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[Windows] Securely store your passwords, contacts, notes, and more with Data Guardian [Mac OS X, iOS]

2013-04-25_215324 [1]dotTech has a review on best free password manager for Windows [2], programs that not only securely store your passwords but other data too. If you have yet to find a program to you like using to securely store password and other data, Data Guardian is another program you could check out. Let’s see if it is worth your time.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

Data Guardian bills itself as a “secure database application” you can use “for a variety of purposes”. However, the program is essentially a password manager who’s main job is to allow you to store usernames and passwords plus has the ability to store other types of information.

Take note Data Guardian has Windows, Mac OS X, and iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) versions. We reviewed the Windows version for this article.

NOTE: Although the developer’s description of the program may make it sound like an encryption program, Data Guardian is not an encryption program. It is a password manager/data storage program.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

2013-04-25_220427 [4]The developer of Data Guardian markets the program as database program to store all types of data you want to keep secure. However, anyone that uses the program can clearly see the program is primarily a password manager that has the ability to store a select few other types of data. In fact, when you click the ‘Create’ button on the main program window, you are prompted to create a new login record; if you want to store any other type of record (i.e. notes, contacts, license codes, or recipes) then you must go to ‘Record’ -> ‘New Record’ and select the type of record you want.

That said, Data Guardian is nothing more than a subpar password manager. There are a variety of reasons Data Guardian is an ordinary password manager, all of which I have listed in the Cons section above. The main reason, however, is the fact that Data Guardian has no browser integration whatsoever (unless you are on Mac OS X — Data Guardian integrates with Safari… supposedly anyway, I didn’t test the Mac OS X version). This means you will be copying + pasting your usernames and/or passwords (or manually viewing them and typing them in, if you don’t want to copy and paste) whenever you want to login. Compare that to the excellent browser integration found in free password managers like LastPass, Dashlane, and Roboform [2]; browser integration that allows you to log into websites with the click of a button — no copy + paste or manual entry involved.

Similarly, if you want to view Data Guardian as a secure database program for general purpose data entry, you can. After all, that is what the developer markets the program as. However, be warned — as ordinary as Data Guardian is in the role of password manager, it is worse as a database program. Why? Simply because there are so few types of data records Data Guardian can hold. Aside from recipes, contacts, license codes, and notes, Data Guardian supports no other types of data. No support for credit cards, form data you can use to easily fill out online forms, etc. I mean, yeah, you can manually customize Data Guardian to hold such information (it allows you to customize preset data record templates, allowing you to add or remove checkbox, date, e-mail address, text, selection menu, password, phone number, picture, and slider fields) but that isn’t the same as supporting those data types natively.

Best way I can describe Data Guardian is by saying: meh.

Conclusion and download link

Data Guardian promises a lot but delivers very little; it is a subpar password manager and even worse database program. You are more than welcome to grab this program if you want to (it has a 15-day trial you can use to test it, before you purchase), but I’d recommend staying away. Instead of getting Data Guardian, I suggest you check out dotTech’s review of best free password managers for Windows [2] to learn of excellent and free password managers — some of which can store data other than just usernames/passwords.

Price: $19.95

Version reviewed: 3.0.6

Supported OS: Windows 2000 and later, Mac OS X 10.6 and later, iOS 3.0 and later

Download size: 11.7 MB (Windows)

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/37 [5]

Is it portable? No

Data Guardian homepage [6]