What is LazLock?

LazLock is a lightweight, portable password manager that runs on both Windows and GNU/Linux.
It doesn't need to be installed on your computer, so can be run from a USB stick. Carry both the Windows and the Linux versions with you and you'll be able to access your passwords from any PC.
It also has an option to create strong, random passwords for all of the websites that you visit, you only need to remember one password to unlock them all.
Your data is strongly protected with 128 bit AES encryption.

Why use a password manager?

A secure password should ideally be 20 characters or more in length, not include actual words and it should be a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
Obviously this makes it hard to remember. Given that you should be using a unique password for each of your online accounts, you'll very soon have a long list of passwords that are impossible to remember.

To get around this, people resort to writing their passwords on Post-it's, storing them in a spreadsheet or using the same password for each of their accounts.
This is really insecure. Especially if you use the same password for everything. Once one of your online accounts is hacked, the hacker will have access to all of your other accounts too.
A solution to this is using a Password Manager, a program that will store all of your passwords in a secure file.
This way, you only need to remember one password to unlock the program. The password manager will remember the rest for you.

Getting started
The first time that you open LazLock, you'll be prompted to enter a new password.
New password dialog
This password will be used to protect all of your login details so it should be a strong password but also easy to remember.
If you forget this password, there will be no way to recover your data. On the other hand, it will be the ONLY password that you'll have to remember from now on.
A window will be displayed, asking if you want to view the online help before you begin.
Online help dialog
Clicking [Yes] will take you to this very page, so for now just click [No] to get started.

You can view the online help at any time by click on Help on the menu bar.
The new LazLock window looks pretty bare.
Online help dialog
On the left hand side of the window is the Category list. This allows you to quickly find your passwords and becomes more useful as your list grows.
The blank window on the top right is where your list of Logins will appear (Facebook, YouTube etc).
Below this window are three text boxes. When you select a website from the list above, the Login details wil appear in these fields.

Each field has a button next to it, clicking this button copies the field to your clipboard. So that you don't have to manually type in your login details for every website that you visit.
There is an extra button next to the URL field, clicking this will open the selected website in your default web browser.
All of these functions can also be performed by right-clicking on an entry.
Using the program
To begin adding entries to your password vault, click the green + icon in the menu bar (or select Add Entry from the right-click menu). Add new entry screen
From here you can enter login details for a website. There is a field for the name of the site (Twitter for example), the web address, username and password.
Finally, you select which Category this site fits into (Social Media, Email etc) and choose an icon. There are icons for most popular websites available as well as more generic icons.

One of the benefits of using a Password Manager is that you can start changing your passwords to longer, harder to crack ones. LazLock will remember them all for you so you don't have to.
There are also links to a Password generator on this page (a tab at the top and a blue link next to the Password field).
Password Generator screen
This screen allows you to create a random password (using the Mersenne Twister algorithm if you're interested...)
You can select the type of characters used and the length of the password. LazLock will remember this password for you so it's a good idea to create longer passwords for your logins.
When you've filled up LazLock with your website logins, you may decide to update all of your passwords to stronger ones. Or you may just decide that you prefer a different icon for that entry. Edit Entry screen
Selecting Edit Entry, either from the toolbar at the top of the window or by using the right-click menu, will allow you to edit the details.
Save changes when you're done or click Cancel to keep the details as they are.
If you want to change the password used to encrypt and save your LazLock vault, there is an option to do this under the File menu.
Although LazLock is a stable release, it's a good idea to create a backup of your data somewhere. Under the File menu, you'll see an option to Create Backup > Export as plain text
This saves an unencrypted text file containing all of your login details to your computer. It's good practice to save these somewhere like a USB stick that's kept locked in a drawer, away from your computer... or sealed in a safety-deposit box, encased in lead and buried 12 feet underground. Depending on your level of paranoia.
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