Tag Archives: password

KeePassX – The Best Password Manager for Ubuntu/Linux

KeePassX is a cross-platform password manager application. It has very high security standards. Since, it stores data locally in encrypted format, it’s probably a better alternative to any online password manager. If you want to share it across multiple devices/platforms just sync the database file using some apps like Dropbox. Make sure you’re synchronizing the encrypted file(*.kdb), not the raw *.xml export or anything else.

add password keepassx

It has simple and lightweight graphical interface, with all the basic features, to make password management easier for everyone. It comes in very handy if you manage lots of online accounts at various sites, because having a unique and strong password for each website is highly recommended. With KeePassX, the Master Password is all you need to remember.

Installing/Setting up KeePassX on Ubuntu [14.04 LTS]

It’s very likely (in most common GNU/Linux distributions – Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint etc) that it’s already there in your default package repository. Just open a terminal (default shortcut : Ctrl+Alt+t) and type

sudo apt-get install keepassx

After installing KeePassX, set up the Master Password or Key. And you should also configure/specify the location for storing the database file. KeePassX will prompt you to enter the master key every time you open the application. Keep a very long Master password (I use 22 letters with lower & upper case letters, numbers and special characters) and remember that. On the other hand, you could also use key pairs instead of password. (or both if you wish)

Additional features include a random password generator, storing urls, comments, usernames, attachments etc in a simple and easy way. Passwords can be easily organized in multiple groups and unique icons can be specified for each group.

Visit the official site to know more about the features (or to get package for other distro) and drop a comment here if you’ve any question/issue related to KeePassX.

How to Make Strong Passwords

how to make strong password

The aim of this post is to help you in making your passwords(E-mail,Bank Account,Paypal,Alertpay or others password) strong to assure high security.

What is Password?

Password is an authentication mechanism which is required to use the system’s resource or to login.Authentication need two types of information – first one is username or e-mail ID which is public and second one is password,which is private i.e only known to the claimant.The passwords can be divided into two types – One time Password and Fixed Password.Here we will discuss about fixed password,which should be changed/rotate frequently.Since most of the system use the password authentication mechanism so the password must be strong.

Common Mistakes you must avoid in selecting passwords

1.Using mobile or phone number or any other number(which is declared as public i.e every body can figure out very easily through a little research online(by using Google) or offline) as password.
2.Number of Characters less than 8 .
3.Simple combination of numbers or characters like 1234,12345,asdf,qwer,zxcv,09876,lkjh,poiu,etc.
4.Same as username or to put name in field of password.
5.One password for all the accounts.
6.Writing password in a page or Diary.

Points to remember in making good and strong passwords
1.It should include Alphabate(Both Upper case and Lower case),Numbers(0,2,6..) and special Characters(*,@,),{,%,$,#…).
2.Number of characters should be as long as you can remember,in general minimum of 12 characters are recommended.
3.Try to Remember it(Don’t write anywhere and never share with anyone).If you have any problem in remembering long password or you are managing a lot of password then you can also take help of Some Encryption Software.Using the cryptography techniques you will have to remember only one strong password(Commonly known as master password) and it will encrypt all others passwords in to a file.Since it is encrypted so if anyone get those file then also he/she will not be able to recover your passwords from those encrypted files.Trucrypt and Gnupg are two great encryption tools for Ubuntu 10.04 that can be used to perform various cryptography actions like file encryption,disk encryption,e-mail encryption etc.
4.Frequently change or rotate your passwords between different accounts.

How to remember lot of passwords
Remembering lot of passwords is actually very simple.First make a strong password and then rotate or change some digits to make another password for another accounts and so on.
Password1(For Account1) : )qZl2&1#it?6A&e //15 characters
Password2(For Account2) : )rXm2&1#it?6A&F //Notice The Change : 1st and 3rd character : shifted up in a-z.
password3(For Account3) : )sWn2&1#it?6A&g
password4(For Account4) : )tUo2&1#it?6A&H
……………………………………and so on.

Algorithm for above password generation
1.Shift up by one position the second and fourth characters in a-z.
2.3rd character is shifted back by two position in a-z.
3.Last(15th) character is shifted up by one position and case is inverted(i.e from lower to upper and upper to lower).
4.All the other characters remains same(you can also apply some more concepts on these characters to make the password more strong).

So you can design this type of simple algorithm(It will hardly take 3-5 minutes) for generating lot of strong password and it will be easier to remember but keep the algorithm strictly private.

That’s ALL …End of the Password Fun!