Com­bine your Mac and iPhone to bring the ul­ti­mate in se­cu­rity set-ups

Mac Format - - RATED - Mac lo­gin with­out typ­ing Very se­cure Not all sites sup­ported Overkill for most home users

Free De­vel­oper Saas­pass, saas­

OS OS X 10.9 or later Re­quires Smart­phone with cam­era With good se­cu­rity comes in­con­ve­nience. The num­ber of ac­counts that need com­plex pass­words has grown so large over the years that log­ging in is a pain to al­most ev­ery user.

Saas­pass aims to stream­line your pass­words by com­bin­ing your phone and Mac. You can log in to your Mac us­ing an on-screen bar­code by scan­ning it with the cam­era on your phone, or use the Blue­tooth prox­im­ity set­ting so you can log on to your Mac with­out typ­ing a thing. The app can also gen­er­ate su­per-safe one-off pass­words for other sites.

The process is easy to set up, but you need to fol­low the in­struc­tions care­fully to get it work­ing as ex­pected. When you scan the bar­code on your Mac’s lo­gin screen and it just works, it’s (for the first few times, at least) quite thrilling.

With Mac lo­gins sorted there are a other sites Saas­pass can help you keep se­cure. The only caveat to this is you’re re­liant on Saas­pass sup­port­ing that site. This is fine for when big names like Face­book, Google and Word­press are con­cerned, but there are omis­sions, such as iCloud, for ex­am­ple.

Saas­pass is aimed at cor­po­rate users look­ing for high-end se­cu­rity, but for the ev­ery­day user there are ben­e­fits too. It’s hard to rate this app given how much se­cu­rity needs dif­fer, but the ex­e­cu­tion im­presses and it’s a tool you should look at if you value se­cu­rity. Christo­pher Bren­nan

The Saas­pass sys­tem works well where sup­ported and the bar­code lo­gin sys­tem also works well.

Log in to your Mac by scan­ning the 3D bar­code. It’s sur­pris­ingly ad­dic­tive.

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