Password manager Stories August 4, 2016

We all have a million passwords to keep track of, so tools that can help us keep them secure and also make them easier to use are always great. To make keeping track of passwords easier, Google has worked with Dashlane to create a new password management API called “Open YOLO” — which stands for “You Only Login Once.”

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Password manager Stories April 29, 2016

With Chrome 50 fully rolled out to browsers and Android, version 51 is now in the beta channel. One of the key features in this version is a new API that improves the website login experience and a more power efficient way to render a page.

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Password manager Stories February 8, 2016

The Android version of popular password manager 1Password has received a big update to version 6. In addition to a full Material redesign, the app now has support for Marshmallow’s fingerprint unlocking. The app made by AgileBits is free to download and premium features are accessible via a one-time in-app purchase.

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Password manager Stories January 5, 2016

LastPass has updated its Android app and browser extensions to version 4.0 to add an emergency access feature and shared passwords, as well as a significantly revamped user-interface.

Emergency Access (shown below) is designed to ensure that you aren’t permanently locked out of your account if you ever forget your master password.

Emergency Access lets users designate trusted family, friends or colleagues to have access to their password vault in the case of an emergency. For added security, a user can require a waiting period between when an Emergency Access contact can request access to the vault and when access is granted. During the waiting period, users can decline an Emergency Access request to their vault.

The new Sharing Center is designed to provide a safe method of allowing multiple people access to the same account, such as when two or more family members want access to utility accounts …

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Password manager Stories August 11, 2015

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LastPass, which claims to be the world’s most popular password manager, now offers the choice of free usage on either mobile or desktop platforms. Previously, desktop use was free while use on a mobile device required a $12 annual subscription.

You can now use for free on either platform – but still need to pay to get both mobile and desktop usage. LastPass told us that, seven years in, it was time to change its freemium pricing model …  expand full story

Password manager Stories January 20, 2015

Here are the worst passwords of 2014 (and ‘password’ still isn’t the worst)

SplashData, the company behind corporate password manager SplashID, has just compiled the latest top-25 ‘most hacked passwords’ rankings. As last year, the most-hacked password is 123456, with ‘password’ only managing second place.

But perhaps naive Internet users have been paying attention. It seems some of those using 123456 have come up with a cunning plan to defeat the hackers: dropping the final digit. 12345 has raced 17 places up the charts into third place. Old favorite ‘letmein’ has climbed one place to #13.

New additions this year include baseball, football, batman and access (cunning). You can see the full top-25 below.

1. 123456 2. password 3. 12345 4. 12345678 5. qwerty 6. 123456789 7. 1234 8. baseball 9. dragon 10. football 11. 1234567 12. monkey 13. letmein 14. abc123 15. 111111 16. mustang 17. access 18. shadow 19. master 20. michael 21. superman 22. 696969 23. 123123 24. batman 25. trustno1

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