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The Vault - Secure Password and Document Storage

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Do you...
... have trouble remembering tens or hundreds of online passwords?
... write passwords down somewhere, even though you know this is not the safest thing to do?
... use the same ("cleverly" modified) password in multiple places, instead of using properly randomized passwords that offer the best security?
... sometimes wish you had a photo of a creditcard, passport or other document handy?
... want to securely store lots of other confidential information, photos, animated GIFs, office documents, you name it?
... want all this to be secure, but still very simple to use?

Then ◆The Vault◆ is for you!

The Vault provides straightforward, easy to use, secure storage for all your documents and other data, such as passwords, login credentials and any other confidential information. It can securely store any number of documents, images, screenshots or photos along with your confidential information.

* 256-bit AES encryption *
While storage and access is simple, The Vault uses rock-solid, industry standard encryption.
[technical details below]

◆ ◆ ◆ WHY IS IT BETTER ? ◆ ◆ ◆

▸ The Vault is very simple to use, yet it employs industry-standard encryption to keep your data safe.
(Some other - payed - apps do too, but some apps advertised as "secure" really do not, and for example save your data using a simple base-64 encoding: your information looks scrambled, but is as readable as plain text when you know how).

▸ The Vault will - never - show ad banners! We hate them too.

▸ The Vault stores information on * your * device. Not on some server somewhere on the net.

▸ The Vault can securely store photos and pictures from your camera or photo library; for example a copy of your passport, credit card, or just the serial numbers of some equipment you own. Anything.

▸ The Vault can securely store - and play - animated GIFs.

▸ The Vault can securely store *any* office or other document.

▸ Many secured documents can be viewed directly from The Vault, including PDFs, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Powerpoint, Excel and Word files.

▸ You can optionally import data exported from your previous password app (or any other source that can provide the data).


This is the part that matters.
This is the part that is hard to get right.
This is the part that makes the difference between actual security and insecurity.

Claiming “military-grade” (or “industry standard” ;-) encryption is meaningless.
Even claiming “256-bit AES encryption”, in itself is not very meaningful.

Claiming “military-grade” encryption and subsequently simply hashing a master passcode - e.g. using SHA, MD5, or, god forbid, nothing at all (!) - is NOT good.
What ís good is to use a proper key derivation algorithm such as PBKDF2, scrypt or bcrypt.

AES is better than ancient algorithms such as Blowfish, Twofish or 3DES.
But even for AES: an app that does not combine encryption with authentication... is doing it wrong. Currently there is some consensus that the best construct is to first encrypt a message and then calculate a message-authentication code, instead of the other way around.

These things matter.

◆ ◆ ◆
The Vault uses PBKDF2 key derivation with an HMAC-SHA512 PRF, and HMAC-SHA256 Encrypt-then-MAC authenticated 256-bit AES encryption, using CommonCrypto functionality only. All cipher and MAC worker keys, as well as all salts and IVs, are purely random data. Keys and IVs are never reused. Each singular piece of data is encrypted with a unique random encryption key, and authenticated with a unique random HMAC key.
Your Master Passcode is never stored; and neither are the derived cipher keys.
◆ ◆ ◆

Choose a long master passcode. Make it long, and make it random!
Read more about why and how inside the app.

What's New in Version 5.3.1

▸ Two new cleaner fonts for your Notes
▸ Auto-hiding of sensitive content now recognizes "CVC" credit card codes
▸ Several minor bug fixes and improvements

Update 5.0 - 5.2.6
- Improved Import Feature
- Auto fill-out email address in "Mail:User:Pass:" Templates
- Adds PDF Preview - Quickly preview, search or print PDF documents sent to The Vault - without having to login.

- Optionally inline SecurePhotos and Document making your Note text automatically flow around it
- Tap to re-hide a temporarily revealed Hidden Folder
- Adds new dynamic Folder type to boost your productivity: "Most recently edited Notes"

- Adds PDF Page-curl, Horizontal-page, Horizontal continuous-scroll, Vertical-page and Vertical continuous-scroll view modes
- Improves handling of Master Passcode updates

- Improved key derivation: The Vault has always used 256-bit AES encryption. It still does. The Vault 5 improves the way keys are derived from your master passcode and how the way these keys are handled within the app.

- Adds auto-insertion of a properly randomized password when inserting any password Template Note
- Updated Photo Editor
- Improved displaying of PDFs
- Improved handling of encrypted PDFs
- Send & Receive SecureBackup bundles directly to and from iCloudDrive

Update 4.8 - 4.9.9
- Autosaves your changes while you are editing your Notes, thus minimizing possible loss of work in the event of trouble, to at most the last 10 seconds.
- Updated the Undo feature to work alongside the new Autosave feature: even though all your changes are now automatically saved, you can still undo the saved changes and revert your Note to the state it was in when you opened it.
- Improved handling of Template insertion, auto-positioning your cursor for immediate text input

- Much improved handling for tap-activation of HotContent
- Adds Auto-hiding of sensitive HotContent !
- Improved PDF rendering
- Improved iOS9 support
- Improved HotContent Parsing

Update 4.0 - 4.7.5
Duress-protection for TouchID users: If you are under duress (somebody is forcing your hand to use the TouchID sensor to open your Vault), shake your device or quickly hit Cancel instead to completely disable TouchID access to The Vault. From this point on it is technically *impossible* to re-enable TouchID access to your Vault without first manually entering your passcode.

Improved SecureSync efficiency, requiring fewer re-syncs

Improved HotContent parsing:
+ better detection of IBANs
+ new detection of answers to online security questions for easier copy-pasting
+ better handling options for usernames that are email addresses

Add Rich Text Formatting to your Notes!

Optional read-only mode for existing Notes - per user request

Within Note full text searching

SecureShare: simple secure sharing of Notes with anyone

Support for .pptx, .docx and .xlsx secure storage including in-app viewing

Extend Export feature to also export a single human readable file for physical storage (for example in safe, or at a notary)

Delete SecureSync data from devices that have not synced *today*.
Per user request (to purge the SecureSync data from a stolen device).

Templates: When adding a Note from any Folder view, you now get to option to immediately apply a Note Template!

Animated Gif support!
Securely store *and* view animated from within The Vault

Hidden Folders feature!
Completely and untraceably hide the existence of selected Folders and their Notes!

Copy-paste images, including animated gifs, directly into The Vault.

Bold font option for those with less than 20/20 vision.
Per user request.

Gallery mode: for Notes with multiple Photos: swipe left or right to cycle between fullscreen photos

Force-lock The Vault by locking your device using the Power button, bypassing the passcode delay.

Many new search results tweaks: see the new options on the Preferences page!


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Customer Reviews

Awesome customer service!

These people are the best. They made a tool that is so functional and well-designed, that I have no separation anxiety by leaving the antiquated software tool I had previously used for a number of years.

they came up with features that I never even knew would be helpful. Now I feel like I can't live without them. as soon as the software opens up I'm typing in characters to find a particular password.… Instantly locates what I'm looking for and then makes it easy for me to enter the data either by copying and pasting or by linking directly to a browser.

I trust the very hard and high-tech security of the encryption algorithm and the basic design. I have this app on all of my Apple products, including my MacBook.

My data stays perfectly synced between devices, with no effort or forethought required on my part, whatsoever.

What a load off my mind.

Reliable and powerful text vault

I downloaded this app many years ago in my search for solid encryption security apps.

Since then, I have seen nothing but quality updates for this app that have never destroyed my data (because I backed up properly and followed instructions) across several iOS updates.

I require this app to never break and to safely and securely hold text files. It does this perfectly.
*In regards to crashing, this app has crashed some times due to me copy pasting about 15 pages worth of text several times into multiple text files; I knew what I was doing so it never caused me any problem. Normal use of the app NEVER crashes for me.

It's one of two apps that I own that I completely stand by and would recommend for anyone. This is seriously the best text vault that I have found on the app store.

The Vault - Secure Password and Document Storage
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 5.3.1
  • Size: 72.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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