Safely Encrypt your Passwords on your Macbook
While I think Google Chrome has done a good job of keeping passwords that I forget, I don’t necessarily trust them. I host a private Atlassian Confluence (Wiki) in the cloud using HTTPS and I keep passwords there in case I need them anywhere in the world. What I do not recommend is saving them in plain-text. Even though my Confluence requires authentication and it’s hosted using HTTPS. I still encrypt passwords before saving them in Confluence or my relational database for that matter.
To make this easy I created an AES-256 encryption utility using Java. I’ve been using it via command line for a while. Recently I created a Mac application and DMG to provide a Java Swing utility for encrypting and decrypting passwords. If anyone would like to try to break it or crack my AES-256 implementation, please do. Send any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org You can download the DMG here https://ciwise.com/dmg/Encrypt.dmg.
NOTE: If you try to open the application, it’s not signed for the App store and therefore, you have to override the security settings. Try it out. I hope other people that use a Mac and want to maintain their own password listing (encrypted) please enjoy this. I trust it because all it does is encrypt or decrypt passwords using an AES-256 implementation. Using this you can keep your accounts, passwords, secrets in Numbers or even in a text file. I just happen to keep mine in the Cloud because I travel and if I’m using a client machine, I can still get to my passwords safely.