Database Manager - New Database

The New database window contains the following fields:

  • Database name: Enter a valid file name (e.g. "My Passwords") without any path or file extension. The database will be saved with the entered name and the extension ".pswe" or ".pswd" (see Format, at the bottom), so that you can find it again easily at a later time.
  • Database description: Describe your database. This description will be displayed in the Open Database dialog box. This field is optional.
  • Hint for master password: Enter a helpful hint for your master password. This hint will be displayed in the Open Database dialog box if you have problems remembering the password. This field is optional.
  • Authentication by: Select one of three authentication methods for protecting your database:
  • Master password: The common and - depending on the complexity of the master password - ┬ásafe method for encrypting your database.

  • Master password and key file: The most secure and comprehensive way to protect your database. You will need both a password and a key file to access it.

  • Key file: The database will be protected by a key file. Key files contain complex keys that are very secure and cannot be cracked by brute-force attacks. However, please note that anyone who has access to your key file and the database can open it. The key file should be considered similar to a physical key for a safe and therefore be stored accordingly, in a safe location (e.g. on a USB drive).

  • Master password: With the master password, you can open your database. If you forget you master password, there will be no way to access and open your database. However, for your safety, you can enter and deposit a hint that will help you remembering it (see above).
  • If you chose Authentication by Master Password, please enter your desired master password here or open the Master Password Generator (second icon with gear wheel to the right of the input field) to create a particularly safe master password. For password input, upper and lower case characters are differentiated. With the first eye icon to the right of the input field, you can display or hide your password input.

  • Re-enter master password: Re-enter the previously entered master password for safety reasons. Both entries must be identical, otherwise you cannot proceed!

WARNING: If you forget your master password and did not enter and deposit a hint, or the hint does not help you after all, there will be NO POSSIBILITY to recover your password inside the file. Please use a password you will remember easily.

  • Quality of master password: Shows how safe the entered master password is considered to be. The bigger the bar, the safer the master password. Do not use master passwords where a red bar is displayed - stick to green or blue bars. In addition to that, the estimated crack time will show you approximately how much time a professional hacker would need to crack your master password.

NOTE: Please make sure to use a safe master password. It should be at least 8 characters long and contain numbers and letters as well as special characters. The quality bar below the input field Master password helps you with assessing the safety and quality of your entered password.

  • Key file: Required, if selected as an authentication method. Enter an existing one by using the Open key file button on the right, or Generate a key file by clicking on the button next to it.

Once you have filled in all required fields, you can click on OK to save the new file.