CloudKeys.de EOL July 1st 2023

In December 2010 mthie and I started to implement the first version of CloudKeys in PHP. In October 2013 I started hosting CloudKeys.de. 2015 we ported the software to Go and I continued to host CloudKeys.de. In 2019 the latest release of the Go version of CloudKeys was released and an attempt to update the backend to a newer and modern API layout and the frontend to a modern application subsided as I wasn’t an active user anymore.

Until now the active user base of CloudKeys.de decreased to only a few requests every few weeks and therefore I decided to discontinue the service mid of 2023.

What does that mean for you?

You probably came to this side as you are storing passwords on CloudKeys.de or you found the service and wanted to create an account.

In the first case: You still got until end of June to migrate your passwords out of your account into a new password manager. For example you could use KeePassXC (like I do) or you could decide to switch to a hosted password manager. Please do so until end of June.

In the second case: Please don’t. As you’ve already read above the service is going to shut down.

Q&A

  1. What happens to the data when the service is shut down?
    I will delete all data on July 1st. There will be no backups, no means to restore your data, no data exports.
  2. Can I buy the domain and continue to serve CloudKeys.de?
    No. The users trusted my to securely store their data and even though CloudKeys itself is built in a way the server never receives the credentials in plain-text this can be patched and the security can be compromized. I (probably) don’t know you and therefore I cannot transfer the trust the users gave me to you. I will shut down the service, delete the data and keep the domain to prevent any takeover.
  3. Can you create an export for me?
    No. I cannot access your data and the encrypted files are stored in a way I cannot identify your data. Please log into the service and export your passwords manually.
  4. Will there be export functionality?
    No. I will not invest time and effort to build any more functionality into the software. In case you are familiar with JSON and the Chrome DevTools you can login and unlock your credentials (you see the list of entries) and then use JSON.stringify(window.CloudKeys.entities) to retrieve a JSON with your data.