Just as the name suggests, Sticky Password is a password manager designed to hold your login credentials in a secure, encrypted manner. More than this, the application can store your memos and even a database with contacts. All these are protected by top of the line encryption algorithms.
Sticky Password is designed to offer an easy way to store login credentials to both applications and web locations. It comes both as a freebie as well as a paid product; the differences between the two consisting in an unlimited account database for the paid version ($29.99) compared to the 15 entries in the free edition, unlimited identity entries (the freebie can only store one) as well as the possibility to pair a Bluetooth device for authorization and account grouping. Another advantage for buying the full product is that the developer also throws in a free, full-featured portable version of the application.
Installing Sticky Passwords was one of the shortest such experiences we’ve witnessed. A few clicks and defining a master password and you are good to go. A system restart will be required at the end of the procedure, though.
The program integrates perfectly with the most popular web browsers at the moment, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox, but also offers support for other solutions if they are detected on the system. Sticky Password offers quick access to the database and brings automatic form-filling in these browsers by installing an add-on or extension generally available on the same row as “close”, “minimize” and “restore” buttons of the browsers. In the case of Google Chrome, though, this caption button is present in the extension area of the interface, alongside the address bar.
However, during our tests we noticed that there are still some quirks to work out if you’re running Opera. In our case the Sticky Password button would cover the “Closed Tabs” icon in the navigator, when maximized. This can be fixed from the configuration panel of the program as it offers the possibility to move the icon to a different position on the same line. But automatically filling the login fields did not work at all in our case.
Management of the application is done from the system tray icon of the application. It offers access to all stored accounts, memos and identities, lets you manage the entire database, tap into the configuration panel, reach the built-in password generator or create a portable edition of the app with the current setup.
Adding login credentials for both websites and applications on the system is an easy task as Sticky Password offers to store the data the moment you hit the login button. The window popping up lets you specify the name of the account and has the username and password fields already punched in. What you can do more is define the database group you want the information stored into and, in case there are some special fields to deal with, access the “Advanced Add” menu.
This is a screen that features the possibility to define a different link to trigger form filling if the app did not detect it correctly, set a different countersign with the help of the password generator or manually edit the form and the details that need to be filled if additional data besides username and password is required for authorization on a specific website. For this the program may use the local web browser and load the page in order to analyze all the fields and assign the right information to each of them.
Manual form editing is also available for authorization in applications installed on the system. In the login screen the password manager will add its own button that allows you to save the login information to its database. Unfortunately, we were unable to use Sticky Password on apps that only required a password for authorization. Then again, we encountered the same issue with other software of the same feather.
The set of features available in Sticky Password
includes the possibility to define the webpages for which you do not want it to react and store the login credentials. Creating a list of trusted web addresses is also possible and this can help you avoid being scammed through phishing websites. Sticky Password will actually notify you if during the authorization process you are redirected to a different page than the one you defined in the trusted list.
Setting up the password manager is not a difficult task. All the menus run down in the left hand part of the screen while the options are displayed in the right. For more complex entries you’ll benefit from a brief description explaining their purpose.
By default the app shows the last 10 most frequently used logins in the caption button of the browser and the tray icon; you can change this number to a lower value (1 is the minimum) or remove the listing in either locations.
If you place login information in the clipboard, Sticky Password allows you to set the amount of time it will be available; the default is 30 seconds, but you can go as high as 99 seconds or as low as five secs. You will be notified when it empties the clipboard.
One important aspect when it comes to storing a database filled with sensitive details is backing it up and protecting it. Sticky Password automatically creates copies of the database to a default location which you can change. The encryption algorithm securing the file can also be changed, and options are pretty strong.
You can select between AES 256-bit, Blowfish 448-bit, Twofish or Gost 256-bit, Sapphire II 8192-bit, Diamond II 2048-bit, FROG 1000-bit and SCOP 384-bit. More protective measures for the database are available through automatically locking the application after a period of time of inactivity.
Logging into Sticky Password can be done easily by typing in the master password, but you can also unlock it by pairing the app with a USB device for which you have to provide a PIN (both letters and numbers are accepted). The USB unit acts like a key and unlocks Sticky Password once you proved the PIN. When you unplug it the application is automatically locked. Of course, in lack of the USB device you can always unlock the program using the master password.
As mentioned before, the app comes with a built-in password generator. This is not state of the art, but it does an awesome job. It lets you choose the number of characters it should consist in, their type (special symbols too), and makes available a strength scale (runs to 100%) for the created countersign.
As far as creating a portable edition set up with the desktop configuration, all you need to do is pick the USB drive you want it on and execute the procedure. A local drive can also be selected as the storage path for the resulting file as well. The Good
If you need automatic form filling for login screens both on the web as well as local applications, Sticky Passwords can definitely deliver this functionality. It allows you to create backups for the encrypted database to whatever location you want.
Migrating to Sticky Password from other password managers is a cinch since it can import data from RoboForm KeePass or LastPass. Forms from supported browsers can also be imported into the app’s database.
You can make a portable version out of the desktop edition and carry it with you on a removable device. It offers the possibility to manually add custom fields for each account it stores. This way you can use it for services requiring more information besides username and password for authorization. The Bad
Our tests included Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox and Opera. During evaluation we could not use auto form filling in Opera.
Also, in the case of logins based on password alone we could not eliminate the username field even with manual editing of form fields at hand. The Truth
Sticky Password is a reliable password manager that offers an extremely comfortable way to log into online accounts and even local applications. It provides plenty of choices when it comes to encrypting the database and also allows you to store encrypted memos.
The free edition of Sticky Password manages to offer sufficient functionality even if it can only store a total of 15 accounts. Support for all popular web browsers and even local programs combined with easy configuration make it a wise choice.