Powerful password and security manager

Keep your information safe and handy with this intuitive program.

ID Vault is an incredibly useful program that helps users keep their personal information secure while managing their usernames and passwords. While we'd like to see the program deal with browsers a little more smoothly, overall we were quite impressed with it.

The program's interface is sleek and intuitive. The program includes its own browser, and to start, users simply navigate to a Web site that they would typically sign in to, such as their bank, and enter their username and password. ID Vault will then show a prompt asking if the user successfully logged in; if so, it will save the log-in information. The program then runs in the system tray, and users need only right-click on it, select the account that they want to access, and ID Vault will open the Web page and log in automatically. It's easy to add, remove, and edit accounts, and a master personal identification number keeps all of the user's information safe. The program's online Help file is well-written and detailed. Our only complaint about ID Vault is that for accounts that aren't financial or commercial--say, signing into an online periodical--users must access the site through Internet Explorer to set it up, and thereafter ID Vault opens it in Internet Explorer. This is a major pain for users who prefer Firefox or other browsers. Still, our overall experience with ID Vault is so good that we are almost willing to overlook it.

ID Vault has a free 30-day trial period. The program installs desktop icons without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all users.

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