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Company: Craig Lurey


Title: Keeper

Price: $1

Compatible: iPhones, iPod touches

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Keeper v1.2 by Craig Lurey

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By Jesse Hollington

Applications Editor, iLounge ()
Published: Thursday, October 9, 2008

This review originally appeared within iLounge’s iOS Gems series within the compilation article, iPhone Gems: All 22 Wallet Apps, Reviewed. Additional details may be found in the original article.

Keeper ($1) is a basic wallet app that takes a slightly more basic approach to password storage. Rather than worrying about customization of data types and fields, Keeper has only a single record type with no field customization. Each record consists of a title, two “secrets” and an additional notes field. There are no further categories, and no search feature. Other than a generic alphabetical record listing, Keeper provides a single other view of recently-accessed items.

Keeper uses a PIN-based (numeric) login screen, and would be a generally unremarkable application except for one feature: it incorporates an intruder lockout feature with a “Self-Destruct” feature. After five incorrect passwords, Keeper will erase all of its own data—your secrets—from your iPhone, returning it to the same configuration as when it was first installed. The number of attempts cannot be customized, but the Self-Desctruct option can be enabled or disabled in the application’s “Tools” section.

Unfortunately, like iSecret, Keeper doesn’t actually encrypt your data, leaving all of your “secrets” and even your PIN completely readable to anybody with direct access to your iPhone or your iPhone backups. In other words, a hacker’s better off not bothering to guess your PIN; it’s available just by connecting the iPhone a computer.iLounge Rating: F.


Editors' Note: iLounge only reviews products in "final" form, but many companies now change their offerings - sometimes several times - after our reviews have been published. This iLounge article provides more information on this practice, known as revving.

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