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SafeWallet for BlackBerry

By Ryan Blundell on 15 Oct 2008 09:36 am EDT
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SafeWallet for BlackBerry!

In my opinion, it's truly a glorious day when a Software company finally adds BlackBerry solutions to its array of applications. Previously, SBSH Mobile Software LTD had focused on applications for the Symbian, Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Windows Mobile Smartphone platforms. How many times have you wished a non-BlackBerry application could be converted to the BlackBerry world? This may be your lucky day, as SBSH may be your Genie in a bottle.

SBSH enters into the BlackBerry world with SafeWallet Pro, a secure storage application. Granted, there are other BlackBerry applications out there that offer a similar solution to your security needs. SafeWallet Pro jumps into the fray with its arms swinging. Though I sat on the edge of my seat waiting for the release announcement, I can now finally make that seat comfortable as I prepare to delve into the new life of security that SBSH offers. Besides, it's been quite a while since I've reviewed a secure database solution. Now, if you promise not to take any money. I'll let you take a look inside my wallet.

Mobile Security

SafeWallet Pro offers a PC Companion to the BlackBerry application. To secure your information, SafeWallet utilizes both 256-bit AES encryption and security technologies based on IDF experience.

SafeWallet
accessing your wallet

Opening your SafeWallet brings you to the first prompt screen. The initial procedure will be to create a new wallet on your BB or sync an existing wallet from the PC version of SafeWallet. Each database you create will be referred to as a "wallet". You can manage multiple wallets, but don't try and handle too many wallets in the real world or you may find yourself in trouble with the law. The Wallets will be protected by a password of your choosing. Within these wallets you will see three categories, or folders; Favorites, Business and Personal. You can choose to add new folders, delete folders or even rename them. You can also create folders within folders, create cards, an entry containing online passwords, credit card information, serial numbers, etc. Personally, I would keep the folders to a minimum, or you may become as confused as me. You may have noticed the icons displayed next to each folder and card. These icons can be swapped with more than 240 icons found in the application's library. In fact, SafeWallet gives you the largest icon selection that I've seen in my secure database experience.

SafeWallet
here you can manage your folders

SafeWallet
opening a folder will reveal your entries

SafeWallet
all of these icons? Thumbs up indeed!

Let's peek at an example of a card shall we? SafeWallet comes preloaded with numerous card templates; a card with predefined entry fields based on the card type. For example, the Web-Site template includes fields such as URL, Login, Password and Note. Other templates include over a dozen fields. Once I save a card based on a template, the fields can be edited freely. Fields can be added, deleted, renamed and moved up/down the list. The manipulative properties of this application offer true personalization.

SafeWallet
a template with predefined fields

SafeWallet
manage the fields in the template

So you finally have SafeWallet set up, keeping countless pieces of information locked away. What's the quickest way to sort through it all? There are two ways to find what you are looking for. If you frequent a small selection of cards on a regular basis, you can add them to your Favorites folder to give you quick access. If you want to look for a specific card, you can search using T9 search technology. Simply start typing the name of the card, or values found within the card. Your search results will narrow until you reach the desired card.

You can manage the security and search settings, to maximize productivity and privacy. I have SafeWallet set up to lockout when I holster my device or the application is sent to the background. The only way someone is going to see a wallet from me, is when I pull the square leather one from my back pocket. I hoped to see a password generator function included, similar to the one found in SplashID, but at least you can change the password if needed. The menu is easily navigated and can be quickly read.

Closing the wallet

Kudos to SBSH Mobile Software on a job well done. This is an excellent first entry into the BlackBerry world. Safe Wallet is a secure database that, when unlocked, provides a unique look at your private information. For future versions, I would like to see a password generator and perhaps side scrolling between entries for an even faster experience. Pricing comes in at $24.95, a bit cheaper than similar applications. If you wish to try before you buy, there is a free trial period available. That's it for me folks, my wallet just snapped shut, so keep your grubby hands off.

Pros

  • 256-bit AES Encryption
  • Fully manageable entries
  • Icons galore

Cons

  • no password generator

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Reader comments

SafeWallet for BlackBerry

11 Comments

Being a recent Windows Mobile to Blackberry convert, the ONLY issue with BB is the choice of 3rd party applications compared to WM. SBSH is a very reputable mobile software company and I used this particular software for a while. Although it does not go into depth like Spb Wallet (Spb Software House), but it was still a good e-wallet. I plan on trying this one out on my Flip (hopefully supports OS 4.6)and compare it to Ascendo’s DataVault (a tall order).

Thanks for the review.

BBB

This looks pretty cool but Im sitting here thinking what would you need it for and I cant come up with anything. dont you carry all your card info with you in your physical wallet...what situations would you need your things stored in your phone...other than someone stealing your real wallet

As a very frequent traveller, it is an excellent way to store all of my frequent traveller numbers so I don't have to carry a stack of cards.

Also it is great for storing passwords to websites. I use it very frequently and have been extremely satisfied.

I haven't installed this kind of program on my BB Curve since converting from a Treo. I still keep e-Wallet on my desktop and use it all the time to keep up with equipment and website passwords. Any information that you don't want to keep out for others to view is put there. The Password Keeper on all BBs doesn't sync to your laptop or desktop. I would be interested in seeing comments comparing this program to e-Wallet which is also supposed to be coming out for the Blackberry.

I keep seeing database applications coming out, and I love having access to them. My only concern has been using main memory for data storage. Can this application have the database on SD card?

I use KeePass for Blackberry since the database can reside on SD card. Such applications are great for keeping track of online passwords, software license codes, and so much more. :)

I would love to see more database-style applications use SD cards for data storage. I would keep my bank accounts on my BB if I could find an app that makes use of SD storage.

Hi Xopher :)

At this stage SafeWallet is using the internal device data store to store all of your wallet information. The information is of course stored using the highest security measures, so even if someone gets your wallet file (which might be a bit easier from the PC version where wallet information is stored in a file), the content is still highly protected and there is basically no way to access it - this without knowing your password of course :) So basically the only thing that users should do is make sure that they don't pick a password which is simple to guess.

As for data-size concerns, even if you will have a realy large wallet content the wallet file is still really small since the content is only textual (encrypted of course - but we don't store any images within your wallet file or similar content such as sound etc. which can really make the file large), so even with really large wallets the file itself shouldn't get larger than 200kb or so.

I'm using a rather large wallet myself, with just a bit more than 200 cards, and the overall file size is 51kb. The file format used by SafeWallet was designed with special focus on the result size of the file so you will need to have a really large wallet file in order for your wallet content to be somewhat large this way :)

We didn't use any large format such as XML etc., so the format is optimized to the maximum possible this way and you can be sure that your actual wallet content is really small. You can also easily check for the file size of your wallet on your PC version and this way easily tell what is the size of your wallet content on the device too (it is the same content synchronized between the two devices and therefore the size of the content should be exactly the same on both your PC and the BlackBerry device).

I hope that this helps. Nevertheless - if we will receive more concerns from more users related to the size of the wallet content and users will raise more concerns on this we will be sure to investigate this some more and see how we can offer some option to move your wallet content from your BB main memory to the SD card and vice-versa. I believe that this should be possible, but we want to see if there will be some more demand for such addition before we will start working on something like this too :)

I am tired of waiting for eWallet for the BB to be released. Does anyone know if SafeWallet for the BB can import my eWallet for WM data?

Hi :)

I'm glad to say that SafeWallet includes an import utility which allow you to import wallet information from different applications. Currently we have two additional wallet importing options available with eWallet being one of them, so you can easily import your eWallet information to SafeWallet using this tool :)

You will find this utility within the top Tools -> Import buttons. The import is done through the eWallet desktop companion and then to the SafeWallet desktop version. Once you have the wallet on your SafeWallet for Windows it will be synced back to your BlackBerry easily from there.

We have a new minor update that will be released in the next three days already which will include some great additions with it - including an import option from MiniSafe and DataVault. Other features will be shortcut operations for copy, cut, paste and DragDrop support (which is already 90% working on our local internal version right now :) ). We will be sure to post back with some more news on this new update in the next two to three days on our forums as soon as we will finish the development and testing for this new version.

I hope that this helps :)

Hey everyone, I'm happy to say that a new version of SafeWallet for BlackBerry is out.

here is a summery of the new features:

On the desktop client:

[*]Drag and Drop Support
[*]Copy, Cut, Paste. Faster Shortcuts Navigation
[*]Auto-Lock Replacing Auto-Close
[*]Favorites Support

On the BlackBerry client:

[*]Support for blackberry Storm devices
[*]Fix the timezone issue on Time fields
[*]Fix for copying folders.