Monthly Archives: September 2011

App Review: mSecure Password Manager

mSecure App IconThe other day I was singing up for an Evernote account and while entering my email, username and password, I realized that this was likely the 342nd account I’ve created somewhere on the internet over the last 10 years. I also realized that I mostly go by memory and don’t really have a ‘place’ to store my passwords and logins. Since I recently lost my wallet, I knew that going old-school and writing everything down on post it notes would probably end up in the wrong hands, I decided to see how secure it would be to put this sensitive information in my iPhone since it never leaves my side and I have it with me 24/7.

mSecure on the iPadAs first I was nervous about this, since if I ever lost my phone, someone would be able to log into all my account and I’d be in serious trouble until I stumbled upon numerous reviewers and trust sources recommending mSecure app for iPad and iPhone.

mSecure is a password manager that allows you to store all of your private information on your iDevice. From credit card numbers, bank account, passwords, prescriptions, combinations, web accounts and many more. The app is supposed to be very secure thought, as you can see from their website, it’s virtually impossible to ‘break in’ and you can set the self-destruct mode to erase and delete after a said number of failed attempts. (I’ve set mine to 5, nice and low)

mSecure In App Icon SetsLoaded with tons of features and options, you can pretty much customize the app any way you want by deleting the default categories, adding pre-loaded icons to easily identify your accounts and even allows you a nice search feature should your list be extremely long and you can’t remember how you entered your account info.

mSecure uses 256-bit encryption of data which is supposed to be “impenetrable.” I’m willing to bet that someone could break in, if they really wanted to. But I don’t know crap about that sort of thing. I’m sure you probably know more than I do. Either you’re rolling your eyes because I’m naïve, or you’re shaking your head thinking I’m paranoid.

mSecure In Use GroupsThe app is on sale for a limited time through the app store for $4.99 (reg. $6.99) The best thing I like about this app is that you can download the desktop manager (Windows or Mac) and back-up your data to your computer and then cross-sync to your iPad. So you have all your data with you at all times, on all devices and you don’t have to input it 5 different times. With iCloud, it’ll be interesting to see what this app can do with ‘magical’ syncing capabilities.

If you’re the type of person who’s freaked out by just logging into your Facebook account, then this app probably isn’t for you. But if you like to throw caution to the wind and need a good place to store important information that you’d like to have on you at all times – then you should check this out. I know there are other password managers, but this one is easy to use and relatively cheap. I’d recommend it based on the price for what you’re getting. Definitely worth it.

The app is pretty much perfect as a utility and the only complaint I really have is that they should allow you to use your own icon images, or allow me to upload them for sure, but that’s me just being really picky. As well as the other thing being that I don’t think data is ever really secure on a phone, no matter how much encryption, but that’s just my paranoia, no fault of mSeven Software (the developers).

My rating: 4/5

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Install OS X Lion on Multiple Machines

OS X Lion IconIf you’re a diehard Apple fan, like I am, you’ll likely have to install OS X Lion on more than one Mac. Since I just picked up my 27″ iMac on Friday, I figured it was time to update the OS on it and my MacBook Pro at the same time. I downloaded Lion through the Mac App Store, but then thought about how I didn’t want to pay another $29.99 when I installed it on my MacBook.

Lucky for me, I didn’t have to.

So I did a little digging and found out that as long as you have the Mac App Store authorized with the same Apple ID on each of your machines, you only need to pay once. Here’s how:

1. Download Lion

Launch the Mac App Store on the first machine. Buy the app and confirm your purchase by entering your Apple ID and password, then just wait for it to download the 3.5 GB installer.

OS X Lion Install Option

2. Install

After the download is complete, follow the instructions and begin the install process. (It took about 25 minutes on my i5 2.7 GHz iMac)

OS X Lion Install Progress

3. Download on Another Machine

Launch the Mac App Store on the second machine that needs the update and make sure you’ve logged in with the same Apple ID as you used for the first one. Follow these steps:

Click “Purchases” along the top of the App Store browser window

App Store Purchases Screen Shot

You’ll see a complete list of all Apps that have been purchased in the App Store with this account and the option to download each of them. In this case, choose OS X Lion and let the download begin (Again the size of the download is 3.5 GB)

Purchased List App Store Screen Shot

4. Install

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Once You Go iMac, You Never Go Back

I write this entry with the great news that MacAddiction author, me, has finally made the switch and I am now 100% Apple!

A lot of my friends ask me what took me so long? – and the real answer is money. Since I don’t get any breaks on pricing or discounts, I had to save up enough money on my own to buy the next big Apple product, and as of Friday, September 2, 2011, I added a 17″ iMac to my collection. Let me just start off by saying… WOW!

I use a 21.5″ iMac at work that’s at least 4 or 5 years old and it treats me good, so I figured it was just a matter of time until I’d get rid of my cheap PC at home and get something better suited to my needs at home. After going back and forth on whether I should get the 21.5″ or the 27″, I posted out a question to friends on Facebook asking “Does size really matter” – poking fun at a sexual innuendo that would get people responding – and respond they did.

After being made fun of the fact that I wasn’t already all Apple, they choice was clear that 27″ would be the only choice I wouldn’t regret in a few months. They were right! I love my iMac! So much, that I’ve spent a chunk of my weekend just working on it. It’s actually renewed my love for sitting at my desk at home and using my computer.

The setup couldn’t have been easier. From unboxing to use, it was a matter of 5 minutes. Network setup was a breeze. Getting MobileMe sync was quick. The only place I spent most of time was getting my iTunes transferred from my old PC into the new iMac.

I was so excited I figured I’d walk you through my un-boxing. First is the box arriving at my home office.

iMac Arrives At Home

Cracked open the first tabs and notice that everything is neatly packaged inside and that there’s only three elements in the box; the iMac, power cord, keyboard/mouse/software box.

The back side of the 27″ looks really nice. There’s 2 thunderbolt ports, 4 usb ports, ethernet, firewire and the optical drive on the side and an SD card slot.

iMac From Behind

And then the front is just so big!

iMac From The Front

And then finally how awesome it looks once all powered up, with Apple’s wireless keyboard and Apple’s magic track pad (sold separately).

iMac Powered On

Now I’m going to try and get OS X Lion loaded up on this machine as well as my MacBook pro. Wish me luck.

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