After installing Android on my HD2 I quickly became challenged with the task of recalling passwords for frequently used applications like Last.fm, Mint, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Foursquare, et cetera. While recalling passwords for all of these apps might be painful for some, it’s a cinch for those managing their passwords using one of the many available ports of the open-source KeePass Password Safe. For Android, the KeePass port I’m using is KeePassDroid.
Recently while Googling “Olla de Carne” (Costa Rican beef stew) my browser was hijacked after taking a search results link. Rather than receiving a list of ingredients, the link redirected the browser to a bogus antivirus site that mimicked Windows and faked an integrated Explorer virus scan (see screenshot below or watch the video).
After recently losing a USB flash drive with all my passwords on it, I was grateful for the precaution I took by storing my password data encrypted using Brad Greenlee’s PassKeeper password manager.
PassKeeper is a Windows utility that allows you to keep a list of accounts with usernames, passwords, and notes. This list is stored encrypted.
The utility is freeware and has been available for public download since the mid-90’s. Data are encrypted using the 56-bit DES cipher and stored in an DAT file in the application’s root directory. The size of the application (189 kilobytes) and the data file (~400 bytes/entry) are lightweight and can easily be carried around on any USB flash drive.