==[ Want to give The Vault a try for free? The Vault for iOS is a free download! ]==

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 can securely store photos and pictures; for example a scan of your passport, a photo of your credit card, or just the serial numbers of some equipment you own. Anything.

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

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

▸ Securely storing photos and documents is as easy as drag-and-dropping them on an open Note.

▸ Proper random password generation

▸ Auto-shields sensitive information

▸ Securely synchronizes with The Vault for iOS! Please note that you need to have the SecureSync feature installed on your iOS devices for them to be able to SecureSync with The Vault for Mac.


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.
◆ ◆ ◆

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 2.6.4

Auto-positioning and floating-behaviour are examples of the tiny details that matter. They balance between keeping The Vault's window visible and out of your way at the same time - and, because not all people are the same - they can be configured to *your* way of working.

▸ Auto-positing now knows how to deal with multiple monitors
▸ A floating Vault-window now better deals with pop-over dialogs

Update 2.2.6 - 2.6.3

▸ Subtle redesign: a cleaner overall look and more task-focussed views.
▸ New HowTo video

▸ Add a set of explanatory/demonstration Notes
▸ Add Preferences setting for Universal Clipboard support
▸ Add support for Right-to-Left languages - both auto-detect and via in-app Preferences setting
▸ Add keyboard shortcuts for "Float window on top" and "Keep window open"
▸ Add "Most Recently Edited" folder to The Vault for Mac !
▸ You can now add a new Note to any folder from anywhere
▸ You can now recreate the set of default Template Notes
▸ Set an alternative webbrowser so you can determine - per HotContent URL - if you wish to open it in your default webbrowser or in an alternative browser
▸ You can now rehide sensitive HotContent from the right-click context menu
▸ Now auto-hides credit card CVC codes for you
▸ Makes it easier to create a new Note directly from a Template
▸ We now auto-select the Note title when creating it from a Template

▸ Improves SecureCopyPaste
▸ Add "Just Clear Clipboard now" option as alternative to "Auto-Deny Clipboard Access forever" when sharing data
▸ Improves app Auto-Deny / Clear Clip flow for apps that repeatedly request SecureCopy-Paste data.

▸ Improves SecureSyncing of large databases between multiple devices
▸ Improves HotContent parsing of answers to online security questions ("A:", "Answer:") and Hidden HotContent IDs: ("ID:", "...-ID:")
▸ Improves automated window sizing to sensibly fit the contents of your Notes
▸ Fixed Rich Text formatting of underlined text
▸ Improves Smart-Copy: Allows for you to paste for example a Credit Card number as entered (with space or dots or dashes) or as a single consecutive string of numbers; Now auto-detects applicable content.
▸ Improves HotContent parsing of sftp:// URLs
▸ Improves display and animations for the Preferences Window
▸ Fixes several other minor visual glitches
▸ Improved URL checking: removes redundant IP4 checking
▸ Faster sorting of MRE folder variants
▸ Improves SecureShare handling of very large Notes
▸ Better parsing of Password, Username and other 'HotContents' in relation to surrounding whitespace
▸ Improves keyboard handling for option-selection in Preferences window
▸ Improves real-time updating of Folders and visible Note in response to Preferences changes
▸ Improves initial auto-positioning of The Vault's main window
▸ Improves auto-positioning of the main-window

Update 2.0 - 2.2.5
- You can now set up a default login email address so that when using a "Mail:User:Pass:" Template, The Vault will auto-insert not only new properly randomized password, but will also auto-fill out the Mail: field for you. Try it!

- Add sensible auto-window sizing to Note contents
- Inline SecurePhotos

- Restore SecureBackup Bundles directly from The Vault for Mac

- Add "Auto-deny forever" option to Secure Copy-Paste for applications that repeatedly attempt to access your secure clipboard data
- Optionally reveal only the last 4 digits of a hidden credit card number
- Improves handling of sandbox issues that may cause SecurePhotos to be displayed as "inCloud" icons instead of the actual photo
- Improves HotContent matching of credit card numbers and long numbers in general
- You can now directly access "HotContent Settings" from any HotContent link

Ratings and Reviews

So nice to have this tool. Even better to have an active developer!


I have no regrets changing from Firebox to this tool. It is SO nice to use. I did notice that a few days ago the update blew-up my installation on my macbook. However, the developer got word of it, apparently from other customers, and fixed it right away. My update, today, put me back in the saddle.


Fantastic solution!


The iOS app has been very helpful to me for quite some time, and its Mac complement does not disappoint! I highly recommend it.

Great replacement for old, discontinued app!


My family and my business have used the old Clownware Firebox for the last 15+ years to securely store all kinds of data, login information, insurance data, bank, credit card, and financial data, lockbox combinations, software registration info, etc. I was really at a loss when Apple would no longer allow Firebox to be downloaded to my newest iPad. The Vault turned out to be the perfect program—allows me to store any kind of data, files, photos, etc. and in just about any kind of organization and structure that I want. Syncing across all my platforms works flawlessly, and I don’t have to risk any of my data in some Cloud storage. Further, when I discovered a bug in the Mac version, The Vault tech support was incredible. Within a couple of days they had verified the bug, fixed it, and issued a new update to the program. I got very responsive, intelligent responses for every email—often within a few minutes and always within 24 hrs. Good folks, and a great program for Macs and iOS devices.


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