How else do you explain the dozens of iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps which store login IDs, PINs, passwords, and credit card information. Most of the apps store your data securely using encryption, and the good ones sync between devices.
So, why am I on the lookout for yet another password manager?
Encrypted Handwriting On The Wall
For the past few years I’ve been a loyal user of 1Password, the app that many consider to be the premiere app to store login IDs, passwords, and critical information.
1Password works well on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad (different versions for each, and each with a price tag).
Why would I switch? It has most of the features I want and need?
Well, we live in rough economic times, and saving a buck here and there amounts to at least two bucks saved.
1Password is beyond version 3.8 for the Mac, and that means version 4.0 is around the corner.
Indeed, there’s already a 4.0x version for iOS devices, and– drum roll– it comes with an upgrade price. And, it’s missing a few features (no more Wi-Fi sync) from the older and much beloved version.
That got me to thinking that maybe, just maybe, version 4.0x for the Mac is on the way, so I decided to look around to see what other Mac password apps could be considered instead of a pricey upgrade.
Here’s a good one. pwSafe for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Similar to 1Password, pwSafe stores critical and valuable data, including login IDs, passwords, credit card information, bank account numbers, and much more.
It can generate strong passwords with a click, lets you organize data in groups, and features multiple fields, and– very valuable– multiple safes.
And, pwSafe syncs data with pwSafe for iPhone and iPad using iCloud or Dropbox (the iPhone version requires an in app upgrade to handle Dropbox, and, of course, you need a Dropbox account).
Encryption is actually borrowed from the popular open source Password Safe password manager, so data is also compatible with the Password Safe desktop app for Windows PCs.
There’s much to like about pwSafe, including a search field that actually works (I don’t know how many times I’ve searched for a login ID or password in 1Password and it returned nothing– except the entry was there), and it’s much less expensive.
The real question isn’t whether pwSafe is better than 1Password (it’s not– not as many features, either). Is it worth they money? Yes. Is it all you need? Probably so.