time I think that people around me are wising up to the
need for personal data security, something happens to shake
my faith. A close friend whom I helped recently with some
online banking and product setups, called me frantically
and in desperate need of user name and password information.
He'd lost the information after the scraps of paper on
which he'd written everything were swept away and thrown
out by some cleaning staff in his own business office.
Dopey him. The data was stored in my personal copy of Code
Wallet Pro 2006. Lucky him.
Code Wallet Pro 2006 Mobile Edition and compared it with
the Pocket PC and Windows XP Desktop versions. They're
essentially the same. The Mobile and Pocket PC editions
automatically detect and sync with the Desktop version
if it's installed. For active testing we used a Palm
Treo 700wx (Windows Mobile 5), a Dell Axim X51/520MHz
(Windows Mobile 5), and an older Compaq iPaq 3950 (still
going strong with Pocket PC 2003). Code Wallet Pro 2006
installed and ran without any problems on all three devices.
When you purchase the Mobile Edition of CodeWallet Pro
2006, your registration code will work on the Pocket
PC and the Smartphone version as well.
first step when reviewing this sort of utility is to populate
the thing with sufficient data to make it usable in real
life and business. I didn't have any luck importing a TXT
file exported from TurboPassword and after several attempts
simply gave up the effort until I had a chance to read
the online help.
formatting instructions for imported files specify a
TAB-delimited text file using the word CardName as the
very first item in the header (the top line of the file).
That accomplished, I imported the file using the desktop
version of Code Wallet Pro. The only problem was that
none of the data matched up with the fields and categories
in the original TurboPassword database. The data was
all there—nothing lost in the export/import process—but
having to mess around with a large TAB-delimited text
file in order to get the formatting straightened out
so that all of the data can be imported accurately, requires
time I simply do not have. This sort of laborious effort
should be completely unnecessary. DeveloperOne and every
other commercial and shareware developer out there really
have to smarten up and get their data import/export act(s)
together. Obviously, if you're using a data vault utility
for the first time, importing legacy data isn't going
to be an issue or task for you. But for those of us who've
used data vault utilities for years, exporting data from
the old vault and importing into the new one can be an
the smart features in Code Wallet Pro, printing ranks
near the top. DeveloperOne suggests it in their product
marketing, but I actually do it—print important
records that is—in order to have emergency and
other crucial information available to SWMBO in the event
of accident, injury or worse. I keep a printed selection
of key data in a safety deposit box.
Wallet Pro 2006 offers a wide range of built-in forms
which make it easy to select something appropriate and
start entering data right away. The category list is
comprehensive and none of us could think of anythingsignificant
to add. You can modify field names (change "Account" to "Card
Number" for example) in any card, add new categories,
add new fields, and organize everything in separate wallets,
separate folders and subfolders and so on. DeveloperOne
also offers a constant stream of free new forms.
core of any data vault utility is its encryption strength.
Code Wallet Pro 2006 offers excellent security and we
couldn't find any way to hack it using the array of tools
we keep hidden in the back room. A number of IT people
and professed hackers/crackers had a go at Code Wallet
and couldn't break it.
US and UK English, CodeWallet Pro 2006 for Windows Mobile
and Desktop has been localized in a number of languages
including French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Swedish,
Norwegian (Bokmal and Nynorsk), Dutch (Belgian and Netherlands),
Hebrew, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian and Afrikaans.
Wallet organizes data in a flat database structure. What
you see onscreen is easy to understand. The wallet view
is a simple list of wallets you've created. A wallet
is a master category. Tap a wallet, enter the requisite
password and it opens to display Folders you've set up
(which represent sub-categories) and the individual Cards
(the individual data records). The software works well
and quickly displays data even when searching or calling
a record from a large wallet. Although it could use a
landing page or home page of some sort, I found the utility
easy to use. Within a wallet, you can drag & drop
folders and records.
won't be long before insurance companies start challenging
business losses based on a failure to have in place adequate
password/logon security. We live and work in the midst
of increasingly deep and scary virus, worm and trojan
intrusions. Anyone who doesn't protect file, banking
and personal information access codes by storing them
exclusively in a software data vault, may be in for much
bigger trouble than necessary after a theft.
strictly a 'Con', the usability benchmark for this sort
of utility is still TurboPassword, but Code Wallet Pro
2006 is very close behind and offers a larger feature
and function set than TurboPassword. Log on to Code Wallet,
select a password record and you'll find that password
display is hidden by asterisks—you have to either
tap the screen or select Edit to actually display the
password—a needless extra step. If you create more
than one wallet accessible with the same password, Code
Wallet will open the first wallet which uses that password
(bypassing the wallet list screen altogether), or the
last wallet which was opened using that password (again
bypassing the wallet list altogether). It would be smarter
for the software to ask, after you've input the password,
which wallet you want to open. If you've logged on to
the wrong wallet, you can get back to the wallet list
by tapping the OK gadget. Tapping the OK gadget in the
wallet list closes the utility and takes you to the Today
page. We'd prefer to tap the wallet list OK gadget and
revert to a logon screen.
Wallet Pro 2006 represents a current view of the world,
emphatically stating that it's really not safe out there.
I tend to agree. There are too many stories of lost,
stolen, hacked, cracked and otherwise misused personal
information. The more we focus on taking smarter steps
to secure our personal data, the better off we'll all
be. Code Wallet Pro 2006 is a good choice because it's
easy to install and set up, easy to carry around, easy
to use, secure, and synchronizes nicely with its secure
Windows desktop companion utility. It's one choice among
many competing products but still well worth a recommendation.