The 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.
As 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)
Loaded 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.
The 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