With my job and a passion for tech, I have a home computer, work laptop, iPhone, iPad, and am often at a variety of other computers throughout the week. With so much bouncing around, I realized that I needed two things readily accessible on any device that I was on, that being my Internet passwords and bookmarks.
The beauty of the web is that I can access it from just about any computer. In the case of this post I am mainly focusing on bookmarks, usernames, and passwords. I use the web so much each and every day that I need a quick and easy way to access vital information regardless of the computer that I am on. Because of this, I turn to Xmarks for my bookmarks and LastPass for remembering my usernames and passwords. If you have never heard of these two web gems, you are going to want to read further to see how these two web apps can help you easily access what you need, when you need it.
Websites of all types and sizes require us to create an account and use that login credential to sign into their service everytime. This was all fine and dandy ten years ago when we were using just couple of websites often. But today, a lot of us learn and earn online, resulting in creating a truckload of user accounts.
This is true even for an average Internet user who is accustomed to casual browsing. Sure, you can use a password manager to remember and manage all your accounts, but given the number of devices we use everyday (at home and office) it isn’t the ideal solution. To solve this painful problem, Mozilla has proposed an experimental new way of signing into websites. Is BrowserID the silver bullet we are looking for?
The cloud can be a dangerous place. Malware can infest your computer, stealing your passwords and more. Hackers can brute-force crack your passwords or use social engineering to get into your accounts. And web app operators can accidentally delete your files, removing years of memories in a click.
We usually assume that the companies that we use services from online can be trusted. But what if your legitimate accounts were closed for no reason. What if Google or Dropbox decided you were breaking their terms of service? Problems like this happen more often than we’d like to admit sometimes, and if you’re not planning ahead, you can end up being caught without your important files with no way to get them back.
That’s not to say the cloud is more dangerous than normal computers on their own. Your laptop’s hard drive could quit working for no apparent reason, and many of us have lost pictures and more from corrupted flash drives and memory cards. To prevent this, though, we usually backup our work and use security software to keep the worst stuff off our computers. We need a similar strategy with the cloud. Let’s look at some commonsense strategies for keeping your data safer, no matter where you store it.
If there’s one major problem with web apps, it’s that most of them require you to create an account. It’s gotten somewhat easier in recent years as more sites let you login with your Google, Twitter, or Facebook accounts. Still, even remembering unique and secure passwords for a dozen major web apps can be daunting at best. Throw in your banking accounts and other more sensitive data, and it’s impossible.
It’d be easy enough to just stick with a short password you can easily remember, and use it on all of your accounts. That’s simple enough, until one of your accounts gets hacked and your password is stolen or released to the world. Recent security breaches at Sony and other major sites have released millions of users’ passwords into the world. Worse still, researchers have found that most of the passwords were wildly insecure, and password was one of the most common passwords!
The best solution to this is to use a password manager, so you can remember one strong password, and then generate strong passwords saved in the manager so you won’t have to remember them all. 1Password is a great app for this, and is currently featured on our AppStorm Freelance bundle. It runs on Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android, and even has a web view so you can save your passwords securely to your hosting service or Dropbox and view them anywhere. LastPass is a popular web app password manager, and it runs on almost anything you can imagine. It can even work with a YubiKey to make your main password even more secure.
So we’d like to know what you use to keep up with your passwords. If we didn’t include your favorite app, please let us know in the comments!
Then, of course, you have to remember: even the best security is only so secure!
In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Safestacks. The developer describes Safestacks as an app to securely store all of your client information; such as usernames, passwords, expiration dates, employee info, leases, computer and software details and just about anything else. No more sticky notes, Excel files or misplaced emails.
Read on for more information and screenshots!
Have you ever felt like a sitting duck? Not on a lake or pond, but on the dark annals of the web where thousands of hackers and millions of their bots are trying to steal your identity all the time? Well I did feel like a sitting duck, roast beef, a wabbit and much more when the one password that I used across all my digital imprints — personal mail IDs, root server, domain name controller, PayPal, bank accounts, etc. — was hacked.
But now with 32 to 50 character passwords inclusive of alphabets of all cases, numbers and symbols, I am so confident that only the NSA can hack my password. I secured my online identities with LastPass and am gonna tell how to do it yourself.