The Last Password

13 Jan
2013/01/13

Being overwhelmed by passwords, for all the disparate websites you have to login to, plus trying to keep safe password for personal and work activities without sharing the same ones, was starting to get harder. Too many websites, to much passwords.

The Last Password to Remember

As a colleague of mine suggested, I tried out LastPass. A nicely done online services that offers you the possibility to have a secure password vault where to store your passwords and identities. LastPass integrates also with your browser and helps you:

  • Filling out forms: you can store all your credentials and credit card info too
  • Logging into the stored web sites, also automatically if you tell it so
  • Creating one time and secure passwords
  • Updating the passwords when it detects you are changing them
  • And lots more…

You can even use it with a YubiKey and with Google Autheticator for a two-factors authentication, and it also has a “security challenge” where it tells you if any of your accounts were compromised or how strong are your passwords.  The service is really well done and provides you with a smooth experience (even if the graphical web interface is not the best around).

But it is not open source. This is the kind of service I would like to have as a truly open source project. Are there any open source project like this out there?

In case you want to give LastPass a try, you can use this referral URL: https://lastpass.com/f?1328416

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  • http://profiles.google.com/jelmorini Nicola Jelmorini

    Perhaps you can give a try to Passter Chrome/Chromium extension.

    • http://www.milo.name/ Milo Casagrande

      That’s an interesting one, storing passwords in a secure way within Google Docs.

  • david whiting

    I’ve been using clipperz for a few years now. I love it. And it is open source. It doesn’t fill out forms, but that is not a problem for me. The most important thing for me is having a sane way to store login and other information that I can access from anywhere. I really like the “zero knowledge” approach they use. There are two versions: beta and gamma. The gamma version lacks a couple of features (such as export) but has a very nice fast search. As both hook into the same database I just login to the beta version when I want to make an offline copy. Take a look at http://www.clipperz.com and https://github.com/clipperz/password-manager/tree/fac609cf1507ae82e7069b21724e089a9ac93869

    • http://www.milo.name/ Milo Casagrande

      Thanks David for the tip, it looks like a good replacement for LastPass. Will definitely try it.

  • Charlie Kravetz

    I have been using KeePassX for a couple of years now. It works nicely, although two-factor authentication can be problematic. It has the ability to auto-fill user name and password, and does not store passwords in the clipboard. It is in the Ubuntu repositories, too.

  • Fabián Rodríguez

    A friend of mine at Koumbit maintains this extensive, commented list – the main criteria is being FLOSS: https://wiki.koumbit.net/PasswordManagementService/SoftwareOptions

    • http://www.milo.name/ Milo Casagrande

      Thanks for sharing this Fabian, nicely kept list of FLOSS projects.