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Set up your Password Tool

Published on 5/29/2014
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Nove-Noga.com/GetStarted.htmlSet up your Password Tool

Note: This is the 3rd in the “GetStarted” Sequence. In this Press Release we will discuss how to find and set up your password tool.

How many Passwords are you already using?
If you are going to explore the world of Internet Marketing, you will need many more. As an experienced marketer, you are likely to have created dozens if not hundreds of passwords. Just keeping track can be a nightmare. Generating new passwords will put a strain on anyone’s imagination. What you need is a tool that will keep track of your passwords as well as generating the new passwords that you need.

Where do you start?
Research is the first step. Remember the First Rule of the Internet, “Let the Clicker Beware.” A Password Tool is a Primary Security Device. As such you need to know who is recommending it, whether it is safe to use and if it will do the tasks that you need it to do.

Where did I find KeePass?
When I went looking for a Password Tool, I sought the advice of someone I trusted. She is a professional in Library Services working for a prominent educational institution. (Name withheld for her security.) I told her that I was looking for a Free Password Tool that would securely keep track of my passwords for my Internet Efforts. Her recommendation was the KeePass Password Safe.

Google Search "KeePass":
The next step was a Google Search for “KeePass”. There, at the top of the page, you will see the entry for KeePass.info. (Note the importance of a Unique term for your website or business; for another example Google Search, “Nove-Noga”.)

What is KeePass?
KeePass Password Safe is open source software distributed under the GNU General Public License and as such is available from many download sources. As this is a Primary Security Tool, I highly recommend that you only download it from the source at KeePass.info.

On the KeePass Password Safe home page at KeePass.Info, you have your choice between KeePass 1.27, the Classic Edition and KeePass 2.26, the Professional Edition. Both editions are Free*. In my first download, I went for the 1.26 edition. Today I have the choice between updating to KeePass 1.27 or upgrading to the Professional Edition, KeePass 2.26.
*Free Means Free!

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*NB: UpGrade Note – KeePass 2.26 uses a different format for the database files than KeePass 1.xx.*
For those upgrading from KeePass 1.xx to KeePass 2.26, when you try to open the existing file, you will be instructed on how to import them into the new format. I was unable to achieve a seamless import. I found it necessary to create a database in the new format and import my existing entries. They wound up being attached to the primary branch below the standard folders. For this reason and for the greater capabilities, I highly recommend that you start with KeePass 2.26 and the rest of this document will proceed on that basis.
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After you have explored the KeePass site, return your attention to the KeePass Password Safe homepage at KeePass.info. In the left hand column, under “Getting KeePass” select “Downloads”. I recommend the Portable KeePass 2.26 (Zip Package) because you can unpack it to any desired location including a USB stick for portable use.

Get your KeePass Password Safe and Set up Your Password Tool:
Click the [Download Now] button. (Green Sourceforge Download Now button for KeePass 2.26 Zip Package.)
Go to your Downloads folder and Copy the Zip File. 
GoTo your Work Efforts (Mine is Nove-Noga) Folder.
Create a New Folder for this security tool. *NB: Don’t name it “Security” or “KeePass”. There is no need to make it easy to find no matter how secure it is.*
Paste the KeePass Zip file in this new security folder.
Double Click the KeePass Zip File.
Read License.txt
Double Click KeePass.exe
Be Sure that your NewDatabase is going to be created in your “Security” folder.
Accept or change the NewDatabase file name WITHOUT changing the extension.
Click [SAVE]
In {Create Composite Master Key} Enter your chosen KeePass password. Remember the Safe Rules for Passwords. No birthdays, anniversaries, family names, etc.
Repeat Password. *NB: Write it Down!*
Click [OK]
In {Database Settings} you can set the Database name; Database description and Default user name for new entries. Click [OK]

Getting Started with KeePass:
Your new KeePass database will be opened in the standard format with a couple of examples shown in the root directory of the database. Below the root directory (NewDatabase or your chosen name.) you will see Icons for the six standard folders.

NewDatabase
  General
  Windows
  Network
  Internet
  eMail
  Homebanking

*Note: Before you start, you might want to review the help files. I found the Local Help File had the best and clearest answers. In the KeePass Menu, Select Help ->HelpSource and set the Help button default to the “Local help file”. Click [OK]. Then Select Help ->Help Contents to see the Local File {KeePass Password Safe Help}. When in doubt, read the available instructions.*

To get started, let’s input our existing email. Select the Icon for the eMail Group from the left-hand pane of the KeePass window. From the Toolbar, select the wrench Icon for “Add Entry”.

In the {Add Entry} dialog box, you should enter a title (?? Primary, Existing, First or whatever suits your needs.)

Enter your User name: (eMail Address)

On the Password line, Click the Icon with Three Dots at the right hand end of the line to reveal the password. Select the existing password and replace it with your current password. Click the [Three Dot Icon] to hide the visible password and pass it to the repeat.

If you know the LogIn URL you can enter it into the URL line. This will make it easier to LogIn straight from the KeePass Password Safe entry lines. For example: my yahoo login is https://login.yahoo.com/config/login?rl=1

Under Notes you can list whatever information you find useful.

When the entry is complete, Click [OK].

Now you have your first eMail account entered into the KeePass Password Safe. To find it again, Click the Icon for the eMail Folder. To edit the entry, Double Click the Title on the entry. To go directly to a URL for which your computer saves the password, just Double Click the URL. To use the Password Function, Double Click the Password on the entry, Double Click the URL, paste the Password into the field and proceed. *Note: The Password is stored for a short time on the Clipboard. Be sure to use it quickly.*

*NB: To make your KeePass Password Safe more useable, I recommend that you create a shortcut and drag it to your “Work Efforts” folder.*

To Recap:
Tools – KeePass Password Safe from KeePass.Info or other password generating tool that keeps track of your passworded accounts.
Tasks – Setup KeePass Password Safe and initiate with your first email account.

You have now completed the process to set up your password tool using the KeePass Password Safe. If you are not using KeePass, be sure to find a safe alternative. Safety in the Internet Jungle requires the use of unique passwords in a variety of accounts and tools. Having a tool that can organize your passworded accounts as well as generating the necessary changes for existing passwords will increase the security of your efforts.

Next “Where do You Start?” PR by Nove-Noga:
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Edited 1/4/2015

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