Security is one of the major buzz words right now as it should be. When it comes to passwords, if you’re like me, you have a bunch of different logins for various sites on top of account numbers for various credit cards and other accounts. Wouldn’t it be great to have a safe place to store all of them? It would serve two purposes; first, it would make them easy to find, but second, and more importantly, it will allow you to use more stringent passwords. Since it’s so hard to remember a bunch of passwords, I know a lot of you end up using the same simple password over and over again. If a hacker can figure it out, they will have access to many sites, and I don’t have to tell you how bad that would be.
This is where Password Genie comes in. It was developed by SecurityCoverage, Inc., and it will keep all your account and password information safe and secure while making it easy to access on your phone or computer. You can use it to store passwords, logins, credit card numbers, insurance info, pin numbers, garage codes, Rx numbers, and so much more. Not only that, Password Genie lets you store a photo of your card if you so wish. I know, you’re still thinking that you have so much stuff that it will still be a pain to find it when you need it. Not to worry since Password Genie lets you organize your data by categories or create your own custom folders. You can even synchronize with you PC or Mac. If you bookmark you favorite sites, you can auto-launch and Password Genie will autofill your username and password as well.
For a while now, I’ve been meaning to try an app like this and finally I jumped in. I hesitated because I feared it was going to be a lot of work to setup. I couldn’t have been more wrong as Password Genie is so easy to use. Upon using it for the first time, you can choose to link to your Gmail account or create a different username and password. I chose to link to my Gmail account, which took seconds. Then all I had to do was create a 4 digit pin security code. After that, I was well on my way to saving all my important stuff. The menus are clean and easy. You simply tap “Add New Entry” to get started, and it will ask you which category the entry will be. Preset items include Bank Account, Birthday, Bookmark, Car Rental, Credit Card, Frequent Flyer, Hotel, Insurance, Note, Passport, Prescription, Saved Login, and Vehicle Information. As I mentioned previously, you can also create your own category. After you select the category, it’s a matter of filling in the information and that’s it. If it’s a something that has a physical card, you can also add a picture of it, which is something other popular apps don’t offer. When you want to look up your accounts, you simply tap on “Dashboard”, and you will see all your entries sorted by category or by folder. It really couldn’t be simpler.
One of the other reasons I was hesitant to grab an app such as this was security. It’s amazing that an app that is toting security could actually be considered insecure, but I always wondered about it. Password Genie uses 128-bit SSL and 128-AES encryption so I can scratch that one off the list. The last thing that made me hesitant was the fact that many of these services are online, and if someone was to figure out your master password, they would have access to your entire life. That’s not the case with Password Genie. Yes you can access the information from your desktop, but not through a webpage. It has it’s own console, so that means your precious data is only available on the devices or desktops that you choose. In fact, if you only want it available on your phone, you can do that. Other services force you to install the desktop interface.
Password Genie has changed my life for the better. No more am I using the same stupid password across multiple sites. I now have an easy way to manage everything and I can sleep at night knowing my data is secure.
With a service like this, you can’t expect it to be free, but the good news it isn’t expensive for what you get. The cost is $5.99 a year which is nothing compared to what you get back. You can also try the app for free for 30 days to see how easy it is. Once you’re convinced, and you will be, you can quickly sign up for the full service with a quick and easy in-app purchase. The desktop version also offers a 30-day trial, but the cost is $15.00 per year. Hit one of the download links below to get started and if you want more information and/or tutorials, please visit the Password Genie site.