Passing On LastPass | LAS 387

Passing On LastPass | LAS 387

Our best open source alternatives to LastPass. We run down the easy, the straight forward & the totally custom solutions to rolling your password managment. All our picks are totally open source, auditable & ready to use today.

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LastPass Killers

It’s Yahoo Mail‘s 18th birthday this month and to mark the occasion, Yahoo is pulling out all the stops with three major announcements: a brand new mobile app for Android and iOS, the support for multiple third-party email accounts and, perhaps most significantly, the introduction of a completely password-free sign-in experience called Yahoo Account Key.

LastPass Joins the LogMeIn Family

It’s a big day here at LastPass. We’re thrilled to announce that we’re joining LogMeIn. As one of the world’s leading SaaS companies, we can’t imagine a better team to align with our values and product-driven mission. With their experience in growing successful brands like, we’re excited to join LogMeIn in delivering the next generation of identity and access management for individuals, teams and companies, with LastPass at the forefront.


KeePassC is a password manager fully compatible to KeePass v.1.x and KeePassX. That is, your
password database is fully encrypted with AES.

KeePassC is written in Python 3 and comes with a curses-interface. It is completely controlled
with the keyboard (vim-like keys are supported).

Some features are:

  • AES encryption of the database with password and/or keyfile
  • Included customizable password generator
  • KeePassX and KeePass v.1.x compatible (KeePass v2.x planned)
  • Database entries are sorted in alphabetically sorted groups
  • Subgroups of groups
  • Entries are identified by a title
  • Search entries by this title and show matches in an own group
  • Set expiration dates to remind you that a new password is needed
  • Unicode support
  • Copy username and password to clipboard
  • Auto-locking workspace and self-deleting clipboard with adjustable delays
  • Options to remember last database and last keyfile
  • Open URLs directly in your standard browser
  • Optional use of vim/ranger-like keys
  • Simple command line interface
  • Network functionality including multiuser support
  • The last can be used to omit password entering, too

  • kpcli – A command line interface for KeePass

A command line interface (interactive shell) to work with KeePass 1.x or 2.x database files. This program was inspired by my use of the CLI of the Ked Password Manager (“kedpm -c”) combined with my need to migrate to KeePass.


Pass Screenshot

Password management should be simple and follow Unix philosophy. With pass, each password lives inside of a gpg encrypted file whose filename is the title of the website or resource that requires the password. These encrypted files may be organized into meaningful folder hierarchies, copied from computer to computer, and, in general, manipulated using standard command line file management utilities.

pass makes managing these individual password files extremely easy. All passwords live in ~/.password-store, and pass provides some nice commands for adding, editing, generating, and retrieving passwords. It is a very short and simple shell script. It’s capable of temporarily putting passwords on your clipboard and tracking password changes using git.

How Active is Pass Development?

Pass commits Screenshot

To free password data from the clutches of other (bloated) password managers, various users have come up with different password store organizations that work best for them.

Using Git to Sync Pass

First install and then setup git

1 $ git config --global  "John Doe"
2 $ git config --global ""
3 $ pass git init
QtPass GUI for pass, the standard UNIX password manager

QtPass Screenshot

  • Using pass or git and gpg2 directly
    • Cross platform: Linux, BSD, OS X and Windows
    • Reading pass password stores
    • Decrypting and displaying the password and related info
    • Editing and adding of passwords and information
    • Updating to and from a git repository
    • Per-folder user selection for multi recipient encryption
    • Configuration options for backends and executable/folder locations
    • Copying password to clipboard
    • Configurable shoulder surfing protection options
    • Experimental WebDAV support

Planned features

  • Re-encryption after users-change (optional ofcourse).
  • Plugins based on key, format is same as password file.
  • Colour coding folders (possibly disabling folders you can’t decrypt).
  • WebDAV (configuration) support.
  • Optional table view of decrypted folder contents.
  • Opening of (basic auth) urls in default browser? Possibly with helper plugin for filling out forms?
  • Some other form of remote storage that allows for accountability / auditing (web API to retreive the .gpg files)?

  • GPG – How to trust an imported key

Encryptr – Powered by Crypton

Encryptr is simple and easy to use. It stores your sensitive data like passwords, credit card data, PINs, or access codes, in the cloud. However, because it was built on the zero-knowledge Crypton framework, Encryptr ensures that only the user has the ability to access or read the confidential information. Not the app’s developers, cloud storage provider, or any third party.

Encryptr only ever encrypts or decrypts your data locally on your device. No plain text is ever sent to the server, not even your passphrase. This is what zero-knowledge means.*

You don’t even need to hand over any personal data to register. Not your name, and not your email address. The app only requires a username and a passphrase.

Encryptr is free, and completely open source. This includes Crypton.

Firefox Password Manager

If you use the same simple password for everything you will be more susceptible to identity theft. The Create secure passwords to keep your identity safe article shows you an easy method for creating secure passwords and using the Password Manager, as described above, will help you remember them all.

Even though the Password Manager stores your usernames and passwords on your hard drive in an encrypted format, someone with access to your computer can still see or use them. The Use a Master Password to protect stored logins and passwords article shows you how to prevent this and keep you protected in the event your computer is lost or stolen.

When paired with Firefox sync feature this effectively emulates LastPass without Yubikey support, and without the password generation feature.


Runs Linux

Etch-a-sketch RUNS LINUX!

Over on YouTube user devnulling has uploaded a video showing his “Etch-A-SDR” project. This project involved creating an all-in-one SDR device out of an Odroid C1, Teensy 3.1 and an RTL-SDR dongle. The Odroid C1 is an embedded computer, similar to the Raspberry Pi 2 and the Teensy 3.1 is a microcontroller development board. The “Etch-A-SDR” is named as such because of its resemblance to an Etch-A-Sketch toy. It has two knobs that can be used for tuning and several side buttons for changing demodulation modes etc.

Upon boot the Etch-A-SDR opens GQRX and is ready for tuning within seconds of turning it on. In addition to using it as a portable SDR with GQRX the Etch-A-SDR can also be booted into normal Linux mode and into Etch-A-Sketch mode, where it operates as a normal Etch-A-Sketch toy.

The code can be downloaded from

Desktop App Pick

FreeMind Mind Mapping Tool

FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. We are proud that the operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click “fold / unfold” and “follow link” operations.


  • Keeping Track of Projects
  • Project workplace
  • Workplace for Internet Research
  • Essay Writing and Brainstorming
  • Small Database with structure
  • Commented Internet Favorites or Bookmarks

Weekly Spotlight


hangups is the first third-party instant messaging client for Google
. It includes both a Python library and a reference client with a
text-based user interface.

Unlike its predecessor Google Talk, Hangouts uses a proprietary,
non-interoperable protocol
. hangups is implemented by reverse-engineering
this protocol, which allows it to support features like group messaging that
aren’t available in clients that connect via XMPP.

hangups is still in an early stage of development. The reference client is
usable for basic chatting, but the API is undocumented and subject to change.
Bug reports and pull requests are welcome!
hangups screenshot

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GIMP Online – rollApp

Run GIMP and other X11 apps in your web browser.

Red Hat is buying Ansible for more than $100M

Buying Ansible — one of four major providers of at least partly open-source devops tools — makes sense, because it can add to Red Hat’s line of offerings. Plus, Ansible already integrates with Red Hat’s OpenShift, OpenStack, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux software.

As part of the deal, about50 Ansible employees will join Red Hat

Red Hat today also provided a brief update to its earnings as part of the news. It says the acquisition is expected to have no material impact to Red Hat’s revenue for the third and fourth quarters of its fiscal year. Non-GAAP operating expenses for fiscal 2016 will be increased by $2 million, or ($0.01) per share, in Q3 and $4.0 million, or ($0.02) per share, in Q4 as a result of the transaction.

Proxmox VE 4.0 is OUT

This video highlights the new features in Proxmox VE 4.0:

  • Debian Jessie 8.2 and 4.2 Linux kernel
  • Linux Containers (LXC)
  • IPv6 support
  • Bash completion
  • New Proxmox VE HA Manager

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The Alienware Steam Machine: finally, a gaming PC for the living room

I used to laugh when I saw Linux users scramble to build compatibility layers to play “real” PC games. I chuckled when Valve CEO Gabe Newell lambasted Windows 8 as a “catastrophe for everyone,” proffering Linux and SteamOS as a viable alternative. It seemed so far-fetched, so silly. Truth be told, I’m still laughing — but now it’s because I’m enjoying myself. The Alienware Steam Machine has some growing pains, but it’s fun. Lots of fun.

It’s all very smooth, overall, but there were a few sticking points that seemed a little rough compared to other game consoles. While the system hasn’t frozen on us during a game yet, there have been a handful of times where the whole OS hung when we were closing or opening a title, requiring a system reboot that took 30 to 60 seconds. We ran into occasional problems with webpage scrolling, the on-screen keyboard, and Wi-Fi recognition as well, all of which disappeared with a reboot.

We also found a few SteamOS games that still include an intermediate “launcher” screen that asks players to confirm resolution and other settings. That’s only an annoyance because these screens can’t be navigated with the Steam Controller; you need to plug in a mouse and keyboard to get through to the actual game in these cases. While the SteamOS interface includes large warnings that these games require extra hardware, and Valve isn’t directly responsible for third-party developers’ unfriendly decisions, it still seems like an oversight to have such games be unplayable out of the box.



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