Tutorial: KeePassXC

Alex Dean Cybulski Blog

Today we’re going to prove you with a short tutorial on how to get started using KeePassXC as your password manager.

First, download the latest version of KeePassXC fromĀ https://keepassxc.org/

Make sure to download the version appropriate for your operating system (Windows, Mac or Linux) and processor (most likely the non-32-bit version).

Once you’re downloaded and installed KeePassXC open the program and click the “database” menuĀ 

In the database menu select “New Database” to create a file that will store your passwords. These files are “encrypted” which means that the data inside it is locked and can only be read by someone if they have your password.

The first thing that you will be asked is where you’d like to save your master password file. Keep on your computer somewhere that you can easily find it! Because the file is password protected and encrypted you can keep it on your desktop without worrying that other users might steal your passwords.

Next, you’ll be asked to create a master password – this is the password you’ll use whenever you want to access your password database. Use the best system you know to create the strongest password you can remember.

Once you’re finished setting the master password it’s time to add new entries to your password database. It’s a good idea to create a new entry for every account you’re already using, but also get in the habit of creating entries when you need to create a new account online. Click the “add new entry” button indicated below.

Once you’ve selected “Add New Entry” you’ll be asked for some information, the name of the website, your username on the site and a URL that you would access the login page from. Don’t enter a password just yet.

Pro tip: for an added layer of security, don’t add card numbers to your database for online bank accounts. That way your username and account will always be separate for high-priority accounts.

Finally, click the icon of the black dice/die on the right hand side of the new entry window, under the eye icon.

Use the slider or the box at the end to specify the length of the password. Make sure that your password isn’t too short or too long for the website you’re using. Then make sure all of the boxes under “character types” are selected in blue. If you run into issues with password characters uncheck the “/*…” type box. When you’re done generating a password you can click on the eye to preview the password or, simply “Apply” on right side of the box to set the password you generated. Once you’re finished the entry should look something like this:

Finally, once you’re finished click “OK” to save the entry.

Now that we’ve set up an entry, it’s time to figure out how to use that entry to log into your accounts. When you need the password you created, right click on the saved entry and select “copy password” this will put the password into your clipboard and you simply right click the password box on your website of choice and select the “paste” put it into the password field.