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Why use "Passwords for web connections" feature?

asked 2014-12-31 22:01:14 +0100

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What is the advantage of using the built-in “Passwords for web connections” feature rather than a third-party password manager like KeePass, LastPass, 1Password, etc.?


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@rautamiekka - Why don't you make your good answer an answer?

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2015-01-01 01:09:08 +0100 )edit

@ROSt52: I just threw a guess. Without checking the source code I can't make anything better.

rautamiekka gravatar imagerautamiekka ( 2015-01-01 01:25:53 +0100 )edit

@rautamiekka - a guess is also an answer! I very often see answers just as a comments. It would be better to make answers real answers at least in MHO.

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2015-01-01 02:06:23 +0100 )edit

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answered 2014-12-31 22:08:58 +0100

updated 2015-01-01 01:26:27 +0100

CONVERTED TO ANSWER, my guess: Doesn't being built-in already answer that ? The difference probly is password managers like those use an encryption scheme to protect the pws whereas LO might not encrypt them at all.

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answered 2015-01-01 09:49:22 +0100

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Doesn't being built-in already answer that ?

No, because one would normally want the passwords available outside of LibreOffice as well. That’s one reason I didn’t understand its purpose.

The difference probly is password managers like those use an encryption scheme to protect the pws whereas LO might not encrypt them at all.

If so that would be a reason not to use LibreOffice for that purpose.

Perhaps there’s more to it than that, but it seems odd to include a password manager “for web connections” in an office applications suite.

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"If so that would be a reason not to use LibreOffice for that purpose." --- I don't want to judge if LibO can be used as a password manager or not. LibO is a full fledged office suit and is designed and continuously developed as an office suit. A utilization as a password manager would IMHO only be spin-off.

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2015-01-01 13:33:18 +0100 )edit

There's no point in encrypting the pws if you can easily decrypt them, especially with Open Source code. That's why FileZilla doesn't encrypt them.

rautamiekka gravatar imagerautamiekka ( 2015-01-01 15:23:00 +0100 )edit

Just a thought about security, triggered by @rautamiekka 's comment. There is never a 100% security. With a lot of money security can be increased but will always be below 100%. FilleZilla understands this.

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2015-01-02 12:08:15 +0100 )edit

A utilization as a password manager would IMHO only be spin-off.

Maybe you misunderstood -- I was questioning why password management was even included in LO with so many third-party options available that provide it without being application-specific.

mkraft gravatar imagemkraft ( 2015-01-03 02:14:23 +0100 )edit

Would it even work in practise to use external with LO ?

rautamiekka gravatar imagerautamiekka ( 2015-01-03 02:27:48 +0100 )edit

@mkraft --- Now I understand that I completely misunderstood your post. Sorry.

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2015-01-03 13:34:31 +0100 )edit
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