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Sponsored App Review: Enpass Password Manager

March 24, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

Enpass is a password manager for Android and other handheld devices – with a Free desktop app available on Windows, Mac and Linux – that secures all your personal data such as website logins, credit cards, membership cards and more. It stores this information on your smartphone locally and you can save that in your cloud accounts on Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and OneDrive for syncing purpose, while all data is encrypted and is stored locally using the SQLCIPHER method which is an open source 256-bit encryption method. Your master password for accessing this data never leaves your device and even screenshots are locked from this app, making this one hell of a secure password manager app. So, does Enpass have the features you need? Let’s take a closer look

Downloading Enpass from the Play Store is free with a $9.99 in-app purchase to store more than 20 items, and can done so here, while the desktop version of the app is also free and can be found here. For obvious reasons, we’re going to focus on the Android app. When you first launch the app, you’ll be asked to sign up for an Enpass account, or sign in with one if you started on your PC.

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When setting up a free account, you’ll set up a Master Password. This cannot be recovered, so make sure you remember it.

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There’s a handy strength indicator that tells you roughly how strong your password, but the general rule is not to use something that knows you will be able to figure out. Steer clear of family birthdays and shared events, that sort of thing. With that set up, you can then start adding cards, user accounts and more to your Enpass account. There’s a myriad of choices to choose from:

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Each of these different types of information has all the relevant fields. For instance, the credit card field looks like this:

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When you have all your accounts and cards etc all set up, you can view them from one central screen:

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These are mostly sorted in an alphabetical order, but you can use the pull-out menu to select just credit cards and so on. Also, let’s not forget that you can also sync this data with your cloud storage accounts, too.

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This is a great feature if you lose your device with all your passwords. Sure, you can remotely wipe an Android smartphone quite easily, but what about all the passwords you can no longer remember? Well, you can use the free desktop client to either change them or carry on using Enpass as normal until you get a new device.

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I’ve often been quite wary of password managers, after all the old adage of “If you don’t anyone else to know something, don’t write it down” carries a lot of weight. You’d be crazy to put all of this information in one place for hackers to crack open like a Pandora’s Box however, Enpass uses tried and tested encryption methods, and puts a lot of control in your hands. There’s no central Enpass server that stores any of your information, it’s either store locally or with one of your cloud storage accounts. Add in 256-bit AES encryption and a master password that will never be stored anywhere but your smartphone or tablet and you have a pretty solid foundation for securing your information. Enpass still has me a little wary, mostly because I’m paranoid about online safety and the app encourages you to put in all sorts of information, like your driving license info, credit cards and more into one place. If you’re fine with using a password manager, then there’s no reason Enpass wouldn’t be the right one for you.

Ratings

  • Speed (5/5) – Enpass runs really smoothly, and I never had any problems with the app.
  • Features (5/5) – A password manager might not be for everyone, but with the right boxes ticked when it comes to security and some excellent organization, Enpass keeps your info safe as well as easy to find.
  • Theme (4/5) – There’s a neat and good-looking interface that runs throughout Enpass, with touches of material design that looks nice.
  • Overall (4/5) – As a password manager, Enpass has everything you’d want security wise, but what makes this better than some others is the inclusion of some great organization and smooth performance throughout. Plus, the free desktop app works well, too.

Pros

  • Works well on smartphones as well as desktops and tablets.
  • Master password is something that only you will ever know.
  • Great organization here, it’s easy to find a particular card or account quickly and easily.
  • 256-bit AES encryption using the SQLCIPHER method keeps your information safe and secure.

Cons

  • More cloud storage options, such as ownCloud for more security would be nice.
  • Although there is AutoFill in Enpass on Mobiles, but similar Browser Extensions on Desktop would be nice and will make it a first choice.

All-in-all, there’s a lot to love about Enpass and it’s a great password manager. In fact, it’s one of the few I’ve come across that I might consider using all the time. I’m still wary about these things, as putting all this information in one place worries me a little, but there’s 256-bit encryption here so I shouldn’t worry so much. As for keeping your information secure, Enpass does that, as well helping to make sure it’s easy to find as well. This is one of the better password managers out there for keeping info organized and the different sections and sorting options are great.

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