I’m excited to announce a new Open Source password manager combining the best of the security of KeePass with the availability and usability of a modern web app. It works on any modern device or web browser, even when offline. After you ask Kee Vault to import your existing KeePass database you can access your Kee Vault from everywhere, with your changes and user preferences synced to each of your devices and browsers.
To make this improvement possible, we ask for a small regular contribution of £2 per month. I’m hopeful that enough of you will support this development to enable me to work full time on new features and improvements for both the new password manager and the existing browser extension.
If your existing KeePass database requires a key file to open it or contains large attachments you’ll need to remove them (reduce its size to under 10MB) before importing to Kee Vault. We will consider relaxing these limitations in future but need to see that there is a real need for it before making the substantial financial investments that would be required - please do let us know what your priorities are for future Kee Vault development.
We are currently preparing for a public beta launch but in the mean time, you can register for early access!
Early adopters will get a 2 month free trial before payment card details are required (normally 2 weeks). Plus, until the Premium subscription options are launched, all Supporters also get access to all newly developed features for those subscription tiers.
Kee 3.0 coming soon
Kee 3.0 will imminently be published to the Beta testing channel for Firefox users.
The main changes are:
Works with Kee Vault and KeePass
Google Chrome version is now stable (no longer beta)
Firefox users can join the beta testing channel.
The Kee icon hasn’t changed before - I wanted to retain the familiarity over the past decade even as the Firefox logo changed, I expanded the extension to work in Google Chrome and the name changed from KeeFox. With the launch of Kee Vault I think the time has come to give it a fresh modern look.
I wanted to create something with a cleaner appearance than the old logo and also ensure that the link between Kee Vault and the Kee browser extension is obvious. At the same time, I really wanted to retain a link to the history of the extension. I think that the use of an orange key brings this all together nicely and I’m delighted to be able to now show off all the hard work that went into this updated branding.
Let us know what you think!
Support for KeePass
Nothing is changing immediately with respect to how much time I can devote to the KeePassRPC plugin that links KeePass to Kee. I hope that enough people will subscribe to Kee Vault that I am able to devote more time to improving this more quickly in future.
While some Kee extension features are naturally suited to only one of KeePass or Kee Vault, I’m not intending to let the functionality drift apart by much more than is necessary.
Kee version 3 continues to work with KeePass and we have no plans to change this in future versions.
To enable the subscription payments, meet other practical legal and tax requirements and bring various developments together under a single brand, I’ve started a UK company called Kee Vault Ltd. I understand that this could cause concern among some users, especially those that have made any type of contribution to Kee in the past and although some concerns will be best discussed on an individual basis, I hope that the following official company declarations will help set the tone for what I’m trying to achieve:
Allow everyone on Earth to secure their digital world without giving up their privacy.
Enable easy and secure management of passwords while ensuring sensitive information never reaches us, or anyone except the information owner.
- People come first - without considering them, nothing can be secure.
- Security throughout everything we do.
- Profits utilised to achieve the mission, not line shareholder’s pockets.
The Kee Vault Supporter subscription at only £2 per month or £20 per year is now the preferred method for financial contributions - we get regular income and you get a valuable service in exchange. We will soon be de-emphasising the existing one-off donation feature to avoid confusion.
If you have recently made a donation of $10 USD or more and would like it to be applied as a credit to your Kee Vault subscription, please send a message using the feature within the Kee Vault app. Unfortunately this is not something we can offer for donations that are made from now on, or for those made more than one year ago.
Websites and domains
It can be a bit of a challenge to juggle similarly named entities and products into a coherent set of websites and domain names. After significant thought and planning, I decided to adjust the usage of these existing websites:
forum.kee.pm: This community forum will now be used for more than just discussion of the Kee and KeeFox browser add-on - some categorisation or layout changes are likely in the coming months to help make this change clearer for everyone.
www.kee.pm: This website still contains the same information as before regarding the Kee browser extension but that is now only a part of the content of that website - it’s overarching purpose is to serve as an information source for the Kee Vault Ltd company and the products and services we offer (obviously including the browser extension).
The most notable new domain name is keevault.pm. We use a new domain name in order to offer an additional layer of protection against malicious attacks on our websites: successful attacks against websites on the kee.pm domain are significantly less likely to lead to any problems for the password management app hosted on keevault.pm.
Future / Questions
Despite the length of this announcement (thanks for reading this far!) this is just scratching the surface of everything that’s going on as you read this - I’m putting into place all the pieces of a puzzle I’ve been working on full time for more than a year.
That means that there are bound to be questions that have not been answered yet and although I’ll not guarantee that I can respond individually, I will try to address whatever I can on this forum so please feel free to get involved in the new “Kee Vault” category.