Sometimes usernames and passwords are stolen. Other times hackers make off with a few million credit card numbers. How can you protect your private information and still make it available wherever you go? For iPhone and Mac users there’s an app for that.
Affordable, Mobile Protection
Somewhere down the road someone is likely to invent a single, elegant, totally trustworthy method that lets us work safely online– usernames, credit cards, passwords, PIN numbers– all rolled into one solution.
Until that day arrives, and you and I could be long gone before it happens, we still have to carry around numbers and names and account information.
Rejoice iDevice users. My new solution of choice is affordable, flexible, highly secure, and yet rather easy to figure out how to use.
DataVault Password Manager works on the iPhone and the Mac and has been around a few years.
First, encryption. It’s AES. Second, secure items, when the app is open, are easily displayed in list or folder view, iPhone or Mac. There’s a built-in autofill option to log into websites using Safari.
The Mac version may appear to be more daunting as you see more of the Toolbar, sidebar options and entry details than in the iPhone.
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Items you want to store are easily duplicated for faster entry. You decide which categories and file types to use which makes DataVault highly customizable.
It comes with a built-in password strength meter and a password generator which makes passwords of different lengths and types of characters. Data templates make it easy to manage credit cards, bank accounts, website logins, and much more.
Settings give you control over the number login attempts, as well as a security timeout which requires a login again after a period of inactivity.
This is what makes DataVault such a valued app to store private information. It’s cross platform. Mac. iPhone. iPad. Android. BlackBerry.
And, it imports data from half a dozen popular third party password manager apps including 1Password, eWallet, SplashID, Keepass and others. Files are synchronized between iPhone and other devices using Dropbox.
If you can’t afford the expense or complexity of 1Password and worry that the free password managers might not be around in a year or two, you’ll find DataVault to be an affordable value but it has a steeper than normal learning curve.