The problem most of us have is rather simple to describe. We have usernames and passwords for dozens of websites; bank, company, blog, credit card, Amazon, Apple, and other online stores. We need a way to manage usernames and passwords. Here’s another way.
To Keychain Or Not To Keychain
When Apple announced that Keychain for OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 would integrate between Mac, iPhone, and iPad, I thought the password management app business would die.
It did not. In fact, it’s thriving, growing, expanding, and improving. Search for ‘password manager’ on the Mac App Store and you’ll find dozens of options– from free to expensive.
One of my favorites is the expensive and capable 1Password. At that price you’d expect plenty of bells and whistles (and complexity) and that’s what you get.
However, I have multiple Macs, an iPhone, and a few iPads which get used often, so affordability has become an issue and 1Password extracts a premium for each device.
Enter oneSafe. Whether it’s a play on the name 1Password or not, I don’t know. There are similarities, but not in price. oneSafe syncs well between Mac, iPhone, and iPad, costs much less than the bells and whistles king, uses either iCloud or Dropbox (and there’s an Android and Windows PC version for cross platform capability).
If you’ve been intimidated by overly complex password managers in the past, you’ll be comfortable and at home with oneSafe’s simple interface. Setup your own personal categories, then add information as needed.
Credit card information looks like a credit card. Social Security card information looks like an official document. oneSafe is about as secure as a password manager app can get and features 256-bit AES encryption, automatic backup, password encryption, a built-in secure password generator, and multiple password options simply to open the app. Without the password, no one gets to your data.
Got photos and videos you don’t want anyone to see? oneSafe makes them safe and secure. Ditto for any kind of Mac document, as well as bank account information, or anything else you deem valuable enough to hide.
Yet, oneSafe works everywhere. Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android OS devices, and Windows PCs. And, unlike the password manager with a lock on the world’s supply of security bells and whistles, oneSafe doesn’t charge for upgrades or have a subscription plan.
The only negative I have is that some very large files (photos and videos) have difficulty syncing between devices using iCloud. My preference is Dropbox, but large files can also get the monthly meter running, so choose carefully what you need to hide.