Password Manager Reviews—KeyWallet


Yesterday I did a review of Password Safe, and today I’m going to talk about KeyWallet.  KeyWallet is similar to Password Safe in that it locks the data file, and hides your passwords.  But, those are about the only similarities.

With KeyWallet, the username and password are stored in a “keychain”.  When you click on the + by the keychain, it turns downward, and opens up to show the username and password.  Except that it doesn’t show them, it shows “username” and “password” or whatever fields that you choose when you set up the keys.  Double-clicking on those fields opens up the edit dialog box. 

In order to copy the username or password to the clipboard, you have to right click on them and choose copy.

For Password Generation options, you can set the default length for random generation, whether to use Upper and lower-case characters, use digits, or use special characters.  Additionally, you can tell KeyWallet to only use special characters in the password, or you can use all ASCII characters (255 characters including a psuedo-space character).

Like Password Safe, KeyWallet can be configured to run minimized or on top of windows, and can be configured to start with Windows.  Also it can be configured to not require your password, require it once per session (when you open a database for example), or every time you try to edit or use a key.

KeyWallet is closed-source freeware.  It uses the Blowfish encryption algorithm with variable-length key, from 32 bits to 448 bits. The key length depends on the password length.  It also allows you to choose various skins for the wallet.

While I like Password Safe overall, this would be a second favorite.  If I couldn’t use Password Safe, I would choose this one.

Tomorrow, I’ll look at Whisper 32.

Have a great night:)

Patrick.

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