BitSafe

With constant stories of identity theft and internet fraud, we all know how important it is to use secure passwords and keep them safe, and yet around 40&percent; of people use passwords made up of only lowercase letters and the average password is less than 8 characters long. Many people choose secure passwords but then store them in a text document because they can't remember them…

BitSafe stores your logins and other sensitive information safely and securely. Save login credentials, credit card details, software licenses and other text, images or files in an encrypted document where nobody but you will be access to them. By optionally utilising iCloud or Dropbox storage, your documents can be shared and synchronised between all of your Macs and iOS devices (Mac and iOS versions sold separately). The application also includes a random password generator (with configurable levels of complexity) to help you keep your logins secure.

On the Mac, BitSafe integrates with Safari, Chrome and Firefox through browser extensions, allowing you to log in to websites at the click of a mouse.

The BitSafe Archive (BitAr) format is an encrypted archive format which allows you to protect files without having to embed them in a BitSafe document. BitAr files can be shared with other Mac users, who will be able to open them using BitSafeArchiver or BitSafeArchiverLE (which is free - see the Resources section below) if they do not have BitSafe.

Available on the Mac App Store Available on the App Store

BitSafe for Macintosh requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher (10.7+ required for iCloud support).
BitSafe for iOS requires iOS 6 or higher (v1.2.1 and earlier support iOS 5.1) and works on all iPhone 4 or newer; iPod Touch 4 or newer; and iPad (any model).

BitSafe is available for £6.99 ($9.99) for OS X and £2.99 ($4.99) for iOS.

Current version 1.4.1:
  • Images notes now support copy and paste. Drag and drop is also supported on OS X, while you can export images to the camera roll in iOS.
  • A new tool allows you to track down logins which have the same password (OS X only).
  • Other minor interface tweaks.

New in version: 1.4:
  • You can now add comments to credit cards.
  • There is now a tool for showing specified characters from a 3D-Secure password (OS X only).

New in version: 1.3.2:
  • Improvements to the tracking of password ages.
  • Other minor enhancements and bug fixes.

New in version: 1.3.1
New in this version (OS X):
  • Searching for a login from a web browser now displays the relevant note in the app.
  • New preference option to automatically shield all your documents if the computer is left idle.
  • Improvements to the search used to find logins for the web browser extension.
  • Login and bank account notes now track password age.
  • Other minor enhancements and bug fixes.

New in this version (iOS):
  • Dropbox documents now have an option to open an existing old version rather than downloading the up to date version.
  • Login notes and bank account notes (iPad only) now show password age.
  • Other minor enhancements and bug fixes.

New in version 1.3:
  • The iOS version has undergone a significant interface redesign for reasons of usability and iOS 7 compatibility (minimum is now iOS 6).
  • When iCloud storage is enabled on iOS, other storage locations are not available (as required by Apple).
  • There is now a new note type for storing bank account details.
  • The OS X search system no longer displays duplicate results.
  • Other minor enhancements and bug fixes.

New in version 1.2.1:
  • BitSafe now prevents your Mac from sleeping while encrypting or decrypting data (OS X only).
  • The "Set encryption key" sheet now includes a key strength indicator (OS X only).
  • Updated BitAr format (in common with BitSafeArchiver 1.1)
  • Other minor enhancements and bug fixes.

New in version 1.2:
  • You can now give your documents a password hint to remind you of the encryption key.
  • There are now password strength indicators throughout the application.
  • Application icons are now loaded at better quality.
  • You can now move documents between storage type in the iOS version.
  • Other minor enhancements.

New in version 1.1.1 (Mac-only):
  • There are now buttons to copy the credit card number and "Name on card" fields to the clipboard.
  • The text area in the freeform note would sometimes change colour when you changed the label colour. This is fixed.
  • Software licenses would sometimes lose their icon when you changed the note title. This is fixed.

New in version 1.1:
  • Support for scanning images directly into image notes. (Mac version)
  • Image rotation tools. (Mac version)
  • Password generator added to iOS version.
  • Improvements to BitSafe Archive format and interface.
  • Other minor enhancements and bug fixes.

New in version: 1.0.1
  • Initial release.

BitSafe Resources

Web-browser Extensions

The Firefox extension is based on the Add-on SDK. Firefox version 10 or newer is recommended.
The v1.2 update improves the parsing of web-pages for the auto-fill and submission features. Development of the Firefox version has been delayed by bugs in their developer tools.

BitSafeArchiver

BitSafeArchiver and BitSafeArchiverLE provide support for BitSafe Archive (BitAr) files but not BitSafe documents. Get more information here.

BitSafe XML

BitSafe also supports XML documents for import. The specification is available here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How secure is BitSafe?
    BitSafe uses 256-bit AES encryption, which is used by governments and military organisations world-wide. As long as you keep your encryption key secure your data should safe.
  • How does web-browser integration work?
    Once you install the appropriate extension (see above), you can easily recall login details from BitSafe with a single click and have them entered automatically into the web page. This works for most pages, although some page designs do cause problems.

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