Over the past few days, I've spent a significant amount of time looking at some of these password encryption programs (both FREE & the paid variety, as well as, the reviews I've been able to locate). My purpose has been to try and determine if they are of any real value as far as security enhancement (related to passwords), or whether another method I have been utilizing for a short period of time is just as good...or perhaps better.
I've even tried out one password-protection program called KeePass. I spent two days just reading the written data available about it, as well as, repeatedly watching/re-watching several videos about the KeePass software. For a program that the reviews claim is one of the best free ones and EASY to use...I think the rose-colored glasses need to come off! At present, I still don't feel like I have a real grasp on the inner workings of KeePass!
Two things I want to be able to do is, (1) - keep my list of something like 30 passwords secure on my computer (all PW's are on s USB flash drive), and (2) - be able to "lock", (i.e. password-protect), a significant number of files/folders on one particular USB flash drive (which contain sensitive information). The firewall I use has a file/folder locking capability. In fact, the whole USB flash drive itself can be completely locked and inaccessible unless I enter the complex password I use to suspend the protection. (As an added measure...a number of files, including some files which are located within folders...I have also added an additional password to secure it).
This latter method seems to be working rather well since I first began using it several weeks ago. It is also far, far simpler to understand and use than KeePass.
I would appreciate any thoughts, ideas, experiences, or other comments anyone may have on this issue.
Thank you for your time and help!
Edited by spc3rd, 26 December 2011 - 09:46 AM.