Data Guardian for Mac

Data Guardian for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 10 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2.4
  • Total Downloads:
    3,504
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 13, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (15-day trial); $19.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    12.94MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Data Guardian for Mac addresses the ever-present dilemma that so many of us are faced with these days -- do you want passwords that are secure or that you can remember? This app lets you save passwords and other data securely, making it easy to use complicated passwords that are hard to crack.

Pros

Intuitive interface: While Data Guardian isn't anything extraordinary design-wise, it earns points for being sleek and easy to navigate. With a few experimental clicks of the app's buttons, we were up and running, with no need to consult the Help file.

Customization options: Data Guardian lets you create records that by default have fields for the account name, log-in, password, URL, and notes. However, you can also add custom fields and delete fields you don't need. So although Data Guardian is well suited to storing your passwords, you could actually use the app to store all kinds of sensitive data.

Built-in password generator: Feeling the need for a password that's a little more secure than your dog's name or husband's birthday? Data Guardian can automatically generate and save 11-character passwords that are a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.

Cons

Caution needed: Data Guardian's strength is also its downfall; although the whole point of the app is to remember passwords so that you don't have to, you'd better make sure that you remember the master password to get into the app to begin with. If you don't, you'll permanently lose access to all the data stored within, which could be quite a hassle.

Trial limitations: You can try Data Guardian for 15 days, but after that you'll have to purchase a license if you want to retain its full functionality.

Bottom Line

Data Guardian for Mac is a great way to keep track of your passwords and other sensitive data. The app manages to keep your information both accessible and secure. If you find yourself frequently locked out of your accounts, because you've forgotten complicated passwords -- or worse, writing down your passwords next to your computer -- Data Guardian might be just what you need.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Data Guardian for Mac 3.2.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"3.1.2 worked fine. Updated to 3.1.4 and all data gone"

June 14, 2014  |  By Eric Blair

 |  Version: Data Guardian 3.1.4

Pros

Been using Data Guardian for many years and, prior to that, Password Retriever. It has served me well and, until recently, updates were regularly issued.

Cons

I'm concerned that Koingo has changed ownership and is apparent in disarray. Yesterday, June 13 (Friday the 13th, hmmmm)I updated from version 3.1.2 to 3.1.4 and all my data disappeared! Thank goodness, I saved version 3.1.2. when I reinstalled 3.1.2 my data reappeared. Updating to 3.1.4 again eliminated my data. I sent a bug report to Koingo but question if I'll receive a response, since their web site says they are in the process of training a new3 staff and responses to problems may be delayed.

Summary

Data Guardian 3.1.2 worked fine with Mavericks (10.9.3). Version 3.1.4 did not work for me. Company is in ownership/management transition and it may be prudent to wait to see if what emerges is a stable organization. An excellent alternative application is 1Password.

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5 stars

"The overall best in its class!"

April 24, 2009  |  By Skooks

 |  Version: Data Guardian 1.6.4

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I have either bought or tried every database for storing software/hardware registrations, credit card numbers, bank account data, website logins, and etc ... and Data Guardian is the best overall in its class. I can make a template for each category with any thing I want in it; then when I have something new for that category, highlight the template; then click on duplicate and then just fill in that template with the new data. It is the most versatile, and once the templates are made, so easy to use. I store everything in Data Guardian. And the author keeps improving it with small updates or fixes often. But it has never given me a problem ... it is very stable on the latest Mac Pro and OSX.

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5 stars

"I love it"

December 07, 2007  |  By scubadoc

 |  Version: Data Guardian 1.2.8

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I use this application a coupe of time a day. Can store just about everything.

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5 stars

"unparalleled"

December 05, 2007  |  By sn001a3

 |  Version: Data Guardian 1.2.6

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Unique feature set and excellent support!

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5 stars

"Excellent Choice!"

December 04, 2007  |  By jhanson24441

 |  Version: Data Guardian 1.2.6

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
The best database tool I've found for Mac and Windows! Developer is very responsive.

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4 stars

"Excellent software... excellent support"

October 31, 2007  |  By Skooks

 |  Version: Data Guardian 1.2.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This is an excellent database program... has just what I need to keep up with all my software registrations and then some. And, I was most impressed when I ran into a bug in 1.2.1 and reported it to the author. His first reply came about 10 minutes later. After 3 replies of asking me for more detail, he had found the two bugs and updated to 1.2.2 immediately... about as fast as I could go to their website and download it. 1.2.2 works as advertised. Now that is a shareware company that I like to have around. You can't beat a program that fits your need and has excellent support.

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4 stars

"Excellent software... excellent support"

October 31, 2007  |  By Skooks

 |  Version: Data Guardian 1.2.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This is an excellent database program... has just what I need to keep up with all my software registrations and then some. And, I was most impressed when I ran into a bug in 1.2.1 and reported it to the author. His first reply came about 10 minutes later. After 3 replies of asking me for more detail, he had found the two bugs and updated to 1.2.2 immediately... about as fast as I could go to their website and download it. 1.2.2 works as advertised. Now that is a shareware company that I like to have around. You can't beat a program that fits your need and has excellent support.

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1 stars

"Can not recommend"

April 03, 2007  |  By kenneth_mayer

 |  Version: Data Guardian 1.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I've tried Data Guardian for a couple of weeks now -- the try before you buy period. I've found a few minor nits and some major bugs. E-mail to the developer resulted in a "have you read the documentation" response. (Yes, yes, I did. It was a documentation problem to start with!) DG promotes itself as a way to keep precious data secure. There's no way to verify that since there's no source code. My biggest problem is this: unless you consciously close the data file, or quit the program, the data remains open to view. That's not a good thing if you can't physically secure your computer. There's a feature that supposed to auto-quit the program after a certain time interval, but nothing happens for me.

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5 stars

"Great"

February 07, 2007  |  By sydwina

 |  Version: Data Guardian 1.0.7

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I couldn't live without this

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5 stars

"Great fix for a great app."

November 23, 2006  |  By GCG

 |  Version: Data Guardian 1.0.6

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
As I said previously said Data Guardian is an excellent Pw/wallet application: solid, stable and secure! Well worth the shareware fee!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.2.4
Fixed crash on launch.
General
Publisher Koingo Software
Publisher web site http://www.koingosw.com/
Release Date July 13, 2015
Date Added July 13, 2015
Version 3.2.4
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 12.94MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,504
Downloads Last Week 8
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 15-day trial
Price $19.95

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