Got security? If your Mac is on the internet, securing important data still needs consideration and action. And it’s not just security.
Keeping information, useful, sensitive information in one place isn’t easy. Credit card and bank info. Serial numbers, license information. Login IDs and passwords. What you need is a single app that makes it easy to store it all, nice and secure.
When Giants Learn To Dance
If giant firms like Sony and Citibank and others can’t keep their user information secure, what chance do you have? With a few precautions and the right apps, securing sensitive data on your Mac is easier than you might think.
You can be sure that Sony didn’t keep all their exposed user data on Macs.
A Mac app that stores and secures your information is useful if it masters two things.
First, the app needs to be easy to use. If it’s not, you won’t use it, therefore sensitive information doesn’t get stored or protected. Second, the app has to lock up your info nice and tight and tidy, so you’re the only one who can get to it.
My Friday Almost-But-Not-Quite-Freebie is Concealer, an elegant Mac app that hides and encrypts files and information. It uses a simple cards on a cork board metaphor to store your information, so it’s drop dead easy to figure out how to use.
What kinds of information? Pretty much anything you can think of that you need in one spot, but you don’t want anyone else to have. Not just login IDs, passwords, serial numbers or credit card info. You can also hide files and folders.
How hard can something that looks like this be to use?
Card choices are simple. Accounts, Notes, Files. Categories are what you want them to be, but start with Software, Finance, Internet, Photos, Login Info, and, my favorite, Other.
Click to add a card, then drop in the information you need, including files within a folder.
Concealer not only hides information, it hides files and folders. For cards of information, Concealer can pull data from multiple fields when you copy and paste (helps to speed up the process of filling in fields).
The app uses AES-256 encryption. Add files to the secured folders on your cork board by drag and drop from the Finder. You can use a single master password for the whole mess, or assign separate passwords for more sensitive and valuable data to enhance the security (please don’t forget passwords—been there, done that, not fun).
Data can be exported and saved to a USB flash drive so you can carry it with you. Set Concealer to lock itself after a specific amount of time. The built-in Password Assistant can generate proper, stronger passwords. If you become overrun by many cards and folders, they can be filtered and searched with a click.
Here’s something else that’s worthy of a mention. Concealer is made by BeLight Software, one of our favorite Mac-only app developers, with nearly a dozen popular Mac apps, so you know they’ll be around awhile. You can try before you buy from the Concealer site, but there’s also a lite version with limited data storage. And, it’s also available from the Mac App Store. These guys do it right, so be sure to check out the video tutorials on Concealer. Well done.
What’s missing is a way to import information from other Mac apps which have similar functions. That could save you plenty of data entry time. I have hundreds of pieces of information stored on older apps that have to be entered by hand. Not fun.