Ask PowerPage: Password Storage Applications

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Date: Friday, December 10th, 2004, 09:04
Category: Archive

Like you I have a billion passwords and logins for the various sites that I frequent. I used to keep all of my passwords in an encrypted text file on my PowerBook but the problem with this method is that you risk exposing all of your logins if someone were to find and open it.
With that issue in mind I have begun searching for password storage applications. My criteria are simple: strong encryption and the ability to access the data from multiple Mac OS X user accounts on my PowerBook.
I have done some initial testing with Dataviz’s Passwords Plus (a sponsor of this site) which I like because it automatically locks after a period of inactivity. The problem is that it doesn’t work with multiple Mac OS X users and they don’t reply when you email them with questions.
Other solutions I have heard bandied about include Safe Place (US$10 Shareware) and Pastor (free) but a little research indicates that there are dozens of password applications for Mac OS X.
What application (if any) do you use to store your passwords?


Like you I have a billion passwords and logins for the various sites that I frequent. I used to keep all of my passwords in an encrypted text file on my PowerBook but the problem with this method is that you risk exposing all of your logins if someone were to find and open it.
With that issue in mind I have begun searching for password storage applications. My criteria are simple: strong encryption and the ability to access the data from multiple Mac OS X user accounts on my PowerBook.
I have done some initial testing with Dataviz’s Passwords Plus (a sponsor of this site) which I like because it automatically locks after a period of inactivity. The problem is that it doesn’t work with multiple Mac OS X users and they don’t reply when you email them with questions.
Other solutions I have heard bandied about include Safe Place (US$10 Shareware) and Pastor (free) but a little research indicates that there are dozens of password applications for Mac OS X.
What application (if any) do you use to store your passwords?

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