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User Guide - Ascendo DataVault - Password Manager for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

Chapter 1 - Overview

Ascendo DataVault stores confidential information related to credit cards, bank accounts, logins, memberships, etc. in a secure format. DataVault uses Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), widely regarded as the most powerful technology to protect data.

Each item you store in DataVault comprises an item name, icon, notes and up to ten additional pieces of information. For example, a credit card item may include fields such as credit card type, number, expiration date, security code, issuing bank, web site address, username, password as well as notes from a recent discussion with customer service. You can change the labels associated with each field to personalize the item's format.

Items can be grouped into categories and types so you can organize them in an intuitive way. For example, you might use categories such as Business and Personal and types such Credit Cards, Bank Accounts and Logins. This would allow you to store a company American Express Card with other work-related items and a personal Visa Card along with logins for web sites you use at home. DataVault provides a set of default categories and types but you can add as many as you like and move items from one to another.

Templates are used in DataVault to help you enter items quickly and in a consistent manner. You can select a template when you add an item and DataVault will automatically fill the field labels and select the item icon. For maximum flexibility, templates are independent of categories and types. This allows you to use a "Mastercard" template with any category or type. By default, DataVault provides twenty-five templates but you can add as many as you like.

The DataVault user interface has been optimized for use with mobile devices while remaining consistent with familiar desktop environments. Items can be displayed in a list or in a arborescence similar to desktop file managers. List view includes an alphabetical index to jump to items starting with a particular letter. Tree view displays items organized in folders by category and type.

For users with large numbers of items, searching on a string of characters may be quicker than navigating through a list or tree. DataVault offers the ability to customize search to include field labels and notes or take into account case sensitivity.

Numerous security features allow you to personalize how DataVault protects your data. You can enable a security time out to require a log in after an inactivity delay. If there is a failed log in attempt, you can set up a security alert to send an email with the location of your device. DataVault also provides field masking, a master password hint and a customizable password generator to help you keep your information safe.

DataVault does more than just store information, it allows you to use it in helpful ways. Tapping on a telephone number will initiate an call. You can tap on an email address to compose a message. If you store a web site address in DataVault, tapping on the URL will launch Safari and go to the page. DataVault supports the iOS clipboard and multitasking to facilitate logging into web sites.

Mobile devices aren't the only place you need to use confidential information. For this reason, DataVault for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch can be synchronized with DataVault for Mac or DataVault for Windows (sold separately). DataVault desktops give you the ability to enter information using a full-sized keyboard and keep it in sync with iOS and BlackBerry devices. DataVault provides several synchronization methods so you can chose the one that best fits your needs.

The following chapters contain detailed descriptions of how to use these and other features included in Ascendo DataVault for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.




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