Too easy a password is a hacker’s heaven. And, too complex a combination is difficult to keep in mind. What’s the take? – A password management app, of course!
About the app:
Passwords have always been a hassle. You can never have novel ‘letter-number-characteristic’ combinations, one each for your online accounts and manage to remember all of them every time. Using the same password is a solution, but never safe. So, here is an app that has promised to ease our difficulties and manage for us, those jumbles of passwords we create. Enpass, the password management app is for Android OS.
How to set up the app:
An initial Master Password is required. This will be the gateway to all your other passwords and accounts. This password has to be very carefully set and remembered as it cannot be recovered. If a user forgets this combination, he will be locked out of the app forever. The app also enables a 4-digit PIN for quick entry into it.
Once you are done setting up the app, a ‘+’ icon will show which can be used to add new accounts. This is also the button for storing all your account credentials and information under a variety of categories. For instance, if you have chosen to add your credit card information, Enpass will present you with fields like Cardholder name, number, date of expiry, etc. All your accounts will be organized in alphabetical order. The app will also let you utilize search, favorite accounts and organize information fed into each of them.
Enpass can import information from several other password management apps. All information fed into it is fully encrypted with 256-bit AES and 24,000 rounds of PBKDF2 via SQLCipher, the open-source and peer-reviewed encryption engine. It has a password generator and shows password change history for each account. Although the free version can store data for a decent 20 accounts, the paid version for $9.99 (subscription-free one time fee) is a huge storehouse of information. Data can be synced via Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and OneDrive, which is again, a big advantage. The app also lets password sharing via email and it is compatible for cross-platforms. The UI is simple and user-friendly.
Account details have to be manually inserted, which makes the app cumbersome. There are not password capture and playback features. The app does not rate the strength of passwords. Also, those passwords shared via email are sent as only plain text. The free version enables only 20 online accounts. The login process is not automated. Auto-fill is enabled, but does not work in Chrome and OEM browsers. In simple words, it is more of a sign-up free online database of passwords and personal information, than a management app of the same.
A password management app that lacks automation is practically of no use. And, what if a user forgets the Master Password for the paid version? The UI is undoubtedly very attractive. But, using Dropbox for syncing data rather than some other secured connection is not wise. Also, when on earth did emailing credentials in plain text become such a fancy? Still and all, things might have been re-considered had the app been entirely free. But, if it does not serve the purpose, it IS of no purpose.