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QtPass

A password manager ideal for protecting your sensitives. FREE | QTPASS.ORG

- Alexander Tolstoy

It’s not that easy to learn all your different passwords by heart, especially if they need to be changed regularly, and that’s why many security-aware Linux users turn to password managers. For those who don’t like using a GUIbased manager, there’s a powerful command-line utility called ‘pass’.

The filename is the title of the website or resource that requires the password. These encrypted files can be organised into meaningful folder hierarchie­s, copied from computer to computer and, in general, manipulate­d using standard command-line file management utilities. But for those who like their GUIs, QtPass is a graphical front-end for pass that helps avoid fiddling with the command-line arguments.

You need to add a user and generate a GnuPG keypair — simply provide an email, a nickname and a passphrase. You’ll be taken to QtPass config window where you change clipboard behaviour, manage profiles and form templates.

The main applicatio­n window resembles a customised note-taking manager or a bookmarks library. You can add an entry in order to store a URL, a password and a login name. (You change the default template to customise these fields.) Aside from root-level entries, you can create folders and subfolders, and then organise a custom hierarchy of your password categories. QtPass supports multiple user accounts and enables you to set permission­s for your password entries and folders — you can grant access to specific accounts and forbid other people from accessing certain passwords. This should not be confused with regular system-level Linux users, though.

QtPass is very flexible and is an ideal solution for protecting sensitive data where several users access the same Linux machine. It is also crossplatf­orm, which is a massive plus.

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