Apps review : Secrets (Mac) and Secrets Touch (ios)

Secrets for Mac and Secrets Touch review: A simple, no-frills password manager for Mac and iOS
In the event there's one breed of iPhone app every Mac and iOS user should own, it's a password supervisor. After all, it's not anymore possible nor highly recommended to repeat the same easily-guessed login credentials across all the websites and services we use, and practically impossible for almost all of us to not forget so many combos of letters, digits, and special characters.

For my money, 1Password (for Apple PC and iOS) is hands-down the best option, and one We recommend to others. Yet not everyone will profit from that software's more complex features, while others are simply unwilling to layer out hard-earned cash for the convenience when jotting passwords onto a part of paper gets the job done. (Sadly, my own mother is guilt-ridden of this! )

Keeping secrets:

Secrets (free on the App Store) pieces away almost all of 1Password's electric power user features to give you a cleaner, more streamlined end-user interface. The basics stay the same: You can generate unique secure account details, autofill website logins in Safari (as well as Chrome on the desktop), and seamlessly sync between Mac and iOS devices via iCloud. Everything is saved in an OpenPGP format using proven AES, RSA, and SHA encryption criteria for maximum security.



As opposed to 1Password which can store data in 18 different categories, Secrets is constrained to a total of five different item types.

In many respects, Secrets for Mac is like the ghost of 1Password past--a basic, no-frills security password manager akin to the one AgileBits introduced practically a decade ago. The dual-pane UI displays a set of entries at left which is often sorted by four item types; there is also a search field at the pinnacle that makes it easy to find just what you are thinking about.

With an item selected, a collapsible depth pane at right exhibits specifics for your record, hiding sensitive data unless you hold down the Choice key or click on the Expose button, which only shows up when the mouse hovers over the password field. Most of this functionality is cribbed right from 1Password, such as the convenient one-click Copy option.

In the event all you need to save are website logins, credit card or loan company account details, secure remarks, and software licenses, Secrets will be a good match. But try to add other item types, and you're out of luck. There's no way to create custom classes for identities, reward programs, memberships, or many of the 18 categories offered in 1Password.

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Secrets Contact offers many of the same basic features as 1Password, including Touch IDENTIFICATION support and security options to keep data safe.

As with most username and password managers, Secret for Macintosh is merely half of the story. Developer Outer Spot also provides a universal iOS version called Secrets Contact (free on the iTunes Store) which faithfully recreates practically all the features of the desktop version, including a sharing expansion to autofill logins in Safari and other mobile browsers.

Unfortunately, this extendable is less useful than 1Password's own, which offers an option to fill up pages on websites with similar domains. (For example, Disney movie club. com and Disney movies anywhere. com could use either login. ) I experienced problems using iCloud to sync between Mac and iOS with earlier types, although the latest 2. 2. 2 update was more reliable on my iPhone 7 Plus; We never could completely synchronize to my iPad Expert, however.

Secrets are well worth a look should you be adverse to the current pattern toward subscription-based software. (1Password and LastPass now both rely on this business model, although the past continues to offer never ending licensing, at least for as soon as. ) By comparison, Secrets has abandoned the paid type of the original release and is now free on both platforms, with one caveat: You are able to only store up to 15 items. That's a little bit stingy even for everyday users, but it's enough to get a sense of whether the software will work for you.

Luckily, a one-time in-app getting $20 for Mac and $10 for iOS permits storing an unlimited amount of items, a fair price considering a 1Password subscription is $36 every year (LastPass is even more affordable at only $12 annually). By comparability, Secrets can be used forever--or at least until the inevitable 3. zero release.

It's also easy to help make the leap from competing for username and password managers since Secrets for Mac allow importing from 1Password, LastPass, RapidoSerial, or PasswordWallet, which can then be synced to Secrets Touch. You will need to first move data from that software; I successfully transferred over 1, 200 1Password items, although an individual rogue sign in from streaming provider VUDU. com repeatedly caused Secrets to crash.


Though nowhere near as solid as password managers like 1Password, there's a whole lot to really like about Secrets, particularly if you favor simplicity over a bigger set of features you might never need.
Hope it helps :)


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