Apr 04 AT 11:00 AM Adam Oram 0 Comments

Review: Enpass Password Manager

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How many online services are you signed up for? How many times do you have to dream up a novel password for a new account? We all know that it’s not good to use the same password across different apps and websites, but it’s a hassle thinking of new passwords for each service and even more difficult remembering them all.

That’s why password management apps are so useful — they make it so much easier and safer to store and remember all of your account credentials, keeping track of them so you don’t have to. Enpass is one such app for Android — it securely stores all of your private login information for online accounts, as well as credit card, banking, and various licence information, among other things.

Setting up Enpass is simple. You’ll initially need to decide on a Master Password — this is what grants you access to all your other passwords and account details. Make sure you remember this Master Password as it can’t be recovered and you’ll be locked out of the app if you forget it. In Enpass’s settings, you can create a four-digit PIN for quick entry which makes accessing the app much easier.

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Once set up, adding new accounts to Enpass is achieved by tapping the + icon. Here, you can create records for all kinds of online and offline credentials. You’ll see the different information entry categories, each with relevant fields. Tapping on Credit Card, for example, will bring up fields for Cardholder name, Card number, Expiry date and so on. Once you’ve added a few accounts, you’ll see them organized into an alphebetized list. You can utilize search, set favorite accounts or organize your credentials into folders — whatever works for you. The process of manually entering all your account details does become rather laborious. You can import from other password mangers with easer but if this is your first app of its kind, setting it up will take a while.

In the free version of the Android app, you can store data for up to 20 accounts — enough to try it out and get a feel for how Enpass works. If you want to add more accounts, you’ll need to make the $9.99 in-app purchase. There’s no subscription, just this one-time fee to remove the account limit. Enpass also has clients for iOS, Windows Phone, Mac, Windows and Linux meaning you can use it across platforms — the desktop apps in particular are completely free unlike many competing apps.

For online accounts, Enpass can open relevant links directly into your default browser or Enpass’s own browser. If you choose the latter, the app will autofill your account name and password but this feature does not work in Chrome or your OEM browser.

One neat feature of Enpass is its password generation engine that can create strong passwords for you while giving you control over just how complicated they are — great for setting up new accounts through the Enpass browser, but there’s still some copying and pasting required. The app will also show you your password change history per account.

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What I like about Enpass — crucially — is how it prioritizes security and privacy. All data is fully encrypted with 256-bit AES with 24,000 rounds of PBKDF2 using the peer-reviewed and open-source encryption engine SQLCipher. Your credentials are stored locally by default, not on any Enpass servers — you don’t even need an Enpass account to use the app. All data will stay on your device unless you choose to enable syncing. Syncing your data is done via your own existing cloud accounts with support for Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and OneDrive. Your data is shared seamlessy between devices and is securely encrypted with encryption and decryption only ever happening locally on your devices. Basically, there’s no data on Enpass’s servers at any point — it’s only ever stored on device or encrypted on your own trusted cloud service.

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Enpass’s UI is highly polished, simple and easy to follow. With many password managers the interface can be overbearing and confusing but with Enpass everything is logically laid out. Super secure with no server side and no need for you to even create an account, if it’s a straightforward and affordable way to store and manage your passwords and account information you’re after, especially across platforms, Enpass is definitely worth your consideration.

Download Enpass Password Manager on Google Play for free and visit enpass.io for more information.

Adam is Reviews Editor for PhoneDog, Android and Me and Today's iPhone. A Media and Communications graduate from Newcastle University in the UK, Adam is a Bradford City FC fanatic and self-confessed tech-nerd. You can follow him on Twitter: @adamoram.

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