Alco Blom has released Web Confidential 2.2.1, the latest version of his utility for storing passwords and other sensitive information in a highly secure file on Macs, Windows-based PCs, and Palm handhelds. (See "Web Confidential: Securing Information of All Sorts" in TidBITS 441 and "Web Confidential 2.0 Syncs with Palm Devices" in TidBITS 531.) Changes since 2.0 include the capability to import from a tab-delimited text file, the capability to change the category of a card, an option to show passwords as text rather than bullets, a new file format that’s compatible with the format used by the Windows version of Web Confidential, and an updated Palm conduit to handle the new file format. Web Confidential for Palm has also received an update to version 1.2.1, adding more options for auto-locking of your password file, the capability to generate random passwords, beaming of records, and the capability to hide the passphrase when entered. Web Confidential 2.0.1 is a 710K download, and Web Confidential for Palm is a 220K download; each is $20 shareware or $35 bundled. Upgrades are free for registered users.
Web Confidential now has competition from Selznick Scientific Software’s recently released $15 shareware PasswordWallet 2.0.1, which offers similarly strong encryption, a $12 Palm version, and a simpler interface. However, it lacks many of Web Confidential’s extensive customization options, and has no categorization features. Still, if the more-powerful Web Confidential is overkill for your needs, give PasswordWallet a look. The Mac version of PasswordWallet is a 390K download; the Palm version a mere 27K.