Passwords! Bah humbug! Who needs ’em? Well, as it turns out, most of us need passwords, and the only shortage among passwords is, 1) good passwords, 2) a halfway decent method to manage passwords, because, 3) passwords breed.
There once was a day when the only password I needed (PIN numbers for credit cards don’t count; seriously, they don’t) was for my email account. These days I can still get by with a single password– for the password manager app that manages dozens of usernames and passwords.
Money does not grow on trees. Do a quick search on the Mac App Store or iPhone App Store search for the keywords ‘password manager‘ and you’ll be treated to dozens and dozens of apps which claim to store and manage that which is precious to your 21st century life.
Some of the more popular macOS and iOS password managers have become expensive and joined the monthly or annual subscription trend. Here is one that is free for the Mac, and inexpensive for iPhone and iPad. It’s called SafeInCloud. It has AES 256-bit encryption, works with iCloud, Dropbox, Google One, Microsoft OneDrive and others. Plus, there’s a macOS version, an iOS version, Windows and Android.
Not bad for free, right?
As you can see, there’s a little bit of 1Password in nearly every one of these password manager apps for Mac, iPhone, iPad, or whatever other device you own and use. I find little to complain about SafeInCloud other than it does not break any new ground. It’s just a good password manager app that works well, syncs between devices, and is free– for Mac users, but less than $6 to unlock additional features for iOS.
Passwords are encrypted and it comes with browser auto-login options. Store as many usernames, passwords, or other valuable or incriminating information as you need and keep it all rather secure.
Preferences are straightforward and self explanatory.
My personal criteria a password manager app is rather straightforward:
- AES 256-bit encryption
- macOS and iOS sync
- Dropbox and iCloud
- No subscription fee
- Unlimited passwords
- Browser extensions
- Password generator
- Import and export data
- Password strength analysis
SafeInCloud comes pretty close, only missing the password generator, and password strength analysis.