PassPack is a new online password manager which is still in beta. It was launched on December 12 at the LeWeb 3 conference in Paris.
At the moment I use KeePass to manage my passwords. Though KeePass is an offline tool running on my PC. It works great and I highly recommend it.
So why would I want to try a web based service like PassPack? Well, there are many online applications I am using and all require a username and a password. Though the biggest benefit of them, using them from any computer, is worth nothing if I cannot remember passwords. So a tool like PassPack makes sense.
Though is it secure? I think it is. PassPack uses AES encryption and data is transferred via a SSL Secure Connection. During the sign up process users have to provide a User ID, a Pass, and a Packing Key. The User ID and Pass are required to sign up to your account obviously. Though if you want to see your passwords you need the Packing Key, too. Make sure to remember those passwords because they will be shown to you just once while signing up. PassPack also provides a Client Code which you have to use when reporting account abuse to PassPack. There is no email or any other way to identify you. It is completely anonymous.
There are not many features actually. For each new entry you can provide a username, a password, a link to a website and notes. It’s great to have notes because sometimes you have to jot down some additional information to use a service. But you can also store some private info which you want to protect by using the notes box.
You can also change the account settings: User ID, Pass, and Packet Key. Of course, you can completely delete your account. Attention! Accounts will be deleted after six months of inactivity. So make sure to sign in every now and then. There is no way to recover your passwords after the account was deleted. This also applies if you forget either your User ID, your Pass, or your Packing Key!
Forthcoming features will probably include: localised versions, import and export of data, a backup option, and a tool to generate strong passwords. Though I miss the opportunity to group various entries. Would be nice.
PassPack is an easy to use service and seems to be very secure. Though the PassPack team encourages users not to store critical passwords while it is still in beta.
Give it a try. PassPack promises to provide a free version any time. Enterprise and professional services will be provided later.
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