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  1. hansangb

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    The only problem with 1Password right now is that the search function does not extend to the NOTES field. And the sync'ing is nowhere as smooth as B-Folders. I mean it's pretty easy if you decide to use Box.net, but I don't. I actually use an ftp server on my Droid and use goodsync to sync up the files. But hardly as smooth as B-Folders which syncs via wifi. Both are good programs. The auto fill option of 1Password is not as useful for me since I'm a roboform user.
     

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    Found a reliable way to ensure syncing on SplashID if anyone needs some pointers. Figured I'd post in case anyone ever searches...
     
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    I investigated every password manager in this thread and none of them have the features I want:
    1. Android and Windows desktop version.
    2. Android and Windows sync automatically with no user interaction.
    3. Sync copies only changed passwords, not the whole password file.
    4. No yearly subscription cost

    Feature 3 is important because I don't have regular data access with my phone. I pay $1.50 for a day of access occasionally (T-Mobile pre-paid), but otherwise it usually only has internet access when it's at home connected to wifi. Therefore it's likely I'll make changes to the password database and when I come home I may change the desktop database before a sync occurs, meaning neither database file can be copied over the other without losing something.

    I suppose I could go with one of the dropbox sync options and hope dropbox does a sync when I get a data connection before I make changes to the other database, but it sounds unreliable.

    Here's my brief notes about each password manager in case it's useful to anyone:

    o OI Safe
    - Android only - no desktop.
    - Been using this for a couple years and it's fairly good. Some bugs have lingered for well over a year with no fix, like about 15% of the time when I type the correct password it returns to the password screen as if I hadn't done anything (if I type the wrong password it shakes and says wrong password). Also, every once in a long time it keeps passwords open forever instead of timing out and locking them.
    - I saw a post somewhere that I can't find again that said the version of AES used is a fast but low security version that could be broken with some brute force effort.

    o Keepass Features - KeePass
    - Old and popular open source desktop app. Android has support only for writing to 1.x DBs but 2.x has been around for awhile.
    - Sync using dropbox: How to Use Dropbox as the Ultimate Password Syncer
    - Sync overwrites entire DB so if you make changes to different passwords in two places, changes in one database will be lost.
    - Plugins for 2.x Desktop database are able to sync on a per-password basis but there is no Android sync yet.

    o SplashID
    - $10 Android, $20 desktop. Syncs, but only by logging in to both clients and clicking sync.
    - Lots of user complaints about slow bug fixes, slow performance. One bad bug is if you log in, kill the app, then next time you open the DB it needs no password to see.

    o B-Folders
    - Free android, $29.95 Desktop. Syncs, but only by logging in to one client and clicking sync.
    - Tested and android has good performance.
    - Support responded saying auto sync is on their list of features to add but "not at the top". He also said they're working on a mysterious and exciting new sync feature but did not give details. Since they plan to add auto sync some day I may go with this solution for now.

    o mSecure
    - $5 android, $15 Desktop.
    - Syncs, but only by logging in on Android and clicking sync (if I'm reading the user guide correctly).
    - Sync requires installing Apple's Bonjour on Windows which I don't like having to do.
    - There was a comment on the android app store that it put passwords in an XML file that showed the password when viewed with an external editor. This may just be someone who exported their passwords and got confused, but is worth investigating.

    o SecForms
    - Syncs, but only by logging in to both clients and clicking sync.
    - Free android, free PC unless you want to sync, which costs $20.

    o Lastpass https://lastpass.com/
    - $1/mo to sync to their servers

    o Keeper https://www.callpod.com/products/keeper
    - The auto sync will initiate on login and when a record is deleted, edited, or saved which might be an okay solution if it syncs individual records.
    - Syncs via wifi on local network or to their servers.
    - $30/yr! Apparently there was a non-subscription version as recently as Sept 2010 so I asked if I could continue to use wifi sync after 1 year but they said no. Someone on the forums said even if you purchased it before Sept your wifi sync is going to stop working after a year - that seems dishonest.
    - A user claims it doesn’t properly sync delete operations…

    o Secrets secrets-for-android - Project Hosting on Google Code
    - No desktop version, but free and open source.
    - Can keep 10 backups on sd card that could be synced using dropbox.

    o RoboForm
    - Has android and desktop.
    - Somehow syncs using their online server but costs $10 for first year, $20 additional years.

    o TinyPassword Tiny Couch - Tiny Password - Password Management for Android OS
    - Pretty cool but no desktop app.

    o eWallet eWallet Viewer for Android - Password Manager and Digital Wallet
    - Can only be edited on PC. Android app can only view.

    o Moxier Wallet Moxier Wallet | Secure Password Manager | FAQ
    - May support auto sync but requires $20/yr subscription.

    o Wallet for Android http://timothyjc.blogspot.com/2010/12/wallet-for-android.html
    - Android-only app, no desktop
    - Built in option to sync to Dropbox

    o 1Password Welcome to Agile Web Solutions
    - Supposedly there’s an android version now but it isn’t listed on their site.
    - Syncs only entire DB via Dropbox

    o Ascendo Datavault
    - They're working on an android version but have no public beta yet.
    - Asked about auto sync, no response so far

    o SafeWallet SBSH Software for iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Smartphone and Symbian S60
    - Supports sync, but not automatic.

    o Facile Password Manager
    - Android only

    o Universal Password Manager
    - Open source creation of some guy. You can have the PC or Android version place a copy of the DB on a web server you’ve configured and it will download an updated copy from there each time you make a change and upload after each change. This might be an okay solution except if I make changes with no data connection (if it even lets me), then I run the risk of making other changes on the desktop before I remember to sync Android and one or the other will lose modifications I made.
    - The android UI is very basic. Pressing back button after editing a password discards edits with no warning.
    - No import option in Android – not sure about PC.
     
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    LASTPASS - It is not just a password storage app; it is actually useful.
     
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    Based on this post, many of you have emailed asking for the beta. You have all gotten the same response from me...your email is on file, I'll let you know when a beta is available.

    I don't know who Tato is, but he does not have a beta (he has only 2 posts). We have not given out a beta yet. I have a list of people who have emailed asking about DataVault, and i will be contacting you, as promised, when the beta is ready for public testing.

    We are hard at work on the Android version of DataVault, and do hope to have that public beta available in the not too distant future.

    Please follow us on Twitter for news. We do appreciate all the interest, but as of today, there is no public beta.

    Thank you.

     
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    why not create a password protected and encrypted Word 2007 Document and save all of your passwords to it? then use Documents To Go to open it on your Android and Word 2007 to open it on your PC. lastly - create a free Dropbox account and place the Word file in your Dropbox folder and access it from anywhere in the world from any device. this way you won't be at the mercy of some mom & pop proprietary black box app.

    here is how i set up my simple free flow encrypted password protected MS Word Document. you can use "DATA" as the file name or whatever you like. i'd keep it vauge so as to not make it a target. the rest are the headings for each category. within each category is a simple sentence for each vendor containing the applicable information - vendor name, account #, PIN, username, password, telephone number, etc. each vendor has a single line. use the CAPITAL LETTER headings for each category to make them easy to find and to keep organized. enjoy.

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    "DATA"


    DEBIT AND CREDIT CARDS


    ATM PINS


    CHECKING AND SAVINGS ACCOUNTS


    ONLINE BANKING


    INVESTMENTS


    COMPUTER


    EMPLOYERS


    TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS


    UTILITIES


    AUTOMOBILE


    INSURANCE


    RETAILERS AND SERVICES


    VALUABLES


    AIRLINES AND TRAINS


    HOTELS


    EMAIL ACCOUNTS


    12-31-10
     
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    Thanks!!!
     
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    I'd love to test out beta software... I'm still searching for the right software.
     
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    After years of being an avid user of eWallet on other devices, I no longer use them due to their lack of support with Android (viewer only, no editing on device). A phone conversation with their tech support was less than enthusiastic. "We have no plans for a full-featured Android app at this time as we use Macs here." Amazing.

    I now use mSecure (msevensoftware.com) which works very well, extremely simple UI and syncs wirelessly with the desktop version. One can create/edit their own categories and icons. Support is responsive and quick.
     
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    Another vote for KeePass
     
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    I have tried the password managers that have been listed. None of them quite did it for me. The closest that I have found is "Wallet" by Tim Clark. I like that it is customizable and will backup to Dropbox.
     
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    Another vote for LastPass here.
     
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    OK, guys, I have been lurking and reading.

    here is my question, I am getting the I-500 from US Cellular and have been a BB user for three plus years and love the PW Keeper in it,

    Now I really dislike taking the time to input all 87 of them into an Android and so on, so is there a free app that lets me install it on the Android and my laptop so I can at least use my laptop to manage the files in it and sync OTA,

     
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    see my post above. why not copy and paste into an MS Word Document and use the above process? then never be trapped on a platform-specific app again.
     
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    Good idea, however I don't use Microsoft Word and don't have it on my laptop, :(

    I always use Google,

    Anyone alse have a recommendation,
     
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    Can't you encrypt Google Docs?
     
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    Would prefer not to create it in Google if I could, :)

    And I want to clarify, I just want the ability to create user names and passwiord entries and sync them with the phone, OTA
    Just like BB PWkeeper but BB doesn't have a wireless sync option,

    I do not want the ability to auto fill out any names or passwords, this is just for my information to be stored for me if needed.
     
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    So I downloaded Universal Password Manager for my laptop and it doesn't do anything or open up, what am I doing wrong.

    I have it on the Android now also and only put in two entries because I want to see how they are going to communicate together.

    HELP
     
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    Apart from the ability to sync with phone versions of the software, what advantages are there of using password managing software over a password-encrypted Word document? Word 2007+ seems to be secure enough (How safe is Word 2007 encryption?), so am I missing something?
     
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    I agree... a Word file could do the trick.

    One thing that I use heavily in SplashID is the password generator. It is a handy utility.
     
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    Have you found a solution to this? I am currently struggling with exact same issue and also don't want to re enter data.
     
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    I use xmarks (previously foxmarks) on linux and windows, and I noticed they do an android version, but it is only for subscribers.
    Xmarks Blog Xmarks for Android is here!

    I also use superchromepass/supergenpass to generate unique passwords for each site I visit, so that means I can have a separate window on SGP mobile (html saved locally for desktop) where I simply put in the domain, hit generate and can then copy/pase the password to the website.

    Note that supergenpass is not secure in firefox due to the way the javascript variables in supergenpass exposes the master password to the web page.

    HTH
    Paul
     
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    same here! just switched from a bb to a droidx and would love to know how to get all my pw's in my new phone.. thx
     
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    Hi guys, I have been using BioWallet Signature (free) as a password manager for quite a long time and I'm very happy with it.

    In addition, you can protect your sensitive information with a master password or with your handwritten signature, which is very cool!

    Now I'm also using biowallet2browser, a Chrome extension that connects to my phone and autofills the username and password fields of the websites. It's really fast and the passwords are always stored on my own phone.

    Is anyone here using it also?
     

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