Kee v3.1 browser extension released

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The highlights, as listed in the update release notes when your browser upgrades to the new version:

  • Various improvements to form detection, entry matching and auto-filling entries
  • Limited the number of fields that the Kee icon gets added into
  • Fixed several issues that prevented the Kee icon in a field from being seen correctly
  • The Kee icon in the toolbar is now briefly animated when entries are available for saving
  • Improved per-site configuration feature
  • Added buttons for opening your password manager to the main panel
  • We no longer save empty fields to your password manager
  • Workaround a Firefox bug that causes the main panel to appear empty sometimes

Some specific changes are discussed in more detail below. Also look out for the new version of KeePassRPC which will enable further improvements for those of you using KeePass as your password manager.

As usual, this version will be available first for beta testers and get rolled out to everyone else in approximately 2-4 weeks time.

Less aggressive Kee icons (in form fields)

The Kee icon will now only be inserted to a maximum of 4 fields that are strong matches for the contents of the matched entries. In edge cases involving entries with many more fields than others on the same website, some relevant form fields will no longer get a Kee icon included but you should see one in a nearby field and this change won’t affect the accuracy of the fill operation when you select a matched entry.

As always, you can use the main panel “Matched login entries” button or Ctrl-Shift-2 to invoke auto-fill if you can’t see the icon in the field you want to fill.

More aggressive Kee icons (in the browser toolbar)

It’s a fine line between making sure you’re aware of when Kee can help you and leaving you alone to get on with your life. Some recent user testing has confirmed that for nearly everyone the current approach is too “quiet”. In an attempt to find a better balance, we’ve added a new option to highlight more obviously when Kee can save a password for you.

On Google Chrome this is a nice subtle animation but unfortunately Firefox doesn’t support subtle. In any case, if you’re a Kee expert and prefer the current silence, just disable the feature in the add-on options.

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What does this mean? It loads the KeePass window into the panel somehow?
More importantly: is there a good reason (missing api for example) for raising the compatibility to v60?

I’m on the 56 branch (via Waterfox) for the foreseeable future. Should I install 3.1?

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In the main panel, there are two new buttons. One each for Kee Vault and KeePass. When clicking on those buttons, your password manager will open and become focussed. The main panel then closes (as is required for all browser extensions after clicking on a button).

v60 has been required since Kee v3.0 - for reasons of missing and broken APIs in earlier versions.

If you can’t upgrade beyond v56, you will be unable to use any current or future version of Kee but it’s up to you when/if you upgrade your browser. There are no known security problems with the latest Kee 2.x version, although it will never be maintained so obviously the risk of problems will increase with time, as when running any outdated software.

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