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lock ss I am a big fan of password managers, because I never remember my passwords. The reason I don’t remember them is that I always want them to be very strong passwords that can’t be easily hacked or figured out. Also, I never read Damien’s article, How To Create Strong Passwords That You Can Remember Easily How To Create Strong Passwords That You Can Remember Easily How To Create Strong Passwords That You Can Remember Easily Read More .

Some of the features of great password managers are encryption and portability. You want your password manager to be encrypted, because that extra security can be necessary. Portability is also important, because what good is a password manager if you can’t use it everywhere? I travel a decent amount and use many different computers, so I want to always have my passwords with me.  Guessing for half an hour is never a good use of your time.

Enter KeyDb, a portable password manager.

KeyDb comes in and provides all of these features to you in a very simple and light weight program.


There is none!  KeyDb is just a 1.14 MB executable.  I wouldn’t have called it portable if it wasn’t.  This small size makes it extremely easy to take it anywhere even on your old flash drive.

Creating a Password File

KeyDb keeps your passwords in different files. You can have them all in one file or create multiple files for multiple users or purposes. Just click on the file menu and create a new password file to get started. The following window will pop up.


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Once your password file is set up, start adding those passwords.

Adding Passwords

All you need to do is click on the plus symbol at the top left of the software window.  This will launch a window that will allow you to input your password information.

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The software comes with a few default categories, but you can add as many as you want to keep your passwords organized.  Also, you can use the password generator to generate a very solid password if you like.

Web URLs can be used, and KeyDb can launch your default browser to go to that website, so you can quickly input your password. Notes can also be added to give you more information about the site or whatever you see fit.

Finished Product

Once you upload all of your passwords, your KeyDb will look similar to the following.

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You can filter and sort your passwords to easily get to what you are looking for.

KeyDb performs as advertised.  It is dead simple and takes no time at all to get going. Also, the size (1.14 MB) and the 256 bit encryption rounds out the package.

What do you use for your password manager? Are you familiare with any other good portable password manager?

Photo Credit : Mirko Macari

  1. Data Protection
    October 28, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    This one deserves a look, if for no other reason, then just for the fact that it does not require an installation. I absolutely adore these types of programs (Media Player Classic!), and wish they were more widespread. In regards to the program itself, I am glad to see that it does not require some super difficult to remember password like some of these types of products do. Those kind of requirements seem to defeat the whole purpose. I will check this one out for sure.

  2. maxime
    March 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    I use Keepass and it is portable too.

  3. GoEverywhere Team
    March 4, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Another way to manage your passwords is with GoEverywhere. You can access all of your online applications and storage, without having to sign in every time! Another great feature is that GoEverywhere works on any computer. So if you're at work or a friend's house, you don't need to try to remember your passwords there either.

  4. mchlbk
    March 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    The picture of the key in the lock is upside down, hehe.

  5. Gabe
    March 4, 2009 at 11:16 am

    I have used the program Password Kernel for a while now and am very satisfied with it.

    Lots of great software here. Author puts a lot of thought into what will make a piece of software useful.

    What I like about Password Kernel:

    -Automatic backups
    -Ability to generate random, secure password in each entry
    -Each password db encrypted and password protected
    -Launch of login URL from context menu

    Keepass looks like it has some (if not all) of these features as well, so it of course comes down to other personal factors.

  6. Quinton Diets
    March 4, 2009 at 9:04 am

    My first question was going to be how was this different from KeePass, a password manager I've used for a long time and never came across a reason to switch. Anyone using KeyDB able to answer how it's different, aside from a simpler (yet seemingly not as customizable) interface?

  7. Charax
    March 4, 2009 at 5:45 am

    +3 for Keypass. Its very secure, has autotype and can (with a little fiddling) import saved passwords from Firefox - which is vital if you've been using FFs password manager for ages and don't want to retype everything in manually.

  8. John
    March 4, 2009 at 8:54 am

    ahem... I mean I use I love its simplicity, wealth of features, and security.

  9. Greg
    March 4, 2009 at 6:12 am

    I'm also a great fan of Password programs. I've been using Sticky Password ( for a few years. It not only remembers but can be set to automatically log you on when you go to a web page.

  10. John
    March 4, 2009 at 5:57 am

    I use I love its simplicity, wealth of features, and security.

  11. Anish
    March 4, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Another feature of KeePass that appears to be missing here is the Auto-Type support. I'd need something like that in any PW database solution.

  12. Alvin Finn
    March 3, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    I'm using an old version of Any Password. It works well and has a nice password generator and strong encryption.

  13. Tyler
    March 3, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    +1 for Keypass. Nice interface and easy to use!

  14. USBman
    March 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    As I'm sure many people will say, I use (portable). It too is a portable means of securely keeping all your precious passwords at your side, but with at least one significant difference: it's open source, so you can verify that the security is properly implemented!

    ...nonetheless, it's nice to have options, but I think I'll stick to my old stand-by, KeePass.

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