Saturday, May 4, 2013

PassBox Is A Windows Password Vault With A Metro-Inspired UI

After more than a year using LastPass, this nifty little password manager has become my first choice for many reasons. I use it in Firefox, Chrome and even my Android device. Thanks to its handy synchronization feature, I can easily access my login info associated with social networks, email providers and other online services no matter which platform I am using. It’s secure and robust, but there’s one thing that might not make it a good choice for everyone. Even though LastPass’s powerful cloud features are worth an applause, not everyone likes to keep their private information on the cloud. So if you’re looking for an offline password manager, try taking PassBox for a spin. This Metro UI-inspired app sits quite nicely with Windows 8 and lets you store your account login information without requiring to sign up for a service for this.
PassBox is quite tiny and doesn’t take much system resources. Along with being lightweight, it’s also fairly secure, and stores users’ information in encrypted format using MD5 and DES algorithms to keep it secure. The interface also looks minimal but remains quite intuitive.
Talking about usage, when fired up for the first time, PassBox asks you to enter your new master password that will keep your information safe from prying eyes. You can also optionally provide your email address, which can come handy in case you forget your master password and requires to reset it via email.
The main screen of the app looks quite impressive, with the vibrantly colored tiles at the top letting you access the app’s features. To add a new account’s login & password information, click Add New and then enter the pertaining details such as account name, URL, login ID, password, and secret question and answer (if applicable).
You can view existing saved accounts by clicking ‘View Passwords’. Furthermore, you can edit any previously entered information by selecting the account name from the list and hitting Edit. The Options button allows changing your master password and email address. To lock your account, simply hit Lock PassBox.
Another nifty feature PassBox has in its arsenal is a built-in Password Generator that allows you to instantly generate secure passwords with a single click. Even though it doesn’t offer much flexibility, you can specify custom password length and inclusion of special characters.
In a nutshell, it’s a decent password manager with all the basic features that many users would ask for. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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