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Monday 20 October 2014

Enpass - App Review

Passwords... love them, hate them. they're everywhere.

There are two main ways in which people tend to deal with passwords: use the same one everywhere, or (somehow) randomly generate them.

The former option is extremely unsafe, and the second needs careful thought about how to manage the situation.

The Enpass App is an attempt at giving you the best of both worlds (in a way).

Now for the ACIDS test:

The App starts off by asking you for a master password. This is the key (in more senses than one) that will protect you so, it needs to be 'complicated' but memorable. The good news is that you can mix upper and lower case, as well as numbers and special characters.

You must remember this password or you will no longer have access.

You can now start entering items under various categories:

Credit card
Secure note (this is a nice extra touch)

Each one of these then asks for the relevant information to attach to the record, as well as the ability to add new fields. The really clever bit if the 'key' icon which allows the system to generate a password where you set the length, number of digits, symbols, and uppercase.

Once you have finished you can easily find the items, either within their categories or alphabetically.

The App costs $10 which is not cheap but, security hasn't really got a cost and, the desktop version is free.

You need secure passwords: fact. This is a straightforward way of both generating and storing them.

The App is very intuitive to use and reliable.

This is really what this App is about. Your information is stored on your device and not in the cloud. In my opinion this is a definite advantage.

The developers clearly take your security seriously your data is encrypted using AES-256 and your master password with PBKDF2 (Password-Based Key Derivation Function).

ACIDS Test Rating:

You know you need security...

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.

You can get Enpass here and support for the App here.

1 comment:

  1. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 4.0.5 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    * iCloud-Drive compatibility added for iOS 8 and Yosemite.
    * Critical login screen bug fixed for iOS 8.1
    * Minor improvements.


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