If you’re looking for a way to securely store and share information, check out Mustbin, a free app designed for security. If keeping track of your important papers is becoming more of a challenge, then you may be interested in Mustbin, a free service that can store your important files in one place.
This app was developed by Brian Shin after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the house of a close friend in New Jersey, including all of his important papers. Shin came up with the idea of developing a free, secure cloud storage service that would let people store their important files in a way that no hurricane could destroy.
What Is Mustbin
Mustbin, as in “Must Be In,” is a cloud-based app to store and share your documents, photos and other digital files, similar to Dropbox. Mustbin promises military-grade security to protect your information.
Mustbin helps you store and keep your important papers organized in bins in the app. Take pictures of your credit cards, tax forms, driver’s license, passport and other important documents and store them in encrypted files in bins within the Mustbin app. Store your passwords, photos, receipts and more in bins on the app. Mustbin keeps your information on your device and syncs it to the Cloud so you can have access to your information whether or not you have access to the Internet.
The developer of Mustbin says that its security is certified military grade. See, Mustbin Security: Military-grade. Certified. The developer calls the security Bincryption™ technology: “Mustbin features robust security technology that provides bin-level encryption, AES-256 encryption on every file and end-to-end encryption during cloud sync.”
When you register for an account you are required to select a strong password, answer three security questions and select a four-digit PIN number. You must enter the PIN number to open the app, even if your phone is password protected.
If you forget your password and cannot answer the security questions, your data is gone. There is no alternative for recovery, you can’t request an email for a password reset. Your information will be lost but the chance that your information will fall into the wrong hands is reduced.
The app was launched in November and since that time there have been no reports of Mustbin being hacked.
For more information on the intricacies of Mustbin security, check out Deep Dive – Mustbin Security Architecture: Bin creation, bin contents, sharing, and mobile security
Storing Information Using Mustbin
To get started with Mustbin, download the app and sign up for an account. The service gives you 1 GB of free space. You choose a user name and a password and register your email address. Then you choose three security questions to answer. Finally, you select a four-digit PIN number.
You then begin adding items to the app in bins. You can record all of the items in your wallet so if it’s ever lost or stolen you’ll have a records of its contents. You can add items such as credit cards, passports, business cards, insurance cards, reward cards, driver’s license, receipts and more. You can also store photos, passwords, documents and any other digital files that you want to keep in Mustbin.
The app walks you through the process with a handy guide. You can also create your own custom bins if the categories provided by the app don’t cover what you want to store.
You add information by pressing the + button. To add a credit card you name the card and take a picture of both the front and back of the card. You then enter the number, expiration date and security code on the back of the card. Photo recognition would have been handy here to avoid having to type in the numbers, but at least you have the information stored in two different ways.
Sharing Information Using Mustbin
Mustbin allows you to share your bins with others using the app. To share, press the person icon and enter the person’s Mustbin user name or email address. The person with whom you’re sharing your Mustbin files must be a registered Mustbin user.
Retrieving Your Information
Mustbin lets you access your information efficiently from within the bins in your app. In the event that your wallet is lost or stolen, you will have a record of what you lost if you’ve stored the information in Mustbin.
You can also press the I Lost My Wallet section under Actions, which suggests that you file a police report and take a picture of the report to store in Mustbin.
Mustbin is a free app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7 and is available in the iTunes App Store.
Do you like the idea of securely storing your important information in the cloud? Are you concerned about losing the paper versions of your important documents? Have you tried Mustbin? Let us know in the Comments section below.
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