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.


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?

SplashID Safe for Tablets

SplashID Safe for Tablets

Jan 15, 2013

How often is a password needed while browsing the web? How about other information like credit card information or maybe the login information to something else? Well SplashID Safe for Tablets can help keep all this information safe and sound and easily accessible on a phone or tablet. The app tested here is the version for tablets. Here is the version for Android phones.

The first thing I noticed when I started using SplashID Safe for Tablets was it eliminated the ability to take screen captures. I can say I’ve never noticed this feature in other safe and password managing applications. I went back and tested a couple and it’s pretty common feature apparently. When starting out, the first thing asked is to set a password. Since there’s only a need to remember one password (all of the other password will be accessible inside SplashID Safe for Tablets), it’s a good idea to make this a strong password. If needed, a hint can be added to help remember the master password or place where the password was written down and kept for safekeeping.

From here, it’s a matter of adding in all of the sites, passwords and other information for safe keeping. This is the part of any password manager that’s no fun. If the desktop version is purchased, information can be entered their and synced with the handheld devices. Otherwise the information needs to be entered manually one entry at a time. This is a great chance to eliminate old accounts and information. When entering the information, it’s a good idea to categorize and group similar passwords or accounts.

When there is a need to have more than a business and personal category, create new ones to better organize information. There’s also different “types”. The types are templates to make the entry and organization of data easier. For example one of the types is for bank accounts while another is frequent-flier miles. Using the types for some things like insurance will not replace the actual need to keep a copy of the form in the car.

The whole idea is to make sure to use SplashID Safe for Tablets or any other password manager or it’s just another app taking up space. Having everything in one spot makes SplashID Safe for Tablets a super useful tool.

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.


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.

Download LastPass

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.

Download Keeper Password & Data Vault


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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mSecure Password Manager Review

mSecure Password Manager Review

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.