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

[1]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

Cons

Discussion

sticky_password_demo [4]Sticky 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_sp [5]Aside 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 [6].

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 [7]

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

Sticky Password download page [8]