SplashID keeps your secure information secure
Back in the day, things were a lot more simple. Everyone had one email address, one bank account, and a few other numbers or dates to remember. How I long for those days again. Just over a year ago, I started a new corporate job. Many of you may know the term SSO, better knows as “single sign on”. The concept is that you have one username and password for multiple systems in your work place. Only problem is, all those systems don’t communicate with each other, making SSO completely irrelecant most the time. Off the top of my head, I have 6 different used ID’s and passwords that change every 90 days. And that’s just my work stuff. Throw in my other 4 email addresses, social networking accounts, banks info, credit card logins, frequent flyer mile numbers and things can get out of hand pretty quickly.
Fortunately, there’s a solution for all this chaos… SplashID. The SplashID application is available for the Android OS, but you can also find it for Windows Mobile, Palm, BlackBerry, Series 60, and the iPhone. They even have desktop applications for Windows and Mac. The premise of SplashID is to organize all your secure information in a secure manner. When you open the app for the first time you will be asked you name your device (this is used when you sync the info with the desktop client) and then you will need to choose a password. Once you have that out of the way, you will see a list of dummy content which will give you a good idea of what you can use SplashID for.
At the very top of the screen you are presented with a few filter options and also a little search box. I find that I don’t use these features that often, but I can see them getting more useful as time goes on and I have more entries to sort through.
To create a new entry, press your phone’s menu button and then select “add item.” The item entry page is a bit stark, but it gets the job done. SplashID has a great selection of pre-defined types and categories that automatically display relevant content fields for the type of data you may need to enter. You can even assign a custom icon to your entry (though there are only 64 images to choose from). If you can’t find a pre-defined type that fits your needs, simply select the menu button on your handset and click “customize fields” to change things around.
In the two weeks that I have been using SplashID, I have entered in all my work ID and password information, bank accounts, and other online account information. It’s nice to know that everything is in one place and safe. Like most apps, there’s room for improvement throughout the UI, but it is definitely on of the best utility apps I have used on my phone in quite a while. The Android app is available in the market for $9.95 and the desktop version goes for $19.95.