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Passpack Releases Secure Messaging

If you are still not sure how to securely send login information to your clients, the electricity bill account codes to your wife or surprise birthday party information to your friend – now you can send (encrypted) messages to users of your choice with Passpack Secure Messaging!

Redefining Privacy

How much information do you send to colleagues, family and friends over the web everyday? How much of it would you prefer not to? We don’t always have a choice and sometimes certain things that should remain reserved, travel the web for anyone to read. Passpack wants to give you that choice with Secure Messaging. Redenfing privacy is a big task, but Passpack is willing to take that step and lend a hand to help privacy evolve.

Not just anyone will receive your messages – only the people who you choose – those in your Ring of Trust. Your Ring of Trust is sort of like your internal Passpack contact list and should include only the people you know. As much as we love networking sites like Facebook and Myspace, Passpack’s sharing is not designed to work like them. The objective is not accumulating friends – no one would see them anyway! Passpack Messaging gives users a secure means of communication for things that you may have otherwise had to whisper!

Now It’s Up To You!

Your passwords are already protected with Passpack, now your messages can be too. So to start adding people to your Ring of Trust and start exchanging messages, take a look at Dani’s “How to” post.

As we have mentioned before, this is one of the many Passpack features we want to offer you, so you can expect many more additions. As for now, please let us know how you would like us to enhance your Messaging experience.

We work off your feedback so leave us a comment or a suggestion!


Using Passpack Secure Messaging

With the release of Secure Messaging just around the corner, here’s a preview of what to expect, and a quick guide on how to get things set up and how to use it.

Activate Messaging: First Things First

Once you are logged in, go to your Settings page and click Activate Sharing (Messaging is the first feature of Sharing), the system will ask you which browser you use. You actually only have to choose between Internet Explorer or all the others (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and so on). If you use IE, well, you’ll have to wait about a whole minute until the process completes. Do not panic! Especially if in the meantime your browser continues to ask you “Do you want to stop the script from running?”

Say NO and be patient : )

script running

The first time you activate Sharing, you are actually telling Passpack to create a 1024bit RSA (public and private) key. This is an asymmetric key algorithm which takes a little longer to generate.

The RSA 1024 bit can result in slow Javascript processing depending on which browser you are using. Chrome and Safari can handle it with no problems, Firefox is a little bit slower, and Internet Explorer is just a snail.

Your Community Name

The second step consists of choosing your Community name.
There are a couple of reasons you need to choose it wisely:

  • You will NOT be able to change it later
  • It’s the only way friends can add you to their Ring of Trust
  • It is how you will be identified in all Passpack sharing features

So, write your Community Name, check the spelling at least twice, and then confirm.

Adding people to your Ring of Trust may not be as easy as adding friends on other social networking sites, but hey, you’re not on a social network! You’re on Passpack, managing secure messages to and from “real life” people. It’s not about accumulating.

In your manager you will now see the tabs for People and Messages.

Inviting Friends

The first time you invite a friend you will be asked to accept terms and conditions. Take the time to read those few lines, it’s only a one-time message. Then write your friend’s community name. How do find your friend’s community name? Ask him – he should already be a friend of yours. This is not a system to find new friends. ;-)

Once you know it, type it carefully, in order to protect yours and his privacy, you’ll not be prompted if the name you wrote doesn’t exist; the same if your friend doesn’t accept your invite. You’ll receive a confirmation only if your invite is accepted.

While you’re waiting for your friend to accept your invite to be part of his Ring of Trust, you have the possibility to send him a short message and start a conversation. It’s not really a chat, but if he replies instantly, you’ll receive the message in a short while. It should be used only to assure each other that you’re adding the right person. Ask him something only he can know, such as where did you last meet, or which drink you had the last time you went out together.

Once you’re sure you’re adding the correct person to your Ring of Trust, and he has accepted your invite, you can go to the “Messages” tab to send and receive secure message. Yes, you can also send the key of your heart to your beloved, because nobody else will be able to read it but her.

Start Messaging

Sending a message is really intuitive, all you need to do is type out your message, then select who you want to send it to, from the drop-down list. Or you can click on the little envelope next to the name of one of your friends, and you will be taken to the message screen.

Like with your password, you have the option to hide or show the messages you send and receive with your friends. By default they are hidden, click Show to see them.

These messages are stored for a week, and then will be deleted. This is not an archiving system, like an email account. This is a private exchange of data, that is not to be stored. But you can keep up to 5 messages by *starring* them and setting them as favorites.

Let’s add privacy to our online identities and let privacy evolve.

How You Can Use Passpack Messaging

We may have surprised a few of our users yesterday with the announcement of one of our next releases – Passpack Messaging.

Do you want to test it? Leave a comment, or send an email to Tara.

We’d love to hear your feedback.

And in the meantime – here are a few ideas on how Passpack users can use Messaging…

Send Pin Numbers or Deadline Dates

If you are a professional, a freelancer, a business owner or similar, you have most likely had to exchange sensitive info that you just don’t feel that comfortable exchanging via email – PIN numbers, deadline dates, user logins, normal text messages, events and of course…passwords.

Busy offices have busy ears and some information is worth sending encrypted.

Family Reminders

You’re about to leave work and can’t remember the new security code on the house? You could have your spouse/partner email or text it to you but do you really feel secure sending that information around like that? Have an encrypted message sent to your Passpack account. Job done. You can leave work knowing the security code is safe in Passpack and never traveled unencrypted.

Families and friends have endless options for secure Messaging between accounts: PIN numbers, travel plans, insurance codes, a private message you want to stay private like possible birthday gifts for Mom…

Lots More…

If you spend a certain part of your day in front of a computer and like to drop terms that leave most average internet users perplexed, you’ll love Passpack Messaging, but I will leave it to you all to tell us why? What could YOU do with Passpack Messaging?

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Want to Try Messaging?

Keep in mind that messaging is ONE of the many features Passpack plans on releasing and we are always looking for your feedback. The following ideas on how to use Passpack Messaging are just a taste of what’s to come and a small step to a big plan called Sharing.

Send Tara an email or just leave a comment on this post. You can test with a friend or with one of us at the Passpack Team!
Testing is closed.

Passpack Recap and Call For Message Testing!

The office has been buzzing with Monday morning news and I’ll try to get it all into one post. The Passpack weekend was eventful, to say the least and we also have yet another release on its way…but this one needs some user help. Here is a recap of the weekend and what is to come:

Passpack Sponsors Girl Geek Dinner

Last week we posted about Passpack’s sponsoring of Rome’s first ever Girl Geek Dinner and the outcome was a success! The evening really went well thanks to the help of everyone involved and we met some really interesting women. Take a look at some video and pictures from the night at passpack.com/girls

Auto-login Bug. Squashed.

Recently, users were telling us about the peculiar behavior of Passpack’s auto-login – it was happening to some of us here as well. It turns out, there was in fact a bug and the UTF-8 encoding was “getting lost in translation” during the encoding and decoding for the 1 Click Login encrypted mini-packs. In other words, some packs that contained entry titles with non alpha-numeric characters (for example ò, È, җ, ễ, ﭛ ,שּׁ) may have had difficulties with auto-login.
In other other words, auto-login was acting a bit naughty :)
Problem solved. Sorry to those of you who had to copy and paste your way around. Let us know if you are still experiencing any trouble.

Passpack Messaging Testers Needed

Tomorrow we are opening testing for Passpack messaging. Here’s a super sneak preview image…

If you’re wondering what messaging has to do with passwords – good question. Messaging is one of the first steps that Passpack is taking towards the release of full sharing passwords between accounts. Messaging will allow users to send encrypted messages from one Passpack user to other Passpack users of your choice. Do you see all the possibilities in store?

As long as you have a Passpack account and a friend with a Passpack account, you can be a tester.

Be the First to Test Messaging?

You and a friend contact Tara.
Testing is closed.