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.

▸ 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.

◆ ◆ ◆
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 5.8.3

▸ Several minor improvements in AutomaticBackup, Welcome dialog and (re)creating Template Notes.

5.8.0 - 5.8.2
+ 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
+ Open-sourced The Vault's encryption core and published it online in human-readable pseudocode: see the "For the technically interested" Note in the How-To-Use Folder.

5.7.0 - 5.7.2
+ Preferences setting for Universal Clipboard support
+ Adds a set of explanatory/demonstration Notes
+ You can now also swipe-left to dismiss a Note
+ Improved Rich Text formatting: no more cursor position changes
+ Improved SecureSync
- more efficiently handles syncing large databases between multiple devices
- fixes warning message when returning from background
+ Add Smart-Copy paste for quickly copy-pasting Credit Card Numbers etc without spaces and dashes
+ Better handles failing FaceID recognition (eg: darkness)
+ Improve HotContent parsing of answers to online security questions ("A:", "Answer:") and Hidden HotContent IDs: ("ID:", "...-ID:")

5.6.0 - 5.6.2
+ Improves clear clipboard functionality: prevents sensitive data from being shared via iCloud and auto-erases any Vault content you may have placed on the clipboard

5.5.0 - 5.5.9
+ Specify length and optional dashes when creating new random passwords
+ Delete confirmation when deletion Notes using an (accidental) swipe gesture
+ Automatic SecureBackup - FREE for everyone

5.3.4 - 5.4.0
+ Basic support for Right-To-Left languages
+ Prepares for upcoming Inter-Note Link feature
+ Option to recreate the default set of Template Notes

Update 5.0 - 5.3.2
+ Improved Import Feature
+ 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.

+ Optionally inline SecurePhotos and Document making your Note text automatically flow around it
+ Tap to re-hide a temporarily revealed Hidden Folder
+ "Most recently edited Notes" Folder

+ Improves handling of Master Passcode updates

+ Improved key derivation: The Vault 5 improves the way keys are derived from your master passcode and how the way these keys are handled within the app.

+ 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
+ Updated the Undo feature to work alongside the new Autosave feature
+ Improved handling of Template insertion, auto-positioning your cursor for immediate text input

+ Auto-hiding of sensitive HotContent !
+ Improved HotContent Parsing

Update 4.0 - 4.7.5
Duress-protection for biometricID users: If you are under duress, 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 for easier copy-pasting
+ better handling options for usernames that are email addresses

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5

7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Synchroniseren ???

Paula 15

Kan niet de gegevens tussen i phone & i Pad synchroniseren !!!
Kan er ook een nederlandse vertaling gemaakt wirden ?

Developer Response

Hi Paula, please contact us directly via email and well help you out. (see )

Super makkelijk!


The vault is super gebruiksvriendelijk met een makkelijke interface.
Wachtwoorden opslaan en dan ook nog kopiëren zonder dat het wachtwoord zichtbaar is! Superhandig!

Prima tool


Sinds mijn recensie 6 jaar geleden is veel gewijzigd.

Developer Response

Thanks for your updated review! Appreciated. If you ever need support, please contact us directly by email. Support at TheVault-app dot com


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100.3 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 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 € 2,29
  2. The Vault Secure Synchronization € 10,99
  3. theVault securePDF € 5,49


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