So, you have a personal e-mail account, an official e-mail account, accounts on social networking sites, cloud storage, accounts on online shopping sites, bank accounts, and are an active member of several forums. Now, that’s too many passwords to remember, and the worst you could do is assigning the same password for all accounts and hamper their security. Mobile apps, which have been built for almost every purpose, have some nifty options that could serve as password managers. If you are an Android user, then there are several password managing apps, which will ensure that you don't have to bother to remember many passwords and keep your data safe and secure at the same time. We have listed out five such password managers for Android users.
KeePassDroid – Free
Simple, open source password manager
KeePass is an extremely popular and favoured password manager, and its Android app version is called KeePassDroid. It is considered as one of the best open source apps and is quick to install and very effective. Users can get started by keying in a password to access the encrypted and password protected database where all your login data is stored. All passwords are hidden behind asterisks, but users get the option to temporarily see them. In case of inactivity, KeePassDroid will automatically logout the user. Users can copy usernames/ passwords onto the clipboard for easy pasting while creating the database. Moreover, it has the ability to automatically clear the clipboard after a username or password has been copied. If you are looking for a simple yet effective password manager without any bells and whistles then we think the KeePassDroid is a must-have.
mSecure – Rs 533.45
Password manager plus digital wallet
mSecure is a combination of password manager and digital wallet. The highlight of mSecure is its password generator that creates unguessable passwords, and the auto-lock that protects the app from prying eyes. It comes with the Sync Everywhere cloud data protection architecture along with auto-backup facility and e-mail attachment backups. It ropes in 256-bit Blowfish encryption to protect personal information. Those who are concerned about data security in case the phone is lost or stolen can opt for the self-destruct option, which will be implemented if a hacker attempts to guess your password. The Android interface for mSecure is neat. It has over 250 icons to personalise your records, such as banking, credit cards, usernames, and e-mail passwords, and store the username and password for each. It has 17 standard templates for quick data entry, and comes with integrated search, sort, and collapsible section headers and groups to categorise your records.
LastPass – Trial, approx Rs 600 ($1/month)
Last password to remember
LastPass is yet another popular password manager, quick to install, and easy to use. Once you create a LastPass account, it is truly the ‘'last password that users need to remember’'. The LastPass Android app was completely updated earlier this year with a UI overhaul, free credit monitoring, and the ability to add documents, PDF files, images and voice recordings as attachments. The user interface is now easier to access with faster start-up and encrypted attachments. Some of its highlights are secure password generator, built-in browser that automatically fills your login info for each LastPass site saved, and also automatically fills forms on all sites. Lastpass offers a 14-day trial to its users, and then one will have to opt for the premium version.
SplashID – Rs 533.45
Splashes extensive range of categories
SplashID Safe is a password manager that serves as sensitive data vault to securely store all your personal information. It covers an extensive range of record types or categories and backs up of all your important passwords, registration codes, e-mail settings, insurance, prescriptions and more. The SplashId Android app can be synced with PC/ Mac using its desktop software, which is sold separately. SplashId also employs 256-bit Blowfish encryption along with field masking for sensitive data such as passwords, customisable field label, and has a Dedupe tool to search and delete duplicate items. The feature-loaded SplashID is a solid password manager. The only hiccup, like with some other password managers, is its steep price.
Safe and secure with multi platform support
The SafeWallet is one of the simplest, easiest ways to manage passwords and secure your data, be it e-mail accounts, bank details, different sites or services. (There is a card for each option). It stores all your passwords in one place by encrypting them as 256-bit data. It also comes with support for Dropbox syncing. What we liked is its multiple platform support such as desktops (PC/ Mac) and mobile, and its ability to keep passwords in complete sync with other devices. The interface is straightforward and has created two separate folders to manage your personal and official work. You can further create more folders and add cards too. This application is available at a nominal charge and you can use the 12-day trial version before buying it.
There are several other password managing tools, and you can also consider using RoboForm and 1Password, which also make great options as Android managers. Send in your feedback, if you have been using any of these apps.
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Publish date: September 27, 2012 4:39 pm| Modified date: December 19, 2013 1:54 am