Sunday, January 8, 2012

Keeper Password and Data Vault


Have you ever complained about how many passwords you have to remember? Have you ever wished that you could reduce that number? Keeper is the App for you. Keeper is a password software that allows you to store password and login information about any account under a secure application on your phone. Simply put, it's a vault for your passwords. It is, itself, protected by a single password. Once the password is entered, you can now access all the login information for anything you have entered. Instead of having multiple passwords to enter for work e-mail, home e-mail, home e-mail #2, home e-mail #3, your computer, your Dropbox account, World of Warcraft, cloud service, iTunes, Appstore, that old combination lock you have stashed in a draw that you're convinced will come in handy someday... and the list goes on. Read on for how it works and why I use it!


App Profile:
Type: Password/Login Keeper and backup (Cloud Service)
Platforms: Computer, iOS, Windows Phone, Android
Developer: Callpod Inc.
Main reasons for downloading this App: To help you remember what your logins and passwords are on the go from any device.

Access screen where you enter your
password to access the app
Keeper is a very simple app to use. They truly make it as easy as possible to store your passwords in one place and keep them protected, while making them easily accessible to you. For people with tons of passwords to remember, this is going to be worth the time you put into it.

First, you login to Keeper. This is relatively the same on all phones, but I am posting Android phone screenshots on this blog. Now, you start to enter passwords. For all you neat freaks out there, you can create folders to keep them organized.

While putting in a new entry, you can save the Title, Login info, and password, as well as any comments and the URL of the password if it is a website. For example, I have a Hotmail account. For that entry I would enter Hotmail as the title. I would enter my e-mail address that I use to sign in (suchandsuch@hotmail.com) as my login. I can then enter my password that I use to get in. The URL that I log in from is www.hotmail.com. Once this information is entered, I can just enter the app, long press on the URL under the Hotmail login info, and it will bring me to the Hotmail website and all I have to do is hit the button Keeper displays at the top of the screen to enter my info in both the username blank and the password space.

Main screen, showing the different
customized folders.
For me, it comes in handy when I am given a new password for the first time. I usually end up saving it in Keeper and then once I memorize it I find myself not needing to access it anymore. It's a great way for me to get past that initial period when I haven't quite saved it to memory yet, and it's a lot more safe than writing it down somewhere and forgetting it where I put it and shoving it in my pocket for unsafe keeping. If there's one thing I know I'll always have with me, it's my smartphone.

All of the aforementioned services are free. There is an option to pay $9.99/year for some extra features that can come in handy too. The $9.99/year will get you space on Keeper's servers to store your password info. Then, after entering all your information onto the device, you can simply create an account and hit the backup button and it stores it on Keeper's secure servers. Now, all you need to do is log-in to the account you've created and you have all your information available to you. There are Keeper Apps for Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android and you can get clients for Mac, Windows, and Linux computers.

To learn more about Keeper's services and how they keep their data secure, check out their website here. Keeper is owned and operated by Callpod Inc and they offer a lot of other services for computers and smartphones.

Password entry screen where you put in all the information for one login and password. Notice the dice... this will help you create a login or password if you haven't yet created one. Simply tap the dice icon and it will randomly generate a password or login for you.

3 comments:

  1. I'm downloading it now. Downloaded another similar program a year ago or so and never got it going. Hope it's as easy as you say. Also happened upon the Dropbox post while reading this post. Might check into it, too. I like how you review more than just phones.

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  2. It's actually only $9.99 per year (not per month)

    Glad you like the product... and thanks for the writeup!

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    1. Thank you for correcting me! I will fix it immediately.

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