Category Archives: Passpack Lounge

This Week In Privacy: Jan 9, 2009


Weak Password Brings ‘Happiness’ To Twitter Hacker
An 18-year-old hacker with a history of celebrity pranks has admitted to Monday’s hijacking of multiple high-profile Twitter accounts, including President-Elect Barack Obama’s, and the official feed for Fox News.


Will 2009 Be the Year of Multiple Digital Identities?
Just days after Twitter was hacked, a group of entrepreneurs and policy activists gathered to discuss “Privacy 2009: The Year Ahead.” The discussion demonstrated that the privacy debate is starting to mature.


New Data Breach, Privacy Bills in Congress
One year after trying unsuccessfully to introduce legislation on data breaches and protection of individual privacy, California Senator Dianne Feinstein is trying again.

Coming Soon: New Blog. Your Thoughts?

We use this blog for announcements, help articles, some news-ish posts, posts on password basics and even a few things which probably would have been best left unsaid.

In other words… it’s a mess [smile].

So we’ve built a new blog! (sneak peek here).

And I’m cleaning things up during the move. Here’s the idea:

  • No more support articles. Those go in the knowledge base.
  • The basics, and intro to password articles go in the library (also new) so that (1) we can modify them at will without stomping on basic  blog etiquette and (2) your RSS doesn’t get smothered as we publish more.
  • News-ish post. Basically This Week in Privacy and the occasional comment. Strong personal opinions in the personal blogs only. Mine’s here (I rarely post).

What To Do with the Old Blog?

I LOVE throwing things out. So I’m trying very hard to avoid mass historical revisionism.

The posts on will remain as-is, with commenting closed. But I’m concerned about folks who stumble across old help articles, and get outdated information.

There is, I admit, one temptation I couldn’t resist.  I changed every PassPack to Passpack on the new blog (the fact that it remains unchanged on the old blog irks me… but I’m resisting further temptation).

Can You Help Me Out?

First, what do you think of that shiny new blog ? (I’m still working on it, so comments, pinging etc. are closed for the moment)

And can I (pretty please) replace the help articles here with a simple link to the Help Center?

Anything other ideas for building a better blog?

This Week In Privacy: Jan 2, 2009


A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To a Birthday Greeting
An interesting take on privacy and revealing a piece of information that most people wouldn’t think twice about when signing up for a new online account.


The 500 Most Common Passwords
1 in 9 people use at least one password from this list and one out of 50 use one of the top 20 most common passwords. Is yours on the list?


Top Online Security Threats For 2009
One new infected Web page is discovered every 4.5 seconds. Here’s a look at the top security threats you should be looking out for in 2009.

This Week In Privacy: Dec 26, 2008

The Olympian

Watch Out For ID Theft While Online
If you have some gift money burning a hole in your pocket and want to grab online post-Christmas bargains, beware of ID thieves hoping to make you the next victim.


5 Security Precautions To Take For The Holiday Break
The following last-minute precautions should probably be on your To Do list for just before leaving the office this holiday.

The Recorder & Times

Internet Security Tests Show All’s Not Right In The City
Anyone with a laptop and the right software could slip onto someon’s home wireless network to steal bandwidth to get free internet access or worse to steal sensitive information.

This Week In Privacy: Dec 19, 2008


Lessons Learned From A Hacked Gmail Account
Just as the title says – a few first hand lessons on what to do if you find out your email has been broken into, how to keep your email safe and tips on net security in general.

The Register

Browsers Fail Password Protection Test
Chapin Information Services ran a series of browser security tests and the results are pretty interesting when it comes to browsers such as Google Chrome and Safari.

Identity Theft Resource Center

ITRC’s Identity Theft Predictions For 2009
Every year the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) shares its thoughts for the upcoming year. The following items are ITRC’s predictions for 2009.

2009 Here We Come

As the end of the year draws near, Passpack is taking stock of it’s 2008 hits and it’s 2008 misses. We’ve gotten past our growing pains and at 2 years old, I’d like to think we’ve had more hits than misses [ego-bump].

A Walk Down Memory Lane

We started 2008 with the announcement of Sharing and we’ll start 2009 with the release of Sharing (hooray!). We started 2008 introducing the help ticketing system and 2009 will start off with some self-service help and  automation. That should make things faster!

What Else?

Here are some highlights of everything in between. In 2008 Passpack:

Right now, while the recession raves on, Passpack like every other business world-wide is forced to cut back drastically on costs. So while we may be (alas, I know) running later than expected, we ask for a bit of patience on your part. So sit tight.

What’s in store for 2009?

You guessed it – milestones, challenges and of course more releases. We have a 2009 full of new stuff to roll out, especially during the first few months. We take all our user’s requests into consideration and the majority of them are great ideas but keep in mind that start ups need time to grow.

Passpack Holiday Tip

Start thinking of your New Year’s resolutions ahead of time and while you’re getting your last minute holiday gifts, don’t forget an important one this year…

Give the gift of privacy. Tell your friends about Passpack : )

Obama Gives Privacy the Spotlight

The 73% of Americans who use the web may be interested in reading just what tech-savvy President-elect Obama has planned for the future of the cloud and how it pertains to an all time Passpack favorite – privacy on the web.

Safeguarding Internet user’s right to privacy in Web 2.0 is not
always top of the agenda – after all the “social web” is somewhat
public ground, isn’t it?

You know how public information on the web can be if you:

  • post pictures to Facebook
  • tweet your mood on twitter
  • post opinion comments on blogs

But did you know this information could be just as public:

  • social security numbers
  • access codes
  • PIN numbers
  • emails/personal messages
  • confidential client info
  • passwords

All of this personally identifying information lives and circulates on the same web as do your holiday photos and favorite Amazon books.

That’s right, the new Chief Technology Officer that Obama will appoint has got his work cut out for him.

Sharing Privately

It may almost seem like a contradiction of terms but you already have an idea of how it works.

Let’s say you put your photos up on Flickr but don’t want everyone seeing them. You go to your Privacy Settings and decide who can read and see your stuff. Most social networking apps have privacy restrictions.

But there are some things that you want to share with everybody and some things that you want to share with fewer people or maybe just one person and no one else. Not even a server : )

*Remember you can limit your personal info down to networks, friends, individuals and even for your eyes only BUT any info you put on the Net, lives somewhere on a server. So how private can sharing really be?

Well, what if you made it so that anything you don’t want everyone seeing leaves your computer encrypted? So your driver’s license number, your PIN number or your passwords actually leave your browser encrypted, travel encrypted and get to your recipient encrypted so that the only person who will ever be able to read it is the person you are sending it to and no one else. Not even a server : )

Oh, shared host-proof hosting – you may have found your voice in the 44th US Presidency.