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 ? ◆ ◆ ◆

▸ See all features:

▸ 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.

▸ Securely storing information is as simple as entering free text!

▸ 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).

▸ Automatically and securely backups your 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.

Another example:
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.

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

What’s New

Version 7.0.3

For a complete feature list, see:
+ Improves batch importing of Notes from external TSV- or CSV-formatted databases

7.0 - 7.0.2
▸ Same features. Same workflow. Increased efficiency!
+ New Action Menu for quick access to common textual actions while editing your Notes
+ Browse SecureBackup Bundles! Selectively restore a lost Note or Folder, leaving your current Vault data intact and running
+ New Preferences Index helps you quickly find what you need
+ Support for hardware keyboard shortcuts

6.0 - 6.4.3
▸ NEW: Password AutoFill ! Login to any website or app using your credentials stored in The Vault.

+ You can now select multiple lines and immediately create a ToDo list
+ Improves optional auto-distribution of SecurePhotos

+ Single tap to schedule an extra AutoBackup - on the in-app Preferences page

+ Easier to setup SecureSync between all your devices
+ AutoBackup now keeps unlimited yearly backups

+ Add undo/redo gesture to undo changes when editing Notes or QuickNotes
+ Makes it more easy to control or disable AutoBackup

+ NEW: Deep-copy HotContent: Long-press an InterNote Link to directly copy a password from a linked Note

+ Adds support for Dynamic Font Sizing
+ You can now - optionally - use a third party keyboard such as GBoard with The Vault
+ Improves AutoFill handling of matches for usernames that match account names
+ Optionally remember last open Folder

▸ NEW: InterNote Links !
Add meaningful connections between your Notes. Read more inside the app.
+ Copy-paste rich text between your Notes

▸ HotContent is now activated for everyone - for free!

5.0 - 5.9.7
+ Added QuickNote!
Because sometimes you just want to QUICKLY jot down a thought, a number, an email address, anything
3D/ForceTouch The Vault’s icon and start typing.

+ QuickNote automatically syncs between your devices. For everyone.

+ Automatic Bulleted Lists!
Type what you want to sum up and the app will automatically format your list, add new bullets and track indentation; intelligently.

+ Document Scanner
Tap the camera button to take a photo of a black-and-white text-document or a color-document or (credit-)card

+ Adds an App Extension that works directly on photos from your camera roll:
...annotate, filter, blur, curves, effects, crop, etc.
...and then either securely store it in The Vault, or write it back to your camera roll

+ Automatic SecureBackup: directly to iCloud Drive, or to iTunes

+ Preferences setting for Universal Clipboard support
+ Add Smart-Copy paste for quickly copy-pasting Credit Card Numbers etc without spaces and dashes
+ Improve HotContent parsing of answers to online security questions and Hidden HotContent IDs.
+ Specify length and optional dashes for new random passwords
+ Auto fill-out email address in "Mail:User:Pass:" Templates
+ PDF Preview - Quickly preview, search or print PDF documents sent to The Vault - without having to login.
+ Tap to re-hide a temporarily revealed Hidden Folder
+ "Most recently edited Notes" Folder

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

Update 4.0 - 4.9.9
+ Autosaves your changes while you are editing your Notes
+ Improved handling of Template insertion, auto-positioning your cursor for immediate text input
+ Auto-hiding of sensitive HotContent !

+ Duress-protection for biometricID users: shake your device or quickly hit Cancel instead to completely disable biometric access to The Vault. From this point on it is technically *impossible* to access to your Vault without first manually entering your passcode.

Improved HotContent parsing:
+ detection of IBANs
+ new detection of answers to online security questions
+ improved handling of usernames that are email addresses

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Silli Billi ,

Many years of good service

This app is mature and stable, with frequent updates and a quick response to any issues. The Vault syncs reliably to other Apple devices. You can backup to Windows by using iTunes as an intermediary. New features are frequently added, which can result in a bit of a learning curve even for longtime users. For instance, I didn’t realise that you can swipe from right to left to reveal a masked credential, and vice-versa. Best of all, backups to Dropbox are now automatic. Or you can backup manually on demand, either to Dropbox or to Microsoft OneDrive.

ToughGuy33 ,

Awesome Support

After an update I didn’t read the new features note when I opened the app again. My fault I know. The awesome part is I sent an email to the support team for help and they responded right away. I really like the authentication this app has and having that type of support team is really encouraging. Highly recommend for anyone looking for username/password filing.

tdsun ,

Great app and extremely secure!

My wife & I have used this app for 5 years. It works great, and is extremely secure. The data sync option allows you to sync it among multiple devices. The developers are always working to improve it, and they provide great support. Buy it, you’ll like it!


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76.1 MB

Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. theVault Secure Backup & Restore $1.99
  2. The Vault Secure Synchronization $9.99
  3. theVault securePDF $4.99


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