Hosted Notes provides users with a way to keep track of their account credentials. The application keeps the user’s login names and passwords secure as well as easily accessible from any computer or device with internet access. The user can copy and paste credentials from Hosted Notes directly into the webpage’s login area. Credential groups can be created and maintained, allowing the user to view multiple credentials in a single group at once. The user can create a custom group name, such as “email accounts,” while each individual item is listed with the name of the site that requires the credentials.Show more screenshots »
Hosted Notes is a product of Argyll Studios. The application was originally created specifically for developers and designers. In its early form, Hosted Notes would store client credentials so they could be easily sorted and accessed. Today, many users apply Hosted Notes to a variety of situations. The application offers functionality that works for almost anyone, even those storing personal credentials. Along with Hosted Notes, Argyll Studios also created Tech Gox, Code Rockstar and is working on a second projected named Presstaurant.
The main difference any user will notice when comparing Hosted Notes to other similar applications is the simplicity of each function. Everything about Hosted Notes has a basic feel to it. Although this may appeal to some users, it gives the application an unremarkable appearance. Storing all of the user’s credentials in one online location may have its benefits, however many other applications provide additional conveniences that could make their services more appealing than Hosted Notes. Users who are simply looking for an easy way to store their login details without using Word or an Excel spreadsheet may have more appreciation for what Hosted Notes has to offer.
Hosted Notes has a very unique appearance that favors brilliant yellow and dark grey colors. The legal pad background livens things up with realistic texture. The dashboard and interface are just about as use friendly as it gets. This is primarily because of the simple functions built in to Hosted Notes. Each item is listed in a clean bar. The user can quickly locate each group name and access the credentials they contain. The information is right there, with absolutely no clutter or distractions to get in the way. Locating specific items in Hosted Notes takes a matter of seconds so the user can retrieve their credentials and log in.
A new user can register for a Hosted Notes account by clicking one of the two white and black “Sign In” buttons found on the homepage. The sign up form on the following page asks the user to provide an email address, password, first and last name, account name and account type (which includes either business or personal). After clicking the dark grey “Update” button at the bottom of the form, the user is advised that an activation email has been sent to the address they provided. This must be accessed to complete registration and sign in to Hosted Notes.
Hosted Notes invites all new users to try the service for free for 14 days. No credit card is needed and the user is given access to all basic features. After the 14 day free trial period is up, the user will be asked to pay for a subscription. Hosted Notes charges less than $5 per account per month. There are no other options available at this time. Users who do not upgrade after the free trial will be locked out of their account information and will only be able to log in to purchase a subscription.
Hosted Notes is a very simple application that comes with an inexpensive price tag. That being said, the service provided seems extraneous because of the many other ways to keep track of login credentials. Anyone who maintains many online accounts will get far more use out of Hosted Notes, including professionals who manage client log in information. Individuals may find less benefit in a Hosted Notes subscription which, while very cheap, seems a bit unnecessary for personal account users.