About Password Manager
A password manager is a software application that is used to store and manage the passwords
that a user has for various online
accounts and security features. Password managers store the passwords in an encrypted format
and provide secure access
to all the password information with the help of a master password.
There are many types of password managers, differing in the way they encrypt the
information, type of storage
and the additional features provided.
Password managers enable the use of strong and unique passwords for each online account
and provide an efficient
way to manage all the passwords. The login information is encrypted and stored in either the
local memory of the
user’s system or in cloud storage. Portable password manager applications installed in mobile
devices can also be
used as a way to manage and remember passwords anywhere and use them on shared systems.
Password managers usually incorporate some additional features like automatic form filling
and password generation.
The automatic form filling feature fills in the login information for a particular URL whenever
it loads, and thus
reduces manual errors and protects systems from hacker attacks such as keylogging. As password
managers can identify
the right URL for a particular login ID and password pair automatically, they are capable of
from phishing sites.
KeePass - Password Manager
KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a
secure way. You can put all
your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only
have to remember one
single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are
encrypted using the
best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).
We recommend keepass for advanced secure encryption algorithm, simple and better user
Open Keepass and enter Master password used when generating the password Database
Select the Password that need to be changed, Right click to open short-cut menu,
select Duplicate enty
. Creating a duplicate entry allows us to retain the old password
this step if keepass was not used for generating old password)
Default the values in the following screen and click on OK
Select the password entry which was used for generating Duplicate entry
select Edit/View entry and generate new password.
(Skip this step if keepass was not used for generating old password)
Click on Generate Password
icon and click on Derive from previous Password
Select the above created copy of old password entry
, right click and copy
password. (Skip this step if keepass was not used for generating old password.)
Step 5: Paste password into old password
in this example we are using change password for gmail.(Skip this step if keepass was not used for
generating old password)
Select newly generated password
entry and copy password
Step 7: Paste password into new password
field in required application / website, in this
example we are using change password for gmail.
Post successful password change, select duplicated password entry and Delete