I am constantly searching for the greener side. Sometimes I find one, sometimes
I have to go back to the way I used to do things.
Zoho Vault is like LastPass - you provide your encryption key
to the web page and it decrypts your data, you can also use an Android app.
It is also completely free for personal use of a single account.
And so, having spent two months using Zoho Vault, I decided to migrate back to using
I found the web interface slightly annoying with the credential
search taking a noticeable amount of time, password copy/paste depending on
flash and constantly trying to mask the password that you've just unmasked to
The firefox plugin was making the experience better (earlier versions would block
your browser while you are logging in to Zoho, much improved now), but I again
stopped feeling happy about off-loading all the keys to my kingdom to a third-party
And then I also found that KeePassX has released a new major version, 2.0, making it
compatible with the newer releases of KeePass Password Safe,
a .NET application (which you can run under linux with mono).
KeePassX 2.0 is a substantial improvement over the 1.x version - the UI became
simpler, the addition of custom tags made it easier to store related
things together, and basically this is the future, so upgrade now.
But KeePassX also uses the new .kbdx format, and can only import the older .kdb one.
So, since I am usually going head-first without leaving an easy way back,
I now had to get the data out of Zoho Vault and into KeePassX 2.
So I got the Zoho Export CSV, wrote a python script that would convert the entries
to the .kdb format and then imported them into the new KeePassX 2 built in my
Since there's currently no way to create kdbx files directly,
I used the kppy module to generate the v1 database: