It’s here. Today marks the official launch of our iPhone app, which, along with our Android, web and mobile web apps, allows you to store, access and safely share your important information anytime, anywhere. As a co-founder at Personal, I thought you might enjoy learning about some of the ways I’m using Personal’s mobile apps every day at home and at the office.
While we all have ways to manage sensitive info like passwords and account numbers (Excel spreadsheets, password apps, Google Docs, sticky notes, emailing yourself, etc.), few are very secure and none allow for convenient yet safe sharing. Here are some of my favorite examples of how Personal comes in handy for this:
Co-managing logins & passwords
Nothing is less secure than emailing or texting a password, yet we do it all the time for accounts we manage with others. With Personal, my husband and I easily manage different accounts we both need. For example, I can grant access to our bank accounts, investment accounts and utilities online, while he manages our insurance, Amazon and Netflix accounts. Either of us can change a password for any of our more than 50 accounts and the other gets updated automatically. It works great for managing logins with co-workers as well, like those for the company Twitter or LinkedIn accounts or the constantly changing demo sites to which we all need access. Not surprisingly, the Logins & Passwords Gem is the most used Gem in Personal.
Finding and sharing the elusive Wi-Fi info
I don’t ever have to waste time chasing down the Wi-Fi login info for houseguests, friends who drop by or visitors to the office. Sharing the Wi-Fi Gem makes it easy for them and me. Best of all, I don’t have to worry about updating them if I ever change the router or my password once I’ve given them access. And it only takes a couple clicks to turn off access if I don’t want them to have it any more.
Keeping track of loyalty programs
Rental car, airline and hotel rewards program numbers are easy to find and share. My husband no longer has to call for my frequent flyer or hotel rewards program numbers when booking our travel, and booking travel at the office has never been easier, even for groups.
Another thing I really like about our mobile apps is the ability to access and modify data without a live network connection. Whether in the subway, on an airplane, travelling internationally or in a place with bad reception, this feature comes in handy.
If you’re an iPhone user, we hope you’re as excited as we are to experience the magic of on-the-go access to your personal data. Download Personal for iOS today and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below – or better yet, a review in the App Store.
You can also download the Android app from Google Play.