Sensitive data make you insecure? Try mSecure

With computers and iPhones being an integral part of our lives and every other site visited requesting a signup before it offers any information, it is hardly a wonder why it is called the age of Information Overload. Since my first mobile which was a Nokia, believe it or not, I had set the little graphic that was called wall paper to display my own number. I would never ever call myself and hence found it difficult to remember my number. If something were to happen to my phone, I would not know the numbers of any one that I call on a regular basis. Now try to substitute yourself in my place, how many actually remember things like these? Your airline frequent flyer number, your Bank Account Numbers, your... you get the idea.

This is the dilemma faced by most information workers. There are just so much information that is gets difficult to keep track of them. I had found an easier way to recollect important numbers in the late 90's and early 2000. I would create a contact with the name and save the information under number. This was when phones had just one name and one number, no extra information to a contact. It worked fine but if I lost my phone, all of my information is presented on a clear platter. This was not secure or very intelligent, but it worked at the time. Today this would not work at all and would be silly to use this technique with smartphones that can have apps with passwords and security, etc.

mSeven Software have the solution in the form of mSecure Password Manager. Now there are plenty of software in this space that do similar things, some for free, some paid and some really expensive. mSecure is one that I have seen has versions for almost all commonly used platforms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android.

The interface for mSecure is quite simple and easy to use. It has a simple collection of templates (called Types) in many other software these are pre-defined by the developer and generally inflexible towards new types. mSecure on the other hand has the functionality to use the in-built types or create as many new types as required, with each having its own template. Each type has different number of fields, I believe that the number of fields that one can have are 6 user defined fields and a Type and Description. This should generally take care of most of the types that one might want to store.

This information is not stored in cleartext or plain sight for any one to pick up and use. mSecure utilises the 256 bit secure Blowfish Encryption.

The data can be synched between the desktop and the mobile device over WiFi managed by mBackup a free software component available from mSever Software. This is something that I am not aware exists in other similar products.

For those wanting to check out mSecure, there is a trial version available for the Windows or the Mac version. The iOS version is a Universal Binary which means that there is no HD Tax (You do not have to pay extra to use the app on iPads)

The desktop versions are priced at $14.95 and the mobile versions at $4.99.

One very interesting feature of mSecure that makes it stand out from the rest is that if you do not use the software for a period of time and leave it open, like a screensaver, the app also triggers inactivity and after a pre-defined time setting via the Preferences panel, the software locks up, meaning you need the master password to unlock it and work, so if you were using it and you had to leave, it won’t be left open for public view, it will lock up thereby offering more security than just encrypting the data on disk.

We would have loved to try out the iOS version and see how it works with the synch and in terms of the UI. So for the purpose of this review, we cannot comment on the Windows and Mobile versions as we have not had a chance to try them out, we presume that they would be more or less similar in functionality.

Ray Marshall from mSeven has a special offer for all our readers, if any of our readers decide to purchase mSecure, you can avail of the code "OZAPPS" which shall entitle you to a discount of $3.00 off the price of $14.95

Software : mSecure
Version : 2.1.3
Publisher : mSeven Software
Website :
Twitter : @msevensoftware
Platform : Mac OS X (10.4.x or higher)
Demo : available
Price : $14.99

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