KeeWeb is a brand-new, open source program and web application that supports KeePass databases.
One of the shortcomings of KeePass, at least in the eyes of users who require the functionality, is that there is no web-based version available they can sign in to whenever they cannot run the software.
This makes it difficult to access the password database in situations where KeePass cannot be run, for instance because it is not allowed, not supported or simply not wise to run the program.
KeeWeb tries to address this issue by providing KeePass users with options to create a self-hosted version of KeePass on the Internet.
Self-hosted usually means that some form of web space is required which in turn makes many users shy away from it due to the technical nature of setting things up.
While webmasters may set up KeeWeb on their own site, all users can set it up as a Dropbox application as well.
The instructions published on the project website are unfortunately not as easy to follow as they should be to self-hosted the application on Dropbox or another server on the Internet.
While it seems easy, as it includes only three steps to do so according to the instructions, you will notice that vital information are missing to get the app set up correctly on Dropbox.
Alternatively, you may use one of the desktop apps that have been released, or access your Dropbox database using the publicly available version of KeeWeb.
The desktop applications are cross-platform which may have some appeal to users of KeePass. I have no need for that, and won't use a service hosted by a third-party to open my KeePass database either.
A self-hosted web version of KeePass on the other hand, that is open source, and easy to set up, should have appeal to users of the application.
KeeWeb is something that I will keep an eye on definitely to see if creating your own self-hosted version of the application improves or is made clearer on the project website so that anyone with a Dropbox account but no knowledge of scripting or programming languages or Dropbox application creation can set it up on their own.
Privacy and Security
The remote version of KeeWeb makes no external requests, uses only locally stored data and makes only one network connection to check for updates which users can disable in the app settings.
Since it is open source, you can audit the code to make sure of that. The author promises that the app contains no statistics or analytics scripts or advertisement.
Now You: Would you use a service like KeeWeb?
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