The password manager KeePass has been updated today to version 2.23. The update shipped roughly a week after the legacy version of the program got updated to version 1.26. KeePass 2.x supports additional features and operating systems, but does require the Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 or Mono 2.6 or higher which KeePass 1.x does not require.
The new version of KeePass introduces several new features, improvements, changes and fixes. A detailed list of all changes is available on this page on the official website.
Since I'm using KeePass as my primary tool to save passwords on my computer systems, I'd like to point out some that I find interesting.
First thing that you may find useful is the ability to generate a password straight from the system tray. Just right-click the icon there and select Generate Password to open the password generator window. If you keep KeePass tucked away in the system tray most of the time, it may save you a couple of clicks when generating passwords.
The algorithm that is judging the quality of passwords has been rewritten in the new version. You can find out about the quality by opening any card in the password manager. There you find the quality bar that provides you with a rough indication of a password's security. Values range from 0 (very weak) to over 128 indicating very strong passwords.
KeePass 2.23 can import Mozilla bookmarks in HTML or JSON format, which you can use for safe keeping for example in the application. To do so, select File > Import and select one of the available options under browser here.
- Support for Roboform's new file format, and Network Password Manager 4.0 CSV files.
- Option to accept invalid SSL certificates.
- Import into active database trigger.
- Improvements to the global KeePass activation hot key.
- Improved data URI validation.
- Remembering the last used database does just that now (instead of using the last opened or saved database automatically).
You will be notified by KeePass 2.x that an update is available. There is still no option though to download and install it from that dialog. For that, you need to visit the official website of the service. Download the installer or the portable version from the website and either run the installer or overwrite your current directory if you have downloaded the portable version of the program.
KeePass is getting better and better, and while many may find it too complicated to use, it is not really once you have played around with it for a while.