With everyone having so many accounts online and having to deal with remembering the password of each account and keeping it safe, having a password manager has been fundamental. But to choose a password manager is to choose a safe and trusted place to save your passwords. Where you can access them securely and from anywhere. So today I present you with Zoho Vault.
Zoho Vault is available on Android, iOS, and for desktop via Chrome and Firefox extensions. You need to sign up for an account at first either via your email, Google or Facebook account, after that you’ll need a separate passphrase that protects your passwords aka your Vault. This passphrase will not be stored anywhere and it cannot be recovered, so you need to make sure you remember this or write it down somewhere safe.
- On PC:
Once you’re signed up and logged in into the vault, you’ll need to install the browser extensions on your PC in order to enable auto fill; for example, if you open Twitter’s website, where you have saved the password already, Zoho Vault will automatically enter your username and password.
From the business and sharing perspective, Zoho Vault lets you share passwords with team members. You can create multiple vaults, dubbed Chambers, and just give team members access to certain vaults. This lets you easily separate work-related accounts from your personal credentials, and you can simply let team members access the “Work” chamber to let them login to the company accounts.
From the simplicity perspective, adding passwords to the Vault is quite simple. You can either add them via the browser extension, or just log in to the website and it will offer to save your password on its own.
One thing I find missing with the extensions is the ability to import already saved passwords in the browser instead of writing every password of every account we have manually. Since most of us, if not all, save their login passwords in their browser in order to remember it next time and to be able to login faster, this feature would really help a lot.
- On Android:
The experience was actually pretty good. The app itself is designed well and is simple to use. Whenever you open a login page, the auto fill pop-up will help you instantly key in your credentials easily and smoothly. However, sometimes I noticed a certain lag or the popup window freezing This happened few times but it wasn’t a big issue and I could easily go back and redo the process and it worked fine. Hopefully these small issues will be dealt with in future updates.
I’ve tried many password managers and I stopped using them soon after because the app was either complicated to use, sometimes it didn’t work or it wasn’t free.
So when I was contacted by the really nice Zoho Vault marketing guy, Chandramouli Dorai, telling me that Zoho had a password manager, I was really intrigued for many reasons (I have been playing around with Zoho Notebook which is really interesting and I’m still waiting a bit to write a review on it. Also I’ve used Zoho Docs for so long back in middle school, so I’m familiar with Zoho very well).
I am actually pleased with the way Zoho Vault works. It has all the essential features for personal and corporate use. Yes, it stores your passwords online, but the second time you use it, it asks you to enable two-factor authentication which will add in a second code required to sign in and which will be sent via SMS, an app or a phone call. Storing passwords online means that they’re stored with Zoho, which may concern some with all the privacy concerns talk on the internet. However, Zoho encrypts the passwords, which makes them virtually impossible to access for anyone who doesn’t have access to your Chambers. Not to mention that the passphrase which is required to access your account is not stored anywhere on Zoho’s servers therefore the access to your account is impossible. The Zoho company itself has been around since 1996 and has a history of making online collaboration tools and other enterprise apps like I mentioned before. That plus the multiple layers of security in Zoho Vault should chase away any concerns people might have.
With all of this being said, I’ll keep using it and see how it goes and I’ll keep this post updated :).
I should also thank the Zoho Vault team for letting me know about this service and for being patient with me while I wrote this review. I should note that this is an honest and truthful review, I’m not sponsored in anyway.
Let me know in the comments below or via Twitter what password manager you use? Or if you’ve tried Zoho Vault, what did you think of it?