Password Manager Essentials


Java Version

You must have Java 1.7 (at least) or, preferably, Java 8 or 9. You can determine what version your system is running by opening a Command Window/Console Window and typing "java -version". You should see a response something like:

java version "1.8.0_171"
Java (TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_171)

Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 25.171-b11, mixed mode)

You can get Java at All that is required is the JRE although the full JDK will certainly work.


When the system is installed on most platforms - Windows, Linux, Solaris, Macintosh - shortcuts will be automatically created on the desktop. For information on managing these see the Tips & Techniques section of the on-line help.

If a shortcut is not created the system can be started from the Java Web Start (run javaws -viewer in a Command Window/Console Window). For more information see the Tips & Techniques section of the on-line help.

Backing Up

Once your system is up and running the only file you must back up is the file you specified during the installation. If you maintain more than one system, e.g. one for personal systems and passwords and one for business related systems and passwords, then the files for each of these should be backed up. These files are encrypted using the password(s) you supplied.

If you customize your system by making changes to the file then it should be backed up to protect your changes. Similarly  if you change the image files any new files should be backed up, otherwise all the application files can be recovered from the original installation if necessary.

Prepared: January 13, 2014
Modified:  July 12, 2018
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