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KeePass Password Safe If you are a computer and internet user (in particular) you can realize how important a password can be. In fact, you canít do anything without a password. Bank accounts, website accounts, email accounts, logins, everything strongly depends on various passwords.

Using the same password for each activity is a good thing when you want to keep things simple but it is not recommended from security point of view.

For example, if you share a common password between a bank account and an email account, if one of them is compromised, the second one can be compromised as well. When is about a simple email account, the lost can be recovered but when we talk about bank accounts, the situation changes.
Using multiple passwords is good for our security but it can raise another problem: how to remember all these passwords or how to keep them safe and yet easy to access. The answer comes with a relatively new type of software: encryption software.

Encryption software is a special application capable to store and protect vital information (it can be a password, a PIN code, a card number, a phone number, address, or anything important for you). These encryption software are using powerful encryption algorithms (RSA, DES/3DES, BLOWFISH, IDEA, SEAL, RC4 and more). One of the most powerful encryption standards is AES 256 bits and it is widely spread. However, most of the encryption software that are using AES 256 bits are quite expensive because the algorithm itself is extremely expensive.

Maybe the most important aspect is to find a balance between a powerful encryption and an affordable price. For example, AES 256 bits is expensive but Triple AES 748 bits is even more expensive. However, the difference between these two algorithms is almost unnoticeable. A 256-bit key length is just so incredibly large that adding to it becomes unnecessary given our current and foreseeable computer systems.

The conclusion is simple: do not automatically choose expensive encryption software just because it uses some "fancy" algorithm. There are little differences between these algorithms, especially for a common user.

By FW Editor


Tags: computer, internet, software



Category: Science & Tech  - ( Science & Tech Archive)

Date Added: 16 July '10


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