SplashID Safe for Windows User Guide


Table of Contents

 • Installation
 • Activation
 • Quick Start
Application Features
 • Toolbar Ribbon
 • Options
 • Editing Records
 • Web Auto-Fill
 • Internet Explorer Plugin
 • Database Sync
 • Automatic Password Generator
 • Custom Field Labels
 • Masking
 • Finding Records
 • Security
 • Synchronization
 • Global Sync
 • Importing and Exporting
 • Backup and Restore

This User Guide covers the desktop version of SplashID. For mobile device versions, visit our website: SplashID User Guides



SplashID provides quick and easy access to all of your personal identification information, including usernames, passwords, credit cards, PINs, calling card numbers, frequent flyer numbers, insurance info and more. Data is stored in a secure, encrypted, password protected format.


After downloading the EXE file, double click to run it, and follow the prompts.

You may optionally install a Internet Explorer Plugin that will install a search box for SplashID Web Logins in your web browser bar. This is very handy for quickly logging into websites you have stored in SplashID. For more info on this feature, see the Internet Explorer Plugin section.

SplashID will install the plugin for only one user - the active user in the SplashID desktop at the time of installation. If you need to change the user for which it is installed, you can do this at any time by reinstalling the plugin using the same method.


When you launch SplashID you will be prompted to activate. If you have purchased already, just enter the email address you used to purchase. You can activate on up to two machines before you will need to purchase additional licenses. If you have not yet purchased, you can do so without leaving the application. If you are a licensed owner of a previous version, enter your registration code to qualify for the reduced upgrade pricing.

Quick Start

  1. Launch SplashID and you will be asked to enter your email ID. This is used both for activation purposes as well as to uniquely identify your database with yourself.
  2. You will then be asked to set a password, and a hint. Make sure you can remember this password, because it cannot be removed or reset without deleting your data.
  3. Next, you will see the Panel View with several sample records will be displayed.
  4. Click New to create a new record or double click a sample record to edit it. In the Edit View select a Type, such as Credit Card or Web Login, and you will see the Field Labels change accordingly.
  5. Click Done when you are finished entering the information for the new record and you are returned to the Panel View.

Application Features

When you launch SplashID you are presented with the Panel View, which displays a list of your items in a 3-panel layout. Items are records of information, like a credit card number and expiration date; or a username and password for a web-site. There are two other useful views, List View and Tree View, which you can select with the view buttons toward the top of the window.

Panel View
Panel View

List View
List View

Tree View
Tree View

SplashID Safe has some great features that defy categorization:

  • Pattern Login -- If you are a fan of this feature on the iPhone application, you can now use the same method to login to the desktop.
  • Smart Types -- The Panel View has a small mini-panel at the bottom left which displays 10 of each of the following Smart Types: Most Viewed, Recently Modified, and Recently Viewed. These are similar to Smart Playlists in iTunes.
  • Customizable Toolbar -- SplashID uses a ribbon UI for the toolbar that MS Office users will be familiar with. We'll go over the tools in the next section - Toolbar Ribbon.
  • Sorting -- In the List View, click the column header to sort by that column. Click again to reverse sort. 
  • Reminder feature for individual records -- To use it, double click a record to edit, then click the Reminder button. Choose the date in the future you want to be reminded to update the record. Save. You'll get the reminder when you launch on that day. Great for passwords that you need to change regularly or credit cards expiration dates.



Toolbar Ribbon

SplashID Safe for Windows has an MS Office style Toolbar Ribbon. You will find many of the tools in the 4 tabs of the ribbon.

Home Tab

Home tab

  • New -- Click to add a new record, type or category.
  • Categories & Types -- Use the filters to restrict the list to only display items assigned to a specific Categories and Types.
  • Users -- Click the menu to select the User ID to work with. You can add additional users by clicking Edit Users.
  • View Mode -- Use the View Mode buttons to select from the default Panel View, traditional List View, or hierarchical Tree View.
  • Security -- Set a new password or lock the application.
  • Options -- Access the Options panel.
  • Search -- Enter some text you want to search for and results will display instantly.

Edit Tab

Edit tab

  • Clipboard -- Cut, copy and paste record(s) to/from the clipboard. For security, clear passwords from the clipboard with the (you guessed it) "Clear" button.
  • Copy Fields -- Hover your mouse pointer over the field you wish to copy, then click the Copy button to copy that field to the clipboard.

Item Tab

Item tab

  • Create -- Create a new record or duplicate the selected one.
  • Edit -- Edit the selected item, set Custom Field Labels, or Add an Attachment (any file up to 1 MB) to the record for future reference. Attached files are saved in a folder next to the database.
  • Delete -- Delete the selected item or find duplicate records for deletion.
  • Action -- Use the Web Autofill feature, or email the selected record(s).

Others Tab

Others tab

  • Database -- Reset SplashID is a great way to wipe your database off a system when you are moving on. Database sync can sync two or more SplashID Desktop databases with each other. Install to Removable Device will install a copy of SplashID on a removable device such as a USB thumb drive and a copy of your database. Then you will be able to take SplashID with you and run it from any remote computer.
  • Plugin -- You have the option of installing a browser plugin (Internet Explorer only) that will add a search box to the address bar. With this you can quickly look up a Web Login from your SplashID database.
  • View -- View an activity log for tech support purposes. Enable/disable the Status Bar and Detail Pane.

Anything not found here will likely be found in the bottom toolbar or in the Application menu indicated by the SplashID icon in the top left.

Application Menu

  • New -- Click to add a new record, type or category.
  • Edit -- Edit the selected item, set Custom Field Labels, or Add an Attachment (any file up to 1 MB) to the record for future reference. Attached files are saved in a folder next to the database.
  • Import -- Import SplashID vID files, CSV files, and other export formats from similar applications.
  • Export -- Export SplashID vID files for various versions as well as CSV plain text files that can be used for a number of applications.
  • Backup -- Create a backup file of your database that can be restored at a later date.
  • Restore -- Restore a backup from vID, replacing the current data with the restored file.
  • Print -- Print the list of records.
  • Check for Update -- See if there is a newer version of SplashID available for download.
  • SplashID Feedback -- Send us feature requests, bug reports, etc.
  • About -- Displays version information.
  • Options -- Customize the Quick Access toolbar as well as the style of the ribbon UI.
  • Exit -- Close the application.

App Menu



When you click the Options button or select Options from the SplashID menu, you will see the dialog above, with the following options:


  • Clear Clipboard -- Instruct SplashID to clear copied text from your system's clipboard either on exit or after a specified number of minutes.
  • Search Options -- Apply the search text to All Fields or Just Field 1.
  • Minimize Options -- Minimize to the Task Bar (like most applications) or to the System Tray (bottom right - more compact).
  • Auto-Submit Web Logins -- Check this box to automatically submit forms when using the Web Auto-fill feature.
  • Run SplashID on Startup -- Automatically start SplashID when you log into you system.
  • Play sound on Lock/Unlock -- Turns on or off the "click" sound you hear at login.
  • Clear Filters on Exit -- Resets the filter settings to the default when you quit the app.
  • Auto lock -- Set the period of inactivity that must pass before the application locks itself. For your security, the limit is 60 minutes.


  • Database Location -- Select a Custom database location, including network locations. Note: You cannot select a folder that already contains a SplashID database. See Database Sync if you wish to share data.
  • Default Backup Location -- Change the location that the automatic vID backup is saved to.
  • Enable Auto Backup -- If enabled, a VID backup file of your database will be emailed to you. You can set how often this happens in the field below. The VID file can be imported in case of a catastrophic loss of data. Your SplashID password protects the file.


  • Font -- Select the Font type, style, size and color from the fonts on your system.
  • Row Color -- Select the color of the rows in List View, which will also be applied as the background color in the Panel and Tree Views.

Show Columns -- Select which field data columns you would like to display in the List View.

Sync - Edits the mobile device Synchronization settings.


Editing Records

Open the Edit dialog for a given record by double-clicking a record.

Edit Dialog

  • Type -- Select the Type from the Type menu. The Type will dictate the default field labels, icons, and masking preferences for the record. See more about Categories and Types.
  • Category -- In the top right of the Edit View screen, you can change the Category. It will default to the Category you were displaying when you created the record. See more about Categories and Types.
  • Fields -- Enter your data according to the field labels.
  • Custom Field Labels -- You may assign Custom Field Labels by clicking the Custom button.
  • Masking -- A bullet appears to the right of any field that is masked. You may Customize the field masking by clicking the bullet or selecting Customize Field Labels from the Options .
  • Buttons --
    • Icon: opens the icon selector. You can also add a custom icon to any record - just click Add Icons from the icon picker screen.
    • OK exits the record, saving any changes.
    • Cancel exits the record, discarding any changes.
    • Duplicate creates a copy of the record.
    • Delete deletes the current record, after confirming that is what you wish to do.
    • Custom opens the Custom Field Label dialog.
    • Password opens the Automatic Password Generator.
    • Autofill opens Internet Explorer to the record's URL, pastes in the username and password, and submits the form if Auto-Submit is turned on in Options.
    • Print prints the record you are editing.
    • Reminder allows you to set a reminder that will appear on launch on the selected date.
    • Attachment Attach a file (1 MB or less) to the record for future reference by clicking the button next to the Attachment field. Attached files are saved in a folder next to the database.

Web Auto-Fill

For Web Logins, you can have SplashID launch Internet Explorer and automatically fill in the username and password fields for you. Please take note of the following:

  • Record type must be assigned to Web Logins.
  • Username and password fields should be filled in.
  • URL field must begin with either http://, https:// or www. Find the correct URL to get to the login screen on the selected website -- this is often not the homepage. For example, for Amazon.com, use https://www.amazon.com/gp/css/account/address/view.html.
  • This may not work with all sites.


Internet Explorer Plugin

You have the option of installing a browser plugin (Internet Explorer only) that will add a search box to the address bar. With this you can quickly look up a Web Login from your SplashID database.

To install the plugin, run the SplashID desktop and select "SplashID Internet Explorer Plugin" from the File menu, and select Install. SplashID will install the plugin for only one user - the active user in the SplashID desktop at the time of installation. If you need to change the user for which it is installed, you can do this at any time by reinstalling the plugin using the same method. To uninstall the plugin, go to Application Menu > SplashID Internet Explorer Plugin > Uninstall.


Here is a breakdown on the plugin features:

  • Search Box -- Enter some text to search on, like Amazon, and SplashID will display matches. Click on a matching Web Login to open the URL and autofill the username and password. Click on a matching Other Record to view the details for copy and paste purposes.
  • Click the SplashID button to access menu options:
    • SplashData.com -- Opens our website so you can explore our software catalog.
    • Web Logins -- Select one of your Web Logins from the list to en the URL and autofill the username and password.
    • Other Record Types -- Use this to access other types of records, such as membership numbers and credit cards, so that you can copy and paste the numbers into a field on the page you are viewing.
    • New Record -- Opens SplashID desktop with the Edit Dialog open for a new record.
    • Security Options -- Set the timeout period for the browser plugin. When this period expires, you will be required to reenter your password to use the plugin.
    • Auto-Submit Web Logins -- Click this to turn on the feature that will automatically submit forms when using the Web Auto-fill feature.


Database Sync

database sync

Note: This is a desktop to desktop sync solution. This is not the feature used to sync with mobile devices. For mobile device sync, see Synchronization.

You can synchronize multiple database files manually, at launch, and/or at exit. This is an advanced feature, not recommended for beginner users. As always, it is recommended that you backup your data with a vID export before trying out this feature, so you can revert if you lose anything. Please Note: You can only sync with other version 5 or later database files.

To synchronize multiple database files:

  1. Click Add File and select a remote database to sync with. (Your database does not need to be selected).
  2. Select the Sync Mode
    • Synchronize -- Compares the databases and writes changes to each.
    • Current to Remote -- Overwrites remote data with current user data.
    • Remote to Current -- Overwrites current user data with remote data.
  3. Set In Case of Conflict -- Current wins or Remote wins.
  4. Set Sync on Startup preference.
  5. Set Sync on Exit preference.
  6. Check the boxes for the databases you would like to sync.
  7. Select Sync Selected or Sync Now.


Automatic Password Generator

To open the Automatic Password Generator, click the Password button in the Edit Dialog.

To create a password:

  1. Set the Length and/or strength.
  2. Check or Uncheck the pronounceable setting.
  3. Choose from the Character Sets one or more options of letters, numbers, symbols, or a combinatory thereof.
  4. Click Generate. click again until you get a suitable password.
  5. Click OK when you have decided.

Categories and Types

The difference between Categories and Types is best illustrated by example. You may use Categories to separate your Business records from your Personal records, while you use Types to separate your Credit Card records from your Web Login records.

Categories act as filters for grouping related records. The two pre-defined Categories are Business and Personal, though you may add more by choosing Edit Categories from the Category menu.

Types act as templates, which define the structure for the items you want to store in SplashID. You may define up to 9 custom field labels and a default icon for each type, as well as specify the fields you wish to mask. For example, you may create a type for Web Logins, which includes custom field labels for username, password and URL, with a globe icon, and the password field masked; and you may create a Type for Credit Cards which includes custom field labels for credit card number, expiration date and PIN, with a Visa icon, and the credit card number and PIN masked.

  • Edit Types -- Click the Edit Types button in the bottom left. You may create an unlimited number of Types. Several sample Types are provided, which you may edit or delete. Select an existing type and click edit, or click New to create a new one. The Define type dialog is displayed.
  • Define Type -- Enter a name for the Type and up to 9 custom field labels. The Mask checkbox specifies whether or not the data in that field will be masked. And you may also specify a default icon for the Type.

Custom Field Labels

Field Labels and masking are set by default when you define a Type. You may change the Field Labels and masking, however, at the record level by clicking the Custom button in the Edit Dialog.

Customize Fields


Fields that are Masked appear as four asterisks (****). You may show or hide the masked data by clicking the Mask toggle on the upper right corner of the screen. If you wish to permanently mask or unmask a field, you can change its mask setting in the Edit Type dialog or the Custom Field Labels dialog.


You may search for records in SplashID by typing in the Find box (press Control-F to jump there). All fields in all records in SplashID will be searched and any matching records will appear in the results below. You may then click an item to go to the Detail View for that item. Select the contents of the Find box and press backspace to clear the Find.


You should secure your data in SplashID so that a password must be entered to access the application. You will be required to enter the password when launching SplashID. Once you set a password, SplashID encrypts your data using both AES and Blowfish encryption to ensure data security.

  • Setting a Password -- To set a password, select Set Password from the File Menu. The Set Password dialog is displayed. Enter a password in the New Password field, and verify the password by entering it again in the Confirm field. You will also be asked for a hint and a hint question. If you have trouble remember your SplashID master password, you can request the hint from the login dialog. Then you will be asked your hint question, and if you answer correctly, the hint will be displayed.
  • Entering a Password -- You will be required to enter your password each time you launch SplashID. You may enter the password using Graffiti, or with one of the onscreen keyboards. You may toggle between the alpha-numeric keyboard and the numeric keypad using the abc/123 button on the top right of the password dialog. The numeric keypad is suitable for entering a numeric password without a stylus, using your fingers.
  • Changing a Password -- To change a password, select Set Password from the File Menu, enter your Old Password, then enter and confirm the New Password.
  • Removing a Password -- To remove a password, select Set Password from the File Menu, enter your Old Password, then leave the New Password and Confirm fields blank.

Auto-Lock -- Check Choose Auto-Lock in the Options > Security dialog to specify the period of inactivity that must elapse before SplashID auto-locks. Once SplashID locks, you must enter your password to open SplashID.

Reset SplashID -- In the Others Tab of the toolbar ribbon, you will find a tool that helps you to erase data and preferences for SplashID. This is useful, for example, when you are leaving a computer behind and want to remove your SplashID information completely. In the reset process, you will have the option of securely or archiving data, and you can reset just one user or all users on the system. If you opt to securely erase, make sure you have your data somewhere safe, such as on a new computer or on your handheld device to be transferred to a new computer when you get there.


Items may be created or edited on the Handheld or Desktop and the changes can be synchronized over your local Wi-Fi network. By default information is synchronized in both directions, but you can adjust the settings, in Sync settings which can be found in the Options dialog.

In most cases, you will wish to leave the Default setting (on the right) set to Synchronize. This means that after changing it to Desktop Overwrites Handheld and doing a sync, it will revert back to Synchronize for the next sync so you don't have to go back in and change the setting back manually.


Here are the possible sync settings and the results they will bring about:

  • Synchronize -- Changes made on the Handheld or the Desktop will be synchronized. If a record is edited on both sides between syncs, the latest edit will win.
  • Desktop overwrites handheld -- All data on the Desktop is copied to the handheld. Any data on the Handheld will be replaced.
  • Handheld overwrites Desktop -- All data on the Handheld is copied to the Desktop. Any data on the Desktop will be replaced.

In order to synchronize, you must do the following:

  1. Have your handheld and desktop computer join the same network
  2. Open the SplashID desktop and Select the correct user from the User menu
  3. Set the passwords the same on both the desktop and handheld software
  4. Adjust the Sync settings in Options if you wish
  5. Start the Sync on the handheld:
  • iPhone - Tap the Sync button on the bottom toolbar, then select your desktop name and tap Sync Now
  • Android - Press the menu button, then select Synchronize, then select your desktop name and tap Sync Now
  • BlackBerry - Press the menu button, then select Wi-Fi Sync, then select your desktop name and press Sync Now

SplashID Global IP Address Synchronization

You can sync with your PC even if you don't have Wi-Fi. It is more difficult, however, because it requires making your computer's IP address globally reachable from your iOS device. Here is a general guide.

You need to reach your PC via the internet connection on your iOS device. This means you need your global IP address. This may be different from your IP address if there is a wireless router between you and the internet. The global IP address is the address of the Cable or DSL modem on the internet - essentially the internet address of your home.

Determine your global IP address by going to: http://whatismyip.com

If your PC is connected directly to your Cable/DSL modem, ie. connected "Directly" to the internet, then it probably already has a global IP address. To determine if your PC has a different "local" IP address, go to SplashID Desktop > Options > Sync, and see if the IP address matches http://whatismyip.com

If your PC is connected (by ethernet or Wi-Fi) to a wireless router, then you would need to forward your SplashID port to the local IP address. You will find configuration instructions here: http://portforward.com - this portal pretty much covers all the Wireless Router and Modems.

The port you need to forward is 6674.

You want to forward the public port 6674 to the private port 6674 of the IP address assigned to your PC.

Sync to your computer's IP address from SplashID on the iOS device

Once you have updated the wireless router's settings to forward this port to your PC, you can now sync with the SplashID desktop:

  1. Tap the sync button in SplashID on the device
  2. Select Enter SplashID Desktop IP Address To sync with >
  3. Put the global IP address into the field, then Tap Done
  4. Start Sync

Again, you can obtain this IP address from http://whatismyip.com





You can share information with other SplashID Safe users by exporting and importing your SplashID records. Records can be exported/imported on the desktop in several formats:

SplashID vID
You may import and export SplashID records in SplashID Virtual ID (vID) format, which allows you to export and import records in a secure, encrypted format. vID files may be encrypted by assigning a password when exporting. The recipient of the vID file may import the data into their copy of SplashID Safe by double-clicking the file, or choosing Import/SplashID vID from the File Menu. If a password was assigned to the file, the recipient must enter the password in order to import the data.

You have the option of exporting a version 5, version 4, or version 3 vID file. This helps with backwards compatibility. Since version 5 or later databases may contain attached files, these will not be supported by version 4.

To export a version 5 vID file (for use in SplashID 5 or 6), go to Application Menu > Export > SplashID vID. You may also export by right-clicking a record in the list and selecting Export.

To export a version 4 vID file, go to Application Menu > Export > SplashID vID, but uncheck the Export Attachments checkbox in the export dialog.

To export a version 3 vID file, go to Application Menu > Export > SplashID vID3. This only exports fields 1 thru 6 and the Notes, so it can be imported into SplashID 3.

vID files are a convenient way to share records with a coworker or spouse by exporting a vID file, assigning a password (optional), and then emailing the resulting vID file to the recipient. You can even use the vID format as a backup mechanism by periodically exporting a vID file and archiving it on a backup disk.

You can also use the Email button on the SplashID desktop to export vID files and attach them to a new email message.

You may also import and export SplashID records in CSV format. CSV stands for Comma Separated Values, and is a common file format readable by most spreadsheets, databases and word processors. If you wish to import a CSV file, the data must be in the following format:

Type,Field 1,Field 2,Field 3,Field 4,Field 5,Field 6,Field 7,Field 8,Field 9,Date Modified: "Month DD,YYYY",Notes,Category

It is easy to create the above format in Excel by creating a spreadsheet with 13 columns (as designated above) with one record per row. Then save the file in CSV format.

Note: When importing data, if the type field is blank the record will be placed in Unfiled. If there is a type name and it does not match an existing type a new type will be created.

Backup and Restore

Automatic vID Backups
SplashID Safe has an automatic backup feature which will allow you to easily recover data in most cases. Whenever the data has been changed, a backup is made each time you exit SplashID Safe. A vID export file is created (and encrypted with the same password you are using in SplashID) and stored in:


Up to 5 backups will be saved incrementally. You can see which is most recent by the file date. When 5 backups have been saved, SplashID will start saving from backup 0.vid again. This is helpful in cases where you had data loss and then exited the application. The most recent backup may be empty, but the previous backups are likely to contain your data.

If you later need to restore this data, simply double-click the .vid file and you will be prompted for a password and the data will be imported into SplashID Safe.

You may change the location that this file is backed up to in SplashID Options.

Automatic Email vID Backups
There is also an option in Options to have a backup VID file emailed to you on a specified schedule (every day by default) so that you can potentially store this on an email server in case of catastrophic data loss such as a failed hard drive.

Preferences Data

Manual vID Backups
You may also perform a manual backup of your data by selecting Backup from the File menu. This will export your SplashID Database in vID format to whatever location you select. You will be given the option to set a password as well, which will encrypt the data and require the password to restore it.


Select Restore from the File menu to restore a vID file that has been backed up either automatically or manually as described above. The password will remain the same for the application even if the password for the backup file was different.

The SplashID Safe database file is automatically saved to the SplashID directory on your hard drive each time you exit the application. You may back up this file as an added precaution in case of a hard drive failure. To restore the backup file simply copy it into the SplashID directory. Then the next time you launch SplashID it will open the file. This file is stored here:

c:\Users\<username>\Documents\SplashData\SplashID\<userID>\SplashID Database.sdb

You may change the location that this file is saved to in SplashID Options.