Saturday, January 19, 2008

One Step Closer

Thanks to the good folks at Iliumsoft, I am now a beta tester of their new eWallet Web Companion. If you are not familiar with eWallet, I've mentioned it several times before: it's the most elegant, secure, and useful program for managing sensitive information, such as passwords, PINs and the like. I have been a grateful user since version 2.0; they are up to 6.0 now, which I happily paid $10 to upgrade to for the access to the Web Companion.

Why am I so happy about this? Well, the iPhone has proved to be a great device, but it severely lacks the ability to access my passwords and sensitive data on the fly, as you can not, yet, load programs on to it without Jailbreaking it. Hopefully, with the SDK releasing next month, that's a temporary condition, but it, along with my old Texas Hold'em game, are the two biggest pain points I feel since moving from my Treo. With Web Companion, I get some relief: it offers secure web access to my data, and even provides a slick iPhone interface for access on the go.

I was lucky enough to get into the beta, and I have been very impressed with the attention to detail so far. For one, they clearly indicate where the current lacks are upfront, such as the ability to change your Web Companion password, which helps set expectations. For another, the online syncing ability between the Windows application and the Web Companion is smooth, seamless, and very slick. In other words, just what I would have expected from the folks at Ilium Software.

I look forward to the future revisions, as well as the refinements they will bring. Of course, I'm sure that the brilliant folks are already hard at work on the SDK-ready version, so I'll be ready!

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