There are many great password managers out there which all have their advantages and disadvantages. My password manager of choice is KeePass and I do not seem to be the only one here on Ghacks that uses the password manager. One of the great features of the password manager is its extensibility with plugins that add features to the program that it does not support by default.
Many KeePass users install browser plugins for instance to improve the workflow on the Internet as they can fill out the information on supported websites directly which is comfortable and preferred over copying and pasting the data.
What's interesting in this regard however is that the default version of KeePass supports a global login shortcut that you can make use of to fill out the login information on sites automatically. Instead of having to use copy and paste twice, once for the username and once for the password, or a browser plugin that adds third party code to the system, it is possible to simply hit Ctrl-Alt-A to fill out the log in information.
I have tested this in Firefox only but it should work in other web browsers as well. Let me explain to you how you need to prepare your data in KeePass to be recognized on the right website.
Some of you may think that it is the url field that is compared but that is apparently not the case. The following applies instead:
When you press the hot key, KeePass looks at the title of the currently opened window and searches the currently opened database for usable entries. If KeePass finds multiple entries that can be used, it displays a selection dialog. An entry is considered to be usable for the current window title when at least one of the following conditions is fulfilled:
- The title of the entry is a substring of the currently active window title.
- The entry has a window/sequence association, of which the window specifier matches the currently active window title.
So, at least part of the website's title needs to be in the title entry of the saved login information. On Twitter, you need Twitter as the title for it to be recognized automatically for instance.
Part of the title is displayed in the browser tab which you can then use fully or partially for the title field. If that is not enough, view the source code and locate the title field to see the full page title
While you may need to edit titles in the KeePass database to match titles so that you can use the global shortcut, doing so may simplify life for you in the long run. (via)Advertisement
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