Saving passwords in text files on your computer’s hard drive is unsafe; your computer can be infected by malicious software and all your usernames and passwords can get into the hands of hacker, spammers or criminals. Of course, simply writing your login details in your notebook is also unwise, which is why you can use Password Safe – a tool that stores all your sensitive data, securely encrypted, on your hard drive. With Password Safe you will have to remember just one single “master” password and you will never have to worry about getting your important passwords stolen.
The installation of the software went without a glitch, the only option that might baffle some users is the choice between Regular and Green installation type; if you are going to use your hard drive for storing your login databases, you should choose the Regular option.
Ease of use
The interface is extremely user-friendly and won’t present any problems for most computer users; once the application starts you can either open an existing database, or if you are launching Password Safe for a first time, you can create a new password database.
Choose a safe combination (master password) and your database will be instantly created.
Once this is out of the way, you can easily add, delete or edit entries.
The tool’s best feature is its simplicity, but it comes with a few additional features such as password generation, copying passwords to the clipboard (by double-clicking on the database entry), support of really lengthy passwords, the ability to create and save more than one database, strong encryption algorithm and well-written help file. It should also be noted that the decryption of the passwords is done in the RAM, which leaves no trails of the decrypted login details on the hard drive at all. The only feature that might present problems is the inability to access any of your data if you forget the master password.
Password Safe is freeware and works on Windows 9x, Windows 2000, Windows XP32 and XP64