About a month in the past, I wrote an article a few KeePass client for iOS, known as Strongbox. I additionally talked about an various app named KeePassium and that I adopted growth of the appliance on GitHub and Reddit for some time.
KeePassium Password Manager is an utility for Apple’s iOS working system.
I regarded on the free model of the app solely. There is a premium model accessible for $11.99 per yr that lifts the 1 database restrict to limitless and unlocks extra settings.
Let’s take a more in-depth have a look at the app.
How it really works
KeePassium’s interface is clear, minimal and fairly. When you run the app for the primary time, you can be prompted with 2 choices: add a database or select an current one. If you decide the latter, you should utilize a database that is hosted on cloud companies like Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, One Drive, Box, NextCloud, or utilizing WebDAV or SFTP.
Database, password generator and extra
You might want to set up the corresponding cloud service’s app in your iOS system for the choice to indicate up in KeePassium. The benefit right here is that KeePassium would not have to be related to the service as it will probably load the KeePass database from the Dropbox folder on the system.
That’s fairly implausible because it removes authentication worries from the whole course of. Though KeePassium solely saves a database that it creates within the KDBX4 format, it will probably additionally open/save KDBX3 and KDB codecs. Of course, you should utilize the app to alter the grasp password too.
Once you add a database, it reveals up on the side-bar. Tapping a folder shows all of the logins inside it and deciding on a login will present the username, password (hidden) and URL on the proper pane. You can even connect recordsdata and notes to a password entry.
It additionally hides the precise variety of characters in a password in order that the data is hidden and is not revealed to others who catch a glimpse of the display.
You can type the side-panel by tapping the icon on the underside left. The search bar on the highest of the pane helps you to discover entries rapidly. There is a backup database choice which can save an further copy of the database in your system.
The password generator will be accessed by tapping the + icon on the left panel and deciding on “Create Entry”. This is additionally the way you add new logins to the database if you happen to create new accounts.
KeePassium can generate random passwords utilizing the next parameters: password size, decrease case, higher case, particular symbols, digits, and look-alike characters (like 1Il). The autofill choice works wonderful and can be utilized in Safari or different browsers to securely login to your accounts.
KeePassium is open supply and free, although it does have a premium model with some further options. The app helps ChaCha20 and AES (like KeePass does) and likewise helps Argon2, Salsa20, and Twofish algorithms for encryption.
When you turn to a different app, Keepassium locks the database because it ought to. Though I did discover it annoying once I was testing it by switching to and from Safari to check the guide copy to clipboard and search choices. Maybe retaining the database open for 10 seconds or one thing might assist stop this, an choice to allow this is able to be ample.
The App Lock provides an further layer of safety to KeepPassium. When enabled, you will have to enter your system’s passcode simply to entry the app. You will nonetheless must enter your grasp password to open the database which makes it time-consuming however supplies higher safety.
The “Unlock with grasp key” choice is disabled by default and for good cause. When you allow it, Keepassium will keep in mind the grasp key (grasp password) for the session so you do not have to enter the password each time you open the app. When you turn to a different app and return you’ll discover an “unlock” button (as an alternative of a password subject) on the app’s residence display. The grasp key will likely be robotically cleared after the database has timed-out.
I personally don’t love such choices, as a result of if you happen to overlook to clear the grasp key and hand over your iPhone or iPad to somebody, or it will get stolen or taken away, the database and all of the passwords and knowledge it accommodates will be accessed (except you allow App lock).
The Database time-out is linked to the “unlock with grasp key” setting and Keepassium’s default auto-clear time is 60 minutes. That’s an excessive amount of in my view however fortuitously it may be custom-made and set to auto-lock from as little as 30 seconds and as much as 24 hours and even by no means. Of course, you should not maintain the database open for that lengthy. I would say maintain it to 30 seconds or a minute for most safety.
You can optionally use a Key File to unlock the database. I get that a few of these choices could also be handy for some individuals, however it actually needs to be safety over comfort any day.
The promise of open supply, free, no advertisements, no analytics, and no in-app browser in KeePassium does appear to be true. I would say you are getting greater than what you are paying for, even with the free model. That being mentioned, I misunderstood the Touch ID/ Face ID unlock choice in KeePassium. It would not unlock the database, it is one of many app lock choices. You must allow “keep in mind grasp key”, to get it to unlock the database. Well, perhaps I am anticipating an excessive amount of, however as a longtime person of Keepass2Android, it is one function which I actually like.
Strongbox would not help search within the free model whereas KeePassium does. Other than that, I feel each apps are equally good. This actually is a attempt it your self and determine form of scenario.