The Keychain which stores login IDs and passwords. Apple is about to launch OS X Mavericks with iCloud Keychain. So, what happens to Keychain2Go, the Mac and iOS app which syncs keychain between devices?
Keychain2Go, Going, Gone
The Mac’s Keychain app is where we store login IDs, passwords, and pretty much anything else that’s valuable but that we don’t want to be viewed by prying eyes.
Keychain has a couple of longstanding problems that Apple is working to eliminate. Or, at least reduce to less aggravation and easier use.
The first is that Keychain is cumbersome to use for anything other than logging in where IDs and passwords are required.
The second is that Keychain doesn’t sync easily between Macs, and certainly not with iOS devices for those of us who want login IDs, passwords, or credit card numbers everywhere.
Keychain2Go is one of very few apps which manage to synchronize keychain information between devices, Mac and Mac and iPhone.
What’s not to like? Whatever login IDs and passwords you need are available as needed on either device.
This is a great way to keep login IDs and passwords available on both devices and synchronized. Sounds great, right?
Safari, Mail, and everything else that needs access to your login ID and password gets what they need, and you get what you need– convenience and file syncing.
Here’s what’s happening. Keychain2Go has a hefty (and growing) price tag for the Mac. The Keychain2Go for iPhone has another price tag. Apple’s iCloud Keychain, which should work even easier because data is stored and synchronized to iCloud, is free.
In my mind that makes my paid for solution to manage the Keychain between devices more or less obsolete. Of course, not every Mac user will upgrade to OS X Mavericks, and not every Mac user also has an iOS device, but you get the idea. When it works, Keychain2Go is a great app, but it appears as if extinction is on the horizon.