Secure your data

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by michealjohn, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. michealjohn macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I would like to keep all my bank/card and other financial and personal details in more secured mode in my iPhone 3GS.
    I have found many wallet applications for free and which suits my requirement.
    But I have a basic doubt whether it's safe to use those wallet applications.?
    Is it possible for the third party or whoever provided this application can able to get/hack those details because we are providing all the card details in it..
    I won't register any login id with this application to backup the data to the third party. still any risk is there..?
    or is it possible to encrypt the notes which provided by iPhone. Meaning, I will use the notes to capture all my data and some application to encrypt the individual notes and to open it need to enter the password..like that..?
    Please throw some light on it or alternative solution on how to keep the data more securly. thanks.
     
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  3. Cartoonkid macrumors 6502

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    That's a tough call. If we're to believe the app devs, then yes, our data is secure. But without understanding all the nuts and bolts of how data is transferred to and from them, there's no way to know for sure.

    Personally, I use mSecure. They claim they don't store any user data on their servers, and they've got a desktop app for backing up your data directly to your computer.
     
  4. michealjohn thread starter macrumors member

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    Is it possible to encrypt the notes and keep it safely?
     
  5. michealjohn thread starter macrumors member

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    can you suggest some wallet applications/other way to keep the data safely.
    I won't have an idea of backup the data online since it's not safe.
     
  6. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

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    I use ewallet from ilium software. It uses 256 bit AES encryption, so I think it's pretty secure. It's not free but I've been using it since way back when I had a Palm and trust it.
     
  7. rr0ss0rr macrumors newbie

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    There is always 1Password .. Again .. Not free, but will interface with Mobile Safari for your web page credentials and has a Secure Wallet section to keep track of non web page information .. Excellant App and the Support can't be beat
     
  8. Cartoonkid macrumors 6502

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    mSecure also has 256 bit encryption and integrates with Safari.

    http://www.msevensoftware.com/msecure.html

    I have both mSecure and 1Password, but I prefer mSecure. Just personal preference.

    mSecure doesn't have a lite/free version, but 1Password does. I believe it limits the amount of data you can store, but at least you can play around with it to see if you like it before dropping a few bucks on the full version.
     
  9. michealjohn thread starter macrumors member

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    Whether quickoffice supports password protected excel files?
    Instead of buying wallets, I can buy the quickoffice and have all the data in excel with password protected.

    Advantage:
    1. can able to transfer the files to PC/iPhone and do the edit/delete operations in both the places.
    2. Later if I am moving to some other phone, getting the data from the wallet is hectic and since not sure whether the wallet will support for all models. Whereas excel can be moved to most of the phones(windows,iphone,android?).
    3. I can able to use one excel with many sheets for my needs.

    Disadvantage:
    1. how secure is the password in excel?

    Please let me know your valuable suggestions on it..
     
  10. opticalserenity macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote for 1Password. If you own a Mac and an iPhone and don't have 1Password, you should immediately go sacrifice a goat to the gods and download 1Password. It's on every mac I touch.
     
  11. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

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    keys in Excel (and Word) are considered weak and hackable. If concerned about security, I wouldn't recommend that route.
     
  12. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020

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    Are you going to just keep asking the same question over and over until you get the answer you want? You asked for a secure way to keep sensitive information on your phone, you were given 2 very good apps to look into, and instead of doing that, you ask for a secure way to keep sensitive information on your phone.
     
  13. Cartoonkid macrumors 6502

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    If you're so worried about security, just don't put your info on your iPhone. Period.

    There is absolutely, positively, unequivocally NO electronic medium that is 1 billion percent safe. Hell, even if you memorized all your accounts and passwords, someone could still drug you to make you give up the info.

    And for that matter, if you're so concerned about security, how can you possibly feel safe accessing your accounts online??? In case you hadn't heard, there are such things as spyware and viruses that can steal your info without you even knowing. :eek:

    Sorry for the sarcastic rant, but your paranoia is just a wee bit over the top.
     
  14. michealjohn thread starter macrumors member

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    Jeremy/Cartoon,

    You haven't understand my question. I know to certain extend how to keep the data safely and also know the online vulnerability and hacking.
    And also not worried to buy the wallet for spending a few bucks..
    Previously I used Windows Mobile in HTC and bought a wallet and populated all the data by spending a complete one day. Now I have changed my mobile and no way of copying those data from my old phone. The same thing will happen here also(mSecure/1Password).

    To avoid it, i have asked a suggestion in my last post. Anyway, thanks for your help.:)

    Any my question is answered by LostLogik. thanks.
     
  15. Cartoonkid macrumors 6502

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    Had you bothered to look into mSecure, you would've found that the native backup option it has, actually stores all of your data in a .csv (basically an Excel file) format on your desktop.
     

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