Passpack, encrypted storage for your passwords

March 22nd, 2007 at 12:00 am

Having multiple accounts in multiple sites is quite common nowadays. For bloggers like me, I have an account in every site I review and most of the time I can't go back because I've forgotten the username or password.

OpenID has come up with a way to use a singe username and password for a number of sites (not all yet). It is a good solution but will everything be eventually added connected to OpenID? I doubt it. Another solution for remembering usernames and passwords is to write it all down, on a paper, in a secure document, in you mind or where ever. The only problem here is the accessibility.

Passpack provides a safebox on the web for your usernames and passwords. Unlike OpenID, Passpack is simply a list of your passwords instead of the actual key you'll be using to access an account. Of course you'll still have to remember your Passpack password but at least it's just one..two actually. Your Passpack account is accessed using a single username a password and a pass key. This is still a fair trade for storing lets say 500 usernames and passwords.

Passpack secures your stuff into one encrypted file for easy online access anytime. According to them their system is hackproof (reality check, nothing was ever hackproof). Though it's a supposed to be their trade secret, I'll take their word for it because for all I know it's just a usual flashy Ajax interface that requires to passwords to access an account. Nevertheless, if they are really serious about their hackproof encryption, it'a at least safer to keep your passes in Passpack instead of on a piece of paper, document, or email. Of course the best way to keep all your passes is still in your head, that is if you can manage.

All in all, I think Passpack is a great and safe place to keep my passwords and account names for social networks and other stuff I sign up for on the web. Still, I'll be keeping mu more sensitive information in my head.