- Simple, straightforward client
- Handling of multiple vaults
- Portability via a flash drive
- Local data encryption
- Vivid open source community
- Free of charge
- Very limited import options
- Only stores passwords
Long gone is the age of passwords being kept on sticky notes or in spreadsheets. Nowadays a password manager can handle virtually everything, even providing seamless importing from browsers, military-grade encryption and cross-platform syncing.
However, there is typically the same issue across any of these solutions: the free versions are often too limited and lack crucial features, while the premium subscriptions to unlock those extra functions require a long-term commitment and often come with unnecessary extras that you don’t need or want.
Password Safe, a Windows-exclusive program, is nothing like that. This password manager, created by leading security expert Bruce Schneier, is now an open source solution available to anyone to further its development. But regardless of its origin and current state, it’s a neat password manager that provides a ridiculously simplified interface – admittedly at the cost of certain other features that are commonly added as extras. But don’t let its simplicity fool you, since Password Safe is still a powerhouse program.
Passwords can be organized according to custom-made groups and are encrypted locally, while everything is backed up within the vault – a huge asset if something goes wrong. Add the unofficial – but equally simple – Android and iOS clone apps into the mix and we can firmly say that Password Safe may well be a worthy choice if you’re hoping to avoid the traditional costs of password managers. Read More…