==[ Want to give The Vault a try for free? The Vault for iOS is a free download! ]==
▸ Hear what other users have to say: bit.ly/TheVaultReviews
... 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, 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: bit.ly/TheVault-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 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.
▸ Supports Mojave Dark Mode
◆ ◆ ◆ TECHNICAL DETAILS ◆ ◆ ◆
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.
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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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THE ONLY THING ●YOU● HAVE TO DO?
Choose a long master passcode. Make it long, and make it random!
Read more about why and how inside the app.
+ Fixes spurious database version alert
3.2 - 3.3.3
▸ You can select multiple lines and and immediately create a ToDo list
▸ Search can now include complete Folders in the list of search results
+ The Cleanup Tool can now remove stale sync databases
+ Improved QuickNote syncing
+ Directly restore from a SecureBackup when reinstalling the app
+ Fix drag 'n drop of animated GIFs
+ Improves handling of growing ToDo or bulleted list at the bottom of a page
▸ Improved detection of sleep state. When your computer sleeps - The Vault destroys the decryption key fragments, so that upon return authentication is necessary before your data can be accessed again.
3.0 - 3.1.9
+ Per user-request: make TouchID access optional.
+ Fixes a crash on older Macs
+ Fixes a QuickNote visual glitch
▸ InterNote Links ! Add meaningful connections between your Notes. Read more inside the app.
▸ Darkmode support in Mojave
Update 2.0 - 2.7.4
▸ QuickNote !
Because sometimes you just want to QUICKLY jot down a thought, a number, an email address, anything.
Right click the menubar icon and select 'QuickNote' or press the HotKey combination and start typing.
- Nothing else
- No login
- No additional steps
HotKey -> start typing. It’s that simple!
▸ QuickNote automatically syncs between your Macs and iOS devices!
▸ Automatic Bulleted Lists !
Just type what you want to sum up, and the app will automatically format your list and track indentation; intelligently.
+ CMD-N now creates a new Note in the active Folder, instead of the default Folder.
+ Various improvements: support for hanging indents (use CTRL+Return), better handling of numbered lists, etc
▸ Subtle redesign: a cleaner overall look and more task-focussed views.
▸ New HowTo videos
▸ 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
▸ Alternative webbrowser for HotContent URL
▸ 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
▸ Improves HotContent parsing of sftp:// URLs
▸ Improved URL checking: removes redundant IP4 checking
▸ Faster sorting of MRE folder variants
▸ Better parsing of Password, Username and other 'HotContents' in relation to surrounding whitespace
▸ Improves real-time updating of Folders and visible Note in response to Preferences changes
▸ Improves auto-positioning of the main-window
- Add sensible auto-window sizing to Note contents
- 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
Ratings and Reviews
I’ve used this for years on IOS and now on Mac
Does exactly what it needs to. Secure storage for passwords that I always have with me. I synch the data between iPhone, iPad, and now iMac. Periodically, I output all the data to a text file which is then printed out and put with the wills and POA stuff so executors can have access to everything. I highly recommend this product.
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.
The iOS app has been very helpful to me for quite some time, and its Mac complement does not disappoint! I highly recommend it.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.