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7 of the Best Free Linux Password Managers

7 of the Best Free Linux Password Managers

A password manager is a utility which helps users to store and retrieve passwords and other data. Most password managers use a local database to hold the encrypted password data.

In today's society, people are faced with a bewildering amount of information to retain. Most people read a considerable amount of information online on a regular basis. Whether you conduct business online, read for your job, or just read for pleasure, the internet is a vast source of information. Retaining that information on a long-term basis can be difficult. However, some nuggets of information need to be recalled quickly. Passwords are one such example.

As a computer user, you will no doubt have numerous passwords to remember. Some sites put restrictions on the choice of the password. For example, a site may insist on a minimum number of characters, capital letters, numerals, and other characters which make choosing the same password for each site to be impossible. More importantly, there are good security reasons not to duplicate passwords. This inevitably means that individuals will simply have too many passwords to remember. One solution is to keep the passwords in written form. However, this is also highly insecure.

Instead of trying to remember an endless array of passwords, a popular solution is to use password manager software. In fact, this type of software is an essential tool for the active internet user. It makes it easy to retrieve, manage and secure all of your passwords. The passwords are stored in an encrypted file, protected by a single master password. Consequently, the user only has to remember a single password. Password managers encourage users to choose unique, non-intuitive strong passwords for each service.

To provide an insight into the quality of software available for Linux, we have compiled a list of 7 of the best free password managers. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here who wants to automate the process of entering passwords and other data, and save the hassle of remembering multiple passwords. We give our highest recommendation to KeePassX.

Now, let's explore the 7 password managers. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Password Managers
KeePassX Multi-platform port of KeePass
Seahorse GNOME front end for GnuPG
LastPass Browser plugin password management
Figaro's Password Manager 2 Enhanced port of Figaro's Password Manager
MyPasswords Java based software for managing passwords
Password Gorilla Tcl/Tk cross-platform password manager
Revelation Password manager for the GNOME 2 desktop

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