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.
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 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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.