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I rely on my iPhone for everything. When I’m on the road, my iPhone replaces my laptop. Subsequently, my iPhone contains most, if not all, of my data-sensitive information, personal and business.
As a result, the need for a private, secure data storage app presented itself out of necessity. Prior to my iPhone, I used a Blackberry that came with a standard “Password Keeper” application, made specifically for entering/storing sensitive data, such as passwords, credit card numbers, bank accounts, pin numbers, private notes, and any other private/ personal information. I loved the applications simplicity and sorely missed it when I made the transition to my iPhone.
As a result, I tried several data storage apps in the past, all offering a plethora of bells and whistles; most of which I don’t need/use. After repeatedly entering all my data into a new app time and again, only to have to revert to another app for one reason or another, I finally settled on using LockBox Pro.
LockBox Pro is a simple, straightforward application that executes as advertised, without all the unnecessary features (multiple predefined forms/categories, custom icons, customizable categories, integration with other services, etc.) and desk-top companion modules. Priced near the middle of the data storage app spectrum at $2.99, it also offers a “lite” version, aptly titled “LockBox.” LockBox is ad-supported, lacks bulk data importing and has limited data-entry fields (sub-fields are limited to two fields per entry).
LockBox Pro offers basic features, including strong security (data is secured via Apple's Keychain, which utilizes 3DES encryption for high security), the flexibility to add as many fields as you like to each entry, the ability to rearrange and delete items in your list and the ability to import/export data from your computer into LockBox Pro (and visa-versa) using WiFi.
Upon opening LockBox, the user is asked to enter a 4-digit code:
After entering the code, the application “opens” to it’s main menu interface, which lists all entries in (unsorted or in alphabetical order, depending on the user):
This interface is straightforward, user-friendly and easy to use, offering 4 options: Edit, Add, Import/Export Data and Un/Auto-sort.
Edit and Add allow you to enter and change or modify new/existing entries. Each entry has a Title, Information section allowing you to input as many rows of data you need, a Category section containing 6 preset options and a Notes/Additional Info section, again with multiple data-entry fields:
Entering and modifying data is simple and straightforward. LockBox Pro is basic and lacks many advanced features of it’s more expensive counterparts.
Importing/Exporting data is also easy. Users simply enter an IP address into their browser to import, export and back-up data over WiFi, LockBox Pro lists its contents, which can then be pasted into a word processing file for storage. I was able to do so using Windows Notepad and Wordpad, but encountered problems using Microsoft Word.
And that’s LockBox Pro in a nutshell. It’s a basic, “no-frills” data storage application that I’ve found to be adequate, reliable and easy to use. Its simplicity is what makes it attractive, but at the same time prevents it from performing those advanced features found in similar applications. If you’re looking for a solid, basic data-protection app, LockBox Pro is a viable contender.