Internet users have to remember several passwords usually, for instance for accounts they have on Internet sites, but also for credit cards, bank cards, software programs and other applications.
Since there is no global password rule, many have different restrictions in regards to the password that you can select during account creation.
Some services may allow only digits, others may limit the number of characters or require you to use at least one special character while others won't allow special characters at all.
This means that you cannot use the same password for all services even if you wanted to (you should not but that is another story as it is highly insecure). Since it is difficult to remember all the different passwords and login information, it is recommended to use a password manager to assist you in that task.
The secure passwords manager PINs stores all your passwords and other vital information like account data using a 448 bit Blowfish algorithm. PINs can be run directly from any device including USB or Floppy making it a great tool for everyone who is not accessing a computer exclusively from home. It supports multiple accounts, safe file wiping, supports an unlimited number of text and data and is open source.
The portable program supports multiple databases that may contain one or multiple categories and data sets.
Each data set consists of a descriptive name, a username, password, url or comment, and custom text. A right-click on a data set displays a context menu that you use to copy information to the clipboard, and a double-click allows you to edit the information easily.
There you find listed additional information, for instance an expiration date that you can set which helps you find expired data sets so that they can be updated or removed from the database.
Other useful features include an option to wipe a database file securely, automatic locking of the database that is open, and automatic logins using a special syntac called SuperPaste.
Update: PINs has not been updated since 2003, and it is not really recommended to be used anymore because of this. I personally would suggest you download and use a different password manager instead that is updated regularly.
KeePass is a great password manager with an incredible feature set. You can not only use it to save your passwords, but also other information that you do not want anyone else to access directly. It features several tools that make life easier, like the secure password generator, plugin support to install it in your web browser of choice, or synchronization options to sync the password database between multiple devices.
If you prefer a browser based solution, Last Pass needs to be mentioned. It is a free add-on for virtually all popular browsers that you can use directly from within the browser and the Last Pass website. Your account is the key to accessing the passwords. Last Pass can generate passwords for you, automatically log you into web services, or help you fill out forms more comfortably.
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats (video ads) or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.