[clug] Password Managers for Ordinary Older Mortals: Recommendations?

Scott Ferguson scott.ferguson.clug at gmail.com
Sat Mar 16 22:00:42 MDT 2013

On 17/03/13 12:21, steve jenkin wrote:
> I've been learning about password-recovery tools and saw a note about
> the inverse, password managers.
> I'm looking for something:
>  - cross-platform, including Linux, that syncs the DB.
>  - that I can recommend to my older, retired friends
>  - that might store on a tablet at some stage.
> There are a few mentions of the Firefox broswer built-in password
> manager. My retired friends are FF-on-Ubuntu users, if the DB synced and
> worked on a tablet, it'd work for them.

Firefox Sync does sync passwords (and bookmarks,and, optionally
extensions) across device accounts. But it only store Firefox passwords....

> The first I found is on iOS, OS/X, Win, Android, *not* linux:
> "Secure Tool for Recalling Important Passwords"
> [OLD] <http://www.zetetic.net/solutions/strip/>
> [NEW] <http://getstrip.com/>
> Debian stable provides 'gorilla'. It seems cross desktop and got a good
> wrap in 2011.

I suspect you mean "cross platform" ;)

> Universal Passwd Mgr is Win, OS/X, LNX, Android. Got suggested in 2011.
> Java/SWING
> <http://sourceforge.net/projects/upm/>

That would be interesting if it *didn't* use Java.

> Ditto for "MyPasswords":
> <http://www.mypasswords7.com/>
> <http://sourceforge.net/projects/mypasswords7/>
> In 2011, Tech Radar gave this list:
> <http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/8-of-the-best-linux-password-managers-916152>
> Fiagaro's Password Manager [8/10]
> Gpass			[4/10]
> Gpassword Manager	[9/10]
> Gringotts		[4/10]
> KeePassX		[9/10] (KeePassDroid mentioned in LJ 2012)
> MyPasswords		[10/10] LNX, OS/X, WIN (Java/SWING)
> PasswordSafe		[7/10] Beta vrs tested. Ubuntu 10.04
> Revelation		[8/10]
> Thanks in Advance.
> steve

I prefer KWallet to the above, there is an Iceweasel/Firefox extension
that allow using it instead of Firefox's password manager but KWallet is
*not* portable - it does export password files as xml and those 'might'
be usable by other password managers...

On Linux KDE Chrome uses KWallet. I'd don't recall if Chromium does also.

I'm looking for an Open Source licensed password manager for Windows
that allows users to copy and paste passwords from it.  Password-Gorilla
apparently does that - so I'll be very interested in any review you post
of it.

apropos of Firefox password management, I find this a very handy
bookmarklet for sites that won't play with Firefox Password Manager:-
Name: Force Password Save
Keyword: pwd

Kind regards

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