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LastPass Sesame enables two-factor authentication for your password vault

Two-factor authentication is a good way to add a strong, additional layer of security to your online accounts. While it's certainly important to use with something like your Google account (which recently added support), a password manager like LastPass is an even better place to batten down the hatches this way. LastPass users who have a premium account should definitely check out Sesame, a...

Google mandates longer Apps passwords

Strong, carefully-crafted passwords are imperative nowadays. Google seems to agree, and the company has announced that it is now requiring all Apps for Domains passwords to be a minimum of 8 characters -- two more than the previous limit. How much difference can two measly characters make? Plenty. A quick test with a few different combinations over at How Secure is My Password bumped the...

How Secure is My Password lets you know just that

We've all heard it before; you need to select a lengthy password, one that's hard to guess. Not a dictionary word. And it has to have some capital letters in it too, and some digits, and a symbol or two won't hurt either. That's a handy set of rules to keep in mind, but How Secure is My Password helps us understand why they're important. It's basically like a full-screen version of one of...

What the Zuk: KeePass is an essential tool for your online security

What the Zuk is a (very) occasional feature, in which I review software that I have been using for many years, and which is instrumental for my work. These are the first tools I install on every new system, the reliable work-horse applications I turn to for every need. In each installment I will explain what makes this particular program special, and why I find it so vital for my computing...

LastPass now available for Windows Phone 7

Though the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace is growing steadily, the platform is still lacking plenty of marquee apps. You can now cross one off the list, however -- popular password manager LastPass has arrived! Log in to the app, tap a site in your list, and the WP7 browser opens and LastPass logs you in automatically. Right now, LastPass for WP7 is read-only, meaning it can pull down all your...

Gawker hack leads to Twitter acai spam

It's bad enough that a database of 1.3 million user passwords from Gawker Media sites was hacked and posted online over the weekend, but it gets worse. It turns out that many of those users didn't set unique passwords for all their online accounts. Now, a large number of Twitter accounts have been compromised and used to spam bogus links about acai berries. The acai spam attack was so large...

Three password apps to protect yourself from trouble like the Gawker database hack

Sure, it's fun to post comments on websites and converse with your fellow readers, but there's always a little danger involved. Why? Because sometimes the sites where you post those comments rile up the wrong people and wind up with a big security breach -- like the one at Gawker. One of the biggest lessons to be learned from the Gawker fiasco is this: don't use the same password everywhere. ...

Fight Firesheep with FireShepherd

Earlier this week, a login-cookie-snooping Firefox plug-in called Firesheep rocked the Internet by letting anyone compromise your Facebook or Twitter account over a wireless network. Alarmed at Firesheep's 200,000 downloads, an Icelandic engineering student named Gunnar Sigurdsson created FireShepherd, a program that crashes Firesheep with floods of nonsense packets. Although Firesheep was...

KeePass 2.13 released -- now with monospaced passwords!

KeePass is my favorite password management utility; I've been using it for years. And this morning I noticed that version 2.13 has just been released! There's nothing revolutionary here, but a couple of the noteworthy features are: Passwords are now displayed in monospace font. This is a small, but neat, usability improvement. As you can see on the screenshot, it's easier to tell the letter O...

75% of people use their email passwords on Facebook, study says

It's really easy to remember your Facebook password when it's the same as the password on the email address you use to sign into Facebook. Unfortunately, it's incredibly insecure. If someone gets one of your passwords, they've got both. Despite the seemingly obvious problems with using the same password for social networks and email, a new study from BitDefender says 75% of Web users do it. Doh! ...

Linux tip: How to unlock the Gnome keyring at login (and get "almost-hibernation")

A while back, I installed Linux Mint on an old laptop I had lying around. While the system feels quite slick, it does suffer from some typical Linux woes, one of which is a complete inability to recover from Suspend or Hibernate. In other words, I can only cold boot the system; there's no way to suspend it. After googling around, I came to the conclusion that this is a fairly tough problem to...

Usability rant: why doesn't KeePass have a Read-Only mode?

KeePass is an awesome password management utility. In fact, "awesome" is an understatement. It has transformed my computing experience and made my online life significantly more secure. I run KeePass and enter my obscenely long pass phrase multiple times every day; I trust KeePass so much that I don't even know the passwords to most websites I frequent. This includes some really important...

Google Chrome users on Linux to get encrypted password storage

A bit of welcome news for Linux users who browse with Google Chrome: a change has landed in the Chromium source code which adds support for the built-in, secure password stores for both GNOME and KDE. Why is this a big deal? Using Chrome's built-in password manager, anyone can click into your options > personal stuff > show saved passwords and view anything you've stored. Call me crazy,...

Twitter warns against using the same password on multiple sites

In a new post on Twitter's Status blog, Twitter points out that a sudden surge in followers on a few select accounts was due to a large number of insecure passwords being used by regular Twitter users. What's happening is that users are re-using passwords that they've used on other sites, and some of those other sites turn out to have not been secure. That's the thing; as soon as any of the sites...

Mozilla Weave hits 1.0, keeps all your Firefox installs in sync!

Weave, Mozilla's browser sync tool, has finally hit version 1.0 -- for both the desktop and mobile versions of Firefox! Install the add-on in your browser, and you can securely sync your Firefox profile data like bookmarks, history, passwords -- even the tabs you have open -- across all the machines on which you run it. Weave accounts are free to create, and your information is encrypted,...