Protect Your Passwords and PIN Numbers with iPIN

Price: $2.99   Score: 7/10    By A. PapachristosiPIN

Much of what we do each day involves the Internet.  We shop online, we pay bills online, and we balance multiple accounts, whether they are email or social networking profiles, which require us to remember password on top of password.  However, juggling all these PINs and Passwords can become quite difficult because, with safety and security in mind, one must remember multiple combinations in order to prevent identity theft, with no easy way to keep them all straight.

Luckily, with iPIN – Secure PIN and Password Safe by Frank Möller, users now have a way to safely and securely keep track of all their PINs and passwords without ever worrying about having the information fall into the wrong hands.  With a focus on simplicity, iPIN employs the KISS principle – Keep It Simple and Secure.

When you first startup iPIN, users must initially set up a sensor code for the sensor keyboard and a password, which will protect your data from any unauthorized users.  First, users will need to develop a sequence using the sensors on the screen, simply touching or sliding over any desired combination.  Once you have confirmed your sequence a second time, you will then move on to creating a password.  (You will be guided through the entire process step-by-step.)  The password acts as backup in case you forget your sensor sequence and are blocked due to too many failed login attempts.  Of course, both your sensor sequence and password can be changed at any time under the Settings section.  However, be sure to remember either your sensor sequence or password, for if both are lost, your data will be lost as well.

Once your login information has been set, you may then begin entering any and all PINs and passwords you wish to keep on record.  The pencil icon in the top right corner allows you to create a New PIN, New Account or New Group.  The bottom of the screen displays two tabs, Lists and Settings, which allows you to view your information in one window and adjust your settings in another.

The only strange thing that occurred while testing iPINS’s features is that, when left unattended for a while, I would automatically be logged out and have to use my sensor sequence to log back into the application.  However, when the sensor screen appeared on numerous occasions, my chosen blocks were already highlighted for some reason, making it extremely simple for anyone to pick up my phone and test the sequence to see if they could gain access.  Perhaps this is simply a glitch, or perhaps I simply did something wrong, because besides this (rather significant) error, iPIN truly does simplify one’s life by remembering all those tricky PINs and passwords for you.

For those who’d like to give iPIN a try before actually buying the full application, iPIN Lite allows users to explore every feature, simply limiting users to three entries to start.  Those who wish to purchase the unlimited version may then do so right within the Lite application.

iPIN [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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