Keeper Password Manager Review

Keeper Password Manager Review

Oct 2, 2014

At this point, we hope that the need for a good password manager is akin to common sense. We’re regaled with stories of database intrusions daily; it’s smart to protect one’s self with the basics of password security: using different unique password for different websites. Also, passwords should be changed to new unique ones at regular intervals.

But, if one even has only a dozen websites to log in to every now and then, those passwords start to blend together; that’s where mobile password keepers shine. Keeper Password Manager looks to be another option in this category, and we got to take it for a spin.

First thing to do is to to sign in with a master password. Off the bat, I liked the UI options; who says a productivity app can’t have some personality? It’s possible to change the main color, and while this isn’t life-changing, I feel that one can’t put a price tag on the ability change up looks.keep3

But a UI that can be adjusted visually is still only as good as the overall product; Keeper tends to work because it feels intuitive. Towards the bottom of the main screen, there are navigational buttons here, marking quick-add, sync, settings, help menu and one to re-lock the app with one button press.

Data entry is easy to perform via the “+” icon. One gets to list data by file, and then add name and password. For the latter, I liked the dice roll functionality; when tapped, the software generates a random password for that item. Something that was of special interest to me is the app’s ability to store files and photos; this could come in handy. Additionally, websites can be added and acted upon from within Keeper; the FastFill” option is speedy entry method I enjoyed, as is the share functionality.

The premium add-on allows one to use Keeper’s Cloud Based backup, secure sharing, multi-device sync and a web-based desktop client. Features like auto-locking and multiple wrong password data destroy go hand in hand with the 256-bit AES encryption.

All in all, it’s a robust option, with a lot of functionality, and it easily lends itself to one’s productivity flow. Some might not prefer the premium subscription model, but with a 30 day free trial, there’s no excuse to not give it a try, especially with the cross-platform functionality.

Sticky Password Manager & Safe Review

Sticky Password Manager & Safe Review

Dec 20, 2013

Digital password safes are almost necessities for the productively mobile in this day. There are several options available to Android users, and this is a good thing, as this means only worthy candidates will survive in the ring.

Enter Sticky Password Manager and Safe from Lamantine Software.

Sticky packs AES encryption, and boldly looks to be the consummate password solution; off the bat, I like having the choice if either using the app as a standalone option, or getting in on cloud sync on one or more devices for $20 a year. Signup is a breeze and can be done on mobile device or the web. sticky1

The opening UI is clean and minimalist, with a reliance on cool blue as most of the background coloring. The layout of the data conforms to these ideals; by default, the app splits data into five broad but usable categories: app accounts, web accounts, internet bookmarks, identities and secure memos. Each of these has a set template; one thing that I think is interesting is that the app forces you to fill in some categories in some categories. For example, one can’s save an app account without inputting a website. Rigid, but logical. A slick floating window is utilized to copy information to websites and some apps. As noted, multiple devices can be synced to a single account, and these devices can be managed via web portal.

A big plus is the flexibility within the minimalist concept. I tend to like my password list arranged alphabetically, and this app allows for that. Syncing is smooth, and I liked the option of syncing on boot automatically.

What might give most people pause is the subscription model, especially when weighed against rival software that offers one-time payment options. It helps that (at the time of this review), the app is half off. Proceeds from sales go towards helping manatees.

When it’s all said and done, Sticky is a formidable option. The thirty day free trial might be more than enough to convince folks.

And who doesn’t like helping manatees?

Free App Recap October 16th: Android Password Managers

Free App Recap October 16th: Android Password Managers

Oct 16, 2012

Since people are using their Android devices to access the web more, having access to the secure passwords used to log into everything from social networking sites to bank accounts is more important now than ever. Below is a list of three different password managers to give access to the passwords from everywhere.


LastPass


The LastPass application is free. However, the service itself runs $12 a year to access it from anywhere. The major benefit of using LastPass is being able to store passwords, information to fill out forms, generate passwords and set multiple identities, a LastPass Keyboard and LastPass Browser. While all these features may not be used every time, they are handy to have. For example using the LastPass Keyboard makes it much easier to log into websites. Using this keyboard saves steps from opening LastPass , finding the site, copying the username and password and pasting it into the desired site.

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Keeper Password & Data Vault


Keeper has similar offerings as LastPass with a layout more pleasing to the eye. Just like LastPass there is a minimal yearly charge to access the information from anywhere. Using the free version will only store information on the Android device it’s installed on. Creating secure passwords is a snap. Tapping the Dice next to the password text area will auto-generate a new secure password. Using the secure browser will help ensure the login information is not stolen by hackers.

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KeePassDroid


KeePassDroid is totally free. Syncing KeePassDroid is possible by using the classic Windows version for desktop and storing the database in a cloud service such as Dropbox. Both the desktop and Android version can then access the datasbase file keeping the same information in both places. The database is also password protected. Because everything is stored in a database file and not a third-party service, people might be more attracted to this method of keeping passwords because the information is not stored and accessible in somebody else’s server. The passwords can be sorted into different categories to better organize them.

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