Manage and Store Your Passwords Securely with Passneitor


Passneitor app iconPassneitorBy this time, you must be well-aware that using the same password on every single site is a terrible idea. Web servers get hacked every now and then, and your info could be easily exposed to malicious individuals. Even supposedly secure servers are vulnerable to attacks via the infamous Heartbleed bug, and chances are that you will have to change your passwords soon, which could be many. Creating long, secure passwords is not that hard, but memorizing them sure it is. What to do, then? Well, Passneitor can help you with that.

Securing and storing your passwords is a delicate task and the PlayStore is crowded with apps that promise to keep your passwords secure, but most of them are not 100% free. Some require internet permissions that—hopefully—won’t leak any kind of data, and the import/export options are very limited, if available. Luckily for us, Passneitor is a great productivity / security app that fills those gaps and will definitely make your life easier by storing your passwords securely in your Android device using 128-bit AES encryption.

The app uses a Holo-based interface, which can be set to Dark (black background) or Light (white background). During the initial setup, you have to type a master-password that will be used a ‘seed’ to encrypt all the passwords you add. Make sure you remember it; otherwise you won’t be able to gain access to your stored passwords.

In order to store a password, you have to create a category first. You can add specific icons and colors to each category, so you can manage them more easily. Once a category has been set, you can type the password and the account it belongs to (mail, social, cloud and so on). The app can hide the account fields if you want to, but allows you to copy the password to the clipboard without hassle, which is a very useful feature. If you are too lazy to think about a new password, there is random password generator included.

Passneitor is not just about storing your passwords. There are several backup options that can be set to your needs, such as exporting and importing your password database in CSV and XML formats (without encryption) for KeePass compatibility; that way you can convert the data from other apps and then bring it or send it to Passneitor.

If you choose to create an encrypted backup (that cannot be exported to other apps, only Passneitor can read it), you still need to enter the corresponding master-password to access that specific backup. That is a good security measure, as it will help you to keep your stored backups more secure. In any case, you can always change the master-password to update the ‘seed’ the app uses once a specific backup has been imported successfully. Additionally, if you like to change your passwords constantly, the Scheduled Backup option will come in handy, because it will create an encrypted backup automatically according to the time or days you have set.

Should your device fall into the wrong hands for some reason, the ‘maximum login attempts’ feature will make sure every bit of information stored in the app (including backups) gets destroyed if a wrong master-password is entered a determined number of times.

Passneitor is a 100% free app (but you can donate to the developer if you want to) and does not need an internet permission to work. Everything is stored locally with advanced encryption methods. The app is a small 1.5 MB download and requires a device running Android 2.3 or up and works fine on phones and tablets. Regardless of what your thoughts about storing passwords in your device are, Passneitor is a very good app that will keep all your passwords very well protected and organized. Give it a try, you won’t regret it.


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For Android
Size: 1.5 MB


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Why would I choose this over keepassdroid which is free, open source and works with the desktop versions for keypass as well as letting you import lastpass's database?

famewolf - I am with you = I use KeePass on my computers, and KeePassDroid on my tablet. This combo works great.

Still, I am very thankful for Gizmo's Freeware site, e-mailings, etc. is my first and best resource for software. THANK YOU!!!

Thank you for your kind words about the site. KeePassDroid is a very good app; it would be a foolish act from us to say otherwise. However, Passneitor can be useful to other people who are always looking for alternatives. Open-source software is great because it adds, undeniably, an extra value to any app. However, that does not make it impregnable and the recent OpenSSL bug is a good proof of that. Passnetor is aimed at those users who don't like the idea of having sensitive data (such as passwords) stored in the cloud, even if the the data is encrypted. Each app has different capabilities, i.e. KeePassDroid has syncing options that Passneitor lacks, as it stores all the data locally. Conversely, Passneitor has a database self-destruct option that KeePassDroid doesn't. All in all, every app has its own ups and downs and it is up to the users which one to install based on their own needs. As the old saying goes: "One man's garbage is another man's treasure". Best Regards.

Thanks for the reply. Just for clarification, keypass and keypassdroid keep all their data "local" can then put that data in the cloud and keep it sync'd with various apps such as "foldersync". I just found it strange to recommend a relative newcomer with an unknown history vs more established apps with more functionality.

My personal setup is even more convoluted...I use lastpass for chrome and firefox in occasionally I export the database to csv and then import it into a keypass database...that database is saved to a dropbox folder encrypted with a long password then keypassdroid automatically uses the same file which is sync'd using foldersync. It's worked fairly well for me.

A convoluted setup, indeed. If you need multi-platform syncing and you perform constant password changes/updates, the apps you mentioned are very capable. There is a good a KeePass' fork called 'KeePass2Android' which works on a very similar way. One of its main benefits is that it has two versions, one with online capabilities and another that works completely offline (no internet permissions required). IMO, that's a very clever way to reach more users while using the same functionality at the core.

Since my computing is split between a Windows PC and an Android tablet I need a password manager that can run on both so I can just keep the database in sync. I currently use PasswordSafe which seems fine and I wonder if you have any other thoughts in this area?

If you need cloud backup and syncing, KeePassDroid and Keepass2Android are two good 100% free alternatives.