|Original author(s)||Bruce Schneier|
|Developer(s)||Rony Shapiro, volunteers|
|Initial release||15 January 2002|
|Stable release||3.33 / February 7, 2014|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows, Linux (beta)|
|Available in||15 languages|
|License||Artistic License 2.0|
Password Safe is a free and open-source password manager program for use with Microsoft Windows. A beta, command-line, version is also available for Ubuntu (including the Kubuntu and Xubuntu derivatives) and Debian operating systems. A Java-based version is also available on SourceForge. On its page you can find links to unofficial releases running under Android, BlackBerry and other mobile OS.
The port for OS X and iOS, pwSafe (not to be confused with "pwsafe password database", a compatible unix commandline program), is compatible with Password Safe files. It uses iCloud or Dropbox to keep password databases synced between iOS devices and computers.
After filling in the master password the user has access to all account data entered and saved previously. The data can be organized by categories, searched, and sorted based on references which are easy for the user to remember. The key combination Ctrl+C copies the password of a selected account into the clipboard, Ctrl+U copies user ID. The program can be set to minimize automatically after a period of idle time and clears the clipboard. It is possible to compare and synchronize two different password databases.
The original Password Safe was built on Bruce Schneier's Blowfish encryption algorithm. Rony Shapiro implemented Twofish encryption along with other improvements to the 3.xx series of Password Safe. The keys are derived using an equivalent of PBKDF2 with SHA-256 and a configurable number of iterations, currently set at 2048.
Reviewers have highlighted the program's simplicity as its best feature.
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