Keep Sensitive Information Handy With SafeWallet

Have you noticed that we tend to forget our passwords when we need them the most? For instance, let’s say you need to check your account balance before writing a check, but can’t remember your credentials to do that. Or how about the time when you wanted to book a plane ticket and realized your credit card and passport weren’t at hand?

Thanks to SafeWallet, you can say goodbye to these embarrassing moments, as all your credentials and passwords are saved on your phone and even synchronized across devices and platforms. This way, your sensitive data will always be up to date and handy.


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Vault and Favorites

SafeWallet’s interface is fairly simple and relatively uncluttered. The application is inspired by Google’s Holo theme, but also takes hints from Windows XP, especially for its icons and buttons.

The application is divided in three main tabs: your Vault, Logins and Favorites. The first one is the most relevant one, as it’s where all your sensitive data is saved. The Vault can be organized into Folders and Cards, so it’s easier for you to categorize your information. Frequently used cards can also be marked as favorite, in order to be accessed easily from the last tab.

SafeWallet's interface is simple and uncluttered

SafeWallet’s interface is simple and uncluttered

SafeWallet makes it easy to add an item or search for a card as dedicated options are always shown at the top. There are also very little menu options: one lets you find out more about the application and the other brings you to the Settings.

Lastly, SafeWallet makes it easy to edit an item, as long-pressing a Card or a Folder will let you edit, delete or copy it. Pasting an item is not as simple; you have to press and hold a card or a folder to paste the item next to it. This means that tapping and holding the folder in which you want to paste the Card won’t work; you would instead need to press and hold an item that’s already in the folder. Lastly, removing an item is too simple, as deletion is completed with no confirmation whatsoever, making it very easy to accidentally delete an entire folder — it happened to me a couple of times…

Cards

The sensitive data itself is stored in a Card, which can be placed wherever you want in your Vault. When creating a Card, SafeWallet will let you chose from a wide range of preset templates, such as Bank Account details, Credit Card information, Driver’s License, ID or Passport, Email Account, Frequent Flyer Number, Insurance Policy and much more.

SafeWallet offers a wide range of preset templates when creating a card

SafeWallet offers a wide range of preset templates when creating a card

After you pick the template you’d like to use, you can fill out the information using the predefined fields, or customize them according to your needs. You can therefore delete, rename and add fields, and customize their type — Password, Numeric, Phone Number etc. SafeWallet also lets you personalize the icon for any Card or Folder to make the information easier to spot. The application comes with a built-in library of icons — which are greatly inspired by Windows XP, but there is no way to add new ones.

A customized card

A customized card

When filling out the PIN or password information, SafeWallet has an option to automatically generate a password according to your criteria. You can therefore customize the length of the password and the type of characters that should be used to generate it. Also, in order to prevent others from seeing your passwords, SafeWallet will automatically hide them when you’re not in edit mode. However, tapping a password will copy it in your clipboard so you can easily paste it back in any other application.

SafeWallet's built-in Password Generator

SafeWallet’s built-in Password Generator

Safety is customizable in SafeWallet, and you can tell the application to remember you master password for you — although I wouldn’t recommend it. The app can also automatically lock itself after a certain time, in order to prevent others from browsing your Vault.

Synchronization

SafeWallet saves your data both on your device and on secure servers, which allows for the information to be replicated across devices. Indeed, if you have other Android devices, an iPhone or a Windows computer, you can view and edit the information in your Vault and have SafeWallet automatically sync it back with all of your devices.

On Windows, SafeWallet also offers browser extensions that can automatically remember your passwords and add them to your Logins — the second tab on Android. This information is automatically populated and saved in SafeWallet, so it can be accessed from the application or used to fill out your credentials on any computer.

Unfortunately, the application doesn’t integrate with mobile browsers for the time being and therefore won’t be able to create a Login card for the information to be automatically used by your computer. However, when accessing your Login tab on Android, tapping an item will automatically open an in-app browser with the credentials filled in, so you don’t have to type them manually.

Shortcomings

SafeWallet is an excellent way of keeping your information safe and handy at the same time. Nevertheless, the application could be even better if a few extra features were made available. For instance, unlike other password managers, SafeWallet doesn’t have an option to take a snapshot of a credit card to either save it as an image or automatically decipher the information.

Also, despite its presence on many platforms, SafeWallet doesn’t have a dedicated Mac or iPad application and doesn’t even offer a web-based version of its service. This makes it impossible to access your data from a Mac and particularly unpleasant to view from an iPad, as you would have to stick to the iPhone app.

Conclusion

SafeWallet is one of the best password managers around. Not only is the application free, intuitive, and full of features, it also saves all of your information online securely so it can be sync’ed with other devices. The browser plugins are also of great added value, as they sync your passwords across platforms, without the need to use the same browser.


Summary

SafeWallet is a password manager and sensitive information manager to keep your data. It also syncs with the cloud securely so you can retrieve your passwords and data from any device.

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  • [email protected]

    There’s no such thing as perfect security. If you put vital information in an app, on a memory card or in something called a cloud, there’s a possibility of it being stolen. If you can’t remember a user ID and a password template, old to business cards together and use a substitution code to write them down. Any Aggregate of user names, account numbers and passwords will be targeted by hackers everywhere.

  • nadocrew

    There should definitely be a disclaimer with this article. SafeWallet is going to be the target of every cyber criminal. Anytime you are aggregating this much information on one site it is very dangerous. I wouldn’t trust a small company with this much valuable information.

    Second, why isn’t there a comparison in this article? How can you talk about the app without comparing it to 1Password and LastPass? Those are big contenders in the space.

    • http://www.symbian-guru.com khouryrt

      This post was crafted as a standalone review (like many of our articles here) of the app, and so there’s no room for comparisons or roundups. We could do that later on, as a full comparison.

      • nadocrew

        I don’t know how you can write a review without making comparisons. What are you basing your 9/10 on? It’s necessary to know if it’s missing features that competitors have.

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