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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...

Twitter adds permanent HTTPS option for improved security

Those of you who don't want your Twitter account 'jacked like so many unsuspecting Firesheep victims, take heed! Twitter has added an "always use HTTPS" option to its settings page for added security while you tweet, @mention, and DM. There's really no reason not to enable permanent HTTPS, so click the drop down by your avatar, choose settings, and then head all the way to the bottom of ...

True System Security Tweaker customizes over 400 Windows options

Setting up policies and restrictions on a Windows computer isn't all that hard using built-in tools, but it's always nice to have a utility on hand which can further simplify the process. True System Security Tweaker (TSST) is a free, portable tool you can use to modify nearly 500 settings on your Windows systems. Both 32 and 64-bit Windows installs (from XP to Windows 7) are supported, and ju...

1Password brings secure password, notes, and credit card storage to Windows Phone 7

1Password -- the popular secure password, note, and wallet app for Mac, iOS, and Windows -- is now available for download from the Zune Marketplace. If you've got a Windows Phone 7 device and have been waiting for a way to tap into your Dropbox-synced 1Password data, now you can! Once you've signed in to your Dropbox account and entered your master password, you'll have access to all your secu...

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. ...

LastPass extension now available for Opera 11

LastPass has been providing secure, accessible-anywhere storage for your endless collection of Web logins for quite some time. The LastPass bookmarklet works in any modern browser, but it's not quite as functional as the add-ons for Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Now, users of Opera 11 can enjoy the full LastPass experience, too! Head on over to the Opera extensions site and install LastPass (Ope...

Google to make Apps accounts more secure with two-factor authentication

Keeping your online accounts secure is a must, and Google will soon begin rolling out an improved authentication system to its Apps customers. Beginning with Google Apps Premier, Education, and Government users, you'll soon be able to utilize a smartphone-generated verification code as a second layer of account security. It's a bit like the dedicated RSA SecurID fobs some enterprises use for V...

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, ...

YouSendIt is the only way to transfer files across the Internet -- review, and mammoth give-away

In today's day and age, transferring files is a pain in the ass. Sure, there's email or instant messenger if you want to transfer a single file from A to B -- but what if there's an attachment size limit on your email, or a firewall preventing you from sending files? What if you want to transfer whole directories? It's certainly possible but it's painful. Then there's FTP, an ancient technology...

Qubes uses virtualization, sandboxing to deliver a more secure desktop OS

It's probably a safe assumption that if a project to design a new operating system involved an experienced security researcher that the goal would be an OS which is darn near bulletproof. That's exactly what Joanna Rutkowska is gunning for with Qubes, which she's pegged for release later this year. Qubes is a bit different from the desktop OSes most of us are familiar with, though it looks sim...

Curb app for Mac dumps the trash from USB drives

When you delete files on your computer, they're really not gone for good. Only once it's been emptied from your recycle bin is the file truly deleted. People tend to make mistakes and by saving fragments of the file it can be retrieved in a desperate "whoops moment". This has always been a pretty straightforward process on your computer, but USB drives and removable media makes it a little tric...

Free My Feed frees your password-protected RSS feeds for use in online readers

If you're an avid Google Reader fan, you might want to read your friends' Twitter updates in Google Reader alongside your other subscriptions instead of on the Twitter homepage or in a 3rd party application. Although Twitter offers an RSS feed for your friends timeline, strangely it's a password-protected feed. Considering that you can freely find out who someone is following, and then reconstruct...

Streamfile does painless point-to-point transfers with 256-bit encryption

Need a nice, simple way to share files securely with someone? Check out web-based Streamfile. Free transfers work for anything up to 150Mb, and it's all Javascript - no Flash. The interface is uncluttered and straightforward: enter the recipient's email address, pick your file, agree to the terms, You're free to pass along the link to a friend as soon as it appears beneath your progress bar. Dow...

DLS Exclusive: sneak peek at LastPass for the iPhone

I've been using the LastPass bookmarklet for a while now to securely access my password vault from my iPod Touch. It gets the job done, and it's certainly much easier than re-entering all my passwords into Safari. Yesterday, I received an email from LastPass' Joe Siegrist with some exciting news: they've been quietly working on an iPhone app, and were ready to let me take it for a test drive. So f...

Firefox eBay edition

Surfing and buying online just got a little better with Mozilla and eBay. The two companies have just released a special eBay targeted version of the Firefox browser with the little help of an Addon. The new Mozilla Firefox eBay edition has a few add-ons that make this browser unique: Real time updates on bidding with a sidebar Status alerts eBay specific search eBay account guard suppo...