eWallet

unnamed-6With so many sites, services and places that require passwords, pins, secret phrases etc, it’s really hard not to fall into the temptation of setting the same password for every site. Having the same username/password for each site you interact with (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Online Banking etc) is very dangerous. By having the same username/password combination you’re relying on someone else to keep your information secure. If they suffer a security breach (and yes, it does happen even to the most diligent website owner) that enables a cracker to get at their username database, then your password is available to the crackers. If the password/username combination is different on every site you use, then the only account that is breached is the account on the site which was cracked. But if you have the same username and password for all your regular hangouts then suddenly, that cracker has access to all your other sites too.

Being subject to a successful ‘phishing’ scam gives you the same problem, the crackers now have your username and password to all the sites you visit (and they’ll likely know which sites you visit too) if they’re all the same.

But remembering different username and password combinations, whilst more secure, is really quite difficult. People therefore do a number of things to make life easier for themselves;

  • They write the passwords down in an unsafe manner such as on post-it notes.
  • They choose easy to remember (and easy to figure out) passwords
  • They choose short, insecure passwords

In short, your valuable details are insecure.

That’s where programs like Keeper and eWallet come in. We previously reviewed Keeper and at the time felt it gave a good solution. We’ve since discovered some issues we actually don’t like all that much about Keeper – and noted in the actual review that it was slow. It turns out that’s because it loads your passwords from the net every time you want to see them – the biggest problem with that is that you may not have an internet connection at the time you want to retrieve the password. Whilst this seems unlikely for internet sites that require a password, the authors clearly haven’t considered that you may be using Keeper to store Phone Banking details, or customer service PINs for non-online services.

unnamed-7ewallet-ss2eWallet is different. All the data is stored in a locally encrypted file and can be synched between your Mac/PC and your iPhone/iPod/iPad, locally across your own wireless LAN. This removes the need for central storage (and removes the need for you to be sure that the storage company has sufficient security in place to keep your passwords safe).

eWallet provides an easy to use, extremely comprehensive interface with which you can store all sorts of sensitive information, such as passwords of course, but also credit card details, passport numbers, phonebank PINs and just about anything you can think of.

It’s all protected with a master password, so you only need to remember just one. It also features autologin (but does require you to install a browser plugin to work correctly), so that you can click the link in the eWallet screen and automatically login to your chosen site.

eWallet is available on the Mac / iPhone App Store and is similarly priced to Keeper.

Two main issues I have with eWallet and it’s now why I use Safe In Cloud (to be reviewed shortly) is that you cannot easily move from other password programs to eWallet. Most other programs will allow you to export your data as a CSV file. This also allows data to be imported by CSV, which is handy if you have well over 200 passwords to remember like I do. eWallet Mac does not allow you to import via CSV.

It is important to note that you can in fact do this on the PC version.

When I contact their support for a solution instead of hand typing hundreds of new cards their solution was for me to find a PC computer, download the PC version, import the CSV into that, then save it and export it as an eWallet file which the Mac version can read.

Problem is, I actually don’t own a PC. I’m not sure why I would want to risk my data on someone elses machine. Absurd.

The second thing I found annoying was I had it installed on my iPhone, iPad, Macbook & iMac – to sync was clunky and awkward, having to connect to them all at once.

So in closing, check out Safe In Cloud instead. Your life will be a whole lot easier, it just works.

This article is quite out of date, for more up to date advice, have a look at https://pixelprivacy.com/password-managers/

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