The Times They Are a-Changin. With deference to Bob Dylan, keeping up with changing times is one of our major challenges as Apple product users. Five years ago there was no iPhone. Two years ago there was no iPad.
The way we used to do things isn’t the way we do things now. And, if past is prologue, the way we do things next year is likely to be different than how we do things this year.
Passwords? Serial Numbers? What Are Those?
Years ago I bought a simple Mac app to store often used information. Serial numbers, login IDs, passwords, some financial information.
The app still works but chances are good it won’t work in OS X Mountain Lion.
I’ve recorded hundreds and hundreds of valuable information in the app. The export function doesn’t work (other apps cannot import the export).
So, I’m left with the tedious task of looking for a replacement, of which there are many, some cheap and easy, some with a price tag, none of which promises to make my journey pleasant.
This week I’m testing Password Gorilla. It’s a simple enough app that stores login IDs, passwords, notes and other information in an encrypted file.
The benefit to this app is that it runs on Mac, Windows PCs, and Linux PCs. The interface is simple enough, but not inspiring (as is usually the case with cross platform apps; the bane of Java).
Set up Groups of information, add a Title, even add a URL to make the login process easier.
Password Gorilla comes with fields for Login ID (username) and Password, as well as notes.
If you need, there’s an option to display the password, and another to generate a password.
That’s about it. But the price is right, and cross platform compatibility of the database can be useful.
Cross platform? Yes, Mac, Windows PC, Linux PCs, and Android devices. But no iPhone or iPad.
Password Gorilla works. If you’re on a tight budget, free is good. But this is a decidedly geeky and simplistic app. The Mac App Store is replete with serial number and password managers.
And that brings me to the trends of the future. The only login ID and password I need for Mac App Store apps are to my iTunes account. After that, who needs serial numbers?
The times are, indeed, changing. It’s more important than ever to make sure you data, even financial information, be available to you wherever you go, on whatever device you choose.