Review: 7 password managers for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android
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Fire up SplashID and the first thing you're likely to notice is the similarity to Microsoft Office 2007. SplashID has the same look, complete with the ribbon and the orb. Records in the database consist of up to nine customizable fields and a free-form notes area, so you aren't limited to mere username/password pairs. Databases come prepopulated with some sample data, including the likes of credit cards and software serial numbers, so you can see for yourself what all the fields are intended to hold. The database can be locked with either a password or a drawn pattern.
The biggest drawback with SplashID is how it focuses more on storing and managing this data than anything else. First problem: the lack of integration with any browser but Internet Explorer. No other browsers are currently supported for direct integration by the program, which seems bizarre given that IE has become an also-ran next to Firefox and Chrome.
Second problem: no global hotkey. There's no way to get the program to autotype a given password entry into anything except Internet Explorer. If you want to use it with any other program -- browser or not -- you have to copy and paste from the program. SplashID does have an option to automatically clear the clipboard after a given number of minutes, but it's not enabled by default.
As with Keeper, the main selling point of SplashID is the synchronization features provided by the vendor. SplashData offers a startling range of mobile clients -- Android, iOS, BlackBerry, WebOS, Palm, Windows, and more -- which is handy if you're using a phone of a rarer make. (The desktop edition of the program syncs natively with BlackBerry phones.) But if you have a mobile device supported by one of the other, better password managers described here, there's little reason to use SplashID.
Cost: $19.95; no trial version available. Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, PalmOS.
Snazzy Microsoft Office-style interface aside, SplashID's feature set just isn't that impressive.
|1Password 1.0.9||Free trial; $49.99 single user||Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7|
|KeePass 2.18/1.21||Free open source||Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, J2ME, BlackBerry, PalmOS|
|Keeper 4.12||Free; backup subscription $9.99 per year||Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Amazon Kindle Fire|
|LastPass 1.90||Free; premium version $12 per year||Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, WebOS, Symbian|
|Password Safe 3.28||Free open source||Windows, Linux, Java|
|RoboForm 7.7.4||Basic version free; RoboForm Everywhere $9.95 per year; RoboForm Desktop for Windows/Mac $29.95; RoboForm2Go $39.95||Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PalmOS, Symbian|
|SplashID 6.0.4||$19.95; no trial version available||Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, PalmOS|
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