By Jeffrey Williams
Having the same password across all of your accounts is bad, and makes it so when a hacker compromises one site they can use the password across all of your accounts. Having a password manager is one way to keep track of different passwords.
KeePassXC is a cross platform encrypted password manager that has a Windows version, a Mac version, a Linux version, as well as a “portable” version of each. You can find the download for KeePassXC at https://keepassxc.org/. The portable version can be but on anything from a portable flash drive to a portable hard drive. First click “database” then “new database”. Enter your secure password and then create a key file. Name them something descriptive.
To create a new folder, right click “root” and then press “add new group”. I have
organized all of my passwords into these folders. After you create folders in which to put all your passwords, you can start adding and creating new ones.
You will want to name your password entry something descriptive. Put that in the title field. Your username goes in the username field. The password generator will now help you create a strong password. To bring up the password generator, click the die next on the far end of the space. The special character (/*_…) is not highlighted by default. Click on it to make your password stronger. Sixteen characters is good for a website. For your email, you will want to use more characters. Under that, type in the URL of the page that you login normally as. Remember that you can copy and paste what is in these boxes with either Control-C and Control-V (Command-C and Command-V on Mac) or right clicking and pressing copy and going to the password box and right clicking and pressing paste. If you delete an entry, it will be moved to the recycling bin. After you enter all of your passwords in, you will be able to save and close out. When you open it again, you will be greeted with a screen what asks for your master password and key file if you created one. Enter your password and then click “browse” to find your key file. It should open up the database where the passwords are stored.
Jeffrey Williams is a member of the Information Technology Senior Capstone Project course and is planning on a career in Information Technology.