Thanks to Eddie Awad, I’ve been using 2-step verification on my Google account for a while. Now Jake from The Appslab has scared me into using a password manager and revamping all my passwords…
We use KeePass (on Windows) at work to hold all our passwords, so I figured I’d go with that and see how I get on. Unlike work, I want to use a single store for all my devices, so I finally found a use for my Dropbox account.
If you don’t already have it, you need to install Dropbox on your device(s). For mobiles, that means their respective app stores. For computers (Linux, Mac and Windows), you can get it from the Dropbox website.
Whichever KeePass variant you use, make sure you create the KeePass database file under the DropBox directory on your device, so it is visible from other computers or devices using DropBox.
KeePass Installation on Windows.
Download and unzip/install either KeePass Portable 2.x or KeePassXC Portable. I use the portable version and leave this on my Dropbox as well as the shared KeePass database file.
KeePass Installations on OS X
This section of the post originally included instructions for using the Windows version of KeePass Mono. It was then replaced by KeePassX. The best solution now is to use KeePassXC for Mac. It’s better than the alternatives.
KeePassXC Installations on Linux
This section of the post originally included instructions for using the Windows version of KeePass Mono. It’s been removed as you should now use KeePassXC for Linux. It’s better than the alternatives.
KeePass Installations on Android
For Android devices, I originally used the KeePassDroid app, but I now use KeePass2Android.
- Install the Dropbox app if you don’t already have it. Connect to your Dropbox account and check you can see the “.kdbx” file in the “KeePass” directory.
- Install the KeePass2Android app.
- Open Dropbox, locate the “.kdbx” file and tap it.
- Once the KeePass2Android app opens.
KeePass Installations on iPad/iPhone
For my iPad I used the MiniKeePass app.
- Install the MiniKeePass app and open it.
- Hit the “i” in the bottom-middle of the screen.
- Click the “Dropbox Import/Export” option and follow the instructions.
It’s not a thrilling app, but it does the job.
So that’s it. I only have to remember my DropBox password and my KeePass password and I can now use unique and ridiculously long passwords for all my other logins…