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They tell us to make our online banking access more secure, but remembering yet another password is forever becoming a more and more tricky business.

Personally, I prefer to use software as a password manager. An Excel spreadsheet is one solution, but it’s not a very good one.

I have been using Password Safe. But call me shallow, but I didn’t get along with the look of it. It did, though, do everything I wanted – an ability to save my encrypted passwords onto a removable drive (so I can use it at work and home), being able to categorise my passwords into distinct groups and the ability to generate strong random passwords (you may as well make them tough if something like this is going to go to the trouble of remembering it for you).

Today I’ve come across an alternative and it’s a cracker – KeePass. It even let me port password from Password Safe into it (although I had to downgrade my copy of Password Safe from 3.02 to 2.16 before I could do this).

What both have in common is that they’re open source and totally free. You can’t argue with that.