Once you sign up for a PassPack account, the first thing you should do is start adding all of your passwords to PassPack.
Don’t worry yet about changing your weak passwords into strong ones, we’ll cover that later. For now, let’s just fill up your PassPack account with what you already have. This may take some time, but it will be well worth it in the end.
To insert new entries manually
If you’ve never used a password manager before, you will probably need to enter many of your passwords by one by one. You may find your passwords in a list, a spreadsheet or word file that you’ve used in the past. You may also have some registration emails stored somewhere. These are all good places to start looking for passwords.
We want to recover the passwords from these places, insert them into your PassPack account, then delete those insecure copies.
Here are a few steps that you will have to repeat for every password that you want to enter (we call these “Entries”):
Press the “Add new” button, this will open a blank entry window. Type in a Title for the entry. This should be something descriptive like “Delta website” or “Amazon” or “Yahoo Mail”. Type in the User ID, Password and link to the website. If you don’t know something, that’s ok. Just leave it blank.
There is also an optional Notes section, use it for whatever you wish. An example could be an expiration date, or an extra code or pin. The Tags field can be used to type in one word keywords. Examples of tags could be “travel” or “shopping” or “email”. You don’t have to do this if you don’t want, but when you have many entries, it can make finding things easier. If your not sure, just leave it blank.
Press the “OK” button when you’re done.
You’ll notice the “Save my Pack” button turns red. There is no need to save every time, but every now and then give it a click. But before signing out make sure that you have clicked it and it is not longer red.
To import entries from a different password manager
This is a much faster process. Simply go into your current password manager, and export your passwords in either Comma Separated Values (CSV) or Tab Separated Vales (TSV).* If your password manager exports categories, these will be imported into PassPack as tags. Copy the export results into the clipboard (ctrl+c for windows users, or apple+c on the mac).
In your PassPack account, click on the Tools tab, then the Import Link. Paste the export text into the big blue field. Follow the rest of the on screen instructions.
You’ll be automatically redirected to back the Password Manager tab. Press the red “Save my Pack” button. You’re all done.
Update: Please note that PassPack can not import backup files from other password managers – just exported CSV or TSV. Some programs do not have an export feature. This is no good as it creates vendor lock-in (ie. you’re stuck with them for life), but unfortunately PassPack can’t read another program’s proprietary backup formats. If you have this problem, you should contact your vendor and request they give you more options for controlling your data.
Getting your passwords out of your Browser
If you’ve been using your browser’s password auto-filler, then you should read this post on how to retrieve them. Once you’ve done that, follow the instructions to insert them manually into PassPack. You should also turn off your browsers form filler.
Next step – making weak passwords stronger
Now that your PassPack account is filled up, you’ll need to go through and change all of your weak and reused passwords into strong, individual ones. So get that account filled up, then read this article.
Need more help?
As always, just drop me an email if you have any questions, and I’ll get you some answers. Cheers!