That statement may not make you feel much better but it is nice to know there are places where we can store information away from prying eyes. Mac, iPhone, and iPad users have many choices to store and secure sensitive, valuable, or incriminating data. Here’s another one. So get ready to pay for peace of mind.
Inside The Vault
Apple is a victim of terrorism because the U.S. government wants the company to provide back door access to encryption on Apple’s popular products (to be fair and balanced, the same government wants the same access everywhere, yet they don’t want citizens to know what’s going on behind government doors; go figure).
Whether Apple caves in to government pressure to open up the company’s secure devices remains to be seen, but citizens have other choices to secure information they do not want to share with government spooks or spooky spooks (hackers and thieves).
One of them is called The Vault, a secure-like name for a number of apps– Mac, iPhone, iPad– which store data using 256-bit AES encryption (the kind the government uses; which makes me wonder if they have back door access to their own secured data).
The Vault handles and stores pretty much any kind of Mac-based file or data. If it’s a file you use on your Mac it can be saved in The Vault and only your super secret password can open it.
That makes The Vault a good place to store login IDs, usernames, passwords, incriminating photos, bank documents, insurance information, personal or business contracts, a second set of financial records and much more.
Simple click the Menubar icon to open The Vault, select the record and edit or create a new file, then zip the whole thing up with a secure password. There’s even a built-in password generator in case you’re afraid the government’s hackers (or the government hackers from notorious governments) can guess yours.
One thing I look for in modern Mac applications is a corresponding iOS version for iPhone and iPad. Interestingly, if you want to try out the Mac version without buying it first, you’ll need to try the iOS version first because it’s free, and there is not try-before-you-buy Mac version.
Strange, that. Regardless, the iOS version is free, and as much as it’s a good way to see the basics, it’s not a good way to try out all the features which can only be viewed after coughing up more money with In-App Purchases Gone Wild!
Still, being able to store valuable files and carry them with you has some attraction, and 256-bit AES secure encryption isn’t easily hacked by anyone without back door access.
That said, the Mac version of The Vault, though worthy and secure, is not for the faint of heart, and by the time you wade through the In-App Purchase options of the iOS version you’ll have paid about the same for the privilege to take your sensitive, valuable, and incriminating files with you.