Ascendo goes big with major DataVault Password Manager for Android refresh

Ascendo goes big with major DataVault Password Manager for Android refresh

May 12, 2016

Well regarded cross-platform password generator and safe application DataVault Password Manager just unveiled some major changes and enhancements.

We have been fans of DataVault for some time, and the new pieces make that much better; it adds fingerprint authentication as an option for master password on devices that support it, and — his is huge — a free version with unlimited items.

The changelog is massive indeed, per Ascendo.

– Released free version with unlimited number of items, in addition to paid version.
– Implemented Fingerprint Authentication for master login.*
– Added Light Theme (default). See menu > Display Settings to switch back to Dark Theme.
– Added master password mask/unmask icon.
– Implemented numeric keyboard for login and added keyboard selector to login screens.
– Added support for Android Marshmallow (version 6).
– Changed List View default to collapsed view.
– Added Security Setting to disable Screen Capture in DataVault.
– Corrected split view issue for certain smartphones.
– Enhanced navigation and usability on main screens.
– Replaced action bar icons with Material Design icons.
– Improved startup time by removing launch screen.
– Enhancements to Dropbox Auto-Sync.*
– Improvements to item icons, login screen, manage categories & types screens, navigation, help text.

We were able to speak Ascendo chief Marc Bolh about the update.

Android Rundown: What is the most important enhancement in this release?

Marc: Support for Fingerprint Authentication is no doubt the most compelling feature in version 6.1. Most of our customers use DataVault several times a day and logging in with a fingerprint will save them a lot of time.

Android Rundown: Why did you decide to release a free version of DataVault for Android?

Marc: DataVault Password Manager brings peace of mind in a complicated world. We want to bring that to as many people as possible. Providing a free version with premium features, in addition to the paid version was the best way to do that.

[via Ascendo News]

My App Addiction: DataVault Password Manager

My App Addiction: DataVault Password Manager

Aug 6, 2015

I grew up on that wild, uncontrollable thing Al Gore created.

Back then, the internet was new, cool and scary. A million places to visit, and then some. I did what a lot of folks did then: I used one password for all my login sites. Don’t judge; it was just easier.

By the time I had gravitated to BlackBerry OS, I had begun to select passwords with more complexity than my favorite meal. One problem though… selecting unique passwords all but meant that I would need to keep a record of all these new passwords I was creating. Paper and pen was out, as was recording it in note-taking application. Thankfully, BlackBerry devices had a stock password keeper app that worked great.

But ah… another problem. For someone who likes to dabble into everything mobile, a proprietary app had its drawbacks. By this time I had determined to use a cross-platform offering for my next password management app, and then I stumbled on Ascendo DataVault Password Manager.

It’s a simple mobile solution: a password vault and generator all in one. Since I can use it on mobile devices and desktop, I have access to all my devices on the go and at home, and better yet, I can really go to town with regards to creating unique passwords with its built-in utility. Further, it can be used to store more than just passwords; it has templates for all sorts of information, from banking data to auto information. I also use it to keep notes.

Now, its syncability is huge. it can be used with Dropbox, and for those reticent about cloud based syncing, it provides folks with the ability to save to local SD or across devices using local wi-fi.

When talking about anchor apps, this one has long since become one of my anchor ones.

With good reason, too.

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[Our Ascendo DataVault Password Manager Review]

Ascendo DataVault Gets New Update With Several New Features

Ascendo DataVault Gets New Update With Several New Features

Jul 9, 2014

When we first looked at Ascendo DataVault, it was hard to knock it. As a mobile digital password safe, it mostly had the pieces to be a relevant tool for the professional on the go. As our individual online profiles grow, we need good, unique passwords to maintain safety and security for each footprint. DataVault not only helps to secure and mobilize these passwords, it helps generate them.

Thankfully, Ascendo doesn’t just sit back and rest on its laurels; its recent update to DataVault brings in some pretty cool features.

The basics are still there: optional desktop companion, password generation, the ability to auto-destruct after multiple wrong log-ins, AES encryption, SD card, cloud, WebDav server and local wi-fi backup/sync functionality and more. Version 5.1.16 brings in a refreshed look, with a cleaner menu interface. Most prominently, though, the app now offers additional premium features from within the app.

The first listed new feature is advanced AES 256-bit encryption. It also has a bunch of new icons (200 of them), which help with more accurate labeling, and it allows for linking and backup via Dropbox. It also has better tablet support and bug fixes. The new features more or less create a more vibrant app, and greatly increase usability.

In practice, I did like the updated app; it feels snappier, syncs flawlessly, and retains the basic security functions it is known for. The password generator is one of my favorites, allowing one to randomly select a password based on criteria like length, letter case, numbers, punctuation marks and estimated strength.

I would still love a smoother, more organic sync procedure; tighter cloud syncing (like what is available for iOS) would be definitely welcome. Still, the app keeps on getting better, and is a great mobile tool.

These premium offerings can be unlocked via in-app purchase for $4.99. DataVault itself is available on the Play Store for $9.99.

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A Look at Ascendo and French English Dictionary

A Look at Ascendo and French English Dictionary

Dec 4, 2013

Yep, Ascendo has been in the mobile game for quite some time.

In several application categories and across several mobile platforms, Ascendo has mostly garnered a reputation for quality work, and the list of awards this development house accumulates attests to its attention to detail.

I also had an opportunity to talk with Ascendo chief Marc Bolh (while checking out it French English Dictionary app) about Ascendo’s development philosophy with regards to all its language apps. We asked a host of questions, such as what this updated version offers and the premium version.

“We’ve added lots of enhancements for tablet users such as split screen view,” he told us. “This allows users to view dictionary entries on the right of the screen while browsing the lookup list on the left. The Phrasebook and Verb Conjugator work in similar ways.”

He added, “Another great feature is the ability to add words to the dictionary. Our dictionaries include over 250,000 translations so you will find the vast majority of words you are looking for. However, there are a lot of language dialects, slang words and industry specific terms and no dictionary can cover them all. In addition, new words and usages find their way into languages every day. Our linguists are adding words regularly and now are users can too.”

And what type of people would enjoy the optional $4.99 premium features? “People who love languages and want awesome fed1features like syncing their words between devices or ongoing access to the phrase translator” he says. “These backend features incur costs so it’s important that the business model be aligned. Subscription users also get access to the full dictionary, phrasebook and verb conjugator without ads. The free version has over 50,000 translation which may be good enough for 1st and 2nd year students and a one-time paid version is available separately for people who want the full dictionary without sync or phrase translation.”

I asked Marc about his vision of the future of mobile apps. “Languages are living and apps should reflect that by encouraging users to create and share content. We developed the first app to allow users to add notes and images to dictionary entries. Version 6 is the the first app to allow users to add dictionary keywords. This foundation will allow users to share content in future versions. Our mission is to bring language apps to life and we thank the 10 million+ people who have joined us on this journey by downloading our apps.”

The app interface is recognizably pleasant, with white font against a mostly black background. The menu opens up with the Dictionary, which has common words in both languages listed alphabetically. Selecting a word gives opens up the meaning, the translation and an audio pronunciation button. Also on the menu are phrases, verbs and a quiz utility.

All in all, the app works well, so much so that I was dusting off my French quickly and in an enjoyable manner.

Ascendo Updates Spanish English Dictionary + with Expanded Tablet Support and More

Ascendo Updates Spanish English Dictionary + with Expanded Tablet Support and More

Sep 12, 2013

Ascendo, the studio behind password app DataVault and a whole suite of English translation dictionaries just announced a major update to its Spanish English Dictionary + application for Android.

The new update adds support for tablets, an improved UI, and the ability to add custom words to the stock database of 250,000 translations. This makes the Spanish English Dictionary potentially even more useful as the ability to add atypical and regional slang words is now covered.

These are in addition to the speech-to-text functionality, conjugations, phrases and the quiz generator, all features geared towards improving retention.

We had an opportunity to review the Spanish English Dictionary + and Ascendo DataVault as well.

DataVault Password Manager Review

DataVault Password Manager Review

Oct 15, 2012

I sometimes feel as if I live life password to password. Blame it on the internet age; we all seem to be heavily connected. The web has become our centralized conduit. To keep our pathways safe, we have all learned to use passwords.

And the term “password” has long since stopped an effective gatekeeper. I have hundreds of web portals that I access. Some hourly, some every blue moon, but access is important enough to retain the passwords. So, I have to have access to these websites with secure, unique passwords, and I cannot afford to use one across the board. Even more crucially, I have to have access to these passwords on the go.

DataVault Password Manager looked to fill that void.

DataVault brings Ascendo Inc’s cross-platform password management chops to bear on Android. At the core of the system is the handheld component. The data entry was straightforward, with plenty of templates to guide. I found that customization was not an afterthought; even the icons set allowed for imports of images. And since security should be of essence, I appreciated the toggle-able security and log-in attempt controls. Too many guesses of the master password initiated destruction of the local database.

For me, it’s pointless to have a password repository without a reasonable backup alternatives. I thought the developers did a great job here, allowing data to be saved to SD card or backed up to the cloud via Dropbox. DataVault also does backup and restore operations from within the app, making it easy for me to have access to my data even if my device crashed. Additional features are the ability to login and even dial numbers from within the application. I also used the password generator, which allowed for the creation of passwords with uniquely customizable attributes.

On its own, as a handheld standalone app, DataVault feels mature and very functional. But when paired with the optional desktop software — available for Windows and Mac — even more functionality is unlocked. With syncing over local wi-fi and/or Webdav (which allows for sync with Box.net), I found DataVault to be close to the perfect solution. The ability to manipulate entries from my desktop, as well as having yet another backup option available if and when I needed it.

In addition, I liked that DataVault allowed for import of data from other programs. The files I moved over populated cleanly.

With more people going to the cloud for the semblance of universal access, I look to see more options for encrypted cloud syncing; Google Drive is a biggie (though, as noted, Webdav can be used with Box.net). Still DataVault, with all of its functionality and simplicity, is an extremely compelling program that can easily, almost sneakily become indispensable.