How many ways can you save passwords and secret information on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad? There are too many to count. A few are free, most have a price tag, and if you pay more, you get more features. That’s the nature of the security beast.
At least Apple is kind enough to provide the Keychain Access free and built-in to the Mac, even if it is a pain in the patootie to use (which might explain why apps such as 1Password, Last Pass, Enpass, DataVault, Secrets, 1PassSafe, and other password managers are so popular. Here’s another one.
Until Apple’s new Face ID facial recognition technology works on every Apple device, we’re still going to be stuck with password management and that may never end. It’s the nature of the security beast. We must have usernames and passwords and they must be managed. For Mac users, Touch ID helps, but it’s only available on the more expensive MacBook Pro models, and based upon how much Face ID is loved on iPhone X, that’s likely to be the future that isn’t here yet.
Enter Safe Plus. Actually, the name of the app is Safe + but I like Safe Plus better. It’s more readable. Safe Plus works like 1Password, Enpass, DataVault, and others. It stores and manages passwords and other information, locked down tight by 256-bit AES encryption, all easily accessed with yet another password, and with the option of synchronizing data between devices; Mac, iPhone, iPad.
This image says it all. Safe Plus on iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
All your passwords and credit cards and bank information and even contacts, images, text snippets or whatever else you don’t want to fall into the hands of bad guys can be stored in Safe Plus.
Add as many categories of information as you need. Add comments for eat. Sort categories as needed. Use Safari and login to various websites with a click or two. There is much to like here and Safe Plus is priced just a bit less than some, a bit more than others, but the one drawback is the obvious. No try before you buy.
One feature I really like is the option to add icons to almost everything– categories and individual passwords or stored data. That makes it easier to navigate through a long list of usernames or accounts.
As to the lack of a try-before-you-buy option, the iOS version– works for both iPhone and iPad– is a mere $1.99, a few dollars less than my app throwaway limit, but there are in-app purchase options to store PDFs, Videos, and other files– 99-cents each. The Mac version is more expensive but also works with Touch ID, and uses Wi-Fi to sync between devices. That’s a bit 1999 and not as secure as it needs to be, even with encrypted files. iCloud sync and Dropbox sync are requirements these days.
I look forward to the day when Face ID is available on every Mac, iPhone, and iPad because even with password managers available in every price range, there is still too much work for some users.