[Windows] Sticky Password is an excellent password manager with excellent browser integration

Spending a lot of time working with computers and the internet would mean creating a number of user accounts. Be it the social media, personal email, work email, bank accounts, or accessing web applications, a person has to remember lots of usernames and passwords, the latter of which should be long and complex in nature. More importantly, with newer and ingenious viruses and Trojans appearing on the net, simply storing passwords in a plain-text document would mean that the usernames and passwords may be vulnerable to hackers. This can be prevented by using a secure password manager which not only stores your passwords, but also protects them with encryption. That is what Sticky Password does.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

Sticky Password is a password manager that stores and encrypts your login details, plus allows you to store form data, provides you a place to write and store memos, and store bookmarks. Once stored, Sticky Password makes it easy to log into websites by filling in usernames and password with one click. And Sticky Password not only stores the login details for websites but over a dozen desktop applications, too.

The following is a short Sticky Password demo:

Pros

  • Supports logins for websites and desktop programs
  • Store login details in encrypted form, meaning only people that know the ‘Master Password’ can access your logins
    • Has the ability to automatically lock itself after X minutes of inactivity, mitigating the chances that someone uses your passwords when you go away from keyboard
    • Encryption is AES 256-bit by default but you can change it to different encryption type if you want
  • Automatic form filling for login screens
  • Excellent browser integration, with plugins for Internet, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera (plus other less popular browsers including Flock, SeaMonkey, Comodo Dragon, and Yandex)
    • Plugins for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera add a button instead of a whole toolbar
    • When you run Sticky Password for the first time it automatically checks your browsers to ensure that their built-in password managers are disabled so as to not conflict with Sticky Password
  • Ability to add custom fields, meaning you can also use it for websites that require username and password plus other things for login
  • Has Password Generator to create complex passwords
  • identity_exampleSupports the ability to store non-login forms (e.g. name, address, phone number, etc.) via the Identities, Credit Card, and Bank features
  • Allows users to create and store encrypted memos (text memos only, no images)
  • Has the ability to store bookmarks
  • Can be made portable (i.e. can be put on a USB flash drive along with your database)
  • Can import login details from other browsers and password managers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Roboform, KeePass, and LastPass
  • If you don’t want password authentication (i.e. don’t want Master Password), you can use USB or Bluetooth authentication instead
  • Has the ability to share logins with others that use Sticky Password via a self-destructing, password protected shareable file
  • Has a built-in virtual keyboard, to help you avoid keyloggers when using Sticky Password
  • Has an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app
  • Has free and paid versions

Cons

  • Free version allows maximum of 15 logins and 1 identity, and doesn’t support Bluetooth authentication (paid version allows unlimited logins, unlimited identities, and supports Bluetooth authentication)
  • No option for cloud sync, for those that want it
  • For get the portable version you need to first install the program
  • When saving logins for desktop programs, it won’t automatically prompt you to save the login (like it does for websites inside browsers) — you need to manually tell Sticky Password to save a login
  • Sets desktop program logins to automatically login when you run the desktop program. This is convenient if you only have one login you use with a desktop program but is very annoying if you use multiple different logins with the same program. If the latter is applicable to you, you need to manually disable automatic login for the specific login details stored inside Sticky Password.
  • Unlocking the program is a bit cumbersome after it has been locked (e.g. after you have been inactive for 10 mins, the program will automatically lock itself and you must unlock it with your Master Password before you can use it). For example, both Roboform and Sticky Password prompt you with a visual prompt when you visit a website who’s login details are stored in the programs. However, when Roboform is locked you are still prompted to login with your stored username/password when you visit a relevant website — you just cannot actually login or view the login details before entering your Master Password. With Sticky Password, however, you must manually unlock Sticky Password first — it will not show you its regular prompt when it is locked. Once you unlock Sticky Password, then its regular prompt will be shown when you visit a relevant website. I realize the developer probably did this for security purposes (e.g. you don’t want to show an unknown user that you have 5 Gmail logins) but it hurts user-friendliness.
  • No Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry app
  • iOS app hasn’t been updated in almost two years and you must manually export your database from Sticky Password to your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch — there is no sync capability

Discussion

sticky_password_demoSticky Password is a reliable tool for those who would like to store their usernames and passwords on their computers in a safe way. Immediately after installing Sticky Password, you will be asked to create a master password which is used to lock or unlock the program. If you want to use the auto form fill ability, you will be asked to install a plugin or an add-on compatible with your browser. (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Flock, SeaMonkey, Comodo Dragon and Yandex are supported.)

The program creates an icon in the system tray and another beside the address bar of your browser, both of which can be used to manage your data.

To store a login with Sticky Password, simply open up the website you want and, when you enter your username and password, a pop-up will ask whether you want to store that information with Sticky Password (aka create a new account). Once you confirm that you want to create a new account, it will save the login details and automatically enter the username and password when you open the website the next time.

If desired, you can store multiple logins for the same website (for example, multiple Gmail accounts). Once you open a website with multiple stored logins, you will be presented with a pop-up listing the various accounts and you can choose which account details you want the program to use.

skype_spAside from websites, Sticky Password also has the ability to store login details for desktop applications. Officially, the developer of Sticky Password lists the following program as supported (excluding browsers):

  • ClassicFTP
  • Google Talk
  • wakoopa
  • Dropbox
  • Filezilla
  • iTunes
  • Skype
  • SmartFTP
  • The Bat!
  • Trillian Astra
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Yahoo Messenger
  • Digsby
  • QIP

However, as per my tests, I’ve found that Sticky Password works with some programs not listed in the official list, like WinSCP. So it isn’t entirely clear if Sticky Password works with all desktop programs or just a select few, and if just a select few then which ones.

To store logins for desktop applications, launch Sticky Password, go to create a new login, and select the application. On selecting the required application, you will be asked to fill in the username and password, select whether you want to automatically log in, and then click add. If you cannot select the application from the drop-down menu, you can browse for its EXE or use the pointer tool to point to the login fields inside the program’s window. Once a login is created, the Stick Password automatically fills the username and password the next time you open the application. If you want to disable this automatic filling feature (e.g. you may have multiple logins you use for a particular program, like Skype), you have to edit the stored login, go to ‘Options’ and uncheck ‘Automatic log-in’.

While Sticky Password does not have the ability to sync your data via the cloud (for those that want to do cloud sync — I personally don’t), you can create a portable version of the program by exporting the program and your data so that they can be used to automatically login on other computers. The saved file can then stored on external media, such as a USB device, and taken with you wherever you go.

Conclusion and Download Link

Overall, Sticky Password is an excellent password manager. It has excellent browser integration, is very easy to use, and even supports desktop applications. Sure the free version is very limited (15 logins and 1 identity only) but $29.99 for the full version is a very small price to pay for the convenience this program provides. I have been a Roboform Pro user for a while and I attest that Sticky Password is as good, if not better, than Roboform Pro.

If you like what you see in Sticky Password, you can use the free version as a stepping-stone for the full version. However, if you don’t want to pay for a password manager, you can check out dotTech’s review on best free password manager for Windows.

Price: Free, $29.99

Version Reviewed: v6.0.8.437

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download Size: 13.8MB

VirusTotal Malware Scan Results: 0/42

Portability: Not portable — installation is required, but you can make it portable after installation

Sticky Password download page

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29 comments

  1. Sue Heron

    I’m kind of strange in that I like to be able to print out my passwords into a looseleaf book format, and to be able to separate sections alphabetically. Over the years I’ve accumulated passwords and info that fills a 2 inch binder. None of the password managers address the capability of printing from their programs. Do you know of any that have this capability? Currently I’m using Whisper, no cloud or web involvement – which I prefer – but I can’t make the program separate the sections by the alphabet. No way to divide the sections. Any ideas?

  2. dslr

    I’ve been using Sticky Password Pro since v.4. Hopefully with v.6 I will see a decrease in the number of pop up errors. I have tried several password managers, and Sticky Password is my favorite. Thanks.

  3. Aaron1

    Great enumeration of functionality. I personally use SplashData’s SplashID Safe because of the customized data feature for unlimited categories. Its password sharing capability is available in special team editions.

  4. Strahd

    While StickyPassword is a good product, its limit on passwords just isn’t enough for me. Personally I recommend LastPass. No limits on how many passwords/logins you can create, and it’s free!

    Use KeyScrambler, as it supports LastPass so you get protection from keyloggers

  5. Sticky Password support

    I mean the free updates for the Sticky Password version. Not the major upgrades to the new version which are paid (but we offer a 40% discount for the major upgrade). Sticky Password 5 and Sticky Password 6 both fully support latest versions of Firefox. It´s just necessary to keep the version updated. These version updates are free. We release a new update everytime before the release of a new version of Firefox.

  6. Jeanjean

    @ Sticky Password support
    What i wanted to say is : an old version of Roboform continues to function despite the update of the browser … Sticky Password not (with Firefox).
    You get free updates maybe… unless it is an upgrade (like recently to version 6)!
    I guess for someone who “needs” just two identities instead of one or 16 logins instead of 15 (not 100 like Janet…lol) and which has limited resources, it can be expensive.

  7. Sticky Password support

    We are trying to keep the compatibility with the latest versions of Firefox all the time. It´s just necessary to keep Sticky Password updated for example using the automatic updates feature. These updates are included in purchased version and are of course free.

  8. Jeanjean

    If you are using Firefox and there is a new version, Sticky Passwords must be also updated (against payment).
    This is not the case if you use IE … or if you use Roboform.
    Apart from that, I have had no problems with this program.

  9. Mags

    @Janet: I’d take the Sticky Password team’s offer of assistance if you are still experiencing problems.

    @ Sticky Password team Thx for your comments. I’d also like to say thx to ondrej.novak from the forum for his advice when I went from one pc to another.

  10. Elric

    There is a way to see your passwords in Sticky Passwords Pro. Go to mange database and it will show you all of the sites you have stored. Then select the one you want to see and select edit. it will show your password as *** but there is a eye symbol click on that and it will show you your password so that you can write it down if you need to or just to see it.

  11. Sticky Password

    Hey everyone, Sticky Password team here :)

    Thanks a lot @Mags, you know everything and you are so responsive you should work for us :)

    We provide support for FREE users through forum, but if you will write us directly, we will help you out for sure.

    Anyway, thanks for the review, thanks for the nice comments, if you want to know anything, ask here, in our forum, write us an email, we’ll get back to you.

  12. Janet

    @Mags:

    I already saved and transferred my passwords after I moved from XP to W7 and StickyPass had another free offering. But thanks anyway.

    I recently tried FF, Chrome, and IE9 (which were all surprisingly similar in ways I do not like). IE8 allows me to do much more in much fewer clicks. No comparison. Please note that I use the internet for research and have no interest whatsoever in anything related to social networking or cell phones..:-)….

  13. Mags

    @Janet: LOL and I thought I had a lot of passwords.

    As for my previous comment, I decided to post the info anyway on how to save your passwords.

    It would be a good idea to do this, just incase, with any upgrade with Sticky Password, and also use as a backup.

    Just save the default.pws database file from the Documents/Sticky Passwords folder. When you have installed Sticky Password then copy the .pws DB file back into the Documents/Sticky Passwords folder and click yes to replace the file.

    Just a bit of advice, please change from I.E. to FF. just to have a safer surfing experience.

  14. Mags

    @Janet: No you can’t upgrade if you got the Pro version free. However, you can get a 40% discount off the purchase price for V 6. That’s what I did to get V 6. If you don’t want to purchase and don’t have more than 15 logins, then get the free version 6.

    Are you using FF? I know V 5 won’t work with FF V 15 and up, maybe that is part of the issues you are having.

    If you want to upgrade to the free version, let me know prior to installing. I can provide info on how to save your current passwords just incase something goes wrong, or if you have to uninstall the pro version prior to installing the free version.

  15. Mags

    @Janet: I’ve been using Sticky Password for years, since V 4. I ended up buying the Pro license, V6 and have found it very reliable.

    You don’t mention what version you are using or if it is the free version or a GOTD version.

    I have found that both support and the forums have been a great help if you have problems. Have you tried using them? There is no support for the free version, but you can find help in the forum. If using the GOTD version, support will provide assistance.

    I’ve used it on Win 7 Premium 32 bit and now on Win 7 Pro 64 Bit without any issues.

    @ Vinay You have listed as a con that the free version only allows 15 logins. That should be under pro since others have less logins allowed on their free versions (i.e. Roboform only allows 10)

  16. Janet

    I have been using Sticky Password Pro for years, but have not been very happy with it….Sometimes it just doesn’t work, and you get a popup saying there was a problem….If you don’t have the password written down somewhere where you can go look it up, you’re stuck because you can’t see the passwords in Sticky Password–it just shows bullets for each character (unless I just don’t know where to look). Because of this, I would advise using a program that allows you to print out the list of passwords. I know a lot of people think this is terrible security-wise, but I never record a password anywhere on my system which I would not want hacked! No bank accounts, credit cards, or anything relating to money or really personal data. But then, I’m from the pen and paper generation…:-)…..

    I’d be very curious to know if others have found Sticky Password to be reliable. Perhaps it just doesn’t play well with Win 7 64-bit. Although, I believe I was using it on my old XP as well.