Do you remember the last time you ever changed your passwords? When was the last time you did an audit of your password security strength? Are you confident that your passwords are not insecure? Well, take a good look at your passwords and its strength as February 1 is Change Your Password Day. My Technology Guide with our friends Sticky Password will help you make the most of this day. Together, we will help you upgrade the way you used to manage your passwords. Most importantly, we will help you change your password to make them stronger, secure.
Sticky Password is one of the most popular password manager around the world. It is available for all major operating system platforms and smartphones. This is a major advantage of the password manager if you are a multi-platform users. With Sticky Password you do not have to worry about accessing your passwords. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android and more. We have earlier reviewed Sticky Password Premium. If you are interested to know more about it we recommend you to go through it. As Black Friday and Cyber Monday is just on the horizon, we are here with a great news for all of you.
Lamantine Software, the developer company of Sticky Password, is running an exclusive Black Friday giveaway promotion. Through this Black Friday giveaway, you can get a free Sticky Password Premium license key. Wondering how you can get one? Read on.
Sticky Password is one of the most popular platform independent password manager available. It supports all major platforms including Windows, Mac OS X, iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android. The password manager also supports BlackBerry OS10, Amazon Kindle Fire, Nokia X too. In the first week December, Lamantine Software released a major update of the password manager. Sticky Password 8 features many new and improved functions.
Sticky Password is not a new name for My Technology Guide’s regular readers. We have been testing out all the major versions of the password manager since Sticky Password 6, and later Sticky Password 7. Now that the latest version is available, we couldn’t wait to test it and share our review of Sticky Password Premium. We took the Windows version of Sticky Password Premium for our test. We used Android and iOS version to check the sync functions. Our experience with the Mac OS version will be updated on this page soon.
Nearly, 5 million Gmail accounts is reported compromised. Was your Gmail account (aka Google Account) in the list? Was your account hacked? Here’s how to find out if your Gmail account is safe. Also, what steps you should take to protect your account.
Earlier, on Wednesday, a report published on a Russian news website. The report claimed that around 5 million (exactly 4929090) Gmail accounts were compromised. The data of all Gmail usernames and passwords were published to a Russian Bitcoin forum. The poster, tvskit, claimed that 60% of the accounts are valid and the passwords are working. As the news spread, the forum administrators removed the passwords and left only the Gmail usernames in the text file. Later, Google denied of any compromise of its systems. Thus many theories started to emerge. One of the speculation made after the huge leak of Gmail accounts was a phishing attack. But the other theory seemed much more practical. The bad habit of using same account credentials on different websites.
eBay today asked all its users to reset their passwords after confirming a cyber-attack on Wednesday. At first the company posted an unclear message about the security incident on PayPal’s community homepage and press page (which was later removed silently). The unclear announcement was picked up by Engadget. Later on, eBay officially confirmed that it’s a victim of a cyber-attack that “compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data.” The company now asks all its users to reset password of their eBay accounts.
The increasing number of web apps along with the multitude of different accounts needed to get access to them, has put a good password manager in the must-have software list. There are a few web apps that lets you log in using your existing Facebook or Google account, but there are many services like e-banking that needs specific credentials and this is where a password manager such as Sticky Password helps you out.
You may think that you may not need a password manager. You can always use a short and easy to remember password, and use it on all of your accounts. Well, think again. You must have heard about some high-profile hacking and the millions of accounts compromised. Today, we are going to review Sticky Password which has been recently updated to version 7. Sticky Password 7 is available in two editions: one with online synchronization support across various supported devices and one that works only locally (Windows OS only, portable version can be created to take the utility across other computers).
Most people who constantly use public WiFi networks must understand the importance of having proper security measures to avoid exposing sensitive data. A recent report by ThreatMetrix found that banking information and personal files are vulnerable through WiFi networks, like those which are available open at the local coffee shop round the corner. The threat intensified with the increase in popularity of mobile devices like tablets, smartphones and laptops.
“Consumers can easily access public WiFi networks from just about anywhere – and so can cybercriminals,” said ThreatMetrix Product Manager Dean Weinert. “Cyber threats are certainly a reality at local coffee shops and other wireless hotspots. If consumers don’t take extra precaution to protect their personal devices, they can unwittingly share sensitive information with cybercriminals interfering on the network.”
The Internet has expanded into every aspects of our day-to-day life. We are now dependent more over online cloud-based services then we used to just few years back. Everything related to our personal and professional life is getting synced to the cloud. The benefits of this transition has also brought with itself the fear of getting ruined when a cloud service or anything related to it gets compromised. We have seen many high-profile websites getting hacked, user data getting compromised and shared in the dark alleys of the Internet, critical personal and financial data getting sold too.
Identity theft is not new but these days identity thieves don’t have to put much effort to gather data about their victims. Thanks to every single personal bit that we share so easily on social networks, which we may have never shared even with our friends in real life. For those thieves, getting hold of birthdays, anniversary dates, nicknames, and other personal data about you is very easy. When most users still like keeping lame passwords even after warnings, the data gathered is like a gold mine for these identity thieves.
In our article about good password security practices, we emphasized on some real solutions which may help keep passwords, personal and sensitive financial data securely. In the same article, we also named a few very good password managers. Almost all of these password managers are cross-platform supported. They not only run on major operating systems like Windows, Mac and Linux but also supports major mobile operating systems like Apple iOS and Android. Out of the several password managers named in that article, KeePass is one. In today’s article, we will see how to take advantage of KeePass to keep our passwords secure.
The Internet is abuzz with the recent breach of some high-profile website and the subsequent leak of user passwords. LinkedIn, Last.fm and dating site eHarmony all confirmed security breaches and the leak of user accounts. The companies and services, since the breach, have already taken steps to strengthen the security of their user database. The websites have already learnt their lesson the hard way. We as users have also many things to learn from these incidents.
I’ve always put emphasis on using a strong password. But with the recent breaches, it’s now clear that password strength alone doesn’t protects it from being stolen. Yes, password strength can help to some degree if someone is trying to break into “your account only.”
What if a hacker manages to get his hands on the user database of a service? Well, then your account is only secure if they follow good security practices to protect the passwords by not only hashing them but also protecting the password hashes using “salt,” an extra layer of password encryption.
February 1st was “change your password day.” Did you changed your passwords? When you’re managing your various accounts, passwords and other sensitive data, it becomes very difficult to keep them secure while accessible. You can easily find many efficient password managers but most of them comes at a premium.
Here, we’re going to take a quick look at Dashlane, a user-friendly and secure password manager for Windows and Mac. The app promises to cut the hassle of managing your accounts, passwords and other sensitive data while keeping the data safe from prying eyes. Let’s see if the app can keep its promise of providing better security while revolutionizing the way we login to websites today.