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<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
<title>Creating a New Safe</title>
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<h2>Creating and Opening a Safe</h2>
<p><b>Password Safe</b> allows users to store all passwords in a
single
"safe" (password database), or to create multiple databases for
different purposes (e.g., one for work, one for personal use).
Each database
is independent and can be moved and used on different systems, as long
as the same
version of <b>Password Safe</b> is installed. Databases are
encrypted with
an encryption key derived from the master password (the master
password, however,
is <b>not</b> kept in the database in any form).</p>
<p>If you are using <b>Password Safe</b> for the first time, press
the
New Database button. You will be asked to choose the name and
location
of your password database (the default, "pwsafe.psafe3", is fine).
Afterwards, you will be prompted to enter a master password that
is used
to encrypt and lock the contents of your new safe.</p>
<h3>Before You Begin</h3>
<p><strong>Password Safe</strong> works very hard to make sure you
password information is saved properly. However, <strong>Password
Safe</strong> cannot protect against physical damage or loss to
your hard disk, laptop or PC. Therefore, we strongly recommend
that you make regular copies of your password database 'off-line',
that is, to another PC or disk. This can be done manually, or by
using a cloud storage service such as <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/home">DropBox</a>,
<a href="https://www.sugarsync.com/">SugarSync </a>or <a href="https://www.jungledisk.com/">JungleDisk</a>,
to name a few.</p>
<p>Another thing you might want to consider is arranging for access
to your password database by relatives or co-workers if you are no
longer able to do so. <strong>Password Safe </strong>has <strong>no
</strong>'back door' or 'recovery password' mechanism by design.
This means that you are responsible for making the master key
available to others under the appropriate circumstances. This can
be as simple as a sealed envelope in a drawer or safe-deposit box,
or a more elaborate mechanism such as splitting the master
password and giving different parts to different parties.<br>
</p>
<h3>Create a New Database</h3>
<p>There are two ways that a new database can be created. By
clicking <b>New Database</b>
from the <b>Safe Combination Entry</b> dialog when the program is
started, or from the
<b>"File&nbsp;���&nbsp;New Database"</b> menu once <b>Password Safe</b>
has been opened.
Using either method causes the <b>Safe Combination Set Up</b>
dialog to appear.</p>
<hr>
<small><b>Note:</b> By default, <b>Password Safe</b> will
show the database last used, and displays a combination prompt for
it. If you use several databases, you can choose between them
using the
drop-down list. Alternately, you can type in the path to the
database
to open, or select it from a File dialog box by pressing on the
ellipsis ("...") button. Once a database is open, you can change
to
another via the <b>Open Database</b> command from the <b>File
Menu</b>.</small>
<hr>
<center>
<br>
<img alt="Initial window" src="images/default_safe_open.jpg"><br>
<br>
<img alt="new safe combination prompt" src="images/new_safe.jpg">
</center>
<h3>Using YubiKey with PasswordSafe<br>
</h3>
If the YubiKey Client API has been installed (see <a href="about_pws_yubi.html">Password
Safe and YubiKey</a>), then a "Yubikey" button and text area will
appear in the Safe Combination Entry and Setup windows, as show
above. This allows you to use your YubiKey to access your Password
Safe database, either in addition to, or instead of a "Safe
Combination". For maximum security, we recommend that your database
be protected <strong>both </strong>by your YubiKey and a Safe
Combination (this is known as "two factor authentication").<br>
<h4>Setting up a Safe Combination with YubiKey</h4>
To use your <a href="about_pws_yubi.html">configured</a> YubiKey to
protect your database:<br>
<ol>
<li>Insert it into a USB slot on your PC. The Yubikey button on
the Safe Combination window will now become active, and the text
to the right of will change to "Click, then activate your
YubiKey"</li>
<li>Set up the Safe Combination as follows:<br>
</li>
<ol>
<li>If you wish to protect your database using <strong>both </strong>your
YubiKey and a Safe Combination ("two factor authentication"),
then <strong>first </strong>enter the Safe Combination in
the "Safe Combination" and "Verify" fields, <strong>then </strong>click
on the Yubikey button.</li>
<li>If you <strong></strong>wish to protect your database using
your YubiKey <strong>only</strong>,<strong> </strong>then
leave the "Safe Combination" and "Verify" fields <strong>empty</strong>,
and <strong></strong>click on the Yubikey button.</li>
<li>Of course, you can also choose to protect the database by a
Safe Combination alone, just enter the Safe Combination in the
"Safe Combination" and "Verify" fields and then click on OK.</li>
</ol>
<li>Click on the Yubikey button. The "Click, then activate your
YubiKey" will be replaced by a progress bar indicating the
remaining time you have to activate your YubiKey (by touching
the flashing green light on the device). If you do not activate
your YubiKey in the allotted time (about 15 seconds), then an
error message will be displayed, and you can try again or
cancel.</li>
<li>Once the YubiKey has been activated, your Password Safe
database will be created.</li>
</ol>
Opening a database with YubiKey<br>
To open a Password Safe database protected with your Yubikey:<br>
<ol>
<li>Make sure the desired database is selected in the "Open
Password Safe" field. If it's not there, click on the ellipsis
(...) and choose it.</li>
<li>If you've chosen to protect your database using <strong>both
</strong>your YubiKey and a Safe Combination, <strong>first </strong>enter
the Safe Combination in the "Open Password Safe" field, <strong>then
</strong>click on the Yubikey button. If you've chosen to
protect your database using your YubiKey <strong>only</strong>,<strong>
</strong>then leave the "Open Password Safe" field <strong>empty</strong>,
and <strong></strong>click on the Yubikey button.</li>
<li>When you clisk on the Yubikey button, hhe "Click, then
activate your YubiKey" will be replaced by a progress bar
indicating the remaining time you have to activate your YubiKey
(by touching the flashing green light on the device). If you do
not activate your YubiKey in the allotted time (about 15
seconds), then an error message will be displayed, and you can
try again or cancel.</li>
<li>Once the YubiKey has been activated, your Password Safe
database will be opened.</li>
</ol>
<h3>Virtual keyboard</h3>
<p>To setup a master password in a secure way, you could use
accented characters (e.g. on a German keyboard)
such as <b>��</b>, <b>��</b> or similar. To realize the input of such
characters, you would
need a foreign keyboard. Such a keyboard is available as a virtual
keyboard. This keyboard
is then used to simulate all available foreign characters. The
virtual keyboard can be shown
by clicking on the <span><img alt="Symbol virtual keyboard" src="images/vk_small.jpg">
</span>symbol<span></span>.
Foreign characters, that are not available at the physical
keyboard, can be put in in this way.
So you can build your desired master password. Even pieces of the
master password can be built this way.</p>
<center>
<br>
<img alt="Input a password with a virtual keyboard" src="images/virtual_keyboard.jpg">
</center>
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