Even private schools have their budgetary issues so teachers are always on the lookout for good utilities without a price tag. For those who need an elegant and effect website password manager I’ve been recommending Silverlock.
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A quick search for password managers on the Mac App Store will turn up a few dozen, most of them inexpensive, all of them provide more security that Post-it Notes or Stickies.
Silverlock is free and might be the most elegant, simple to use password manager I’ve run across in recent years.
It’s not just user ID’s and passwords, either, though that function gets the most use.
Silverlock can act like a secure digital wallet with password protected and encrypted storage for credit card information, bank information, or anything else you need to hide from prying eyes.
Everything is secured with industry standard AES encryption (128-bit to 256-bit; you trust the NSA, right?), so you can store user IDs and passwords for website logins. What I like about Silverlock is that it’s local– only use Dropbox or iCloud to sync your files between Macs if you need to.
The user interface borrows heavily from iOS 7’s new flatter and intuitive design.
If you store hundreds of user IDs, passwords, credit card numbers, and bank accounts, Silverlock makes search easy. There’s a built-in password strength analyzer to make sure you get a strong password.
Silverlock locks itself up after a few minutes of inactivity. Security is so tight that even if someone hacks your Mac, steals your data, the file can’t be opened without the password.
There are really only two issues with using Silverlock to safely store user IDs, passwords, and other important data, and it has nothing to do with security.
First, Silverlock is free, so the business model for being around in a few years is suspect. Second, there’s no iPhone or iPad version to sync up Silverlock’s data file. However, the developer says they’re working on an iOS version, hence the recommendation to take a look.