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    Question Last ESSENTIAL app so my iPhone can replace my Treo

    So far, I'm massively impressed with the iPhone (esp. the OS X underbelly, great hacker fun). Once the thing is unlocked (both IPSF software and Bladox TurboSIM on order, so only a matter of time), I plan to use it as my only phone.

    Currently using the last of a LONG line of Treos (been using them and their Palm predecessors since 1996).

    However there's one single essential application I NEED on the iPhone for it to be a viable replacement. A secure note-taking application. This could be as simple as a text-editing app that securely encrypts each file on open and close, so I have to enter a password before being able to open the file.

    I also require this encryption to use open-source code, so I can write my own app for OS X or Linux on the desktop to decrypt backed up files in the case of my iPhone being stolen / lost / eaten etc. I've written an app in Ruby that uses the TEA crypt functions to do a rudimentary job, but would like a polished UIKit app for the iPhone and would pay a fair shareware fee for such an app.

    Basically I keep all my bank account details, forum logins, network passwords, etc. - all sorts of sensitive data on my phone (Treo) and would need to do the same for the iPhone. As this is sensitive data, it needs to be properly encrypted so the raw text file would be utterly useless to a cracker without massive supercomputing power.

    Currently using CryptoPad which is like Notepad for the Treo / Palm, but encrypted 'notes' require a password to be entered before being shown. With a big, punctuation-filled password, it's as secure as I'm going to need (I guess the top spy agencies could break it, but I doubt I'm top of their list for wasting their time).

    I could theoretically have a go at writing my own, but I can't get the toolchain running happily on my Quad G5, and I'm crap at Objective C. On a desktop I'd simply use Ruby with RubyCocoa, but I'm not sure whether a RubyCocoa app would be fast enough on the iPhone, and whether the added bloat of an interpreter would be sub-optimal for a small device?

    Anyone working on something similar, or have I overlooked something that could do the job for me?

    It's the only thing stopping me ditching the Treo for essential use (Ultralingua's dictionaries are really cool on the Treo but they're optional equipment, I could easily go back to a long-battery-life PDA-only Palm for apps like this and leave it in my laptop bag rather than need such apps on my iPhone).



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    I think that's a great idea. The encryption is trivial (simple open source is available). It's just a GUI problem.

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    http://www.tuaw.com/2007/08/03/journ...e-iphones-sdk/

    Seems like that would be a great place to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzlet View Post
    http://www.tuaw.com/2007/08/03/journ...e-iphones-sdk/

    Seems like that would be a great place to start.
    Rock on! Great find - will need to learn Objective C and Cocoa though... and get a toolchain working... but that app with a simple library to encrypt the persisted text files on suspend or exit would just about do the job....


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberface View Post
    Rock on! Great find - will need to learn Objective C and Cocoa though... and get a toolchain working... but that app with a simple library to encrypt the persisted text files on suspend or exit would just about do the job....

    Hehe, I plan to take a look at it... but I don't have an iPhone yet.


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    I am a treo user who is going to switch to the iphone. How do you convert all your Palm data (date book, contacts, email) into whatever software the iphone syncs with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GPUnique View Post
    I am a treo user who is going to switch to the iphone. How do you convert all your Palm data (date book, contacts, email) into whatever software the iphone syncs with?
    If you use Windows, no idea. If you're on a Mac, then my method was trivial for the apps you mention. I use the Missing Sync to sync the Treo to the Mac, which puts all the Palm datebook info into iCal, and the Palm contacts into Address Book. My Treo is running Chattermail and uses IMAP to get email off my own Mac OS X Server IMAP server, so all emails are on the server anyway.

    Syncing the iPhone through iTunes allows you to sync Mac iCal and Address Book contacts - not sure about Windows. Mine 'just worked' on first sync as I'd expect.

    The fun thing will be getting Notepad and Cryptopad data across, since I use this a lot - and that's the reason for this thread. I can backup the notepad PDB and read this file on the Mac using some Ruby code to turn each record into a separate text file without too much trouble, but I don't want some of these files on the iPhone as unencrypted plaintext since they contain passwords etc.

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    Well cyberdude, I saw this thread and decided to do this - cause I realized it's very essential to some (I think i'll use it) and quite simple to write, but room for more options.

    I'm going to not do a notepad style app, but more of one centered around entering "key/value pairs" ie SSN = 123-45-6789, username/pw, etc, with extra information (eg in the username/password example, the website and maybe email too). Though each item will have a "Notes" section to add whatever, so I hope that would fit your needs.

    http://iphonelockbox.googlecode.com/

    No version out yet = just starting, but working every day on it atm. Took some time off on Monday/Tues to do it, lol. iPhone development is fun, though objc irks me (not Cocoa, it's nice)

    Please everyone give me your ideas and other use cases - examples of how you use your favorite secret info manager, what you like and dislike about them, etc. Thanks you can email me ideas too, it's on the project webpage. It's obfuscated, but obvious to guess.

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    Good news - IMO the best app for psswords etc on palm is SplashID, and according to their FAQ they are on their way to making it available on the iPhone:
    Do you plan on developing a version of SplashID for the iPhone?
    Yes, in fact, we do. We have just begun the planning phase (July 2007) of a web based version of SplashID, which would include an interface for the iPhone browser. If you would like to be notified if and when such a version of SplashID is available, please give us your email address.

    Link to be informed when it is available:

    http://www.splashdata.com/support/iphone-me.htm
    Can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flup View Post
    web based version of SplashID
    Yeah, web-based... most people don't want to store practically ALL their personal information on some server somewhere via a closed-source app. I sure wouldn't. Not to mention this is a kind of app you want fast responsiveness, and availability when you don't have edge or if you don't have a data connection/plan. Not to mention since it's a web app, it'll most likely be subscription based. Mine's free Karma demands I write some open source software lol.

    Thanks for the link - i'm gonna give their app a run. BTW, my day job is a Palm developer (Grrr).


 

 
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