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Ascendo DataVault reviewed


It’s no secret – er, rather, it should be, but we’ve got a lot of information to retain these days. On top of our daily responsibilities, we’ve got passwords to remember so we can complete those responsibilities. It’s companies like Ascendo that prove they care with offerings like DataVault – a program for your BlackBerry that stores confidential information like passwords, credit cards, PINs, logins, etc. using “the most powerful encryption method available.”

We’ve looked at a competing product, SplashID before and have spent time with one of the first password managers developed for BlackBerry, Cryptmagic, and are more than prepared to bring you a solid comparative review on Ascendo’s latest gem, DataVault.

Ascendo was kind enough to send us a pre-release version of DataVault for us to mess about and find faults with. Not surprisingly, the faults were few and far between. Like the other two noted applications, DataVault works in two parts: with your desktop and with your BlackBerry. DataVault is able to synch both together without any issues or loss of information, which is a plus, so you can confidently enter your passwords and know they’ll be waiting for you the next time you need them on your device.

The biggest issue with these types of programs is their ability to store the information and do so safely and securely. Both Cryptmagic and Ascendo DataVault use Advanced Encryption
Standard (AES), the same method chosen the US Government’s National Institude of Standards and Technology (NIST) while SplashID uses the weaker Blowfish encryption method.. And on top of the encryption, these types of applications let you set a master password to access your info, but only DataVault lets you set a master password hint so you don’t have to start from scratch if you forget the big one – AND if you happen to forget the hint, Ascendo’s DataVault is the only app that will wipe all of the info from its system, and you won’t have to uninstall then reinstall like the others.


The desktop interface seems a lot cleaner and organized compared to both Cryptmagic and Splash ID, just in general. And it works like it’s supposed to, that’s great. You can use the categories, types, and items that DataVault provides in their defaults or create your own and assign icons to them. Not only that, but you can create a new template (or choose from the 20 already available, not like the two in Cryptmagic) so it’s easier to add the same information over and over again.

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3 Responses to “Ascendo DataVault reviewed”

  1. BlackBerryCool » Weekend Contest: BBCool’s suggestion box
    January 19th, 2007 12:40

    […] This week we ask you: How would you improve BlackBerry Cool? What would you like to see? What are you seeing that you don’t want to see? Think long and hard, folks. I’ve alluded to big changes happening to the site before, and we’d like your input before we take our biggest step yet. Three winners (!) this week will walkaway with the great release from Ascendo - DataVault. If you’ve yet to see it, check out our review of DataVault to see what goodness you could be getting your hands on when you tell us how to do our jobs. […]

  2. BlackBerryCool » Weekend Contest reminder
    January 23rd, 2007 10:54

    […] Hey folks. Just a quick reminder while we sort through all of these press releases and such that our weekend contest runs from one Friday to the next. This week we’re asking our readers, “How would you improve BlackBerry Cool?”. Three selected commenters will walk away with shiny brand new copies of Ascendo DataVault. See our review of DataVault here, or go right ahead and check out the contest. You’ve got until the next contest pops up on Friday to enter. […]

  3. BlackBerryCool » Improve BBCool, get Ascendo’s DataVault
    January 25th, 2007 10:08

    […] One last little reminder. Tomorrow we find out which three commenters (soon to be winners) of the weekend contest are going home with copies of Ascendo’s DataVault. Check out the entry page where we ask: “How would you improve BlackBerry Cool?”, and be sure to give our review of DataVault a once-over. Winners will be announced around the noon hour tomorrow, EST. […]

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