Once in a while a small app comes along worthy of review. While there is an increasing shift toward turning desktop applications into web services, some functions are better suited to the local environment. Password storing and generation, for obvious security reasons, are one of those functions.
We use passwords to keep our data secure. Web sites we register with fluxuate in owership, databases get corrupted, and are even hacked themselves sometimes. As use of web services proliferate, password fatigue looms and the need for a good way to store and generate secure passwords rises. More and more data becomes stored online, and we now use these services to build distributed online identities. The old standby of using one or a few passwords for everything leads to the risk of one password loss becoming full out identity theft. That’s a price that none of us wants to pay.
But would you be willing to pay $30 bucks USD to secure all that private information? I’d call that a pretty cheap insurance. Actually, I’d call it a wise investment.
A few months ago, I stumbled across SoloKeep, developed by Brad Pineau aka the Bloggerman. It’s a nifty program with everything I’ve wanted in a password storing and generating utility for a long time.
Each password is stored as an entry. You can generate passwords of up to 15 characters; with options to use uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and miscellaneous symbols. Simply click “Generate Password” and “Use Password” and it’s automatically saved to the entry. You can even save the URL and go there with just another click. The most useful feature I’ve found is the comment section, where you can add little notes about whatever you wish. The comments are very useful if you’re managing different accounts on more than one site – a webmaster’s wish come true.
You can use SoloKeep to store an infinite amount of passwords for an infinite amount of users. That is, unless you use the trial version, which allows 2 users and 20 passwords per user. Your entries are shown on a grid, which can toggle whether to show the password or not: nice if you work around people with wandering eyes. The grid can be sorted alphabetically by title, username, password, url or comments. If you’re really hard up, you can use the search feature on any combination of those fields.
Each user has their own encrypted and password protected file, which can be exported for backups.
So if you’re like me, and have more passwords than you know what to do with, try SoloKeep.