KeePass for iOS: KeePass Touch!

M.Sc. Chris Wojzechowski (IT-Risk Manager, IT-Grundschutz Practitioner (TÜV)

KeePass for iOS: KeePass Touch!

There are many password managers under Apple’s mobile operating system – KeePass Touch for iOS offers a good, free option! The synchronization of your own safe can be done via Dropbox, OneDrive, FTP Server and other ways. With this you can not only view entries but also edit them. This makes the app a full KeePass Client for iOS.

KeePass for iOS – free of charge, but not open source!

The popular password safe KeePass is one of the most popular open source software. European funds have already been invested in the investigation of security aspects – with success. And also to understand the principle of a password safe, it’s worth taking a look at the free software. For a long time, the search for good software under iOS was difficult. In the meantime the situation has improved. The official site of KeePass lists all Open Source projects (as of 04/20)

KeePass Touch for iOS does not appear on the official list
KeePass Touch for iOS does not appear on the official list It is not open source. Source: Screenshot

MiniKeePass has convinced many in the past. But the service was discontinued mid 2020. KeePass Touch can be used as an alternative. There is an InApp purchase of advertising disabled and the “autofill” feature enabled. This will cost 1.09 EUR. This model is basically not unusual. The development of software is finally expensive. So if you can live with advertising, you do not have to do without using your own KeePass application on Apple mobile devices. (Link to the app)

KeePass Touch is a popular software for KeePass on iOS
KeePass Touch for iOS is a popular software. However, it is not open source.

A big challenge when using a password manager is the synchronization of the database. KeePass Touch can be operated with a local sync via WLAN, via dropbox and via a FTP server. Especially the Dropbox version is easy to implement. If you want to exclude the use of American services, you can use your own server or opt for the WLAN variant.

A free password manager for iOS is possible!

If you decide to use KeePass under iOS, you are on the right track. The Stiftung Warentest investigated password managers in early 2020. Out of 14, 3 scored well. One of the test winners, in the area of free providers, is KeePass. By the way, the general test winner is KeePeer.

Closely followed by 1Password. However, both alternatives cost money. But if online password managers allow free access, this is usually severely to very severely limited and should lead to a purchase in the end.

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M.Sc. Chris Wojzechowski (IT-Risk Manager, IT-Grundschutz Practitioner (TÜV)

My name is Chris Wojzechowski and I am one of two managing directors of AWARE7 GmbH. Our butter & bread business is performing penetration tests. We are also committed to a broad understanding of IT security in Europe and for this reason we offer the majority of our products free of charge.