SplashID reviewed

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7100t.jpgWhen you’re young and naive, you have that “one password” that you use for everything. Email, MySpace, whatever – same thing. Your bank PIN was simply the four first letters of that word worked out on the num-pad. As you grew older, so did the rest of the world and the necessity for more security.

Once you grow up, get a job, and realize you’ve got a little bit more than a measley email password to remember, that’s where an application like Splash ID comes into play. Enterprise users know exactly what I’m talking about. With the need for new/different passwords comes the need to remember new/different passwords. Thankfully with Splash ID from the folks at Splash Data, that’s finally a reality.

In a nutshell, Slash ID remembers passwords. It seems so simple, but it’s so unbelievably invaluable, especially when you work in IT and have multiple log-in’s and other things to remember. Like a lot of BlackBerry applications, Splash ID has two interfaces: one for your desktop and one for your BlackBerry.

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An easy download and a simple install later and both of your interfaces are sync’ed and ready to go. Splash ID Desktop is your go-to man here, allowing you to choose between types of information to enter. You can choose from nearly 20 types of info ranging from email passwords to birthdays to frequent flyer info. Don’t see something on there that you need to remember? The ability to add a type is right there so never again will you forget your kid’s names.

Each type has various fields to be filled in with your personal info. After supplying the details behind each entry and adding it into your database, Splash ID displays it right in your main interface all the while hiding your passwords and PINs so that monitor-gazers can’t get at your classified info. The mask/unmask feature turns all of the ***** into passwords and displays the info you need.

splashmoreinfo.jpgThis same feature translates onto the BlackBerry. If you’ve got your device connected to your computer (with both Splash ID Desktop and on your ‘Berry having the same password) the two will sync together, and now your passwords are coming on the road with you. Now there’s no excuse to forget your anniversary while you’re stuck in Tulsa and wifey’s sitting at home waiting by the phone.

splashlogin.jpgThe overall functionality and design of Splash ID Desktop are A+. It’s very easy to add and sort through entries and a great tool to have. As for the BlackBerry, although it has the same features as the desktop version, the interface leaves a little to be desired as the screen is overrun with text. And if you forget the password to get onto Splash ID on your BlackBerry (like this genius personally did), you’ll have to wipe the program and reinstall. A little bit of a hassle, but I suppose that’s the price you pay for security.

Overall, I consider this a great tool for really anyone. You never know when your mind’ll go blank and you need to remember your cousin’s clothing size (yes, adding a clothing size is an option), and given the amount of information that’s needed to function in today’s society, Splash ID is a blessing. I’ll take my red pen and give this great application a solid “B” rating. It’s currently available for a mere $29.99 USD.

  • Al-Jebra

    How does this compare against CryptMagic and FileSafe (I think it’s file safe.)???

  • Al-Jebra

    How does this compare against CryptMagic and FileSafe (I think it’s file safe.)???

  • Rachel

    SplashID has a limit of 6 fields per record. JSJ Wallet is much better than SplashID.

    http://www.jsjsoftware.com/palm/jsj_wallet.htm

  • Rachel

    SplashID has a limit of 6 fields per record. JSJ Wallet is much better than SplashID.

    http://www.jsjsoftware.com/palm/jsj_wallet.htm

  • http://slugdoug.com/ Doug

    Ummm… JSJ Wallet is for Palm devices.

  • http://slugdoug.com Doug

    Ummm… JSJ Wallet is for Palm devices.