The growing number of login IDs, usernames, passwords, account numbers, PIN numbers, serial numbers, and other data we need, whether in front of the Mac’s screen or on the go with iPhone and iPad. Since we can’t control the amount of data we collect and need, then we need to control how we store it and use it.
Enter The Keeper
Mac users now have an abundance of riches when it comes to what are called password manager apps, and that includes the venerable Keeper, which is a cross platform solution.
That means Keeper runs on smartphones and tablets, as well as Macs, PCs, Linux PCs, and multiple browsers (except Microsoft’s Internet Explorer).
What does Keeper do? As the name implies, it keeps your secret passwords, login IDs, usernames, account numbers, notes, lists, and other data you hold near and dear.
Keeper uses 256-bit AES ‘military grade’ encryption, which makes it nearly impossible to crack into your data without the proper authorization.
Speaking of authorization, Keeper also uses two-factor authentication for even greater security (using SMS, voice, and an authenticator).
The Mac version of Keeper has a somewhat spartan but nearly self explanatory interface.
You’ll need to login to Keeper to setup customizable folders for each account, list, or note. Keeper can be synchronized with other devices with a click, and there’s even an option to backup the data file.
Keeper comes with auto-fill capability, even with HTTPS authentication. There’s a fast login mode which automatically opens a browser window, fills in username and password for quick login.
The iPhone version of Keeper is similar, but the interface is decidedly different, more in tune with iPhone apps.
Data can be imported and exported via PDF, tab-delimited text, Excel spreadsheet, and a secure encrypted format for greater security.
Geeks of the paranoid variety will appreciate the optional Self Destruct feature which erases everything if the wrong password is entered x-number of times.
The strongest benefit to Keeper is the cross platform, multiple device and sync capability. That alone is worth the price of admission, though the app remains at the high end of password managers.