Free offline password manager Password Sentinel

This free open source password manager with source code (GPL license) available for download makes for a perfect alternative to Keepass. It is light on computer resources, its interface is simple and easy to understand, there is no need to install this password manager in your computer, it can run from inside a USB thumbdrive. It,includes a password generator to help you create a unique strong password for each online account you have, stored passwords can be searched and classified by groups (Email, FTP, banking, etc).

Password Sentinel own database is a .kdb extension but you can export and import the password database as .txt, .xml, .html and .csv, these formats are accepted by nearly all offline and online password managers and guarantees you that if you ever want to migrate password manager it will be easy to do without getting locked down in propietary formats.

Free password manager Password Sentinel

Free password manager Password Sentinel

Password Sentinel main features

  • Database encrypted with unbreakable AES and Twofish cipher algorithms
  • Portable password manager, does not require installation
  • Customizable random password generator
  • Easy password database export and import (.csv, .txt, .html…)
  •  Auto-type shortcut keys fill in username and password saving you time
  • You can attach files to your password entries

This Windows password manager can protect you from scripts stealing data stored in the Windows clipboard, after a set length of time the clipboard will clear itself, another feature called One Time Paste only allows pasting the copied password only once.

Password Sentinel might not have the prettiest of interfaces but features more than make up for it and it is very easy to use by computer novices, it has been designed to run in all Windows platforms, the ability to add attachments (software license, scanned passport, etc) combined with the price, free, and being open source, is what makes Password Sentinel one of the best Windows password managers.

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S10 Password Vault a free password manager

Secure offline password manager

The problem using always the same password is that if one of the sites you are member of gets cracked then that person will get access to all of your other accounts as well, using a secure password manager is the best way to be able to use a hard to crack passphrase for each website and remembering all of them at the same time.

S10 Password vault is a free offline password manager utility that uses the uncrackable AES256 cipher for encryption, it foils keyloggers, autolocks after a predetermined set time, tells you if your password is strong enough or generates it for you, and it has a portable edition. All of this in just 670Kb, a really tiny application with lots of great features.

When you install S10 Password Vault for the first time it will create an encrypted .s10p database where all of your passwords will be stored, make sure to back it up and do not worry about losing it as only with the master password it is possible to look at its content.

The coolest time saving feature of S10 Password Vault is that to log into a site you won’t even need to type in your password, as long as S10 Password Vault is open you can use a keyboard shortcut and S10 Password Vault will automatically fill in the password for you.

The only downside I found with S10 Password Vault is that the help file is online, it could probably be improved if a PDF file with the manual could be made available for download, I also think that the password manager window and fonts could benefit from being a little bigger than they actually are.

S10 Password Vault

S10 Password Vault

What I liked most is the structure of the folder hierarchy that helps to get a quick access to your passwords, the autologin feature that saves you time by entering the password for you, and the embedded anti keylogger that sends lots of random hidden decoy keystrokes to obscure the real password as it is typed, very useful to use in conjunction with the portable S10 Password Vault edition at a public computer.

There is a premium, very cheap, business edition of S10 Password Vault that includes automatic central back up of employee passwords, central control over configuration settings and ability to use a private synchronization server. S10 Password Vault is an entirely free password manager for home users, if you like the software you can make a donation to the developer.

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