As a Mac user for about three decades I thought I knew my way around password managers. That is, until I met 1Password. For a number of years that’s been my go to app to manage login IDs, passwords, credit card details, serial numbers and the like.
At my urging, a neighbor decided to switch from his aging Dell Windows PC to a Mac and asked what I recommended for a password manager. I told him 1Password but he balked at the price tag. So we looked around and settled on a password manager that costs less than a trip to Starbucks (pwSafe).
Once we got his Mac setup and running I asked what he used for a password manager on his PC. He said, ‘SplashID Safe.’ Amazingly, I had never heard of SplashID and was surprised to know it’s been around a decade or so. And there’s a Mac version that’s free (with caveats).
SplashID looks and works like any one of a dozen other Mac password managers. It has fields to hold login IDs, website URLs, passwords, and even generates a hacker-proof password as needed (if there is such a thing).
Record types and categories are customizable, and files are secured with 256-bit Blowfish encryption. Files can be synchronized in the cloud to other devices (Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Android), synchronized via Wi-Fi or simply stored locally.
If you don’t need to sync your login IDs, passwords, or any other information stored in SplashID, then it’s free to try for a month, but the no-sync version has a nominal price tag. Syncing between devices triples the price, so I can see why my neighbor wasn’t keen on keeping what he had used for years.
The value of security is in the eye of the beholder. SplashID Safe is robust, flexible, highly secure and has the needed array of useful features like website autofill login. It’s a good app but it’s also a crowded, competitive field.