Jul 5, 2012
A digital world demands digital solutions. As we become more entwined with the information highway, we need to focus more on portable security. Having one password isn’t gonna cut it, either.
So, if you do what the experts from you, and have a hundred different passwords for the hundred sites you frequent, how do you keep track?
This is where mSecure from mSeven Software comes in. It serves as a handheld-based password receptacle that has the ability to sync to an optional desktop companion or the cloud. It boasts 256-bit Blowfish encryption to protect data. The software boasts 17 custom templates, with the ability to make more custom ones. In addition, it supports auto-login and search.
It weighs in at 8.3 MB, and costs $9.99 in the Google Play Store. And the developer is not willing to allow lack of access to Google’s app environment prevent potential customers from getting it. It is available for Nook devices, the Amazon Appstore and even the Verizon Media Store, among other places.
The Android port has a clean look, prompting me to set up a master password at initial launch. Just in case I did the unthinkable and forgot that master password, I got to put in a hint as well. After that, the menu is fairly straight-laced. One great benefit was the ability to store data on SD card or Dropbox. I was also able to email a backup to my Gmail (I was not able to send to another webmail address).
For this review, I combined the Android app with the optional Windows desktop software ($19.99). Syncing was a breeze, and was easier than I expected. Both ports had to be open, share the same password and had to be on the same wi-fi network. I had it up and running in under two minutes.
The developer does well to make it easy for folks to move their data over to mSecure; I found I could import csv files, as well as data from competing software from SplashID, Dataviz, Handy Safe Pro, TurboPaswords and KeePass. I figured that if your current password program can export a CSV file, mSecure can sort it out. As noted, its Dropbox compatibility allows it to be used as a standalone app.
The software also comes with a password generator, auto-backup functionality and a lot of icons to aid personalization and sorting. I found I could change fonts too, thus giving the whole program an enviable degree of customization. It is also reassuring to know that mSecure is available on Mac and iOS in addition to Android and Windows, so I can take mSecure with me across platforms, or sync with others in my household on those platforms.
The peripheral features (like auto-lock and data destruction after failed logins) were the cherry on top.
I was impressed by mSecure, and for the busy individual with tons of web portals, it can be a lifesaver. The fact that it is a cross-platform app is definitely a plus, and cloud compatibility a bonus.