Password Gorilla

This article was modified on 2012-11-29 16:36:14


Password Gorilla is a great alternative to Password Safe. It is based on Password Safe (free, open-source project) and the main difference is this: cross-platform application. It means that it runs on all major operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. If you plan to use this software on Max OS X or Linux make sure that you have the Tcl/Tk application already installed.
 
Password Gorilla logo
 
Note: According to the homepage of this program, the generated database is compatible to Password Safe database but keep in mind that I did not tested their database compatibility. Also, the interface is very similar to Password Safe and other password managers so you should get familiar with the usage process fast. This is not a review, the "Help" file (press F1) does a great job, much better than what I have found on the Internet.
 
I will cover a basic usage of this application so that you can make an idea about how it look and works in Windows. Download Password Gorilla (it's a tiny app). I found github homepage quite confusing so if you feel the same, here's the link to the download page (choose the right version - 32 or 64 bit and the correct operating system).
 
Once you downloaded the application, locate gorillaXXXX.exe (XXXX - represents the version number) and open it. Gorilla password manager will start right away - there's no setup (installation) procedure.
 
Open password database
 
The first thing you have to do: create a database. Click on "New" button and a small window will open.
 
Important: This is your master password, that will gave access to all stored-encrypted passwords. Whatever you do, make sure that you don't forget this password.
 
Choose master password for new database
 
As soon as you added your master password, the program interface will open. As you can see it's similar to Password Safe and other password managers.
 
New database
 
The next step would be to start adding passwords that you want to keep them secure. I will perform a right-click on "New Database" and I will choose "Add Subgroup".
 
Note: You can create as many databases as you want but I like to keep things simple. That's why I recommend you to add one or more subgroups to one database and then different log-ins. This way you don't have to deal with one database for each password and another subgroup.
 
Add Subgroup to New Database
 
I added a new subgroup named "Emails". I will store all my email log-ins in this subgroup. Example: My Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail emails will be added and stored in this area.
 
New group name
 
The next step is to add a log-in for one of my emails. I will repeat the same operation that I've made earlier: right-click on the subgroup named "Emails" and I will select "Add Login".
 
Add Login
 
A new window will open and I have to complete all the fields except for "Notes" which is optional. It's important to make sure that you type the correct URL and the password, otherwise it won't work. Once you're ready choose "OK".
 
Add edit or view login
 
Back to the main interface, the new entry has been added to the current subgroup. Again, you can test the login, move the current entry under another subgroup, edit or delete it.
 
Open URL
 
You can add many subgroup and login entries, all you have to do is to repeat the previous steps. Just make sure that you save the password database. Go back to main software interface and click on first tab named "File" and select "Save As".
 
Save as database
 
Note: I recommend you to choose the place where you save your database wisely. Don't use your own desktop or system partition from Windows (C:). If something goes wrong with your operating system, at least you can re-install and keep the other partition(s) without reformmating them. Ideally, if it's possible, create a second copy on an additional external hard drive, flash memory or anything else that have storage capabilities and you can connect it via USB port.
 
Save password database location example
 
Once you saved the database in a safe place, close Password Gorilla. Go to File - and choose "Exit". By default (at least in Windows), the application will remember the path where you saved your database. If it doesn't you have to navigate manually and select your database. Once you selected the database, type your master password and choose "OK".
 
Note: As you can see, B: is a partition from my computer, "Password Gorilla Database" is the folder and "gorilla" is the name I given to the database that I saved.
 
Open password database
 
That's how you open a database with Password Gorilla. I will use "Open URL" feature to test the login that I added.
 
Open URL for Gmail
 
If it doesn't work, you have to specify which browser you want to be used by this password manager. Go to "File" - "Preferences" and choose last tab named "Browsers". From there, select "Find Browser" then navigate and choose your favorite browser. Usually all major browsers create their own folder in C - Programs Files. In this example, I choose Mozilla Firefox.
 
Default browser
 
Last step: Use "Copy Username to Clipboard" and then use your mouse "Paste" command in your username login field. Repeat the procedure for your password and that's it. Password Gorilla will not display your password and you can use it without worrying that someone will look over your shoulder and see when you type your password.
 
Password Gorilla copy username and password to clipboard
 
 


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