You know how in Resident Evil or any other “trapped in a spooky mansion” game, there is inevitably a puzzle where you find your way to the study, and there’s a grand piano in there, and you have to play the right piece of music and that’s when the secret door opens, or the hatch pops open in the piano and the secret files are in there? Okay, imagine that, except for all of the secret data on your phone, and you’ve got PianoPass, the temporarily free security app. PianoPass is a repository where you can store all of the things you’d like to keep private (the app comes with sections for contacts, passwords, photos, and notes), and locks it so folks who borrow your phone can’t have them. To get at the secrets, you have to enter a customized sequence of notes on an on-screen piano keyboard. Remember that song your piano teacher drilled into your head when you were 6? Now it protects your Facebook password.
It’s a clever gimmick, and it works remarkably well — the app lets you record a fairly long musical code if you’re so inclined, and once you’re in, the app can simply import contacts and photos from your existing repositories or input new ones, complete with functions to search and sort your lists of shameful hidden data. Now all you have to do is hide your phone inside the fourth-floor safe, and make sure the sheet music with the code is guarded by the experimental mantis-zombie. It’s foolproof!
PianoPass is free today thanks to AppGratis, so take note.