Home > Articles > Home & Office Computing > Entertainment/Gaming/Gadgets

Apps for Storing Passwords, Credit Card Info, and Other Confidential Data

In this article, Jason R. Rich describes a handful of third-party Apple iPhone and iPad apps that can be used to encrypt and securely store personal and private information on your phone or tablet. Using these apps, you can keep credit card numbers, bank account information, frequently visited website passwords, and other information readily available when you need it, but ensure that it can’t be accessed by others.
Like this article? We recommend

Our lives are filled with account numbers, passwords, PIN codes, and other pieces of confidential information that we need to remember and keep track of. Passwords for frequented websites, credit cards, bank accounts, group or association membership numbers, frequent flier/travel club information, driver's license and passport numbers, and insurance policy numbers are just a sampling of what we need to keep track of.

We're told that "for security reasons" never to use the same password or PIN for everything, and that a password is more secure if it contains a combination of letters and numbers. It should also contain eight or more characters. However, writing down confidental account numbers and passwords on paper in order to remember them is counterproductive to maintaining secrecy and security.

Thus, for the average person, it is necessary to memorize a lot of information. There are, however, a handful of iPhone and iPad apps designed to help people securely organize and store all sorts of confidential information, so the information is readily accessible when it's needed, but encrypted and password-protected against unauthorized access by others.

If you opt to store confidential information on your iPhone or iPad, in addition to the password and encryption used by the app itself, you can enhance the security of your iOS device by activating the Passcode Lock feature of your device. When this is done, an unauthorized person can't get past the iPhone or iPad's Lock Screen without entering the proper code.

By default, you can set the Passcode feature to be any four-digit number by accessing the Settings app. From the General menu within Settings, select the Passcode Lock option, and turn it on. From the Passcode Lock screen, you can switch the Simple Passcode option to the off position, which will allow you to utilize a custom alphanumeric password of any length, instead of a four-digit numeric passcode.

If an unauthorized person enters the incorrect passcode or password 10 consecutive times, you can preset the iOS device to erase all its data. (You can later restore the data, assuming that you have an iTunes or iCloud backup.)

When you know other people will be using your iPhone or iPad, you can restrict them from accessing specific apps or performing certain tasks on your phone or tablet by first adjusting the Restrictions options, which can also be found under the General menu within the Settings app.

Third-Party Apps for Securely Storing Private Information on Your iOS Device

Available from the App Store, you'll find a handful of security-related apps that can be used for storing and encrypting specific types of data on your iPhone or iPad. These security apps are ideal for storing account numbers and passwords, for example.

While each of the apps for this purpose might look similar, each offers a unique set of features that make it suitable for storing and managing specific types of information or data.

My Wallet: Password & Credit Card Manager

MyWallet: Password & Credit Card Manager ($1.99) is a security database app that allows you to store credit card account details, bank account information, website passwords, software license information, passport/driver's license numbers, as well as other information that you constantly need access to, but that needs to remain secure.

This is a simple app that works with both the iPhone and iPad. Once you enter each piece of data once, it's easily accessible via the app. The app stores the data in an encrypted format and is password-protected using a password you set. However, if you forget the main password you associate with the MyWallet app, it can't be retrieved.

Password ABC: Password Safe For iPhone

Password ABC: Password Safe For iPhone ($9.99) is another personal database app that's designed to securely store confidential information. One nice feature of this app is that once you enter your account details for frequented websites, you can access those sites with a single tap on the screen, without having to manually launch Safari and reenter your username and password.

The Password ABC app also features database templates for credit card accounts, bank account details, passport and driver's license data, insurance policy information, and other important data. Plus, you can securely store text-based documents entered into the app.

As each piece of information is entered into the Password ABC app, a separate database entry is created. Depending on the type of information it is, the app will prompt you for related information. Later, when you need to retrieve data, you'll need to access the app using a four-digit password. Your database will display each entry by name, but categorize and group together types of entries, such as bank accounts, credit card accounts, and website passwords.

Like all iPhone apps, Password ABC will function on an iPad, but won't utilize the entire screen unless you tap the 2X button to enlarge the iPhone-formatted screens.


SaveItSafe! ($2.99) also allows you to store account information and passwords in a secure database. You can also securely store notes (created using the Notes app) and digital photos (copied from the Photos app).

Like the other apps of this type, SaveItSafe! utilizes a master password that someone must know to access data stored within the app. However, if you forget your password, a security question is offered to help you recover the password and regain access to the app.


Another third-party app for managing and storing sensitive information is eWallet ($9.99). This hybrid iPhone/iPad app has a user interface that displays a virtual credit card on the screen, for example, when you input details about your credit card accounts. So, when you retrieve the information, it's as if you're holding the credit card in front of you.

This app allows you to create one central database containing many different types of entries (bank accounts, credit cards, password websites, etc.), or you can create separate databases for each type of data. In addition to the core data you associate with each entry[md]such as a website URL, username, and password[md]you can include private notes and/or attach a photo to each entry.

One of the unique features of the eWallet app is that the developer also offers a desktop version for Windows-based PCs ($19.99) and Macs ($9.99), so you can wirelessly (but securely) synchronize the data between your computer and iOS device. While the eWallet app is available from the App Store, you'll need to visit http://www.Ilimsoft.com to purchase and download the PC or Mac version of the software.

The Safe

The Safe app ($1.99) is also a hybrid iPhone/iPad app that allows you to securely store all types of information in a personal database format that's password protected and encrypted. The unique feature of this app is that in addition to the predefined database templates that are built in, you can create your own custom forms, so the app is highly customizable for storing any type of data you enter.

The Safe app allows you to categorize your data entries and then group them together, so all your credit card accounts, bank accounts, website passwords, or text-based notes are easily retrievable and remain well organized.

Another useful feature of Safe is that you can move digital images stored within the Photos app to the Safe app, so they also become password protected and can't be accessed by unauthorized users. Or, if you opt to use the app to store usernames and passwords for frequently visited websites, you can launch Safari from within the Safe app by tapping a URL field within the app and then have the Safe app sign you in to the desired website automatically.

As you're using the Safe app, if you switch to another app (using multitask mode) or leave the iPhone or iPad unattended for a pretermined period with the Safe app still open, it will automatically relock itself and become inactive.

Because the Safe app stores images, you can use the camera that's built into your iPhone or iPad to photograph important paper-based documents and then store those images within your iOS device, creating a secure virtual file cabinet. Documents that have been scanned can also be transferred to the Safe app to be password-protected, encrypted, and stored.

As you input data into the Safe app, in addition to catagorizing data by type, you can assign graphic icons to each entry for easy visual reference. The app includes a library of symbol icons representing credit cards, bank accounts, documents, ID cards, website URLs, and other commonly stored types of data or information.

Secure Your Wallet Contents by Using These Apps

Once you install any of these apps, begin by going through your entire wallet. Enter into the app the account numbers and related information for every debit card, credit card, and/or ID and membership card that you carry. Within each entry, include the toll-free customer service phone number that's associated with the account.

In the future, if you ever lose your wallet or it gets stolen, the security app you utilize will contain a complete inventory of what was lost. You can then quickly contact your banks, financial institutions, and other organizations to arrange replacements without wasting time sorting through old files trying to recall everything contained in your missing wallet.

InformIT Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from InformIT and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information

To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.


Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites, develop new products and services, conduct educational research and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.


If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email information@informit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020