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Best Wallet/Password Manager Available
on March 22, 2011
I've used various password keepers for the last 10-20 years, from early Palm devices to Windows Mobile to Blackberry to Android. Among them have been FlexWallet, SPB Wallet, eWallet, Secret (an OLD Palm app which I think is even still available today), and I've dabbled with the free KeePass. Suffice it to say I've been around the block with password keepers for some time now.
That said, I'm currently an SBSH Safewallet user, and I have to say I can't be happier. This is the single best wallet / password management program available for any platform, and I don't see myself changing up anytime soon. Basically the way this (and others) program works is that you remember a single master password to unlock your wallet. The wallet then decrypts and you have full access to your list of passwords, pin numbers, credit card numbers, combination lock info, security codes, pass phrases, bra sizes, etc... whatever info you want to keep secret, Safewallet can handle.
Safewallet isn't open source, and cannot be vetted by the general public. However, the folks at SBSH are experts with encryption and integrating it into their software development efforts. I trust them to keep my data safe. The encryption itself is AES 256 bit, which is the best generally available security available at the time of this review. The US gov't considers it safe for all levels of protection up through top secret. Just be sure to pick a memorable, but secure master password. I.e. letters, numbers, symbols, upper/lower case, etc. Your master password database is only as secure as your master password, so don't pick "s3cr3t" as your password.
The interface is simply wonderful. It's clean, it's fast, it's very easy to navigate and search. You can store any secret info you want from simple passwords or logons, to combinations, to lists, to anything. Safewallet has a powerful template system so that you can design your "cards" as they're called to look anyway you want them to. Store anything as simple as a single generic password to as complicated as a local network with passcodes, domain info, connection protocols, and more. Plus, the info you designate as secret or private can be made to show in just asterisks (e.g. *********), so you can copy and paste passwords into website fields without ever even looking at them. Their interface is nothing but a pleasure to work in after prior experience with eWallet, Flexwallet, KeePass, etc. SPB Wallet is similar, but I still prefer Safewallet's clean, straightforward interface above all others. They also have an outstanding and flexible password generator that gives you completely random passwords of letters, numbers, symbols as you specify, in any length you would like. While you can't generally remember a 15 digit randomized password, for most uses where you're just copying and pasting from Safewallet anyway, you can't beat the security of that level of difficult password.
The good folks at SBSH are constantly working on their stable of software. In the most recent version of Safewallet, it's compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Symbian. They are the first to come out with a fully operational Android client. That is, eWallet did come up with a wallet "viewer" for Android first, but it was a view-only system. Safewallet has full edit and create functions for all platforms, including Android. When working with a wallet program, you need access to your passwords from anywhere and everywhere. You are typically in and out of secure systems all the time, from your Amazon password to credit card info, to pins at the ATM, to your wife's ring size when you're at the jewelry store. Whether you use a PC, Mac, mobile phone, tablet, or whatever, you can access your passwords. They also have importing tools for other types of wallet programs, if you currently use a competitor product. Plus, synchronization is top notch (see next).
The most recent version of Safewallet did something very, very smart. It offers full sync through Dropbox. If you're unfamiliar with Dropbox, it's basically cloud storage that syncs files between computers, mobile phones, etc. Think of having a "Dropbox" folder on your work computer, home computer, kid's computer, mobile phone, laptop, tablet, etc. Everything you put into that folder is synchronized among all the different computers you use Dropbox on... and the secure Dropbox cloud storage. You even have access to some past versions of your files, in case you accidentally delete or change something. Safewallet can store your encrypted password databases in Dropbox, so your secret info is available from any device you have. Your secure data is always encrypted on the device before it ever gets sync'd with Dropbox, so you never have to worry about your data being "out there" or in any way insecure. Dropbox is free, by the way. You get 2 gigs of free space, and get more for new referrals up to several more gigs of storage space. There are also some high capacity paid options, but really 2 gigs is all you could generally need, especially for something like Safewallet files. By the way, if you don't currently use Dropbox, but would like to, check it out. If you sign up, would you be so good as to do so through my referral link ([...]) so I can get some extra space (pretty please... =)? I know... I'm shameless.
It's not free. I'll state that now, and you can certainly see that by this program link. Programs like KeePass are free and open source. KeePass is ok, but really the interface is nowhere near as clean as Safewallet. Plus you don't have the flexibility you have in Safewallet to customize the look and feel of your data cards to exactly how you want to see them. Yet, even as a paid program, Safewallet is an outstanding value. The mobile app is only a few dollars. The computer version of the app is around $15 if I remember correctly. Very reasonable for such an essential "killer app" in my book. Plus, if you compare it with programs like eWallet, you get more for your money, better platform support, and plus I'm not a fan of the eWallet interface. Nope, Safewallet is the best, and the few dollars they ask are well worth it.
I said this already, but Safewallet is my "killer app" that I use on multiple computers and digital devices. I have maybe 400 records in my own wallet... everything from web page passwords to financial data to my wireless network info to... well anything. After going through several other similar programs, I believe I've made my final stop with Safewallet. I encourage you to give it a try... I hope you will be as pleased as I am with it.