If you’re like me, you have user
IDs and passwords on more systems than you can count. Therefore,
you need a good and secure password program. SplashID stands
as one of the most capable and easy to use of the current crop
on the market. It uses 256-bit Blowfish encryption to safeguard
When opened, the handheld app pops up a keyboard
for password input. This simplifies dealing with the various
Graffiti incarnations, etc. This is the one password you won’t
want to forget, as it leads to all your others. SplashID can
generate unique passwords for entries in the program, adding
a level of security by making it virtually impossible for others
to guess your important passwords.
SplashID shares its overall design with SplashShopper.
Entries have two filtering taxonomies: category and type. Categories
should be familiar to all Palm users. Types exist as subsets
inside categories. For example in the illustration, all types
are listed in the Personal category. The same types may exist
in multiple categories, but the individual entries will usually
differ. In other words, individual type entries do not carry
across categories. This scheme makes the most sense in SplashID
because, say under Personal, you may wish to track website logins,
combinations to locks, voice mail codes, etc. SplashID provides
preset templates to accommodate this variety, and it all works
great. If you have many entries in your database, the wise use
of categories and types can help find just the information you
need at the moment.
SplashID supports custom as well as preset
icons. Icons are imported from icon libraries compatible with
Chris Antos’ outstanding (and now free) IconEdit application.
These same libraries support other apps like Datebk5. Icons provide
a quick, visual way to find particular entries quickly.
An individual record may easily be customi
zed, not just with an icon, but also with custom field labels.
The user chooses which fields to mask as well. SplashID provides
great customi zability, as there’s virtually no part of
the data entries that cannot be tailored to suit your purpose
SplashID will import databases from CryptInfo,
YAPs, and Mobile Safe through the Palm MemoPad. I imported CryptInfo
data to SplashID with no problem using this system. Be warned
that you should do this one category at a time, as SplashID only
imports the memos into the Unfiled category. If you import several
categories at a time, you’ll have to sort them out by hand
By default, SplashID masks certain fields
on entry. Tapping on the double-dot icon unmasks the entries.
SplashID only supports six fields per entry, but also supports
notes. Users may tailor which columns to display, change fonts
(including tiny ones on hi res), and change colors. Tapping on
the field name sorts by that column. Autolocking can be set to
various times after auto shutoff or exiting the app. Although
SplashID comes with a number of preset example entries, they
are only examples for learning purposes and will need to be deleted.
The desktop component provides full
featured, passworded access to pretty much all the same features
as the handheld app through a dedicated HotSync conduit. Everything
works about the same, making it easy to access your data in
the same ways on both. Note that SplashID requires you so set
the passwords for the handheld and desktop apps separately,
and they must match to HotSync your data back and forth. If
you put website or email addresses in entries, these will be
live hyperlinks in the desktop app. Clicking on the little
clipboard icon to the right of individual fields copies the
contents of that field to the clipboard. Although you can customi
ze the fields to display, you cannot do so by right-clicking
on a column heading and choosing another field. You can only
change the category or type displayed by that method.
I liked SplashID the best of all the
apps in this suite. I’ve used several password apps over
time and settled on one several years ago. However, after testing SplashID,
I’ve switched over to it. You can pick it up for $29.95
USD as a single application, which seems a bit steep compared
to its competition.
Highly flexible display
Highly configurable individual entries
Custom icons, common with IconEdit
Excellent desktop companion
Imports data from several competitors
Only imports to the Unfiled category
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