If you're like me, you keep sensitive information such as contacts, product keys, and phone-banking details on your mobile device or laptop computer so that you have access to this data while you're on the road. The problem is that the data isn't secure, especially if you store the data on removable media. If your device is ever lost or stolen, not only might someone compromise your data but, unless you've backed it up, you could lose vital information forever. If you have multiple devices, the problem is compounded by the need to keep the data synchronized. I urge you to take a look at DeveloperOne's CodeWallet Pro 2005.

CodeWallet–which supports Pocket PCs, smart phones, laptops, and desktops–lets you create and manage wallets, collections of cards that are organized into folders. A card is based on one of 40 standardized forms (e.g., Bank Account, Credit Card, Password, Web Site), in which you type your data into a series of predefined fields. You can download additional forms from DeveloperOne’s Web site, and to meet your unique storage needs, the software also lets you create custom card forms based on existing forms. You can import and export card data to and from text files, and you can attach files to cards. (For example, you might want to attach a summary of the keypad sequence for remotely controlling your voicemail.) A password protects each wallet, and each is further secured by the RC4 symmetric encryption algorithm, using a 128-bit key. Wallets automatically close after a user-defined period of inactivity, after which you must reenter the password to open them again.

Installing CodeWallet Pro is a snap. You can use Microsoft ActiveSync to install the software to your mobile device, or you can use compressed cabinet format (CAB) files for a direct download. After you install CodeWallet Pro on a mobile device and connect it to a desktop or laptop that has CodeWallet Pro Desktop Companion Edition installed, you can synchronize the wallets over your ActiveSync connection. You can configure rules that determine which source is authoritative when synchronization conflicts occur.

You can purchase CodeWallet Pro 2005 from DeveloperOne’s Web site. The company requires separate purchases for the product's PocketPC, Smartphone, and Desktop Companion editions, but discounts are available for bundles and upgrades from previous versions. You can also download trial editions of each version. Give it a shot!



CodeWallet Pro 2005
Contact: DeveloperOne
Web: http://www.developerone.com
Price: $29.95
Summary
Pros: Secures personal and business data on your mobile device; synchronizes easily with your desktop.
Cons: UI requires a little getting used to; synchronization is manual
Rating: 4 out of 5
Reviewer: John Howie
Recommendation: For users who carry sensitive personal or business information, CodeWallet Pro 2005 provides an effective means to secure that data from thieves.