I have been using the password manager KeePass ever since I made the decision to switch from an online password management solution - Last Pass - to a local solution.
The main reason for doing so was one of control: I do not really have control over data in the cloud no matter how well - or not - it is protected there by the company I trust. Locally, it is all my responsibility to make sure that the data does not fall into the hands of third parties or attackers.
The free KeePass program has been my program of choice as it provides me with everything I need in a password manager. I'm using it as a bare bones system, without browser plugins and other features that other users may use to make working with it more comfortable. While it means that I have to copy and paste username and password manually every time I sign in to a service on the Internet, it also means that I'm in full control over those operations.
KeePass 2.21 has just been released and it includes a big list of improvements, new features and a couple of bug fixes.
Here is a short list of important changes in the new release:
- The generic CSV importer now supports a group separator to import password information into different groups.
- Support for importing LastPass CSV files.
- KeePass shows an error message when a database file is accidentally picked as a key file.
- Improved support for AnyPassword and PAssword Safe XML password imports.
- Several special key codes added including Win, LWin and RWin.
Existing KeePass users can download the latest version of the password manager from the official website or click on Help > Check for updates to perform an update check in the program directly. There it is available as an installer or portable version for Window and other operating systems. Note that KeePass 2.x requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 or higher, with the .Net Framework 4.5 preferred by the latest program version.
The new version is definitely not a high priority update for most users as it does not feature any security or stability improvements. Still, it is recommended to update to the latest version of the program at your earliest convenience.Enjoyed the article?: Then sign-up for our free newsletter or RSS feed to kick off your day with the latest technology news and tips, or share the article with your friends and contacts on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ using the icons below.