pwSafe - Password Safe compatible Password Manager
By App 77 Informatica e Servicos LTDA
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One-time purchase (no subscriptions or optional items) feature-complete password management. Syncs with iPhone and iPad app using iCloud.
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Simple & secure password management across devices and computers. pwSafe uses iCloud to keep your password databases backed-up and synced between Macs and iOS devices. It is compatible with open source Password Safe.
List of features:
- iCloud sync, realtime and bi-directional
- Generates strong passwords
- Print a hardcopy of your data for ultimate security agains data loss
- Copy password with Command + C or P
- Copy username with Command + U
- Copy password and open website with Command + Alt + S
- Double-click to easily copy password
- Lots of other hotkeys (see menus)
- Password history (per safe and per entry settings)
- Fully compatible with pwSafe 4 for iOS and the famous Password Safe version 3.31
- Search in all fields (Command + F for faster access)
- Organize entries in groups
- Multiple fields (title, username, password, URL, email and notes)
- Full unicode support
- Multiple safes
- Unlimited passwords
- Unlimited password groups
- Syncs with iOS devices and many types of computers with Dropbox (requires Dropbox app)
- Syncs with many types of computers via other cloud storage services
- 256-bit encryption
- Fully secure app behavior:
- Clears password from pasteboard after a timeout period, when the computer sleeps or when the app exits (fully configurable).
- Locks safe when the app exits.
- Password is marked with all kinds of "non-persist" flags, so that pasteboard managers don't save or remember it.
Instead of trusting on a single developer security knowledge, pwSafe borrows all its encryption code directly from the famous Password Safe open source password manager (http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/).
Password Safe has been originally created by security guru Bruce Schneier and nowadays is maintained by Rony Shapiro. Since it has been around as an open source project for almost a decade now, it has been extensively reviewed by many experts.
What's New in Version 2.5.0
- Improved data export to TXT (menu File -> Export)
- New icon
- Fixes old password copying bug
- Password Safe 3.3.2 core
Very well done
pwSafe is my password manager of choice. Other solutions like LastPass are so user friendly that you loose control over them and the true potential power of a password manager system is actually diluted by their implemtation. At first glance they “look” powerful, but in fact, that is not really true when compaired to a stand alone file system like pwSafe. , not to mention, with many other password keeper solutitions you should keep in mind that third parties are involved, and if they and their servers ever go out of business, you will be stuck. There can also be third party security risks of leakage. Because each pwSafe is in a stand alone file that you control locally this gives someone, like myself, that needs to maintain separate safes (for example one for each of my businesses, one for each level of employee in that business i.e. a manager, a shipping clerk etc, etc) and then one for home, one for my office. You can see that you can gain a lot of power and control and separation on a “need to know basis” by using a password manager that maintains seperate files. I can put any ony one of them on a Dropbox account and be good to go anywhere. Then it’s just as mobile as LastPass type solutions but a heck of lot more controllable and a lot more powerful !
Excellent app - could use a few interface improvements
Great app. Almost 5 stars, but there area few minor interface improvements it could stand.
The good: easy to use. Syc with Dropbox or iCloud. Compatible with the open source Password Safe for windows. Easy, seamless access across Mac and iOS, and even Windows. Fast and easy to use - search for your password and copy it to paste in another window.
Improvements it could use: No confirmation or visual indicator when you delete an entry - be careful with the delete button because you can easily remove something that you want to save. When searching for an entry the list of existing entries is filtered to your search - if you click “+ Entry” it will add a new entry named “New Entry”, but you won’t see it because your view is filtered. Would love to be able to merge databases and/or compare them without having to use the Windows version.
Overall I love this app. I’ve tried some of the others out there and have always come back to this. It is more reliable and easier to use.
My Preferred App
My first experience with pwSafe was on the Windows OS. Did exactly what I needed and worked perfectly. Then I got the app for my Droid. Now, I have it on both iPads and my new MacBook Pro. After playing with several offerings, it has just become clear that I prefer this product across my many devices. What I particularly like about this app on OS X is that I can open several "vaults" and quickly switch between them. On Windows OS, the workflow wasn't quite as simple. Simple enough but not as fluid.
I also appreciate the ability for multiple vaults. It allows me to segment out personal pwds versus pwds for my consulting clients. Once I need to turn over a project, I just get them started with pwSafe and then transfer the vault to them. Easy. And should they forget their vault password, I can simply go back and open my copy. Saved the day on more than one occasion.