YNAB passcode

The old YNAB app had a passcode feature.  Why doesnt this one?  I asked the questions on twitter right after the current YNAB was released and the response was its coming.  Will it ever come?

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  • Hi   Powder Blue Grizzly ! We do have plans for this feature, but it's something our team is still researching. In the meantime, setting a passcode on your phone will give you some protection :) 

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    • Janelle We've been hearing this for the last 2 years. Seriously, how long could it possibly take? It's just an iOS API that needs to be implemented. It's not exactly reinventing the wheel.

      Some of us have children who have access to our phone, so not having TouchID or even a passcode is definitely an issue. And the tired old "Set a passcode on your phone" suggestion is not a satisfactory solution. Neither is logging out/logging in every single time I use YNAB.

      This is essential, basic functionality that almost every single app has, but somehow YNAB still doesn't have it.

      Don't get me wrong--I love YNAB and have benefited from it enormously over the last 2 years, but the absence of such a basic feature is mind-boggling.

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    • TheLethargicAge Hi, 
      I hear you. There are often many working parts behind the features we research and consider. In this case, there are some potential conflicts with improvements to sharing budgets that need to be balanced - so we're taking our time here. Thanks for letting us know how important this is to you!
       

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    • Janelle  I appreciate the response but everything here seems like a smoke screen. If it isn’t important or a priority to you all that fine but let us know. Protecting info on our phones is imperative today. In the business world, in the personal world sometimes we have to let others, kids, friends, whoever use our phones. Having banking info, financial info, personal info remain  private is huge in the world and can prevent identity theft. We have been hearing this is a project for over 2 years and was a function included in the last incarnation of the app. Be straight with us. Is this a priority? Is this something we can we expect anytime soon? 

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    • Powder Blue Grizzly I honestly don't know where this falls on our list of developments. Things shift and change pretty frequently, but we do keep an updated list of our current top priorities on our What’s Up Next page. 

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    • Janelle so it’s not priority since it’s not on the list?  Why continually tell people that it is something you are working on?  It seems like something you are interested in but don’t want to spare someone for. It may be just my opinion. But almost all financial apps, especially ones that hold personal information (banking info) have an added layer of protection (passcode or Touch ID) except yours. Is information safety not a priority? 

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    • Powder Blue Grizzly The list on that page is what you can expect to be released next, but it isn’t an exhaustive list of what we're working on. We don’t publicly release a complete list of developments because things change and we'd hate to make promises we may not be able to keep. But do know that security is very important to us which is why this feature is under careful consideration.

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  • I think an alternative could be to add an option for automatic logoff after a desired period of inactivity. 

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  • Will a fingerprint sensor unlock be available?

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  • +1 This is a big one. Please make this happen soon!

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  • Agreed that this is a critical need for the mobile app. I have discontinued use of the app until this in place. I cannot have an app with access to my financial data unprotected in 2018. I'm still using and love the website, though!

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      • Brad Hull
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      Rob Wood 

      Just lock your device that has the YNAB app installed when you not using it!?!

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      Brad Hull As others have commented above, that's not really sufficient. There are occasions where I hand my phone to someone else, and I don't want them inadvertently switching to YNAB and seeing my budget. Also I want another line of defense if my phone's passcode is compromised. That doesn't seem too much to ask given the sophistication of hackers out there. It's a basic feature of any financial app I use.

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      Rob Wood agreed! Adding in TouchID or FaceID support is straightforward as well. I'm very surprised this is not part of the app already. Hopefully they add it soon. I would encourage sending Feature Request if you have not already. The more they have, the more likely I think they will build it.

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  • The fact of the matter here is yes we can lock our phones. Some of us have others that hold our phones from time to time. I also have children and employees with the code to my phone. Those kids and employees can acess my phone but the code or Touch ID is different than the passcode to my phone so those people don’t have access to things I don’t want them to have access too.  My employee can open the bank app that their paycheck is issued through but they cannot log in. If they were to open YNAB they could see how much I am paying their co-workers.  When the kids are on my phone the worst thing they can do is accidentally delete an application. That’s is until ynab came along because now they could change numbers or whatever since they had full access. 

     

    Rob Wood said it best and I have been saying it for over 2 years now. This is a financial application and YNAB has a responsibility to take that seriously. Our phones are not safe and they want us to trust them with their application that holds out personal financial data and information.  An extra layer of security is required for safety as well as privacy. This has been a “priority” of theirs for over 2 years. I suggest if you, like me, want to use YNAB because it’s the best for then you need to decide if this is a deal breaker. This was a function of the original YNAB app but they couldn’t be bothered to put it in to the new one. It’s probably not going to be an actual priority until someone on the software team is doing something else and just decides to take the short amount of time to fire up the SDK and click passcode Touch ID option and then integrate it. I admit that I’d want more than just a passcode to to the app, like one that logs us in after a logout, but that is a much more involved process. I want that, but after we get the basic phone only passcode to stops people  from having easy access.  Rant over. 

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  • Android has a build in function called App locker that let's you choose apps to lock with pass code. Fingerprint supported. Just go to settings and search for App locker. 

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    • jb1 That's great! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  • Hey everyone!

    I wanted to leave a quick link to our What’s Up Next page. If you take a look, you'll see that passcode authentication is now on the roster and coming soon! :)

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