How do you keep track of service account and administrative credentials? Everyone has their own take on the best way to secure passwords from pen and paper in a safe to multi-factor authenticated, encrypted databases. Each method has it’s own strengths and weaknesses.
At my office, we use an open source password manager called “KeePass Password Safe”
KeePass is a free, open source, light-weight password manager. The encrypted database file created by KeePass allows you to securely store your passwords through an easy-to-use interface. You can create folders and organize your account names and passwords so they are easy to locate and identify. KeePass also doubles as a random password generator to assist in creating complex passwords suitable for administrative and service accounts.
KeePass also features the ability to turn on multi-factor authentication for even more peace of mind. Choose from a “Master Password”, “Key file / provider” or “Windows User Account” for authentication options. The Key file / provider option provides you with everything you need to turn an ordinary, old USB thumb drive into a second form of authentication.
If you are looking for a secure, easy-to-use tool for managing passwords in your environment, give KeePass a try!