Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- iPhone 5S hands-on: September 20 release date, three colors, new specs.
- iPhone 5C hands-on: $99 price on contract, three colors, small spec upgrade.
- iPhone 5S comes with Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
- iOS 7 changes are overwhelmingly cosmetic (hands-on).
New startups looking for ways to keep their users secure should know one thing, a top Google security executive said Tuesday: "Passwords are dead."
Speaking on a TechCrunch Disrupt panel called "Spies Like Us," Heather Adkins, Google's manager of information security, told moderator Greg Ferenstein that in the future, the "game is over for" any startup that relies on passwords as its chief method to secure users and their data.
Adkins, speaking alongside Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers managing partner Ted Schlein and author James Bamford, said that looking ahead, "our relationship … Read more
Keeper Password & Data Vault provides a number of powerful tools to protect account access information, passwords, and more on your iPhone or iPad. With syncing capabilities, advanced remote access, and a great tutorial when first starting the app, Keeper Password & Data Vault is a solid app that mostly justifies its price when upgraded.
When you first open Keeper Password & Data Vault you must select a master password. While the app allows you to choose a number-only, six-digit pin, we recommend using the alphanumeric option, which you can activate by tapping the button onscreen. From there, the app … Read more
Another person with access to your computer can see your Google Chrome saved passwords through a simple series of steps. Should you be worried?
The security flaw was highlighted in a blog posted Tuesday by software developer Elliot Kember. In his blog, Kember described how your saved passwords in Chrome can be revealed in plain text, a process that any Chrome user can replicate.
In Chrome, click on the Settings icon, and then click on the Settings command from the pop-menu. In the Settings screen, click on the link to Show Advanced Settings. In the Passwords and Forms section, confirm … Read more
Password Safe - iPassSafe Free Version is a finely-made, easy-to-navigate vault for your passwords, credit cards, bank account numbers, and anything else you need to keep confidential on the go. While the security to protect this information isn't significantly more sophisticated than the pin on your iPhone, it does add a nice extra layer of protection and the interface to add and access stored information is very easy to use.
Upon setup, you will enter the starting code to start adding new numbers and passwords. We recommend you change your pin number before entering any of your data. The … Read more
Managing passwords in Firefox is relatively easy, but doesn't afford you the same flexibility you'll find in Google Chrome. When you mistype a password in Chrome, you can easily open the password manager and adjust the typo. However, in Firefox, you only have the option to delete the saved password, and start anew.
One perk that you will find with Firefox is a master password to protect your sensitive data. Although this is just a small hurdle for someone who is determined to get your information, it's better than the zero security options you'll find for … Read more
FileVault is OS X's built-in data encryption technology, and when enabled, as with an unencrypted OS X volume you simply enter your account credentials to get into your system. However, given Apple supplies password resetting utilities that can change an administrative password even without being logged in, you might be concerned this will allow a bad guy to simply reset your password, bypass FileVault, and get to your encrypted files.
MacFixIt reader Fred recently wrote in with such a concern:If I have FileVault enabled on my Mac, what prevents someone from restarting with Command-R held down, and then … Read more
The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.
If the government is able to determine a person's password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused.
"I've certainly seen them ask for passwords," said … Read more
PasswordBox Free Password Safe cleverly locks all of your passwords away and allows you to access them from virtually any device. The only downside is that all the Web sites must be viewed in a built-in browser that comes with this app, which is poorly developed and quite rudimentary.
After downloading this application, a tutorial talked us through the installation process and we were able to get started right away. The setup for this app begins with registering for a free account. During testing our Google e-mail address automatically appeared and we were asked to choose a password. This password … Read more