Review – Passwords Plus from DataViz

by Reads (9,317)

Anyone connected to the internet is likely to have at least one password for their internet service. Most people have passwords for shopping, email, websites–enough to make remembering them difficult. And for serious professionals and administrators, the difficulty increases by an order of magnitude. With Passwords Plus, you need only remember one password to access all your others on your desktop or Palm handheld.

Password Plus isn’t by any means restricted to just passwords. It will also hold bank accounts, credit card data, insurance, access codes, serial numbers, everything. No need to fear, though–all your data is protected by a 128 bit Blowfish encryption scheme on both the PC and Palm.

The software is quite simple and efficient for what it does. Templates are included for a variety of data, entries can be catagorized, and multiple users can share the same software securely without seeing each others information. I experienced a strange ‘hitching’ when moving around the desktop software– when clicking on an entry, the software would pause and flash my cursor for a second before responding. This may have just been my machine, and even if not it was a fairly minor annoyance for me–unless you’re rather impatient, it
shouldn’t pose a problem [Upon further investigation with DataViz, it was determined the flashing issue was due to the PDA and not the application]. A larger issue may be the lack of PocketPC support. I realize that Palm devices dominate the marketshare, particularly in business, but to leave PPCs completely unsupported is rather questionable.

Given how much it does, Passwords Plus a quite reasonable deal. It’s basically a vault for all your important information. With that kind of flexibility, I wouldn’t at all be surprised if Passwords Plus becomes as popular as DataViz’s other products.

Price: $30 – Purchase or get a free trial

Pros:
Secure Storage of passwords and personal data
Massive flexibility

Cons:
No support for PocketPC devices
Strange ‘hitching’ on my desktop software

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