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Having a password manager these days is almost required especially for people working in IT. One password manager that I’ve been using for years is KeePass. You can secure the database with a master password and additionally (and recommended) create a key file.
You can create folders to differentiate the entries and it has a ton of features to make password management easy.
To make things even easier several browsers like Firefox and Chrome support using KeePass to handle passwords for websites.
If you don’t already have some sort of password manager, and I don’t mean the Post-Its you have on your monitor, I would tell you to at least give it a try. There are other solutions out there but this one is free and has made my life a lo easier.
So back to the original subject, prettying up KeePass. You might have noticed when you use KeePass that you can assign different icons to an entry.
And when you click the icon button you can select many standard icons.
KeePass makes it possible to add a custom icon and save it into the database. You don’t have to have the icons available on your computer.
As you may see in the image above I also have a selection of custom icons that I’ve added for my entries. In example I have an entry for LinkedIn for which I have the official icon for.
These days almost every bigger companies website has it’s logo in the top bar of the browser. That’s called a “shortcut icon”. Most websites have them named like “favicon.ico” or something similar.
If you open the code of the website and look for the i.e. shortcut icon you will get an URL that points to the icon. Copy the URL, open the password entry, click the icon button, click the add button for custom icons and paste the URL into the filename textbox.
Click the “Open” button and give it a couple of seconds to get the icon file downloaded and imported into the database. After the import of the icon it’s selected in the icon picker window. Click “OK” and you’ll see that your entry has it’s own icon.
Now what are you waiting for, go pretty up your KeePass entries.