password security Stories October 10, 2013

Image: redorbit.com

Image: redorbit.com

Evernote, Adobe, even Apple … just a few of the companies who have found their user data compromised by hackers in recent times. The possibility of a hacker being able to access one of your web accounts is worrying enough – but if you use the same email address and password for almost all the websites you use, the risk becomes huge.

The first thing a hacker does when they get hold of a list of usernames and passwords is to use automated software to fire them at a whole bunch of popular websites. That means your online security is only as good as the most vulnerable of the websites you visit. Not good.

The answer, of course, is to use a unique – and strong – password for each website you access. But that creates its own hassles. Strong passwords aren’t easily memorised. Sure, we can ask our browsers to store logins for us, but when you might use several different computers, an iPhone and an iPad, you’d have to login once from each device as soon as you chose the password so it gets stored before you forget it. Not very convenient.

Which is where password managers come in. When you see the instructions, it’ll look like a long process, but it in fact takes only 10-20 mins if you have two or three devices …  expand full story

password security Stories August 23, 2013

1Password 4 for Mac screenshots and upgrade details [Gallery]

This morning, AgileBits has shared some screenshots of their upcoming 1Password 4 for Mac software. The password management app has been in beta for awhile now undergoing dozens of new builds, and the company has announced that it is on track to launch this fall.

Some details that were released this morning:

  • 1Password 4 will be a free upgrade for all MAS customers
  • 1Password 4 for Mac will be a free upgrade to all website customers who purchased on or after January 1, 2013
  • The browser extension is now native Cocoa and is the same for every browser
  • Many features have come “Back to the Mac” from their iOS application – iCloud sync, favorites, and multi-site logins
  • Custom fields can be added to most items

Here are some screenshots of the app at work:

password security Stories July 16, 2013

Tumblr releases security update for iOS app to fix password compromising bug

Tumblr has just released an important security update for its universal iOS app. In a blog post, the company says that the update addresses an issues that allows passwords to be compromised in certain circumstances. Because of this, Tumblr is also urging anyone who used the vulnerable version of the app to change their password immediately.

We have just released a very important security update for our iPhone and iPad apps addressing an issue that allowed passwords to be compromised in certain circumstances¹. Please download the update now.

If you’ve been using these apps, you should also update your password on Tumblr and anywhere else you may have been using the same password. It’s also good practice to use different passwords across different services by using an app like 1Password or LastPass.

The details of the security flaw are scarce, but it’s never good when a user’s password is accessible by anyone else. You can find the update on the App Store now.

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