iPhone App Review: iPIN – Secure PIN & Password Safe

iPhone App Review: iPIN – Secure PIN & Password Safe

October 3rd, 2010 by

Keeping data private is key in society today, and ironically it has never been harder to do so. Since all of our devices are connected it’s a trivial task for some to pluck information from the airwaves as it makes its way around the world. Passwords and other security measures protect our information, but if you’re designing your passwords properly you probably have no hope of remembering them all.

That means you need a secure place to keep your passwords, perhaps in an app like iPin.

Features

iPIN is an app for securely storing pins and accounts, and that is all. The developers have made the effort to keep the app simple, so you can store pin numbers as well as usernames and passwords for accounts.

In addition to entering a password on startup, you have the choice instead of swiping your fingers along a predetermined path of icons.

When displaying the information, iPIN will show a background of numbers, letters, and symbols to obfuscate the vital data from anyone cruising over your shoulder. This background display is highly

customizable, allowing you to have it animate or even to show fake pins along with the real one. It’s a paranoiac’s dream come true.

Pros

  • Sensor code combination makes the app secure and easy to remember.
  • Attractive icons available for data entries and groups.
  • KISS principle – stores only pins and accounts, no added fluff.
  • Animated background when displaying info adds extra level of “shoulder surfer” security.
  • Can sort entries in groups (so the username & password combo for, say, your credit card’s website can be in a folder with the ATM pin info).
  • Too many failed attempts using the sensor code will lock the app and force a password entry to access the information.
  • App uses fast app switching and remembers what you were viewing when you closed it, but still requires a swipe entry to unlock it before viewing.

Cons

  • You can’t add existing entries to a group. So if you make a group that you want existing data put into, you have to re-enter that data from within the group itself.
  • Even though they’re trying to keep it simple, and the app is called iPIN, I think the ability to store more types of data would be welcome.

Overall

iPIN is a simple, fast, and secure app for storing your pins and account information in one place, and a great solution if secure data storage of these types is what you’re looking for.

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