What is KeePass?
A 3 Part sub-post has found it’s way into my Starting an eCommerce Website Series.
Post 1: KeePass, KeeFox plugin, Importing your current saved browser passwords.
Post 2: KeePass, Integration with Dropbox.
Post 3: Changing All your existing Passwords to more secure, randomly generated KeePass passwords.
KeePass is an open-source way to manage all your passwords securely. With my plans to launch a new website, it became clear that my old system to keep track of passwords was outdated and slow. Yes this is a social media marketing blog and yes i will talk more about social media marketing tactics as this new website comes together. One thing you might find when you get into marketing an eBusiness is you will require a LOT of accounts and a LOT of passwords.
KeePass is a program, locked securely with 1 master password, that can interact with your web browser to input and remember all your passwords.
It doesn’t stop there however. KeePass (is it just me or does anyone else notice it looks like Keep Ass? Maybe not my favorite choice for a URL), will create a randomly generated, 20ish character, unique password for every site and store this password for you securely, so you don’t have to remember it.
Gone are the days of using the same password over and over on multiple sites, running a daily security risk of identity theft or worse. With the Master Password, KeePass will take care of the rest.
Download the Firefox Keefox plugin and you will be set. You can load passwords into KeePass as you go, randomly generating new, unbreakable passwords. The plugin will auto-fill the information when you load a website that has a stored password. A quick aside, there is a chrome plugin that is supposed to do the same but it didn’t work for me.
But – What about all your existing saved passwords. I have literally hundreds, used with all kinds of accounts from email, blog platforms, analytics, seo tools, social media sites, etc. etc.
Exporting your current Passwords
Get started by exporting your current passwords into KeePass.
How to export your browser saved passwords into KeePass
(1) Download Web Browser Passview and run WebBrowserPassView.exe. This will pull up all your saved passwords from chrome, firefox, internet explorer, and opera.
(2) When the window with all your passwords pops up, select all the items and save as a .csv file (don’t choose the save for KeePass.csv file because there are some tech problems with the new version of KeePass).
(3) Open KeePass and create a new database. Next, go to file, import, and for format select “Generic CSV Importer.” Navigate to the location you saved your .csv file and click ok.
(4) You must then re-arrange the field order to match the output provided by WebBrowswerPassView. The correct order is:
URL, (Ignore), User Name, Password, Title, Notes, Custom 1, Custom 2, Custom 3, (Ignore), (Ignore)
(5) Click the refresh button and everything should now line up correctly with the KeePass fields.
(6) Click Import! When finished, you will see one odd entry. This entry will have the User Name of “User Name”, a Password of “Password” and a URL of “URL”. Locate this entry and delete it. This is a header from the .csv file that is unimportant to us.
(7) Permanently delete (hold shift and press delete) on the .csv file you created at the beginning.
You can now let KeePass and KeeFox take over and autosave all your passwords securely!
Next, Check out hoow to combine KeePass with Drop-box to sync all your passwords from any computer. And Finally, Changing All your existing Passwords to more secure, randomly generated KeePass passwords.