Amazingly, there’s someone, somewhere in the world today, who’s trying to hack into your Mac. Or, your friend’s Mac. Or, a nearby PC. Why?
They want what you have. Information. Login IDs, passwords, credit card information, bank account information, secret information you’d rather not share with anyone. How do you protect that data on a Mac?
Protect Me From Prying Eyes
A co-worker asked me if he needed to buy anti-virus software for his new MacBook Air. I said no. He was perplexed. Then he asked how to secure important information. That’s a different question.
At the basic level, Mac users have many apps which can securely store important information.
An app that stores information on a Mac, and a Windows PC? That’s a smaller list.
An app that stores information on Mac, PC, and your mobile phone? Hello? Those are not penny ante apps. They’re worthwhile because your important information goes with you, but doesn’t always stay with you.
A lost Mac or PC notebook, or a lost phone, means your information is lost, too. Hence, apps like PasswordWallet.
Ugly Can Be Effective
This app isn’t the prettiest app to grace your Mac. The icons are a mixture of neglect and Fisher Price. But it works.
Preferences are aplenty, and designed to secure you information after so many minutes. Passwords can be generated on the fly and stored. The option to click an icon, open a web page, and insert login ID and password is a Godsend.
Entering information into PasswordWallet is straightforward. Give the item a title and URL (if applicable). Then, add a login ID/username and password. The option to generate a password is a click away.
PasswordWallet isn’t much to look at, but it doesn’t matter. Most of what you’ll need will come from the Menubar.
As I said, it’s not pretty. It’s functional.
Clicking the Menubar gives you options to create a new item, save an item (should be autosaved), sync with another device, or even export some data.
Wait. Did I say sync, as in synchronize? Yes.
Besides storing data securely, encrypting data, and making it easy to edit data, PasswordWallet works on multiple devices beyond Mac and PC.
That list includes iPhone and Android phones and others. That also means you can synchronize your data between the devices. All too often we’re on the go without a Mac, but the information can come along.
Because my neighbor had both Mac and Windows PC, and an Android phone instead of an iPhone, PasswordWallet was an easy recommendation. As noted, it’s not pretty, a little cluttered, but it’s been around for years, works well, and costs less.