acquired by LogMeIn and am dismayed to hear that. I have a LogMeIn Central account and have been hit by 50% price increases each year. My subscription for LasPass Premium is good until November 2018 so that will give me plenty of time to vet alternatives if LogMeIn decides to hike the price for LastPass. Thanks for the great article!

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Mike in Colorado
29 Oct 2015

Bob, thanks again for your timely article, I decided to extend my LastPass Premium subscription another 10 years so I'm good until 2028. I do not trust LogMeIn and I'm sure they will try and jack the prices up significantly.

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Don
30 Oct 2015

I have using Password Tracker Deluxe for many years. It is simple to use. Can be used with or without a master password. Generates 3 types of passwords as well as storing user-ids, passwords, and even answers to security questions. Website is http://www.clrpc.com/

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Microgoddess
30 Oct 2015

If you're worried about the password manager server being hacked, be certain the program you choose has a Master Password using strong encryption.

Personally, I use Norton's Identity Safe. It's free, secure, and supports most browsers and devices.

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Peter O
31 Oct 2015

I use LastPass & see it regularly score well in evaluations.
My own experience is that it is APITA.
Inconveniences are several but it's extremely frustrating to be unable to logon to a site when you know full well you have previously saved the PW.
I can't fathom the erratic behaviour.
And why is this never mentioned in reviews?

Posted by:

JAF
31 Oct 2015

If banks, hospitals, and government agencies are being hacked, password managers are conveniences where my security is the hands of a company with even less resources for security. How good is the security as these password manager companies? If my password managing company gets hacked, I don't want to find out about it the hard way with a company apologizing, going out of business, and leaving me with huge damage control problems.
Thx, JAF

Posted by:

Rodney Henderson
02 Nov 2015

What do you think of "Access Manager" by Citi-Sofftware, as a password securing & storage program? I have used the free version for years, you password protect the program & use a copy & paste feature to insert your details. You can also print out a complete list, import from a CSV or XML file & you can change, add & delete the title groups for your passwords.

Sincerely

Rodney Henderson

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Paul H H
02 Nov 2015

One issue that has not been addressed: compatibility with the (relatively) new Edge browser from Microsoft (replacing Internet Explorer). I've been using LastPass (free version) but it does not seem to work with Edge. What about the other programs mentioned...do THEY work with Edge?

Posted by:

George
02 Nov 2015

Password Safe is the best I know of, can't figure out why you didn't mention it???

Posted by:

Brad
02 Nov 2015

The best Password Manager I've used for years is Password Manager XP by CP-Lab. It's fee to try, but you will need to purchase a license to use it beyond that. It's highly configurable & customizable. Best feature? It has multi-user support (great for a network environment & a small business that shares passwords amongst it's users). It is NOT cloud-based, and the databases it stores on your machine/network are highly encrypted and very small. I've tried the others, and I don't believe they compare. The web address is: http://www.cp-lab.com

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