If you don’t already have a password database stored somewhere that you’d like to use, and you’d like to get started from scratch. Start here.
Where Should I Store my Database?
First you should decide where you would like to store your database. There are two main options:
- Store locally on device
- Store on the cloud (Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, iCloud etc)
You have the option of storing it locally on your device. This has the added advantage of physical security in addition to cryptographic security. The other option is to store it on the cloud, on one of the supported cloud providers. The advantage of a cloud provider is that you can share it across your devices, keep it in sync, and not have to worry about losing it in case of device loss or malfunction. This comes at a slight cost in terms of security, but most people find the trade-off worth it. Remember, the security of the database is based on mathematics, meaning that even if an adversary has access to your database, it will take an enormous (likely nation-state level) amount of resources, time and effort to have any chance of cracking your passphrase. As the developer, I myself choose to store my own passwords on a cloud provider, purely for convenience.
Creating a New Database
Once you’ve decided where you would like to store your database, you can proceed as follows depending on your device:
For iOS App Users
- Tap the ‘+’ button in the top right hand corner
- Choose ‘Create New Database’
- Follow the on screen prompts to create your new database, on your storage provider of choice
- You will be asked to enter a name for the database, choose a friendly name which will be displayed in the main screen
- You will also be asked to enter a master password. Choose a very good password or passphrase, and remember, this is your only way to open the database. You must always remember this password. Without it, there is no hope of opening the database
For Mac App Users
- Choose File > New from the menu
- This will create a new database for you, and you will be prompted to enter a master password
- Choose a very good password or passphrase, and remember, this is your only way to open the database. You must always remember this password. Without it, there is no hope of opening the database
- You may now create new folders and entries and generate passwords at will
You should now have a new database, ready to be filled with passwords and secrets, safe from prying eyes.