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Data Guardian5.1.4

24 May 2020

Secure database application with 448-bit Blowfish encryption.

Overview

Data Guardian is a secure database application. Security and privacy are two of the most important issues in today's world; leaving passwords on sticky notes around your computer simply will not cut it anymore. Data Guardian is a secure database application with up to 448-bits of Blowfish encryption - regardless of how sensitive your data is. Create multiple databases in Data Guardian for a variety of purposes such as an address book, customer database, christmas shopping list, journal, password manager, or even notepad.

Easily create categories to store records, and even apply custom color labels and icons! Change the view options for each category to see the information you want, and even add your own custom data fields. Do not be stuck with a program which forces you to input your information into predefined fields. Enter the data you need to, not what you are forced to.

Aside from Data Guardian's easy to use Keychain integration to autofill passwords on Web sites, it also offers a variety of other tools and features to enhance each record. Dial phone numbers through your modem with a single click, create new e-mail messages, generate secure passwords (based on an algorithm of your choosing), and even synchronize two databases.

Note: Please note that the displayed price is of a lifetime purchase. Additional pricing info available here

What's new in Data Guardian

Version 5.1.4:

Upgrade Notes: This upgrade is free for users owning an active subscription or a non-subscription "lifetime license." No action is required other than downloading the new version from our web site and unlocking as normal with an e-mail address. For all other users, orders for the current version can be purchased on our web site.

Bug Fix:
  • Fixed crash importing from 1Password
  • Fixed iOS Sync

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83 Reviews of Data Guardian

5
waculothyl
27 May 2019
Version: 4.0.8

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Totally customizable to your needs. I've needed a program like this for a while but could never find exactly what I needed. Data Guardian ended up being the end of the road for me, and I absolutely recommend it to anyone out there who is still searching.
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Vitalii@macudate.com
21 April 2020
Version: 5.1.2
The previously listed price was incorrect. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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5
JorgeDz
26 June 2019
Version: 4.0.8
I have all the data for me to be able to connect and passwords in DATA GUARDIAN It is the most uses app from Koingo Also use the other products, but data guardian is the one I use more often..
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5
MattCombs
24 June 2019
Version: 4.0.8
I have so many different passwords and logins that I can barely tell which way is up. If it weren't for this app storing it all for me I'd probably have just given up a long time ago or made all my passwords the exact same (I know - safe, right…?) The level of encryption that this app has just blows my mind. This is the perfect password storage device, hands down.
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5
Cally Ferguson
20 June 2019
Version: 4.0.8
Great app, always improving. I really like how Koingo actually listens to their customer's suggestions and integrates them into the updates. I'm always looking forward to seeing new tweaks in the upcoming Data Guardian releases.
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5
rose8
12 June 2019
Version: 4.0.8
It's so easy to use. The interface is simple yet you can do so much with it. The perfect app to consolidate all your needs into one.
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5
erpatualdia
04 June 2019
Version: 4.0.8
I love how diverse this app can be. I use it for everything from passwords to contacts to a tool for reminders. I honestly couldn't ask for a more complete program for all the things I need. I highly recommend this! You won't be disappointed!
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5
acalstubun
02 June 2019
Version: 4.0.8
Koingo's customer support is incredible, and this app is always updating and improving. Just when I think Data Guardian can't possibly get any better, I'm always pleasantly surprised. Every single time.
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5
breathbulopug
02 June 2019
Version: 4.0.8
I haven't found any other application that does things as beautifully and as smoothly as this one. And trust me, I've tried just to see if I could conquer the challenge. I failed… but I'll be the first to say that I'm quite content with that. Keep up the good work, Koingo!
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5
mimoweapi
30 May 2019
Version: 4.0.8
How did I ever live without this? I'm paranoid so I used to think the only safe place for my passwords and information was inside my head. Guess I was wrong… and as an added plus, Data Guardian never forgets!
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5
turlyroughmant
29 May 2019
Version: 4.0.8
The encryption level that this app uses is just insane. I won't entrust my information to anything less than Data Guardian ever again, that's for sure.
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5
waculothyl
27 May 2019
Version: 4.0.8
Totally customizable to your needs. I've needed a program like this for a while but could never find exactly what I needed. Data Guardian ended up being the end of the road for me, and I absolutely recommend it to anyone out there who is still searching.
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5
thanddeceva
17 October 2018
Version: 4.0.6
works well enough. wish the UI was a little more modern, but been reliable for decades.
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5
dripetryve
15 October 2018
Version: 4.0.4
with the new autofill feature on ios, this app is ESSENTIAL
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5
glutliapronal
14 October 2018
Version: 4.0.2
fav app of mine to store my passwords in a secure, off the cloud, way in a world where security hacks are becoming daily news.
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2.5
MarvinWeide2410
17 May 2018
Version: 4.0
Hard to use
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4.5
aduska
08 September 2017
Version: 3.4.1
Corrected in version 3.4.1. Now it performs again.
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4
iMac-A
03 September 2017
Version: 3.4
Version 3.4 quits unexpectedly everytime a record is saved. A serious bug ?
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5
Jcohn
10 June 2017
Version: 3.3.7
Just upgraded two computers to v3.3.7 and I'm seeing lots of spinning rainbows. This happens when it starts up, and when I do simple things like check for updates. At first it would spin all night, but completely uninstalling it and reinstalling it worked better. I still get the spinning cursor, but it settles down after a while. It seems to take about five minutes, now. I wonder if they changed something in the network modules where it cannot connect correctly? My recommendation would be to start it on login, and just hide it until you need it. Or wait to install 3.3.8 which should be out RSN. Hope they get it fixed, soon! I really like and rely on the software.
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lacwbo
10 February 2017
Version: 3.3.5
Data Guardian will not update from within the app without crashing or wanting to continually update. Works fine when 3.3.5 is downloaded from Koingo's website and then installed over 3.3.4.
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Skooks57
28 November 2016
Version: 3.3.4
The latest 3.3.4 when I try to save and quit, it will not quit, The only way I can quit is to "force quit" and then I lose what I was trying to save. So I can't add anything new. I have complained to Koingo, but they don't respond. Anybody else having this problem? This is my first major problem with this and I have all data stored in DG. I guess I go to 1Password.
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lacwbo
28 April 2016
Version: 3.3.3
Version 3.3.3 has been released and appears to work fine.
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lacwbo
27 April 2016
Version: 3.3.2
This update is dated April 25 and it appears many,if not all, cannot launch the app after the update. What the heck are the people at Koingo doing? You would think that by this time they would withdraw this update and correct their error.
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0.5
jaycomid
26 April 2016
Version: 3.3.2
Last update app won't open. Lots of info in there. Hope it gets fixed. But I don't know how I will get it open, unless you can fix it remotely. Hoping for the best. This is the first problem I've had, but it is a BIG one. Can't give stars unless it gets open.
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Filchescat
25 April 2016
Version: 3.3.2
App works OK when it works, but this 3.3.2 update doesn't. Repeated crashes after update. Crash logs sent.
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Foulger
01 January 2014
Version: 3.1.2
This is the most used product I "lease" from Koingo but I will be quite happy to drop it along with the others I subscribe to if someone at Koingo doesn't grow up. I sent a message to Koingo on their web site this morning which reads as follows: Good Morning from New Zealand, This is not really about Data Guardian but about my relationship with Koingo. I feel it my duty as a free citizen to point out that your current licensing policies are an anathma with a great many subscribers, planet wise. Coupled with this, your ongoing mountain out of a molehill spat with macupdate is doing no one any good, least of all your companies revenues and koingo licence holders attitude towards this petty little squabble which has grown to enormous proportions. If you do not read the comments on macupdate.com in regard to your leased products and your policies, then I suggest you do so with urgency. It would appear that someone in your company is harbouring a "pride comes before a fall" attitude and I would say that if common sense does not prevail, then the future of your ompany is bleak. I use three products from your companys lease stable, with Data Guardian being the most used but there are alternatives and I would not cry too much if you went under. 2014 is a new year and when the holidays are over, surely its time for someone at Koingo to grow up, bite the bullet and mend some bridges before its too late. Anyone can be stupid, it takes a man with guts and fortitude to evamuate his failures and apologise and then move on. For goodness sake, grow up you guys!
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Pixelated
13 November 2013
Version: 3.1.2
I have 31 licenses for Koingo software, I have been a customer for many years, since 2008. I personally have never had a problem with them, I have had cause to contact support and always had feed back, and a resolution to the problem. I find it sad that MacUpdate, and Koingo, both don't just agree to disagree. This past week end Macupdate was also not so innocent selling it's own software, and not bothering to answer all the questions, that were asked. As a sub note the software is ropy at best, it tells me updates for software like camera bag area available, but they are not?? But for $10 Come on guys, we all make mistakes, but it's how we deal with the mistakes that make up better people. I thought the whole mac community spirit was better that calling each other names, or posting silly comments at the top of pages, which is no better than a form or censorship, once you go down that road, it could lead any where… Shake hands and go your separate ways, thats what was always told to me.
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alvindarkness
12 November 2013
Version: 3.1.2
I wasnt so upset that the licenses were pulled, although it was incentive enough to never purchase a koingo app in the future. But what truly took the cake was the spam email I just received from koingo, where they are practically begging for contact information of 5 friends so they can go and spam them as well. Not gonna happen, and I hope you enjoy your rating.
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asato
10 November 2013
Version: 3.1.1
Koingo is not a trustable company. Why not informed the bundle customers about the ilegal licenses sold by MU, immediately, not after months.
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Erik [NL]
09 November 2013
Version: 3.1.1
I have been using Data Guardian since version 1.2.8 (december 2007) and upgraded to 2.x and 3.x. I like the features to keep all my private information at a safe place with a strong encryption. The flexibility to create new custom fields is great and I can use the same encrypted database file without any limitation at Windows with DG for Windows. I wish that Koingo Software will soon improve the iOS version and develop an Android version… Keep up the good work!
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jemib
09 November 2013
Version: 3.1.1
So Koingo decided to take my license away and is spamming reviews with the same message over and over. My license was coupled to my e-mail address and Koingo has been using that e-mail address to mail me their ad-mails since I bought the Macupdate package. Koingo obviously wanted my e-mail address as part of their participation in the package deal. If you did not have the right to have my e-mail address it makes your e-mail messages nothing more than spam. I usually buy updates to software I like but I don't trust your company anymore.
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5
Sandro-Mancini-ahyj
08 October 2013
Version: 3.1
I have been using since version 2, upgraded to version 3, and have nothing against it, since it does what it is supposed to do, and does it well. I did not notice any speed hit (Macbook Air with SSD drive), using it with Mountain Lion. In an age of NSA folks feeling they have the right to unlawfully snoop anyone in the world, the stronger the encryption I can have available to me, the better! Don't know of any similar apps with such strong 448-bit Blowfish encryption.
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Penguirl
05 October 2013
Version: 3.1
The developer's repeated response sounds like a broken record. If MU was not authorized to give away copies of Data Guardian, how did the end users end up with working registration? I'm pretty sure MU didn't crack Koingo's system and issue a bunch of rogue licenses, so that leaves the only possibility being that Koingo issued licenses and then had a change of heart. Initially I had a license for DG 3, then it became a license for DG 2. But DG 2 won't open a DG 3 database, so that left users unable to access their databases. Just because the developer keeps repeating the same mantra over and over doesn't make it true; and given my previous bad experience with Koingo with regard to upgrading Alarm Clock Pro this doesn't surprise me in the least. So now my rating. Features I cannot access? ½ star. Having to juggle trial versions of v2 and v3 give an ease of use rating of ½ star. Not being able to use DG 3 earns a value rating of, you guessed it, ½ star. And stability, well if I can't use it then that's pretty unstable so DG 3 goes 4 for 4 with ½ star ratings. And for the overall rating I'm going to quote Jayne from Firefly/Serenity: …nothin into nothin, carry the nothin…
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4.5
Senf
21 September 2013
Version: 3.1
Despite of what is going on between MacUpdate and Koingo this still is a decent piece of software. It does not offer the sophisticated system integration of 1Password (which has a distant price tag...) but is much easier to use than TrueCrypt. And it uses a decent encryption method, not the dated 256-bit AES some competitors have. Although I am perfectly able to ssl-encrypt my files with homebrewn shell scripts, I prefer Data Guardian for its ease of use.
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cogsprocket
19 September 2013
Version: 3.1
@Koingo-Software: It's all well and good to respond to these types of reviews clarifying that there was no relationship between Koingo and MacUpdate wherein the licenses are valid. That being said, people are angry at you and your response to these reviews uses an angry, negative voice that isn't endearing yourselves to the people you'd like to be selling your software to. Look at it this way: If MacUpdate indeed had no relationship with you and no permission to sell this software then they just got railroaded and you've added the insult of a hostile sounding, and repeated message to the reviews for your product to the injury of revoking their licenses without prior notice. The end result is that instead of humanizing yourselves by publicly apologizing for the inconvenience and offering an alternative (this should ALWAYS be the way your responses to these reviews should sound) you've taken a hostile and angry position which turns MacUpdate into a villain and throws the users who purchased the bundle into the same cell. Hell! I purchased the bundle containing MacCleanse 3 and Data Guardian and I NEVER got any email regarding a discount of any kind. Because your public relations voice is such and because you've poorly communicated and responded with a hostile, and grammatically questionable canned response I'm with MacUpdate: Get TrueCrypt. It's free. It uses AES, Serpent and TwoFish and it's endorsed by Steve Gibson.
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mikisdad
18 September 2013
Version: 3.1
I strongly suggest that you do not deal with KOINGO. They have failed to honour licences granted under a package sold by MacUpdate. It is clear that they and MacUpdate have fallen out in some way. However, that is not the fault of purchasers of the bundle that included Data Guardian and Cleanse. KOINGO has shown no understanding of basic client service standards and skills. You would be well advised to think twice or more before you deal with them as who's to say that the same thing won't happen again? Any company that deliberately disadvantages potential and past customers who have done nothing wrong, is in my view, not worthy of support. You make up your own mind - this is not about the standard of the software but about their marketing practices and opinion of clients.
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member25624
26 August 2013
Version: 3.1
KOINGO revoked their software license after offering it as part of a MacUpdate Bundle, and after allowing the purchased software to run for several months. Claiming it was the "wrong" license months later just proves that KOINGO is NOT the type of company you can trust. Spend your money elsewhere.
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Finchen999
21 August 2013
Version: 3.1
FRAUD from Koingo by downgrading the software. Everything else is said before. I was lucky enough to save my data somewhere else, otherwise I would have trouble enough to retrieve my passwords again. Koingo? Never again.
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Wikno
20 August 2013
Version: 3.0.9
Wow... was getting ready to contact MU support about this bit and switch on a license I had been using for five months that is suddenly non-existent. Now I see I'm not alone. They responded saying that they "notified" customers that they accidentally gave people 3.x licenses when they meant to give away 2.x licenses... okay, but I've been using 3.x for months now, all my databases have been upgraded. They also offered me a discount on upgrading...? Seriously? I have multiple bundles of theirs I have spent lots of money. Where was this notification however? Where? I get emails from them about this release or that discount, etc. Never got any such notification. My email address is listed right there next to my license file. If posting a RESPONSE, as oppose to ISSUING A STATEMENT (a notification), on ONE software download site, is their definition, then they are really reaching here. I don't use MU exclusively, sorry. I don't live on here as I have my own opinions about the vocal community here. However, now I'm glad to see NO ONE stand up for koingo in this instance. Also, dear koingo, refusing to use the 'f' word, but instead abridging it, then quoting it exactly is yet another business no no... because you are still using... it doesn't offend me, it just drives the point home that you have NO IDEA HOW TO DEAL WITH YOUR POTENTIAL/CUSTOMER BASE. Unfortunately, this whole ordeal also undermines macupdates mupromo credibility. I'm glad to hear that people have contacted them and their response is in the right direction... unfortunately if macupdate has no recourse in this matter, it will damage potential sales even more. What am I buying? When? I believe macupdate should 1, never do business with koingo again... including into the foreseeable future (30 years), including even if koingo gets bought 20 times... and should have a banner on the MUpromo site for the next 3 months, and make a statement in the comments of this software. And, further, NOT HAVE ANY DOWNLAOD LINKS TO ANY KOINGO SW ON THEIR SITE AND BADGE EACH LISTING PAGE WITH A SIMILAR BANNER EXPLAINING THINGS. It's not that I can't afford a discounted data guardian 3 license, which I can't anyway, but that's beside the point haha, it's that it is absolutely such a violation of my civil and consumer rights. This isn't like it's an automobile recall, or a lease on experimental fleet of electric Rav-4's (which was very emotional to see) and they took the license back for my own safety or because I signed something that said they could. If they wanted to keep my data safe, they would be working/coding exclusively on this one product of theirs because the bugs are so horrendous! They should be giving it away daily because it's so dangerous! They made a mistake, took months to finally iron it out to their satisfaction, by basically walking into my digital home and stealing something from me. I would like to point out that the license being reset bug was fixed in dataguardian 3.1 which is not listed here on MU as of this writing, but instead 3.0.9 is. 3.1 was released on the 19th of August 3013. WHat would happen is if I launched data guardian when not on the internet, it would ask for my email again. I had been doing this for months, very annoying since I move to multiple locations to work with my laptop, and of course if they had FIXED THIS BUG SOONER then we would all have a valid license files! --------------- And now, an excerpt from their "Known Issues" web page (support.koingosw.com/index.php/Data_Guardian#Known_Issues): http://www.grafxlut.com/DG-cohn.mov -okay, so, no text, just a link? You couldn't be bothered to summarize this issue for me at all? Should I send that guy some money? Importing into 1Password will duplicate record entries instead of syncing them. We've asked 1Password for a fix to this. -Nice, so, should I switch to 1Password or not? Possible memory leak if app left open for a long time? Maybe has something to do with autosave? -is this a publicly available bugtracker? no, it's a one line entry on wiki page... If you store the DB password in keychain, move the entry into a new Keychain Data Guardian will delete and recreate the "login" Keychain next time you access your database. - wow, okay, good thing I NEVER do this. I still use secretbook 4.0.5 along side this not keychain (secretbook was a great piece software that was sold to some psycho company that increased the price like 10 fold or something and changed the name, fixed some minor bugs, and made it worse over all, oh, and slow.) -Don't get me started on the issues with the mobile version. ------------------------------ Now let's have an excerpt from the release notes: Version 3.1 — August 19, 2013 Very Important Bug Fix: Fixed issue with registration information not saving between launches. -a little self serving... considering the current air of cheating/lying/etc. -extra cute how it says "Very Important..." LMAO!!! Version 3.0.9 — August 18, 2013 Very Important Bug Fix: Fixed a very rare bug that would cause databases to be erased on some systems if the timers were out of sync and a database was locked, and NEVER loaded, and the auto-save kicked in. Additionally, databases are no longer auto-saved redundantly if no changes have been made since the last save. -wow, thanks for that... wait, what "timers," what are you talking about? Version 3.0.8 — April 30, 2013 Bug Fix: Should no longer crash when re-ordering fields and the field name is told to redraw while it's being removed. Bug Fix: Upgraded to latest Keychain APIs to improve stability. -oh, so... the thing here is, Your keychain can still be wiped out... see "known issues"... sigh... - this is the third consecutive update that address keychain related issues... and they still haven't fixed the deleting of your login keychain? what are they spending their time on!? ... (skip a couple less horrendous release notes) Version 3.0.5 — February 25, 2013 New Feature: New default Presets value to only preserve original field values if they are not empty. -NOT A FEATURE, this worked in 2.x, and you broke it 3.x therefore it's a FIX, since it's clearly an option that was SUPPOSED to be made available/working... this is like when apple removes something from an OS, then puts BACK in the following one. You're just leapfrogging feature inclusion then calling everything a NEW feature... ridiculous. (don't ask me to cite this, if you're an apple head you can look it up yourself very easily, hint use the wayback machine (archive.org) to view apple's own website) New Feature: New records automatically start out in Edit mode. -THAT IS NOT A FEATURE. That's like saying, when you put paper in the printer also put ink! ...(skip rest of 305 notes, even though there are some bad ones) Version 3.0.4 — February 23, 2013 New Feature: Now automatically selects for editing the new field if adding one to a record. -See record editing above in 305... same idea... not a feature... (skip rest of 304) -.... you get the idea... they are using dozens of "New Feature" tags when they should use either their own "Bug Fix" or "Modification" tags. like: New Feature: Quick Browser redesigned visually. New Feature: Quick Browser now automatically sizes to columns to fit information. -(imagine speaking very softly) if you have a computer program, that accepts data represented visually with characters that is meant to be retrieved at a later date, and that data is clipped visually and therefore not human readable... THAT IS A BUG NOT A FEATURE NOT YET IMPLEMENTED TO ALLOW THE INFORMATION TO BE READ! /*END SERMON */
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Radus
20 August 2013
Version: 3.0.9
this company deactivated Licenses we bought (macupdate bundle). I can not trust these people and their company - I will never buy and use their software again.
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Arcarnat
15 August 2013
Version: 3.0.8
I have been a Koingo software customer for 6 years. I have bought Data Guardian, Mac Pilot, and Librarian Pro from version 1, and have updated all of them through the years. I also have acquired Air Radar and MacCleanse. I had not yet updated Data Guardian from version 2, when Koingo decided to offer version 3 as a MacUpdate promotion. To have access to my legitimately acquired Data Guardian 3 yanked away after three months of use is just ridiculous. Over the past several weeks I have continually tried to correspond with the company, by logging in to my Koingo account and asking for more information on the problem. They have never responded to my inquiries. Back in May, there was a temporary blockage in access to Data Guardian 3, which was explained by the company as being due to major database failure. Obviously, I am now suspicious of that claim, and suspect that that was instead due to the beginning of the their feud with MacUpdate. I am totally amazed by the complete incompetence of Koingo in communicating with their customer base; including someone like myself who was a loyal Koingo customer for 6 years. I can also imagine the outrage of new customers, who put the time and effort in compiling their logins, passwords, addresses, notes, credit card number, etc, and then have the company prevent their continuing access to their databases. I have decided to stop supporting Koingo and using their software. So far, I have found alternatives to all the software I acquired from them except Data Guardian. Currently, I have reverted to Data Guardian 2, but am actively looking for alternatives for storing my passwords. I hope to be totally Koingo free by the end of the month. With only a slight exaggeration, Koingo suffers from the worst customer relations in the history of humankind. My strong advice is to stay away from this company and boycott their software.
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Robert-Vaessen
03 August 2013
Version: 3.0.8
I am joining the 'Never again' camp with this company. I am another user who has purchased this companies apps (Data Guadian and MacCleanse) through a 'MacUpdate' promotional bundle. When they updated the apps my copies indicated that I needed to purchase a new copy of the app (a couple of months after my initial purchase). I tried contacting the developer. I did not use aggressive, confrontational, rude or otherwise abusive language. I have received no responses to my email messages. It's one thing to make a policy decision, and not provide support, but this company goes the extra step (in my case) of not responding at all. They haven't answered any of the email I've sent. They won't even respond with an email message indicating their 'policy' with regard to support for a MacUpdate bundled product. They entered into a bundled app promotional deal with MacUpdate, not with me. If they have a dispute with MacUpdate, why should that dispute extend to me, the end user? This type of treatment (on the part of the developer) does one thing and one thing only - It guarantees that I (the customer) no longer trust this company. I won't be buying any more of their products, and I will recommend that friends, colleagues and family not purchase their products. In an 'App Store' universe of plentiful applications and $1 price tags, the one true product that stands out is 'Customer Support'. If this company continues to botch this crucial ingredient, they won't last much longer.
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Michaelthegeek
01 August 2013
Version: 3.0.8
Not able to activate this app. I will try to contact them.
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mikisdad
26 July 2013
Version: 3.0.8
KOINGO refused to honour the activation code for this item after I obtained it through MacUpdate in a bundle. I strongly advise against purchase of any KOINGO applications.
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June8
03 July 2013
Version: 3.0.8
My license is no longer being recognized. No reply from customer support. Given it up! I'll never use their software again.
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Arcarnat
27 June 2013
Version: 3.0.8
Apparently, Koingo has suffered another major database failure, as my license is no longer being recognized. Very frustrating. I am afraid that I must look for alternative software, as I cannot afford to lose access to my large number of passwords that are stored in Data Guardian. A real pity.
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Arcarnat
29 May 2013
Version: 3.0.8
Although it took a while, Koingo-Software did finally resolve the problem. However, their customer service was poor, as I submitted three separate inquiries on their web site and they failed to respond. If the number of inquiries they were receiving were overwhelming, they could have posted a public announcement on their web site to advise license holders of what was going on. Again, very poor customer relations. Hopefully, they will learn from this and improve on this aspect of their company. Too bad for this snafu, as their software is quite good. I have been using Data Guardian for over five years and have found it to be very useful.
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dokliv
15 May 2013
Version: 3.0.8
earlier i have got one of MacUpdate Promo Receipts and there was Data Guardian 3 and week ago (after update) my license became trial again i asked developers week ago "why?" and today all they answered - 'patience is a a virtue' (after a week gone!) i do not need such software from such guys so if you think they have any kind of client oriented support - it is not buy it it your own risk p.s. i know i got it free and had to be patient but i didn't steal it and became a client... i would never answer to my clients like they did... they could say 'we have some problems right now, please wait a little more' or 'we know about this issue and it will be resolved in a month' - anything but not 'we are so busy to answer you because you didn't pay money to us..' (this is how i understood their answer)
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Arcarnat
10 May 2013
Version: 3.0.8
I am having the same problem as olympusrot. After updating Data Guardian a few days ago, my e-mail address is no longer accepted as the activation. I have contacted Koingo three days in a row, and they do not respond. I am starting to get upset. The company has screwed up and they are acting really slow in remedying the situation. Not professional. The ratings reflect the poor service from this company, and not the software, which I have used for several years and is a solid program.
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3.5
olympusrot
10 May 2013
Version: 3.0.8
I have bought DataGuardian with "MacUpdate 2013 Freebie Bundle". After an update my E-mail address is no longer accepted as activation. The recommended download from the macupdate.com page has not corrected the situation. Who can help? Excuse my bad english. Ich habe Data Guardian gekauft über das "MacUpdate 2013 Freebie Bundle". Nach einem Update wird meine E-Mail-Adresse nicht mehr akzeptiert als Aktivierung. Der empfohlene Download von der macupdate.com-Seite hat keine Abhilfe geschaffen. Wer kann weiterhelfen?
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Revco
01 May 2013
Version: 3.0.8
Damn! Was hoping they'd up the Blowfish encryption to 449-bits with this version. Will have to wait and see what v4 brings.
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5
klampert
01 April 2013
Version: 3.0.6
I really enjoy using this application. It's nice to be able to see everything in a "spreadsheet" view, including your passwords if you like. I previously used TrueCrypt (AES, Serpent, or Twofish encryption) with a text file but that got unwieldy. I later purchased "Keys" from the App Store (AES-256+Salt+P8KFD2 encryption) and while it's a great little program for $5, it doesn't have categorization and requires more clicks to accomplish the same tasks. Data Guardian offers options to organize your library into collections, or smart collections, and I seem to be able to get things done quicker with it. I haven't tried creating my own fields, the RegEx search or the auto-login features yet. My only complaint is there doesn't appear to be an option to auto-save records as you go. I'd prefer to just double-click an item, edit it, then hit escape when I'm done and have it auto-save. Bonus points for a nice-looking icon and lock screen. It's always nice when developers go the extra mile to make nice looking applications.
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3.5
Erik [NL]
24 February 2013
Version: 3.0.4
With DG 3.0.4 the nasty (stability and slow search) bugs have been solved... Keep on the good work!
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iMac-A
18 February 2013
Version: 3.0.3
The interface is not only ugly, it´s sooooo. slow ! The "find"-function unusable - the cursor vanishes with every letter written and have to be clicked again !
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Erik [NL]
17 February 2013
Version: 3.0.3
Josh is working hard to resolve the bugs with the new 3.0.x release. With the DG3.0.3 However, I experienced serious crashes during editing and deleting fields of records. I hope that the crash reports gives useful information about the causes. Stability is absolute required for a secure database application. For the moment I keep an extra backup of the database files...
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Robert-Poland
14 February 2013
Version: 3.0.1
I'v been using and liking Data Guardian for years. Now with version 3.0 and 3.0.1; The user interface is a disaster. The "black glass" is virtually unreadable for me. I was able to uncheck the "black glass" option. All the previous neat features are gone, no "Copy" buttons anymore. The "NEW" online manual apparently is for some previous version. The picture above is also for some previous version. I hope it is returned to a more usable state soon...
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Jimw
03 January 2013
Version: 2.2
A careful examination of its specs and developer information does not seem to mention exactly what type of database this is. From what I have been able to determine, my best guess is that this is a flat file database, not a relational database. As such, assuming I am correct, it is of limited use for robust databases with multiple tables but should handle lists of information just fine. If I am incorrect on this assessment, I sincerely hope that someone will point this out.
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3.5
Erik [NL]
03 December 2012
Version: 2.1.4
DG 2.1.4 is a good app for storing important personal and business information, however there are two problems: 1. The app crashes when opening a file (copy of my driving license) attached to a record 2. Customize Toolbar is not broken since version 2.1.1 The flexibility of the record fields is great!
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SMS1
30 May 2012
Version: 2.1.1
Database exported in Palm format is insecure — an open door to all passwords Like many users, I’m sure, I’ve moved most of my mobile computing to non-Palm platforms. However, until about 18 months ago, I was still using a couple of Palms and had DataGuardian installed on those units. DataGuardian on the Mac can export a database in .pdb format, for copying or syncing to a Palm. Yesterday, quite by accident, I discovered that a database exported in Palm format is COMPLETELY INSECURE. If you open the .pdb file with a hex editor, you can read EVERY password, including the master database password! Even though you may not now use a Palm, this oversight provides an easy back door into your main database. If you left your database open and let someone use your computer, the database could be exported in Palm format to, say, a USB card and later, that person would have complete access to your Mac-based database. Needless to say I was shocked to discover this, having used the .pdb format for several years! The lack of security has now caused me to spend more than a day hunting down all the many copies of Palm-formatted databases on several computers, a half dozen portable hard drives and nearly two years of TimeMachine backups! Once copied or synced to the Palm and opened there, I think the .pdb is then secure but while it resides on your Mac, the .pdb file is completely unencrypted. Having been badly shocked by this security oversight, I’m now in the process of moving all my DataGuardian databases to another, hopefully, secure platform.
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Timmyb
20 January 2012
Version: 2.1.0
This looks like a decent app for storing logins and other data. It is very flexible in its data entry, in that it allows for customization of the fields for each record, so you are not limited by predefined fields. However, its usefulness as a password manager is somewhat limited by its inability to actually fill in the login info into a browser form - if you want webpage autofill capability the you must manually export your records to the MacOS Keychain - and then this only works for Safari, not other browsers. (1Password and LastPass can do browser autofill for most browsers natively). The app has great features for managing categories and records, both individually and in bulk and its import and export tool is extremely flexible. The app claims to make use of 'up to 448 bit Blowfish encryption', however the developer will not release any information about how the encryption is actually used to protect the datafile - such as how the encryption key is derived and stored. Implementing secure encryption is hard and much larger developers have made crucial mistakes. The developers of 1Password, KeePass and TrueCrypt have fully documented their encryption implementations and file formats. This dev should do the same. I personally would not use it for information which needs to be kept secure.
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Timmyb
06 November 2011
Version: 2.1.0
Does this actually sync with the iOS version or does it just do a one-way export of data onto the iPhone?
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Corpsecorps
11 October 2011
Version: 2.1.0
Interesting new icon downgrade.
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5
Joeshmoe200us
08 October 2011
Version: 2.1.0
I've been using this database for over 4 years now. Basically to store my cd keys. It's worked great, I onlyhave about 30 records. I'll probably will be moving most of my records over to 1password though, since that can handle that as well.
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Andrewm8
18 August 2011
Version: 2.0.8
Another app with outdated version (2.06) in App Store. Why developers don't update the AppStore versions at the same time they release new version on their websites????
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Wikno
08 April 2011
Version: 2.0.7
I appreciate that my licenses were good for free upgrades... however, I am extremely disappointed that they did not fix the number "1." issue listed on their support website under "known issues" before releasing version "2.0"... I think I reported this issue somewhere in 1.6.x/1.7.x. The issue is this: "Records with too many fields go off the screen when first opened." Most of my records are VERY long... so for me this is extremely frustrating. I also, and STILL, have many small gripes with the program, but I consider them somewhat minor next to this issue. I give this app a solid 4 stars, all things considered, I uploaded my first DB to the iApp today (which is free btw)! I had to unplug my ViPhone from my computer though before it would work properly... probably another bug. (Koingo- please don't respond to this post if only addressing my comment about the iPhone connection). For my purposes (maintaining DBs for client information) this is the #1 app choice, partly due to my not worrying about cross-platform compatibility (should I need it with future clients). I just wish it was a little more polished after a 2.0 release.
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2.5
Sharlassou
21 January 2011
Version: 2.0.5
My complaint is its stability problems. at least on my iMac. This app crashed all the time. I will give it a try sometime in future but for now it didn't work for my setup
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4.5
Mousee
13 January 2011
Version: 2.0.5
Very good and stable application that I have relied upon for years. I like the flexibility it offers to define your own collections and your own fields within each collections. My database is slightly large but the software is still operating pretty fast. I would prefer a direct integration with Web browsers though, instead of going through Keychain. Overall, a great application.
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Corpsecorps
18 June 2010
Version: 1.7.6
Here again. While I admire this application's versatility and solidity, the more I use it, the more it gets on my nerves. In addition to my previously posted gripes, oddly enough, though one is likely to want to create a record far oftener than creating an entire database, the simple 'Command-N' shortcut is used for the latter, while 'Command-Shift-N' is used for the former. This oversight cannot be corrected with the OS X Keyboard Shortcut prefs due to the fact that BOTH the creation of a new blank record, AND a new blank (should be "empty") database, use the menu item name "Blank". The system by which files are attached to a record is awkward. I find the saving of records, the locking mechanism and private mechanism all a bit peculiar in their placement and function. A record's fields being strung out vertically with every one having both a copy button and pop-up menu seems to be space wasting and... not ugly, but clunky. Odd that while URL's and email addresses show up as underlined links, another button is added to go there instead of allowing them to be clicked. While it's an exceptional feature that fields and their possible settings, if appropriate, can be altered per record via it's window, if one wishes a change to affect the template and already established records, the process gets pretty ugly. The whole app is characterized by a sort of windoze-ish awkwardness. Despite it being double the cost, and *currently* less versatile, I'm phasing out Data Guardian in favor of 1Password because it has the most important features of Data Guardian, PLUS all of the browser integrated form and login filling, and does all with such Mac-ish intuitiveness, beauty and aplomb that it's worth it for peace of mind.
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Propellor-Head
10 July 2009
Version: 1.6.6
Though not mentioned, there is 1 feature this product has that really sold me on its' use. Other products with 4-5 pre-named, unchangeable field names force me to enter all other data for a site/product in a "catch-all" field. This field is usually named "note". Data Guardian, on the other hand, allows me to customize databases with fields that reflect the changing nature of net security. I am now regularly asked for birth date, zipcode, mother's maiden name, secret questions & answers to remember, location, etc. Also, this is one of the few products in its' class that can also store license files. A great time saver since I no longer require some kind of removable storage that I must remember where I put it. I have yet to find a product in this class that can import data easily. Until AI becomes a reality, I'm not sure we will see 100% trouble-free data import in this kind of app. Customizable data fields along with license file storage make this app a real winner in my humble opinion.
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Corpsecorps
17 February 2009
Version: 1.6
Can't say i'm all that thrilled with UI as a whole, but i've not seen an app of this sort that DID make that much sense to me. This is about the best so far.
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5
Ransky
16 February 2009
Version: 1.6
Great app for storing license codes and passwords. Clean, simple, stable.
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Dana-Sutton
04 January 2009
Version: 1.5.8
As for the suggestion that Bento could be used as a substitute, you should be aware that, although Bento has many good features, it has no kind of security feature. It is therefore entirely inappropriate for storing confidential information
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5
Jon-&-Karen-Heal
17 October 2008
Version: 1.5.4
I've been happily using it for months, so I suppose I should add my two cents worth. In two words, "it's great." Tons of flexibility. Feature parity on Mac and Windows. It looks great and it works great. Developer is very responsive to feedback. Frequently fixed and updated. Very happy customer.
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Roy-Van-Der-Woning
14 May 2008
Version: 1.3.8
It would be great if the frequent updates to this fine application could be handled via Sparkle instead of the laborious (by comparison) [download DMG/reveal DMG in Finder/mount DMG/close active app/drag new version from DMG to Applications/unmount DMG/delete DMG/restart app] cycle.
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Corpsecorps
23 March 2008
Version: 1.3.6
Quirks list: * -- GOOD -- It's possible to set prefs to load ALL preset values for a new record, or JUST menu and slider values. -- BAD -- When setting an EXISTING imported record to conform to a Preset while prefs are set to load Preset values, the existing data is OVERRIDDEN! * Every time one brings up a Record window, it's in the same place, instead of where you had the last one. * Record windows must be explicitly closed with the widget or command-w, rather than just clicking 'save', even though the record window cannot be used to browse other records, so cases when it needs to remain open after saving aren't all that common. * Though creating a new database is much LESS likely than creating a new default Preset record, the easier keyboard shortcut (command-n) goes to the database, while the more difficult one (command-shift-n) is for the record. * Can't remap the keyboard shortcut for creating a new blank database or a new blank record using Apple Prefs because BOTH menu items are in submenus and have the name "Blank". * Import into a Menu field doesn't create the menu items (more of a wish)
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Corpsecorps
23 March 2008
Version: 1.3.6
Data Guardian has vast advantages over the awkward, "Steel" which i used for the last couple years. The flexibility of DG databases and it's vastly superior UI are a big relief. However, having had to import my exported Steel database from a simple tab delimited text file, i was made acutely aware of some less-than stellar import performance. Some tweaking of the text file before hand was necessary before DG would import it without garbling it due to some text fields having 'CR' line endings within them, which DG failed to ignore though it was supposed to be looking for 'LF's as endings. Still more work was required after importing the text file because while fields can be specified to fill with the data, DG doesn't assign a specific category template. Using "Bulk Edit" to assign them had a few glitches also. Also, i wish "Bulk Edit" had more editing criteria, in general. I found it a bit annoying that DG required the use of the "Quick Browser" window rather than just allowing browsing with an open record window. I kept looking for "Next/Previous Record" buttons. While i find this to be a far more satisfactory application than several others i've tried, DG is NOT without it's rough edges and a few odd behaviors. .
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Larry2
24 February 2008
Version: 1.3.4
Great app.Opens fast. Cheap.
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Xanthippe
14 February 2008
Version: 1.3.3
Was sold the moment I saw that one can sync two databases. I always have at least one set at work and one at home and with my old solution it was such a drag to remember which items I had added where. Does not get 5 stars because I had trouble finding features such as defining a preset for a record (e.g. Credit Card info) oneself (but one can, which is great!), or getting it to hide passwords by default. (easy, just one setting, but had trouble finding it. searched in prefs, but was in tool menu). Plus, after importing > 500 items from other app, I found it hard to set the appropriate presets (despite possibility of Bulk Edit...), because the wrongly named fields just disappeared (incl. their content).
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5
Yellowsmurf
05 December 2007
Version: 1.2.6
Unique feature set and excellent support!
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5
lacwbo
24 November 2006
Version: 1.0.6
Wonderful program: Stable and reliable. Fixed a bug in version 1.0.5 in a very short time.
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5
O5220803
24 November 2006
Version: 1.0.6
As I said previously said Data Guardian is an excellent Pw/wallet application: solid, stable and secure! Well worth the shareware fee!
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Koingo-Software
23 November 2006
Version: 1.0.5
Registration bug fixed in 1.0.6 - within 10 hours of 1.0.5's release. Please redownload.
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Hezmana
23 November 2006
Version: 1.0.5
New version will not accept registration info. When you enter it, the validation works, but when you restart the program it shows you as unregistered. Will not maintain reg info
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O5220803
23 November 2006
Version: 1.0.5
A great program, however v.1.0.5 has a problem accepting valid registration information. I have informed the author about this problem.
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