OK, I’ll be honest; it’s 4am and I’ve been up nearly all night. What little sleep I’ve had has been fractured from the stress of yet ANOTHER failed portable hard drive.
My backup resideth in one city and I lie in a hotel bed in another.
So whilst I rebuild an entire presentation overnight, ready to meet the delegates in my usual bright and cheery fashion in a mere four hours and thirty minutes, I have been pondering over a seeming conundrum. And found an answer.
There is none.
As in, there is no answer to my conundrum; at least not as I can find (but will happily hug whoever can install a fully-working solution).
Here’s the conundrum:
The regular reader of this blog will remember that I recently posted about the potential life-saving attributes of KeeForm, the add-in to my beloved KeePass password protector (Solving a website login + password problem).
It is ‘good’, but because I have not assiduously stored urls with it, KeeForm is pretty much useless and so I fall back on my Norton software to manage my login details.
Until recently, Norton didn’t allow you to put that data into a ‘safe harbour’, but I notice with the latest version — Norton2010, which I am currently reviewing — there is the option to back up a copy to ye ol’ usb stick. But nowhere else. Back up to, say, a Dropbox folder? Nope, not a chance.
So I’m sitting in the Qantas Lounge yesterday afternoon, en route to Sydney, and I’m using the pcs they provide, rather than my own laptop. I usually check that in to save all that tedious mucking about with security; no one in their right mind can use their laptop on an internal Aussie flight unless it is a netbook-sized contraption and is powered by Linux — because by the time Windows finishes loading it’s time for the food, beverages and a gentle descent into your destination.
But sitting at the Qantas-provided pc I realised that should I wish to visit some of my password-protected sites (bank accounts, PayPal, Gmail, etc.,) I would have to rely on my memory because there is no KeePass for U3-enabled usb sticks. Grrrr…
But why not, you might ask, just use the Norton data on the usb stick? Because I can only use that data if the pc the stick is plugged into is ALSO using Norton2010, that’s why! And in the Qantas lounge they don’t. So there, “ya boo sucks”, as Molesworth wuld say.
It’s simple. All I want for Christmas (apart from my two front teeth being recapped) is ONE password tool that syncs via the cloud with every other computer I have KeePass on, PLUS a usb stick that ALSO has KeePass on.
And if it turns out that there is software other than KeePass that can meet my needs (one software to rule them all, perhaps) then I will happily purchase and enjoy. Until then, I continue to mutter under my breath…