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I have to admit, the one thing that I dislike about the explosion of the Internet, and the multitude of websites and online tools that we now use throughout our daily lives, is the fact that there are just so many passwords to remember. Some of you may experience this worse than others, depending how many tools you use that require a secure login, whether it’s an Internet site or a desktop application.

Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve covered a number of password management apps and offered a number of secure password storage software reviews. Stefan covered Mitto Securely Manage Your Passwords Online With Mitto Securely Manage Your Passwords Online With Mitto Read More , a fairly simple and efficient password manager application, and we also reviewed PassPack, an online password management tool. In the first case, the application is a little bit too simple for my needs, because I really want to be able to organize the many websites where a password is needed, and with Mitto it’s not easy to do that. I also am a bit wary about sites like PassPack – do you really want all of your sensitive passwords stored online? After a bit of searching, I found the perfect secure password storage software called MobileWitch.

Secure Password Storage Software to Automate All Your Logins

MobileWitch answers each of my concerns when it comes to storing and managing my many passwords. It’s a local application with encryption and an excellent level of security built into it, so I know my passwords are safe. It allows for the export of password data to a database.kdb file which you can store on your flash drive and bring with you anywhere. Install MobileWitch on any of the computers that you use often, and as long as you have your database.kdb file with you, then you know you have your latest list of passwords.

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When you first install and launch the application, you’ll be asked to configure your master password. For extra security, you can also enable the use of a “key file” and select the location of your key file. This requires that a unique key file is present on the PC or the application won’t launch, even with the right password. This option will make mobility a little more difficult, but if your goal is utmost security, then you should enable this option.

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The key file is encrypted with random values, generated by your mouse motion inside the “static box” as well as random keys you press on the keyboard. These completely random values, not generated by the software but by unpredictable human input, generates an ultra secure and virtually unhackable key file. Just seeing this level of security upon initial startup immediately put my mind at ease regarding whether this software would be secure enough to protect all of my sensitive passwords.

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Once you’re through the initial setup, adding your websites and password login data is as simple as clicking on Edit -> Add Entry, or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Y.

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Each entry asks for a Title – which you can use to easily identify the account in a way that you’ll immediately recognize. Then, type in your user name and password for that account, and also insert the URL for the login page. If your account password expires every 30 days or so, make sure to include that on this screen so that the software will prompt you for the new password when the time is right.

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What I love about this software is that all of your login details are organized into groups. There are password records for your Windows and Network apps, email accounts, bank accounts, and of course Internet sites. Of course, some of these are very generic – just imagine how many entries would go under “Internet.” Luckily, the software lets you right-click and add subgroups so that you can organize even further.

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To do so, just right-click on the group and select “Add Password Subgroup.” Keep in mind that when your password list gets very long, there are search features integrated throughout – you can search by group or through the entire collection if you can’t quite remember where you put a password. One other note on adding login information – you may notice that sometimes the auto logon feature doesn’t work quite right. To make sure the sequence of entries for the login form works correctly, click on Tools and then select “Auto-Type: Customize Sequence.”

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The standard UserName->Tab->Password sequence should be appropriate, but if you encounter a strange login screen somewhere, this feature lets you customize the sequence script to match that exact screen.

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When you’re ready to start using the application to log into your accounts, just right-click on the site that you want to log into and select “Open URL(s).” This will launch the website that you defined in the URL field. This saves even more time, because you don’t have to remember how to get to the login screen – you just click and you’re there.

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Then, right click on the entry and select “Perform Auto-Type” and the application will automatically log into the account using the credentials you’ve supplied. Remember that the keyboard shortcuts are always available if you want to save even more time – Control-V will perform the auto-logon for you.

I really wanted to mention one more little security feature I discovered while I was exploring this software, and that is the clipboard auto-clear. In the settings section, you’ll find that you can configure the application to automatically clear the clipboard whenever you use copy-paste to copy your passwords. The creators of this software really tried to cover all of the bases to protect your passwords and provide the best security possible. In the end, I decided to use this software to cut down on the time that I waste either trying to find login URLs or trying to remember my passwords.

What do you think of MobileWitch? Do you use your own password management tools or tricks? Share your own techniques for remembering your passwords in the comments section below.

  1. Vivyno622
    June 30, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Great post.But if we have lost our login password,the best way is searching for some third party tools like windows password key 8.0.which considered as the best tool to reset local administrator and user passwords on any Windows system.
    http://www.lostwindowspassword...

  2. Vivyno622
    June 30, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Great post.But if we have lost our login password,the best way is searching for some third party tools like windows password key 8.0.which considered as the best tool to reset local administrator and user passwords on any Windows system.
    http://www.lostwindowspassword.com

  3. Aibek
    May 1, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Anderson,

    There is nothing illegal in what MobileWitch did.

  4. Anderson
    April 30, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I expected that the article publisher to be little more responsible and endorse/recommend the original works...as its very obvious that its be taken from keypass (open source software).. i would prefer this article be removed to avoid misconception for some readers

    • Aibek
      May 1, 2010 at 7:56 am

      Anderson,

      There is nothing illegal in what MobileWitch did.

  5. David Levine
    April 20, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    While KeePass is open source and someone can always compile the code themselves, MakeUseOf should not promote applications that are blatant copies of other applications. I would never use an application that is just a copy of another. I would use the original.

  6. alMubarmij
    April 17, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Where is my comment ?

  7. alMubarmij
    April 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Every "KeePass" user can detect that "MobileWitch Pass Safe" is just a ripped off KeePass.
    Yes, It's true.
    But I think the main difference between them that is "MobileWitch Pass Safe" has a desktop application and mobile app in the same intallation,
    and "KeePass" is only a desktop application.
    but also there is a two unofficial KeePass ports for mobile phones:
    1- KeePassMobile - http://keepassj2me.sourceforge...
    2- KeePassJ2ME - http://www.keepassmobile.com/
    So I think they modify one of then too and release it under their name.

    It's really shame on them to use an "Open Source" app without a mention about that program is based on it.
    They break a GPL 2.0 license which program is under it.
    Therefore this program is an illegal.
    http://keepass.info/help/v1/li...

    Now the piont is: Can we trust "MobileWitch" apps after that ?
    From my side I can't trust them, especially when they try to install a ToolBar while I install the that application !
    and even help file is ripped from "KeePass" and they left "Open-Source!" statement in it !

  8. Herbert
    April 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    or better yet, use clipperz.com

  9. Herbert
    April 16, 2010 at 9:15 am

    or better yet, use clipperz.com

  10. Steve
    April 16, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I am using a new app called Pixelock (pixelock.com) it seems to me a much simpler, efficient and more secure technique as the site does not store passwords but allows for re-generation of passwords with each visit.
    Cheers
    Steve

  11. Steve
    April 16, 2010 at 12:16 am

    I am using a new app called Pixelock (pixelock.com) it seems to me a much simpler, efficient and more secure technique as the site does not store passwords but allows for re-generation of passwords with each visit.
    Cheers
    Steve

    • Ryan Dube
      April 16, 2010 at 5:58 am

      Oh cool - I like that approach. Thanks for mentioning it Steve, I'll have to check that one out.

  12. Paul
    April 15, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Hi Ryan, Thanks for the post. This is exactly what I was looking for, have tried many similar apps before but this seems to offer the most complete set of features. It also seems to be the updated version of keypass, anyways I vote for this one, and it's not a rip-off as keypass is open source. Thanks and cheers!

  13. Jim Wilhelm
    April 16, 2010 at 7:16 am

    This is a real rip-off of Keypass. Why change, when I have used keypass for many years and found it better than anything else out there. I have tried a few others, but keep coming back to Keypass.
    http://keepass.info/index.html

  14. Jim Wilhelm
    April 15, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    This is a real rip-off of Keypass. Why change, when I have used keypass for many years and found it better than anything else out there. I have tried a few others, but keep coming back to Keypass.
    http://keepass.info/index.html

  15. Ryan Dube
    April 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Hey guys - thanks for catching this. After reading your comments, I found Dave's article on KeePass. I'd have to agree, it's nearly identical. Vidios - good eye! I have to say I'll likely uninstall and install KeePass - since it's the original.

    However, does anyone know if KeePass has the same (or as many) features...I haven't tested it myself yet...curious if this version is just an expanded one with additional features?

    • sajniho
      April 15, 2010 at 11:34 pm

      Keepass has all these features since this Mobile'Witch' is really a ripped-off 'Witch' copied from Keepass.

      Btw, Ryan next week you can have a review of Sajni'Witch' which will be another cool password manager, err not forgetting to mention another rip-off ;-)

      • Ryan Dube
        April 16, 2010 at 5:56 am

        Sanjniho - LOL...I'm already mad at myself for missing that line in the Settings screen, you don't have to rub it in further. Although I have to hand it to you, the Sajni'Witch' comment was funny. :)

  16. Ryan
    April 15, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Definitely KeePass. Congratulations on reinventing the wheel.

  17. Vidios
    April 16, 2010 at 1:10 am

    This program is clearly a ripoff of Keepass, because the last picture in the article shows "Settings: Here you can control Keepass"

    The app this article should be about is at http://keepass.info/

  18. Vidios
    April 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    This program is clearly a ripoff of Keepass, because the last picture in the article shows "Settings: Here you can control Keepass"

    The app this article should be about is at http://keepass.info/

  19. Superman
    April 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Please note that MobileWitch is NOT perfect secure (see Shannon's Theory of Secure Communication, http://netlab.cs.ucla.edu/wiki... )

  20. Superman
    April 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Please note that MobileWitch is NOT perfect secure (see Shannon's Theory of Secure Communication, http://netlab.cs.ucla.edu/wiki/files/shannon1949.pdf )

  21. Fred5
    April 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Hi, I'm using MobileSitter on my mobile phone. Since my mobile is my dialy companion, I have all my password always with me. And according to the developers, it is resistant against dictionary attacks.

  22. Pasha
    April 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Well, KeepPass is OpenSource, so it wouldn't be very hard to get the code, modify some icons, the name and release it.

    Shame on them.

  23. Jarmer
    April 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

    ^ I'm with the above, this DOES seem a lot like KeePass.

    Even still, I stopped using it long ago in favor of LastPass, sooooo nice.

    • Aibek
      April 18, 2010 at 8:17 pm

      second LastPass

  24. Michael
    April 15, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I have used KeePass for several years and see no reason to change to a product that is obviously a rip off of KeePass.

  25. keenan passowski
    April 15, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Looks an awful lot like keepass. So much so that I'm not sure I'd trust it.

    • Lance
      April 15, 2010 at 11:07 am

      Exactly what I was about to comment.

      This looks EXACTLY like keepass except for some shiny UI changes.

    • Tommy Carlier
      April 15, 2010 at 11:17 am

      Looks like they ripped off KeePass.

    • alMubarmij
      April 16, 2010 at 11:01 am

      Every "KeePass" user can detect that "MobileWitch Pass Safe" is just a ripped off KeePass.
      Yes, It's true.
      But I think the main difference between them that is "MobileWitch Pass Safe" has a desktop application and mobile app in the same intallation,
      and "KeePass" is only a desktop application.
      but also there is a two unofficial KeePass ports for mobile phones:
      1- KeePassMobile - http://keepassj2me.sourceforge.net/
      2- KeePassJ2ME - http://www.keepassmobile.com/
      So I think they modify one of then too and release it under their name.

      It's really shame on them to use an "Open Source" app without a mention about that program is based on it.
      They break a GPL 2.0 license which program is under it.
      Therefore this program is an illegal.
      http://keepass.info/help/v1/license.html

      Now the piont is: Can we trust "MobileWitch" apps after that ?
      From my side I can't trust them, especially when they try to install a ToolBar while I install the that application !
      and even help file is ripped from "KeePass" and they left "Open-Source!" statement in it !

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