Let’s assume there are three kinds of files on your Mac. The first are the standard files, whatever they are (photos, documents, music, etc.), that wouldn’t cause us much grief if someone found them or stole them. Most of us have files like that, yet most of us also have files or data we absolutely positively do not want to share with others. And some of us have files or data so valuable or incriminating that we go to lengths of effort to ensure they remain secure.
Login IDs and passwords to websites fall into the last two categories. For those many of us have password management apps which secure our login IDs and passwords, yet make them accessible and easy to use. What about files? I prefer encryption to protect certain files and the free Encrypto app does the deed on the Mac. What about iPhone and iPad?
Safe + is a Mac app which goes beyond just the standard login ID and password protection. It also encrypts credit card and bank information, contacts, photos, and more. Think of 1Password but at nearly the price, but minus a few features, and with one glaring flaw.
The encryption used in Safe + is the 256-bit AES version, NASA’s standard. If you lose your Mac the data inside Safe + is not easily cracked (is anything safe from being hacked in the 21st century?). What makes Safe + standout among the average password managers are the versions; Mac, iPhone and iPad. Data from one can be synchronized to the others.
For iPhone and iPad users, the Safe + version also supports Touch ID for an extra layer of security and convenience. Setting up categories couldn’t be much easier, either. Select a category name, select an icon (or customize an icon and import it to Safe +), and begin adding data.
Comments can be added to each item, and categories can be organized however you prefer. There’s also an option to launch Safari to a specific website from within Safe + which makes it easier to login to websites without having to remember all the login ID and password information.
When syncing Safe + data between devices the data is encrypted but easily opened by another Mac, iPhone, or iPad. That brings me to the one nit that needs to be fixed.
The iPhone and iPad version is as easy to use and just as secure. Backups can be made on both versions and easily transferred between devices. Via Wi-Fi. Maybe some users think that Wi-Fi is a convenient way to sync data between devices but it requires a single Wi-Fi network, both devices must be on the same network, and a bunch of extra steps. Why not just save the encrypted data on iCloud or Dropbox?
Otherwise, Safe + is priced right (less on iOS) and has plenty of useful features and the option to import and encrypt photos and contacts is a big plus.