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Passpack DESKTOP With Adobe AIR

Posted by Sravan | July 8, 2008 .

Adobe AIR is slowly becoming a choice even for “serious” applications. Passpack, the online password manager, has recently launched two offline versions — Passpack DESKTOP and Passpack Offline. I have only tried to use the former because it is built with AIR. The other version is essentially the same wrt features.

There are two things that I don’t like about PassPack DESKTOP: the CAPS being more in number than small letters in its name, and the absence of offline help pages. There are two things that I like about the software: its perception of the strength of a password, and the offline version not needing an online account.

However extensive the security precautions may have been, an online password manager has its setbacks in the minds of a common internet user. An offline version is more welcome, easily trustworthy. Passpack DESKTOP has a decent look and feel, and several configurable features. The best feature is the password generator which again can be configured in strength based on length and types of characters being used.

Still, I won’t be shifting to this tool anytime soon. The list of features offered by KeePass, the open source password manager, still remains formidable and immune to competition. The “portable and no installation required” feature alone is a winner.

Which password manager do you use? Which is its feature that makes you stick to it?

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  1. Tara Kelly  July 9, 2008 1:41 am

    Hi Sravan – thanks for the critique.

    On the uppercase letters, yes, that’s tiring. We’ll leave it that way in the logo, but I’ve already started simply writing Passpack Desktop.

    The offline help pages… sigh. We’ve got a lot of work to do on the help center in general. Integrating an offline help is something we can look into though, thanks for the suggestion.

    I’m hoping some other folks will chime in to answer the question “Which is its feature that makes you stick to it?” — I sure would love to know.

    Cheers to you,
    Tara
    Passpack Founding Partner

  2. Sravan  July 9, 2008 6:44 am

    Trying your software has been a pleasure, Tara. One reason behind the post is a desire to know what others look for in password managers in general — with these softwares coming into usage only now.

    Passpack apps have been recently released, so I can understand the absence of offline help. In fact, the ‘Help’ link in the app was what showed its absence, but also gave me the surety that that part is in the offing. And with so many configurable features, and what looks like an intention to have features configurable, you are moving in the right direction. I will keep my eyes open.

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