When it comes to storing and using important information, there is something to be said for simplicity.
Most Mac users have a trunk load of valuable information—credit card numbers, serial numbers, login ID’s and usernames, and passwords. Where do they get stored? Is the storage safe and secure? And, can I take it with me and keep it all in sync with my Mac?
The Answer Is Yes
The criteria is simple. Easy access. Security. Mobility. Synchronization. Oh, and affordable. Easier said than done, but done, nevertheless. One app for the Mac. A corresponding app for my iPhone.
Wallet for Mac and iPhone is my elegant, affordable answer. It’s like a personal database that goes where you go, stores what you want and need.
It’s also flexible and customizable enough, allowing you the option of creating custom groups of information.
Similar apps are available by the dozen for Mac users. All have custom groups. All have military (or, something similarly difficult to crack) encryption for protection.
All tend to look a little something like this.
In other words, you get a simple app that stores important, valuable information that you need on your Mac and when you’re mobile.
And, that’s about where the similarities end.
Roam, Browse, Sync, Safe
Wallet has an iPhone version that syncs with the Mac desktop version. That means you and your information are mobile. And secure. Both versions are easy to set up and simple to use.
The Mac version can lock itself up after a set period of time. It also clears the clipboard of any important information you’ve copied. There’s even a log so you can see if anyone in the office or at home has been snooping around your Wallet.
New to Wallet is the browser extension for Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome which lets you type in new passwords and login IDs direct to Wallet.
Synchronization is handled two ways, but both work over Wi-Fi and 3G. The first is MobileMe. The second is via DropBox (which is free depending on your storage requirements).
In the end, Wallet gives you a Mac app that syncs seamlessly with a comparable iPhone app, comes with secure storage on your Mac, MobileMe or DropBox (great for cloud backups), and gives true mobility to all those pieces of valuable information that make up our digital lives.
The Good, The Bad, The Competition
Negatives? Not many. I would like the information database to be more flexible, but it’s aimed at simplicity and security, not complexity. A tough competitor is also a favorite. 1Password does more than Wallet, including Windows and Android, but is more complicated to use and more expensive.