The Vault - Security Made Easy 4+

As simple as writing it down‪!‬

BestApps BV

    • 3.9 • 95 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Simple, Safe, Secure - Keeping all your passwords, photos and documents safe, is as simple as writing it down! Just type what you want to remember! Try it, it's free..

Do you...
... have trouble remembering tens or hundreds of online passwords?
... write passwords down somewhere, even though you know this is not the safest thing to do?
... use the same ("cleverly" modified) password in multiple places, instead of using properly randomized passwords that offer the best security?
... sometimes wish you had a photo of a creditcard, passport or other document handy?
... want to securely store lots of other confidential information, photos, animated GIFs, office documents, you name it?
... want all this to be secure, but still very simple to use?

Then ◆The Vault◆ is for you!

The Vault provides straightforward, easy to use, secure storage for all your documents and other data, such as passwords, login credentials and any other confidential information. It can securely store any number of documents, images, screenshots or photos along with your confidential information.

* 256-bit AES encryption *
While storage and access is simple, The Vault uses rock-solid, industry standard encryption.
[technical details below]

◆ ◆ ◆ WHY IS IT BETTER ? ◆ ◆ ◆

▸ See all features:

▸ The Vault is very simple to use, yet it employs industry-standard encryption to keep your data safe.
(Some other - payed - apps do too, but some apps advertised as "secure" really do not, and for example save your data using a simple base-64 encoding: your information looks scrambled, but is as readable as plain text when you know how).

▸ The Vault will - never - show ad banners! We hate them too.

▸ The Vault stores information on * your * device. Not on some server somewhere on the net.

▸ Securely storing information is as simple as entering free text!

▸ The Vault can securely store photos and pictures from your camera or photo library; for example a copy of your passport, credit card, or just the serial numbers of some equipment you own. Anything.

▸ The Vault can securely store - and play - animated GIFs.

▸ The Vault can securely store *any* office or other document.

▸ Many secured documents can be viewed directly from The Vault, including PDFs, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Powerpoint, Excel and Word files.

▸ You can optionally import data exported from your previous password app (or any other source that can provide the data).

▸ Automatically and securely backups your data!


This is the part that matters.
This is the part that is hard to get right.
This is the part that makes the difference between actual security and insecurity.

Claiming “military-grade” (or “industry standard” ;-) encryption is meaningless.
Even claiming “256-bit AES encryption”, in itself is not very meaningful.

Claiming “military-grade” encryption and subsequently simply hashing a master passcode - e.g. using SHA, MD5, or, god forbid, nothing at all (!) - is NOT good.
What ís good is to use a proper key derivation algorithm such as PBKDF2, scrypt or bcrypt.

Another example:
AES is better than ancient algorithms such as Blowfish, Twofish or 3DES.
But even for AES: an app that does not combine encryption with authentication... is doing it wrong. Currently there is some consensus that the best construct is to first encrypt a message and then calculate a message-authentication code, instead of the other way around.

These things matter.

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The Vault uses PBKDF2 key derivation with an HMAC-SHA512 PRF, and HMAC-SHA256 Encrypt-then-MAC authenticated 256-bit AES encryption, using CommonCrypto functionality only. All cipher and MAC worker keys, as well as all salts and IVs, are purely random data. Keys and IVs are never reused. Each singular piece of data is encrypted with a unique random encryption key, and authenticated with a unique random HMAC key.
Your Master Passcode is never stored; and neither are the derived cipher keys.
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Choose a long master passcode. Make it long, and make it random!
Read more about why and how inside the app.

What’s New

Version 8.2.2

+ When using Password Autofil you can now tap "Searching for" to copy the search term.
If AutoFill does not automatically find the correct Note, add the copied search term to the Note and AutoFill will find it the next time
+ Bug fixes

8.1 - 8.2.1
+ Prevent users from incorrectly merging Folders
+ Fixes background wallpaper selection
▸ Prepares your Vault for upcoming Encryption Protocol upgrade
▸ Improves duress protection: during an attempt at forced TouchID or FaceID access (in addition to shaking your device) now also simply pressing the power button completely disables subsequent biometric access to The Vault! From this point on it is technically *impossible* to access your Vault without first manually entering your passcode

8.0 - 8.0.8
+ Handle bullets separated by empty lines
▸ AutoBackup now keeps 3 weekly, 6 monthly and all yearly SecureBackups
▸ Performing Manual SecureSync now also checks for pending AutoBackup actions

▸▸▸ For a complete feature list, see:

7.0 - 7.9.4
▸ Smart Search! Search for multiple terms simultaneously, by separating terms with a space. Or search a specific Folder by entering part of the Folder name, followed by a space, followed by one or more terms you'd like to find in that Folder
▸ Browse SecureBackup Bundles! Selectively restore a lost Note or Folder, leaving your current Vault data intact
▸ Support for hardware-keyboard shortcuts

+ Top-left-button action now user-configurable
+ New Preferences Index helps you quickly find what you need
+ Long-press the bottom toolbar to scroll to bottom of (long) Notes

+ Password AutoFill now helps when changing account passwords
+ Password AutoFill now handles multiple Username/Password combinations on a single Note
+ Password AutoFill now let's you directly create and use new credentials

+ Tap-and-swipe to finish and delete a ToDo item

+ Append to QuickNote, with a single tap, from any app, using The Vault's Action extension

+ AutoFill now understands credentials with passwords referenced via InterNoteLinks

6.0 - 6.4.3
▸ NEW: Password AutoFill ! Login to any website or app using your credentials from The Vault

+ You can now select multiple lines and immediately create a ToDo list
+ Add undo/redo gesture to undo changes when editing Notes or QuickNotes

+ AutoBackup now keeps unlimited yearly backups

+ NEW: Deep-copy HotContent: Long-press an InterNote Link to directly copy a password from a linked Note

+ You can choose to specifically enable or disable third party keyboards such as GBoard

▸ NEW: InterNote Links!
Add meaningful connections between your Notes.

▸ HotContent is now activated for everyone - for free!

5.0 - 5.9.7
+ Added QuickNote!
Because sometimes you just want to QUICKLY jot down a thought, a number, an email address, anything
Long-press The Vault’s icon and start typing

+ QuickNote automatically syncs between your devices. For everyone.

+ Automatic Bulleted Lists!
Type what you want to sum up and the app will automatically format your list, add new bullets and track indentation; intelligently

+ Document Scanner
Tap the camera button to take a photo of a black-and-white text-document or a color-document or (credit-)card

+ Adds an App Extension that works directly on photos from your camera roll:
...annotate, filter, blur, curves, effects, crop, etc.
...and then either securely store it in The Vault, or write it back to your camera roll

+ Automatic SecureBackup: directly to iCloud Drive, or to your Mac via USB

Update 4.0 - 4.9.9
+ Auto-positions your cursor for immediate text input
+ Auto-hiding of sensitive HotContent

Improved HotContent parsing:
+ detection of IBANs
+ improved handling of usernames that are email addresses
+ new detection of answers to online security questions

+ Duress-protection for biometricID users: shake your device (for FaceID: while closing your eyes or blocking the camera) to completely disable biometric access to The Vault.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

snowysix ,

Total confidence — a rare commodity

When I first got an iPhone (4s), I realized how completely this new gizmo was going to eclipse my long-gone PDA and all other methods of keeping records safe. I’d even taken to printing out lists of passwords on the backs of my grandchildren’s artwork and then filing them under “Peter—three yrs old” in my metal filing cabinet. That was my desperate idea of disguising crucial information.

Finally I found The Vault in the App Store. I didn’t know it was unique or anything—just started using it. And it was great! Easy to use and to organize MY WAY. More peace of mind than the file-cabinet gambit. New features are added almost every month, it seems—but never have I had to discard a favored practice just because some geek somewhere knew better than me what I should be doing. Vault staff are there to help (if you know how to find their email) and are clearly intelligent and educated. There are now so many ways to make The Vault useful that I know I’ll never be a “Vault Master.” Use it and enjoy!

Silli Billi ,

Many years of good service

I’m not sure there’s another password app that keeps your data locally on your devices rather than uploading to a server that can be hacked. To me, that is golden. Also, there’s no recurring fee to sync between devices. Perhaps best of all, look at the developer’s privacy policy. Unlike their competitors, they collect zero information. The Vault is mature and stable, with frequent updates and a quick response to any issues. New features are frequently added, which can result in a bit of a learning curve even for longtime users. For instance, I didn’t realize that you can swipe from right to left to reveal a masked credential, and vice-versa. You can backup manually on demand to Dropbox, iCloud, or Microsoft OneDrive. Or you can let the app manage backups for you automatically. The developers have gone a long way to make passwords secure and easy.

HRoerig ,

Excellent customer service

I have used this program for all of our devices for many years, with The Vault keeping everything in sync flawlessly. So, I was a bit bothered when iPad and iPhone, while syncing with each other, would ignore the MacBook. An email to tech support elicited a quick response, and the problem was resolved immediately. Through some error on my part, Dropbox (which The Vault uses as the common platform for syncing) had been uninstalled. Re-installing it immediately caused a re-sync of my MacBook, with everything checking out among all devices. Thanks again for excellent tech support!

App Privacy

The developer, BestApps BV, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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