Dashlane, Menace Synth, Shhlack and other awesome apps of the week


Awesome Apps
'Appy weekend.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

This week we get all private, with a new version of Dashlane, the official password manager of Cult of Mac, plus the Shhlack privacy tool for encrypting your Slack chats to keep them safe from your boss. And once that party is started, we start in with some music apps.


Dashlane 6 identity protection dashboard
Everything you need to stay safe online.
Photo: Dashlane

Dashlane, the official password manager of Cult of Mac, just rolled out a massive update that helps keep your digital identity safe online.

Version 6.0 is an all-in-one solution for online risk prevention, identity monitoring, and identity restoration. Its revolutionary Identity Dashboard makes it easier than ever to find out how you might be vulnerable, and the steps you can take to bolster your security.


Price: Free

Download: Dashlane


Fretbud is super-simple, and that’s what makes it so useful.
FretBud is super-simple, and that’s what makes it so useful.
Photo: FretBud

Fretbud is a fantastic app for guitarists, putting scales and arpeggios, and a circle of fifths, all together on one page. It’s the clearest, easiest-to-use guitar reference I’ve ever tried.

Price: $0.99

Download: Fretbud from the App Store (iOS)

Menace Synth

Are you a fan of harsh yet rich-sounding chaos? Do you love yellow? Then Menace Synth will be right up your alley. Once you get past the eye-burning yellow background, Menace is possibly the most minimal synth app ever created. Just look at it:


Price: $4.99

Download: Menace Synth from the App Store (iOS)


Slacking off? Then hide your private chats from your boss with Shhlack.
Slacking off? Then hide your private chats from your boss with Shhlack.
Photo: Giorgio Minguzzi/Flickr CC

Your boss may be reading your private Slack chat messages. Here’s how to encrypt those messages using a tool called Shhlack.

Shhlack is a message encryption service for slack. When you use it, you and your cohorts will be able to read each other’s messages, but when your boss goes into Big Brother mode and decides to take a sneaky look at whatever you’re saying behind her back, all she’ll see is gobbledegook.

Price: Free

Download: Shhlack from GitHub