Sticky Password Initial Setup on Windows

After you install Sticky Password manager on your Windows computer, the next step is to set it up.

The initial setup will start automatically after you, as the last step during the Sticky Password installation process, checked the checkbox next to "Launch Sticky Password" and clicked on the "Finish" button.

Initial Sticky Password setup will guide you to:

  1. Go through three quick "Welcome" screens
  2. Set up a new Sticky Password account (you will need an email address and a strong password)
  3. Decide how to synchronize your passwords (options are cloud sync, local sync or no sync; you can always change this preference later)
  4. Integrate Sticky Password with web browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and others; you can install additional web browser integrations later at any time as well)

Let's go through it together.

1) No More Forgotten Passwords

The first Welcome screen points out that with Sticky Password all your passwords are kept in one secure location, and Sticky Password enters them for you automatically, for example when you're logging into a website.

Click "Next" to continue.

First welcome screen - no more forgotten passwordsNo more forgotten passwords with Sticky Password

2) Trusted Technology

The second Welcome screen emphasizes that Sticky Password uses trusted technology to protect your passwords.

Your passwords are locked and encrypted (scrambled), and only you can open them with your Master Password that only you know.

Click "Next" to continue.

Second welcome screen - your passwords are protected with trusted technologyYour passwords are protected with trusted technology

3) Access your passwords whenever you need them

The third Welcome screen highlights that because Sticky Passwords synchronizes your passwords across all your computers, tablets and smartphones, you will always have them available.

Click "Next" to continue.

Third welcome screen - access your passwords whenever you need themAccess your passwords whenever you need them

4) Your StickyAccount

If this is the first time you're installing Sticky Password manager on any of your computers, tablets or smartphones, you will need to create a StickyAccount.

StickyAccount is a unique account that you use to manage passwords stored in the Sticky Password manager. It is also used to administer your license (if you purchase one), set synchronization and backup options, and manage your devices.

Click on "Create a new Account".

Screen with an option to connect to an existing StickyAccount or create a new oneConnect to an existing StickyAccount or create a new one

5) Create a StickyAccount

In order to create your StickyAccount you will need an email address and a strong password.

Your email address acts as your Sticky Password username. It is how you take ownership of your Sticky Password account. It should be a valid email address you have access to and trust, because Sticky Password sends all email communication to it.

Your password, called Master Password, is your private key to all your passwords and other personal information and notes in the Sticky Password database.

Because only you know your Master Password - it is not stored anywhere, on your computer or in the cloud - you must take great care of it. Without the Master Password you will not be able to access your passwords stored in Sticky Password.

Sticky Password is very secure - you are the only one who knows your Master Password!

No one else knows it, even Sticky Password employees, staff and system administrators. So take good care of it, because if you forget it, no one will be able to help you recover your Sticky Password data.

Your Master Password must have:

  • One upper case letter
  • One lower case letter
  • One numerical character
  • At least 8 characters

Type in your email address and Master Password, and click on "Create my Account".

Field with Email (StickyID), Master Password and a "Create my Account" buttonCreate a StickyAccount

6) Confirm Your Master Password

To confirm your Master Password, type it in again.

Then check the checkbox next to "I understand that my Mater Password is not stored anywhere. I am the only one who knows my Master Password. If I forget my password, there is no way to recover my data".

This may be a good time to write down your Master Password. This is the only password you will need to write down. Memorize it, then put the piece of paper you wrote it on in an envelope, seal it, and store it in a safe and secure place.

Click on "Continue".

Screen asking you to confirm your master passwordConfirm your master password

7) Password Synchronization

If you have more than one device - computer, tablet or smartphone - you can install Sticky Password manager on all of them, and your passwords will be available on all the devices.

There are three options to keep multiple devices in sync with all your passwords:

  1. Sticky Password secure cloud servers
  2. Your local Wi-Fi network
  3. No sync

Option one is the easiest, and a sensible choice. The one risk to consider is the possibility of Sticky Password cloud servers getting broken into by thieves who can then gain access to a copy of your password database stored there.

Even if thieves steal your password database, the database is encrypted, or scrambled. Only you can open it, with your Master Password. Your Master Password must be very strong, otherwise thieves will guess it without needing any additional tools.

If they cannot guess it, they can apply various brute force techniques to try to crack it. If your Master Password is strong enough, they will probably not be able to break it.

With that said, there are always unknown risks to consider. This is why there are password sync options #2 and #3.

My instructions show "cloud sync" turned off, because this is what I do. I sync my computers on my home Wi-Fi network. This way my password database does not leave my devices.

It is not as convenient, because I have to manually sync the passwords. With "cloud sync" this would be automatic. I'm fine with this trade-off because syncing manually every few days is good enough for me, I don't need it to be instant.

Your case may be different, so choose the option that works the best for you.

You can change the password-syncing option after the installation and at any time.

Keep in mind that these choices are relative, not absolute. Using Excel to manage your passwords is much worse than using Sticky Password "cloud sync".

If you only have one computer you should consider using the Sticky Password cloud to have a backup of your password database. Otherwise, if your one computer dies, you may lose it.

With all this information, what should you do? A sensible way to start is with the "cloud sync" option, and once you learn your way around Sticky Password you can decide if you want to switch to manual sync through your home Wi-Fi network.

Click on "Continue".

Screen asking if you want sync your passwords to the cloudCloud sync

8) Browser integration

Sticky Password will detect which web browsers you have installed on your computer, and offer to integrate with them.

Browser integration means that web browsers will establish connectivity with Sticky Password. A web browser can then log you into websites automatically.

It is the best of both worlds: your passwords are kept in Sticky Password (designed for keeping passwords) and your web browser (designed for web browsing) can log you in automatically.

Keeping passwords in web browsers is not a good idea.

You can use multiple browsers and your passwords will be available in all of them.

Select which web browsers you want to use with Sticky Password, and click on "Continue".

Select web browsers Sticky Password should integrate withBrowser Integration

Web browser integration guides:

12) All Set!

After you integrate Sticky Password with your web browsers, you are done with the Sticky Password initial setup.

Click on "Start" to start Sticky Password and then return to "Sticky Password" for the next steps.

Initial setup is doneAll Set!

Next Step

You're ready to start using Sticky Password. Proceed to Sticky Password First Run.