Now that your phone has become a mini-computer for you, it’s pretty much possible that you store most of your important documents and files in your phone so that they are available on any remote location when you need them. But they are not easily accessible to you but also to anyone that can access your phone behind you. So, though you can open and edit them anytime, it’s not advisable to leave them in a condition where they can be read, edited or transferred by anyone else. It’s very much like you have money in a bag and the bag is transparent for anyone to see. So what you can do is put that money in a bank or a locker where it is safe and is out of reach of others’ hands. That’s what we’re now going to do with our docs with the help of Doc Vault.

Doc Vault sounds to be a locker or a bank where you can put your important docs, but actually it’s an iOS app developed by Power App GmbH. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and requires iOS 4.3 or any later version of the OS. The app has also been optimized for iPhone 5.

The app is advertising itself as an app where it requires a separate password from that used for your iPhone or iPad. But actually this is available for any password protected app; so I didn’t really get what they are trying to say. However, I really liked this feature where whenever there is a wrong attempt to type the password, the app takes a photo of the person and sends it to the pre-configured email along with the GPS location of the phone. This will help a lot to the authorized person to find out who’s trying to steal his docs.

Other than that, the password is both numeral as well as graphical. So there are infinite numbers of combinations possible and it’s almost impossible for someone to infiltrate across this boundary. You can save almost any type of file in the vault and create and save PDF documents as well. You also get a separate browser so that you don’t have to worry about your history logs which can be later read by someone else. So when it comes to protection, Doc Vault really proves to be very strong.

There are some improvements which I think can be made in the app. For example, if a person is just checking the phone and immediately confronts that there is a password on that folder, he realizes that there is something important in there and a curiosity arises for him to know the password which he might get someday. Another solution to this problem is to present a blank screen when the app opens up. So any unknown person will find nothing there. But if you hold your finger on the screen, then a pop up will appear to enter the password. This way I think it’s safer. Apart from this, the app is very good.

The app is available for $1.99 which is a fair price for this one.

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