Ascendo DataVault - Password Manager for BlackBerry v4.36

By Ryan Blundell on 4 Mar 2008 10:29 am EST
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Asdendo DataVault - Password Manager for BlackBerry

Are we people or are we numbers? In this world what’s more important? Both actually, but it has become increasingly important to protect the former by securing the latter. The need to make passwords more complex has become crucial as well. As the movie Hackers taught me, the 4 most commonly used passwords are Love, Secret, Sex and God. Mix in some symbols and numbers in any of those and you may have a somewhat decent password. Now, try and remember those on top of your debit pin, locker combo, home and work security pin, multiple email addresses and passwords, voicemail passwords, claim numbers, CrackBerry and other website usernames and logins – whew.  There’s a lot more than you realized right?  Using the same password for all is a bad idea. What are you going to do?

Well, continuing with our look into the Ascendo Wallet Suite, let’s take a look at Ascendo DataVault v4.36. Just let me try and remember the password, what was it again…?

Please Enter your Password
Setting a password is required when you first start Ascendo DataVault, which will be used to log in to the program from here on out. If you happen to forget this password (yes I am aware of the irony of this), you are able to reset the password. Please note that doing this will result in the loss of your entries, a reasonable alternative to not securing anything or uninstalling and reinstalling DataVault. This may seem to be a downfall, but keep in mind it is one password to protect all the others, less to memorize.

Asdendo DataVault - Password Manager for BlackBerry
choose your password wisely

Asdendo DataVault - Password Manager for BlackBerry
what's my password again?

Ascendo DataVault also allows you to set up a password “hint” to remind you that your password is your mothers, brothers, third baby-sitter’s second pet dog’s name. Another important option is to set a security time out (which I highly recommend) with a time frame between 1 minute and 60 minutes.

You are now ready to protect your vital information. You can enter them using the basic format, assigning/adding categories, types and icons, or use DataVault’s intuitive templates. Let’s say you want to have your Insurance Policy information handy. Select Insurance from the templates and you are greeted with options including Company, Subscriber/Group/Member numbers, Plan and Physician’s name. I prefer this method as it saves time and is easier to decipher. You can create your own template as well and even duplicate your entries to quicken your data input.

Asdendo DataVault - Password Manager for BlackBerry
templates help you organize

Asdendo DataVault - Password Manager for BlackBerry
numerous fields to hold your vitals

Asdendo DataVault - Password Manager for BlackBerry
a basic view of your information

If you have notes on your memo pad, you can easily transfer them to DataVault and assign types and categories.

All of your information in DataVault is stored in an encrypted file. This file utilizes a U.S. Government sanctioned AES encryption code making DataVault one tough nut to crack. How tough you ask? Let’s just say it would take Deep Thought a fraction of the time to come up with the ultimate answer to Life, the Universe and Everything. Keep in mind that it did take Deep Thought approximately 10 million years to calculate the answer. More information on AES can be found here.

There are two ways to view your entries; Tree View and List View. Both have their advantages:

In Tree View you have the ability to expand or collapse its levels one by one or all at once. Another option would be to set its default configuration to collapsed, automatically expanded or last information.

List View gives you two ways to look at your entries. You can click on each entry and view them individually or use DataVault’s view dubbed “Roll & Scroll”. You would scroll vertically through the fields and then horizontally through their items. For faster navigation, set a smaller number of fields to be displayed. I prefer this mode, especially since you can anchor the items name when your scroll vertically.

With both views you are given a search option. You can find entries by the First letter, find string or the extended search.

Ascendo DataVault Password Manager for BlackBerry
Tree View

Ascendo DataVault Password Manager for BlackBerry
List View

Another key feature, which was included in DataVault’s latest update is the ability to email an item to someone else who is using DataVault in DataVault Exchange Format. Or encrypt and decrypt your emails to and from fellow users (you little international spies you).

Ascendo DataVault Password Manager for BlackBerry
share your secrets

One last note on DataVault is, as with previously reviewed Ascendo products, the chance to customize your interface. Not that important in my opinion, as function is always more important. Choose from multiple font options, row and table color, 12 skins, a splash screen and personalization lines.

Ascendo DataVault Password Manager for BlackBerry
personalize your interface

Shutting the Vault Door

Ascendo DataVault Password Manager for BlackBerry
DataVault closing - access denied.

Hands down, way down, this is an amazing piece of software. I used to use BlackBerry’s Password Keeper, but Ascendo DataVault just offers so much more. I know that my info will be under a virtual lock and key and will never have to worry about a security breach in my lifetime.  It’s solid interface, umpteen personal preferences to choose from and air tight security make this an absolute critical piece of software to have on your BlackBerry.

Pros

  • advanced security
  • personalized interface
  • easy to use

Cons

  • can’t think of any
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16 comments

tully

if you were lucky you downloaded this app back in december when Handango did their free app friday, and you were spared the $30 fee.

i've been using this program for a couple of months now and it is pretty good. it puts the default BB password vault to shame. but you'd have to be a serious user with lots of crazy passwords (or just a really bad memory) to warrant paying for it. but hey if it is a business expense then go ahead!!

SpasticMelon

If you are looking for a good password keeper, why not try out the BB version of KeePass (keepass.info)? KeePass is open-source and a VERY nice password keeper. Additionaly, if you use the desktop version, you can have your BB sync your password database with it.

8830 Owner

Sadly, it looks like there is not a 88xx version available. At least the link provided shows it is not compatible with the 8830.

Anonymous

"Ascendo DataVault for Blackberry requires BB OS 4.0 and above & 300k of free disk space. Ascendo DataVault Desktop requires Microsoft Windows and 2Meg of free disk space."

--> will be compatible with any modern blackberry - 8700 and newer

Marc from Ascendo

Hi 8830 owner,

Marc from Ascendo here.

I confirm that DataVault is compatible with all 88xx devices. You can find a compatibility list on our product description page.
http://www.ascendo-inc.com/blackberry/password-manager.html

Best

8830 Owner

So, it is the link provided in the article that has something wrong. It shows the download is incompatible. Hopefully the article can correct the link, or CB's link can show proper compatilibity.

Currently, when you click on the link in the article, it says the download is not compatible with the Pearl, Curve, or 88xx series.

MarcAscendo

Hi 8830,

I am not sure what link you are referring to. Please email me at info[AT]ascendo-inc.com to explain.

In any case, Ascendo DataVault is compatible with all 8800 series devices and all other major series such as 8100(Pearl), 8300(Curve), etc. The most up to date compatibility list can be found on our product description page.
http://www.ascendo-inc.com/blackberry/password-manager.html

Marc
Ascendo

KarlyT

I've never tried any other password keepers, so I can't make a comparison, but I LOVE DataVault. Would have been nice to get it for free, but it was still worth paying for. I AM one of those people with a zillion different passwords, and DataVault has enabled me to keep track of ALL of them, in an easy to use interface. It's especially helpful that I can have the same app on my laptop, and that I'm able to sync the two. I frequently use DataVault in both locations.

Anonymous

keypass has been my password keeper of choice on my machines, and with their blackberry port, I've got it there too. It's free/open source, has a slick and simple interface and is very secure. Plus you can import your database from the computer quite easily.

normg#CB

Pros: excellent program generally

Cons:

1. Requires that the Ascendo Password be the same as the Blackberry Password to sync; which means that in a corporate setting, you must constantly change the password on Ascendo Datavault, or anyone in your corporate IT Department will have your password. There should be a way to have a different Password on Datavault and still sync with your Blackberry.

2. Support is poor. Rarely responds to email questions.

MarcAscendo

We have had a few inquiries concerning the preceding post so in order to eliminate confusion...

The "Ascendo DataVault for BlackBerry" and "Ascendo DataVault Desktop" passwords need to be the same to synchronize.

The password for DataVault DOES NOT need to be the same as the password you initially use to access your BlackBerry.

If you have any questions, please email info[AT]ascendo-inc.com

Best,
Marc
Ascendo

Brian F

Just as a heads up, the passwords need to be the same between the desktop and the BB but NOT the same as the BB's main password, just like Marc said. Also, I think their support is fine. I inquired with them about some compatibility issues before I became their customer and they always replied promptly. Try again bud.

normg#CB

7/15/08

I was not correct with respect to my initial comment on syncronizing/passwords. The Blackberry Device Password does NOT have to be the same as the Blackberry Ascendo Datavault Password. The Blackberry Ascendo Datavault Password and the Blackberry Desktop Ascendo Datavault Password must be the same.

Much Thanks to Marc Bohl at Ascendo for straightening me out.

Norm

Rimsky#CB

Hmmmm, can't find the compatibility list anymore. Anyone know if the app supports the BB Storm?

Cees Cappelle

Bill W

I peviously used Vault on another application & installed it without any problem and it is a great product. I have tried to install Vault on BB. When I try to register with the key provided I get an eror message saying wrong key. The Vault on my BB has my correct PIN. I have tried many times to reinstall, re-download.My main whinge is that despite 2 emails to supplier (Handango) seeking assistnace they have not been answered. After sales service seems to be non-existent.

Bill W

CORRECTION TO THE ABOVE. IT WAS ASCENDO I EMAILED NOT HANDANGO