Lockcrypt Password Safe

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 14, 2008
Updated • Dec 8, 2012

Where do you store your usernames and passwords ? In a text document on your computer ? In your wallet ? Storing sensible information like passwords, but also other type of data like information about medication or credit card numbers, unencrypted is a security risk. If someone is after those information he immediately knows how to use them against you.

One possible solution are Password Safes that can store an unlimited amount of text. Lockcrypt [homepage] which I discovered at Connected Internet [link] is one solution that works extremely well. The Java application stores all relevant information in a highly encrypted container which means that those information can only be accessed if the correct pass phrase is entered at the start of the application.

Lockcrypt uses a clean interface that is highly customizable to display the information once the login was successful. The left pane contains different accounts and subgroups that contain the information. You could create an account for financial information, one for Internet Passwords and one for Contacts for instance.

Each account has a number of subgroups that contain the information. Subgroups for Internet Passwords could be for instance the site names that you have accounts at, for Contacts the names of the contacts.

If you click on a subgroup its information will be displayed in the main window. The user can add as many fields that contain information as he likes. To stay with the Internet Passwords example, lets say you have a subgroup named Ghacks there. Fields could be the url of the website, the username and password.

Several default account types are available but it is also possible to create a new account type in the Options. Lockcrypt offers a password generator as well which comes in handy when creating new accounts.

A mobile version for mobile phones that support Java is available as well which can be used to store and view the information when you are out of house. The mobile version has however no option to add new entries to the database as far as I can tell.

Lockcrypt should work in all operating systems that support Java.


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  1. Toni said on June 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I stumble upon LockCrypt a few weeks ago at first I notice that this application has portable mode, but most importantly it has custom fields which can be integrated integrated in auto type process as half automation. I still use the Mobile Witch Password Safe which is almost equal against KeePass 1.25 a;dough Mobile witch has native support for J2ME enabled devices (basically it works almost on every mobile phone). KeePass and M W Password Safe both uses exactly the same auto type scripting codes. In a test the most newest KeePass 2.22 was not able to auto type to trough remote desktop connection, the version 1.25 can do that as MW PS.
    MW PS was tested in connection trough multiple RDC’s, Microsoft Lync shared desktop, LANDesk. Every time without mistake. I assume that the same can be done with KeePass 1.25
    Additionally MW PS and KP 1.25 should be tested for database compatibility since theirs database file and user interface looks the same. LockCrypt has main advantage against MW PS and KP 1.25 in costume fields with auto type integration and wide range of operating system support. I had also not so good experience with LockCrypt for Windows although i had installed the .net and java support the application was very unstable especially when I tried to make the auto type for costume field entry (in version 3.3.1), on some Windows operating systems, it just crashes. LockCrypt was my future Joice, but since it is unstable, and KP 2.22 is unusable, i have to stay with MW PS and maybe KP 1.25. I hope that future versions will be more stable.

  2. Abdul Sattar Ahmed said on January 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Support Dept,
    i am using lockcrypt software but now master password not working , please advise how i can recover or brake master password to open my file???

  3. Yonatan Amir said on February 15, 2008 at 9:32 am

    I use KeePass – open source and very similar to the program you mentioned.

  4. Qwfwq said on February 15, 2008 at 4:42 am

    Sorry if it sounded like so, but I was not trolling about java – I would not dismiss an application just because it was java based (or .NET for that matter). But I think that you’ll agree that Java generally adds an overhead memory footprint and launching speed, and a lot of people don’t even have JRE installed. Nevertheless, if someone could convince me that Lockcrypt was vastly superior to Keepass, for example, then I wouldn’t have any problem adopting it instead (despite being java).
    That was my only point.
    And I still say that a comparison would be nice (I know, I could do it myself, but that’s also the kind of point of sites like these, right)

  5. gokudomatic said on February 14, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    +1 Qwfwq but don’t troll about java, it’s not a bad point.

  6. Argo said on February 14, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    A good alternative is an online password manager as Passpack.

  7. Qwfwq said on February 14, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    How does this compare to the open source KeePass, which has been around for a long time and seems to have much of the same capabilities. The interface on LockCrypt seems slightly nicer looking, but Keepass has a larger choice of encryption algorithms and a plugin architecture which increases its functionality (and is not Java).
    Any chance of a comparison?

  8. Scott said on February 14, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    I use Steganos LockNote, a free text-file encryption program. Download the 312kb file, keep it on your desktop and use it either of 2 ways: drag & drop text files onto the LockNote icon (it will create an encrypted .exe file out of the original text file), or double-click LockNote & create a new plain text document, to be saved as an encrypted .exe file.

    Fast, free, simple, and effective.

  9. Geoff said on February 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve tried “containerized” solutions like this, but have given up on it for my on-line passwords. It was just too much hassle for me.

    What I’ve been using lately that seems to work well is the “Password Maker” plug-in for Firefox.

    It creates unique passwords on the fly that is hashed using a master passwords and the parent domain for a site for salting.

    I’d love your feedback on it.

    And thanks for all of your hard work!

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