I’m narrowing down options for Internet password-saving apps at the moment and not only is it far less exciting than, say, speakeasies in Berlin, but there is a surprising lack of solid reviews out there. Surprising because I assumed that the Internet would be all about encryption analysis and the geeks would come out of the woodwork to comment. I use the term “geek” as the highest compliment - I need you, techsperts! (Side note: I think I just invented the term techsperts, ©research warrior 2014! See also: textperts, as in tweens with masterful command of Emoji. Can you tell I’m writing this at 4:56am? Regardless of delirium, I call copyright.)
But instead, all I’ve found are dumbed-down articles (I’m looking at you, cnet) that seem to follow the distilled formula of:
1) shout-out to Heartbleed and scare tactics warning against using the same password, some reassurance that it’s hard and annoying to have to remember everything (true, but still) segued into the timeliness and importance of security.
2) explanation of “freemium” platform, followed by an inaccurate price guide.
3) author’s preference based on interface or additional probably-glitchy and irritatingly worthless feature.
Now, I’m not against using interface as a selection tool. On the contrary, intuitive apps that are aesthetically pleasing win pretty much everytime over the clunky-but-useful version. I feel like if developers don’t pay attention to looks when we’re so obsessed with how our phones are decorated (techorated? I’m on a roll!), then they aren’t savvy enough to compete in the wild west of app creation. They have app-athy for design (okay, I promise that was the last one) that gives me pause for how thorough the program could be. But that’s all conjecture and possibly inviting a debate that I will save for another post. Or never, because zzzzzzzzz.
So back to Spaceballs. Allegedly, the top two passwords are STILL “12345…” and “password.” I couldn’t let this go without a reference.
Results of my yawn-inducing but necessary quest forthcoming, when we all meet again in Password Apps 2: the Search for More Money.