How to add a simple password manager to Ubuntu Touch

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A good password manager is your best bet for password security. On nearly every platform you’ll find a tool for just that purpose.

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Even on the fledgling Ubuntu Touch ecosystem, the apps have started pouring in, with some geared toward password encryption. One of those apps is password-shroud. This particular take on the password manager is incredibly simplistic, but it does the job. One thing I like most about password-shroud is that it’s not a scope but an actual app, so you don’t have to worry about transmitting encrypted data over a network, or count on a third-party service.

Remember: This app is very much an early release and has not been thoroughly tested. It does, however, work.

Installing password-shroud

If you’ve installed an app on Ubuntu Touch, you know how simple it is; if not, let me show you. I will be demonstrating on a Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, though the process will be the same on all Ubuntu Touch devices.

To install password-shroud, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Scopes app.
  2. Swipe left until you see the Apps scope.
  3. Locate and tap the Ubuntu Store launcher.
  4. Tap the Search button and type password-shroud.
  5. Locate and tap the entry for password-shroud by rp.
  6. Tap Install.
  7. Allow the installation to complete.

You’ll find the password-shroud launcher in the Apps scope. Tap the launcher to fire up the app.

SEE: Password Management Policy (Tech Pro Research)

Using password-shroud

When you first launch password-shroud, you must tap the Open button and then create a master password. Type in the master password and tap Decrypt password-shroud (Figure A). Warning: The developer has not created a master password verification process nor does the app obfuscate the master password as you type. Because of this, don’t enter your password when people might be looking over your shoulder.

Figure A

Figure A

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Entering your master password for the first time.

Once you type your master password, tap the Decrypt password-shroud button and you’ll find yourself on the main window (Figure B).

Figure B

Figure B

Figure B

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The password-shroud main window.

Tap the + button to create a new entry. From the Add New Secret window (Figure C), enter the details for the entry and then tap Create New Entry.

Figure C

Figure C

Figure C

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Creating a new entry in password-shroud.

An oddity of the app (at least at this early stage) is that, when you create a new entry, it will auto fill the details with the last entry you created. To get around this, delete the information and add the new data.

After creating an entry, you can view the details by tapping the entry from the main window and then tapping Show Login And Password from the resulting window (Figure D).

Figure D

Figure D

Figure D

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Viewing a password-shroud entry.

From this new window you can copy either the login or the password to the clipboard, making it much easier to log into the entry in question.

Give it a try

That’s the ins and outs of password-shroud. It’s not a password manager full of bells and whistles, but it gets the job done with a simple interface and a feature list that won’t get in the way of you safely and easily storing your login/password information.

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