Does anyone know of a good web based password manager? I’m inclinced to hack up my own, but I wanted to dig around a little bit first.
Password management has always been an issue with me — there are just way too many passwords to remember, and even though I’m usually lazy and end up using one of 2-3 passwords in most places, I still need to remember login names (why can’t websites explicitly mention that they use email addresses as logins). And sometimes I do create new passwords, which are just impossible to remember.
I’m sure someday we will move away from text based encryption schemes and have some funky audio/visual passwords which won’t require me to remember arbitrary strings of text. But that day is not today, and so I need some solution. Traditionally I’ve been using applications on my desktop to keep track of my passwords (my own Starfish, Revelation etc) and that has scaled nicely so far.
But now its getting out of hand. With all the Web2 hype, new and interesting startups come up on a daily basis. All of them need your email address and password. I have more than 5 GMail accounts. Several bugzilla accounts. Credit cards. Insurance companies. Banks. Airlines. Portals. Passwords, passwords and more passwords. Thanks to spam, now you need some kind of authentication mechanism to get to anything useful on the web. So my list of usernames and passwords is becoming unmanageably long.
Starfish and Revelation were fine, but I would have to sync my password files across systems. But when I was travelling without my laptop, I’d be stuck — so I do need a web front end. Besides, this seems to me the kind of web-app almost everyone needs. So how come I haven’t seen a cool AJAX-ified web based password management tool yet?