If you use a non-cloud-based password manager, it’s probably the KeePass. And you will have to ask if it is possible to use Keepass on multiple computers or with other devices at the same time?
Known as an open-source password manager completely, this KeePass could store all your important data locally. Still, this speaks that it is not well-integrated compared to other solutions.
Like the LastPass-style integration of browser, the potential to synchronize and organize your passwords and have them available everywhere you need, and an application to use your passwords on your smartphone?
You will have to pull the string in your system.
Across Your Computers Sync Your KeePass Data
KeePass does not automatically synchronize those passwords using the cloud or simply moves them to the next computer as a typical application. The user’s job is to return this database to avoid losing it. It’s also the user’s job to maintain it synchronized among multiple computers once you like to access your KeePass on multiple computers.
The simplest method to sync the file among your computers is through dropping it into a cloud-storage file. Save it in your Google Drive, SkyDrive, Dropbox, or whatever cloud-storage service you are using. Your cloud-storage application will do the job of synchronizing it among your computers, and then you can open the file on the database directly from the KeePass folder.
And this means that your passwords are no longer saved normally on your computer; your password is out in the cloud in whatsoever cloud-storage service you use. If you do this, ensure that you use a strong enough password to encrypt your saved passwords and create them hard to decrypt with no master password.
On the other side, if you do not like your passwords dwelling in the cloud-storage at all times, you could just move on a USB stick the password database around. This USB stick will contain your master’s copy of your database that you could use anywhere you go. For sure, if you do this, you must ensure to have a backup-copy of your password database in another way.
With the use of KeePass, backing the database and synchronizing it up are still dependent on you.
Using KeePass in A Browser
The KeePass password manager does not offer a browser extension; therefore, it will not pop up and notify you once you visit the login pages. You may just copy and paste your login details from KeePass to the suitable boxes on the web page or simply use the drag and drop method to move the login details such as username and password, but that is not the most favorable solution.
- Or else, you may need to try the integrated feature of auto-type. It goes around the lack of your browser integration through sending the keystrokes to the said application. For instance, through the default database of KeePass:
- Open and check the KeePass test from that page and press inside the username’s box.
- Press the “Ctrl+Alt+A,” which is the auto-type default keyboard shortcut.
- Then KeePass will check at the window’s title, determine the web page you were on, send your username, the character tab,
- And lastly, your password goes to the window as the keystrokes will automatically fill in this information.
This process must also apply to many websites; however, you will need to squeeze the settings of auto-type in an entry of account settings if it does not.
Fortunately, the third-party browser extensions allow you to integrate KeePass into your browser instantly. Use chromeIPass for Chrome or KeeFox for Firefox. Other third-party applications and plugins can be found on the extensions page and KeePass’s plugins.
The said browser extension has to integrate KeePass towards your browser, given quick logins as well as one-press saving of the new or latest login information to your KeePass database. Unless you prefer to keep KeePass completely separate from the browser you use and for more security, the integration of the browser is a must to have feature.
Use Your Passwords on Phone Using KeePass
There is a good reason why you need to see and check your KeePass used database with your smartphone; however, the miss of syncing capability and no mobile app available means this will not be as easy to set up as it is and similar services with the LastPass.
On the other hand, you may view your KeePass saved information using your smartphone. You will just need to transfer your KeePass database to your smartphone and use a third-party mobile app that can access the KeePass database.
First, ensure that you have copied all of your database saved in KeePass on your smartphone. If you wish to sync it using a cloud-storage help like Dropbox, with this, you can just simply open your Dropbox or cloud-storage application and download the information on the database going to your smartphone. On the opposite way, you may copy your database on the KeePass file straightly to your android phone; all you have to do is connect the USB cable, and then you may copy the file.
Next to that, select an application compatible with your KeePass databases. The android users may try this KeePassDroid, while with the iPhone users, MiniKeePass is suggested. And for the alternative apps and other apps for some other platforms, try to browse and check the “unofficial KeePass ports” list on the “KeePass download page.”
Just launch the said app, open the KeePass database, enter the login details to access, see to check, and manage it using your smartphone. Think that you are the one who is in charge of keeping and maintaining the changes that synced among your devices once you add new details to your computer; therefore, you will have to copy also the latest update on the database to your phone. If you make changes to your database on your phone, you will also have to copy it back to your computer.
The KeePass password manager is a very strong solution. It lacks ease of use compared to fully integrated password managers like LastPass; it creates control and flexibility. If you demand to control your password database and store it all normally or locally, it is suggested to use KeePass as your password manager.