My last post, which detailed my switch to Mac, got a lot of attention from an unexpected audience: designers of password manager programs! Not only did I get a welcoming comment from the co-author of the wonderful 1Password, but I also received an email from Marco Barulli of Clipperz, an online password manager which I mentioned only briefly. Marco quite rightly wanted to point out that some of the things I said about his product could potentially be misleading, and so in the interests of accuracy I'm reproducing the meat of exchange (with his permission!) here in public:
I would like to thank you for the kind mention of Clipperz.
You wrote about a "minuscule password limit", but Clipperz has no limit on password/passphrase lengths.
Also, with regard to the lack of integration with other password managers, I would like to point out the following features:
You can easily move to Clipperz all your passwords and access them even if you are offline.
(Ideally you shouldn't need any longer a software-based password manager)
I hope you will give Clipperz a chance!
I myself have more than 100 cards and both Firefox and Safari are doing a decent job encrypting and decrypting on my old G4 PowerBook. I'm sure that your new MacPro (what a beautiful beast!) will crunch your cards with ease.
Finally, he mentioned some of the goodies Clipperz users can look forward to in the future:
New features under development:
- iPhone version
- Tags & search
- More intuitive interface
It looks like exciting times are ahead! However, I think I shall hold out for My1Password as a web based solution to my password management needs simply due to the convenience of integration between my desktop and web password databases. Whatever Marco may say, I still believe you can get some valuable ease of use gains by having a piece of desktop software that can hook into all the disparate applications that you need to use passwords with on a daily basis.