Password Manager KeePass 2.21 released - gHacks Tech News

Password Manager KeePass 2.21 released

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.

keepass 2.21 screenshot

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.

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    1. Anders said on February 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      I use Lastpass as well as Password safe and must say I am leaning towards getting rid of Lastpass since I normally anyway copy the password to my password safe database. I have the file on the Boxcryptor drive so that I have access to it from all my PCs. When I used keepass I was a bit annoyed that it did not immediately flush the contents to disk so when I had the file on boxcryptor I would not see the new stored information from another PC.

    2. Alan said on February 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      I was using Roboform, and Keepass was just so much better. I prefer the drag and drop of Keepass as opposed to the auto fill of Roboform, especially for multiple screen logins. Also, Keepass hides your information from prying eyes until the master password is entered. Roboform is out there for all to see whether a password is entered or not. You just need a password for Roboform to use the auto login and form fill feature.

    3. Peter Relph said on February 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      I’ve been using KeePass for probably five years, & I’m a fanboy in spades.
      Two-factor authentication login..nice.
      jpeg storage of Passport, Drivers Licence etc.

      Auto login to websites.

      The notes windows is really useful feature;
      A place where you can:
      Record expiry dates of Utilities. To get a better deal when contract expires.
      Make a précis of phone conversations..a great memory refresher.

      Also as a BookMark manager….Search any notes for keywords.

    4. kiiutu said on February 4, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Yeah i use Lastpass, but i also use Keepass as a second preferred option. Sometimes Lastpass doesn’t offer to save passwords on a lot of sites, so i just put those manually into Keepass.

    5. Maou said on February 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      And the best thing: KeePass is a Open source software.
      I use this combined with LastPass to have a backup in case things go wrong.

    6. Coyote said on February 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      Same here, been a long time keypass user. However I have never updated past 1.x, is there any reason I should? The .net requirements are a pain in the ass for portability and from what I tested of an early 2.x build the interface actually made it easier for people to figure out how to open the database (i.e. it remembered were the keyfile was last located).

    7. Becky said on February 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

      I use roboform. The interface is better than keepass, more developed.

    8. Miguel said on February 15, 2013 at 3:35 am

      I also use RoboForm and love it. There’s a lot more automation and I find it easier to use than any other password manager.

    9. James O. said on February 18, 2013 at 9:48 am

      I actually switched from LastPass to KeePass, then later switched to RoboForm. Must admit that they all do the job, but after all the security scares of LastPass I just couldn’t stick around. I mean it’s my life basically.

    10. Phillip Blake said on February 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      I tested Keypass and many other password management programs like LastPass and 1Password while looking for an alternative to RoboForm and they all fell flat, RoboForm was the first on the market and the others seem to have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to features and compatibility. RoboForm is also the only password manager that currently offers live phone support.

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