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From Clipperz to Password Safe

Publisert lørdag 21 mai 2011 klokka 00:49

As everyone else I have a lot of accounts on the web, and I know that I shouldn't use the same password everywhere. Seriously, don't do it. So, some years ago I started using password managers. I didn't select one of the many desktop applications - mostly because it would have been hard to keep the password database files in sync between all my computers. I selected Passpack - one of the better online password managers. Because it didn't support HTTP Basic Auth, which I had to use a lot, I switched to Clipperz - another great online password managers.

I have used Clipperz until today - more or less happily. Today I switched to Password Safe - a desktop password manager. I know, moving from the cloud to the desktop is kind of against the trend. However, the reasons I did it now are:

So you could still say I'm using the cloud, but I have switch from the browser to native programs.

Data corruption in Clipperz

You might wonder why I switched from Clipperz - I even made a donation to the clever guys behind Clipperz. The reasons are:

The switch

Moving from Clipperz to Password Safe wasn't straight forward. Password Safe can't import the JSON file exported by Clipperz, only a XML file in a format defined by Password Safe. I fixed this by writing a small PHP script, clipperz2passwordsafe.php, that converts from JSON to XML. You can grab the script from my GitHub repository.

2 kommentarer

Gravatar for David

I’ve been using Clipperz for quite a while now. I used to get the “undefined” card error every now and then on one computer (a very old machine with only 256Mb memory) but otherwise I have found it to be fine. I’ve never had a card get corrupted. Also, I just log in once a day (it’s the first thing I do when I open my browser) and from then on it’s fine. I lock my screen when I’m not at my machine. My Clipperz password is 28 characters long so logging in multiple times would drive me crazy! That said, I’ll look at Password Safe.

David - 24-05-2011 19:33
Gravatar for Hans Nordhaug

I’m happy that you haven’t had any corrupted cards, but are you sure? There are probably some cards that you haven’t opened for a very long time…

The only way to discover if a card is corrupted, is by opening it. Luckily, you can check all your cards in one go by exporting (to JSON). If the export stops before all cards have been processed you know that a card is corrupted. If you use Clipperz, you should really do this test regularly, for example once a month.

PS! I’m not claiming that Password Safe is the best desktop password manager (with an Android). KeePass is probably more feature rich.

Hans Nordhaug - 25-05-2011 09:18

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