Password Exporter

Oh Dear… More Firefox zealotry.

Following up on I sent you WHAT!!, today lets look at the reverse, How do you move your passwords, to a different PC.

The answer (assuming you are using Firefox… and of course you all are) is a Firefox extension called Password Exporter. This nifty little extension allows you to export and import your saved passwords and rejected sites between computers.

You can find your passwords in Firefox under Tools -> Options -> Privacy tab -> Passwords tab -> View Saved Passwords button -> Import/Export Passwords tab

The extension allows you to create either an XML or CSV text file of your password information and if you are paranoid ( remember “trust no-one”) you can encrypt it. If you are like me and are moving from computer to computer it is incredibly handy. The Password Exporter is also great for anyone who’s using Thunderbird, too. The Password Exporter extension is a free download, works everywhere Firefox does. And as a bonus you can save the exported file using Kee Pass.

So What is KeePass?
OK how many passwords do you have? There’s a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your other email account, the Gmail account, your home-page’s ftp password, online passwords for just about every second website you visit, etc. etc. etc. It’s a mind bogglingly large list. And because you are using different passwords for each account (because if you use the same password everywhere and someone gets this password you are going to have a major problem).

KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk. So you only have to remember one single master password or insert the key-disk to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using serious encryption I taleked about this last year

Welcome to the 21st century, it turns out George Orwell may have been an optimist.

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