Password apps and security

Jason Edwards

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Dec 28, 2007
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Is it just me or are there others out there that are hesitant to use these apps to store very important info such as bank logins and credit card info with the card number, name and security code. I want to use one of these as I think they would be very handy, but I am scared to. I am either scared I will lose my device and its crossed my mind that what if the developer cant be trusted. What if the developer decided to go to the dark side and start sending this information back to him/her. I know I know...I am being paranoid, but identity theft scares the heck out of me. I know I can set passwords and such, but these thoughts still enter my little brain.

Whats wrong with me ? :confused: I dont use these on my computers either. I have a nice little notebook I keep up with this data on.

Later,
Jason
 

cyclingplatypus

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The 1Password App has a security code that has to be entered upon opening and even has a master password. If you have the desktop app you can wirelessly sync it too.
 

iFerd

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Besides 1Password with its Mac-only desktop, there are desktop versions of both SplashID (Mac and Windows) and eWallet (Windows only so far, Mac promised) that allow you to maintain physical control of your data without ever loading it to someone else's server.

As far as the files themselves are concerned, if you use a strong password to encrypt the files, you should have essentially no worries about anyone breaking in to you files. It's unlikely that your data would be valuable enough for someone to waste the enormous effort needed to break the encryption.

That's how I've decided about this. I personally use SplashID, and have since my Palm days. But as a security matter, I wouldn't worry about eWallet either. In fact, if encryption with a strong password is involved, you bear almost no risk in syncing to the cloud either.
 

Jason Edwards

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Dec 28, 2007
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I guess I am just being too paranoid when it comes to this. I know that my data is probably more secure on this little device than the data sitting on some mainframe in a large corporation somewhere. And I have no problems entering my data into websites (even on a Windows machine...lol).

I think I will try SplashID as it looks pretty nice and it has a version for the Mac.

Thanks
Jason
 

icewing

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I went with eWallet because I was able to get the free desktop version for the PC. I avoided one, I don't remember which one, because it had a web interface instead of a desktop client, and I was paranoid about my data possibly being compromised. So far eWallet has been pretty good.