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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, Nov 7, 2008

Telegraph UK

Internet Black Boxes To Record Email And Website Visit
Every telephone call, email and internet visit made in the UK may soon be collected and stored before being sent off to a giant central database.


E-mail Scams Move To Phones
You may know what Phishing Scams are. But are you curious as to what Vishing is? Here’s a post briefly describing VoIP Phishing.

IT Pro

Is The Password Ill- Equipped For The Modern World?
A well written and in-depth look at how passwords fair in a hectic business world environment.

Inactive Buy Now Button – Fixed

Yesterday (Nov. 5) we received a bunch of emails about problems with the Buy Now button when trying to upgrade their accounts to Passpack Pro. It seems that when users clicked on the button, they weren’t able to make a purchase.

What Happened

Before releasing Pro to the public, we ran all of our own testing. For security purposes we had an IP block set up. This was not removed before going live and is the cause of why the Buy Now button wasn’t working properly.

It’s Been Fixed

We’ve deactivated the IP block and everything is set to go, so your Buy Now button should now take you to a 3 step payment process. Thanks for your patience. Going Pro is a bit bumpier than we’d thought : )

One More Issue

It also appears that Paypal is not immediately notifying us when a successful purchase has been made. This means that it could take up to 24 hours from when your purchase is made to when your account is actually upgraded (if not contact us here). We’re working on making the process more immediate but, until then thanks again for your patience.

Send Your Passwords Securely

Passpack’s recent Secure Messaging release lets you send (encrypted) PINS, links, login names, notes, passwords to people in your Ring of Trust.

I know what you are thinking – why not automate it? We just did! Say hello to sending entries as attachments.

Send a Complete Passpack Entry

Now you can send a copy of a whole entry to someone within your Ring of Trust. So your clients or colleagues only have to click Accept and Save and you’re accessing the same hosting account.

You even have the option of sending your Notes along with the entry. But it is optional – some things you just don’t want to share even within the ‘Ring of Trust’ : )

*Tags not included

Wow! How Do I Get Started?

It works just like Secure Messaging, well because… it is Secure Messaging except now you are sending an attached password entry that is going directly from your Pack to theirs (no worries, it’s just a copy!)

You’ll now notice that your entries will now be equipped with a little Send to link – Press it, choose who you are sending it to and write a quick message explaining the entry or even just to say hello.

Remember, once you press Send Now!, the recipient will have an exact copy of the same entry that is in your account. They can change it if they like. And you can as well. But only send password entries that you are sure you want to share with others.

Make copying and pasting passwords a thing of the past. Send them safe and send them encrypted!

The Evolution of Privacy

Online Identity is a topic close to my heart. Passwords may be directly related to authentication — but Passpack’s relationship with Online Identity runs deeper than that.

Let me share with you our ultimate vision for Passpack: in our personal lives, we all have public and private spheres. The latter is completely missing in our virtual life. Passpack wants to give you back your privacy.

What Privacy Is

Privacy is the right to choose what to share, how much of it we want shared and with whom.

Privacy is not secretive. Privacy is not having something to hide. Privacy is not asocial.

Web 2.0, better known as – the social web, is based on a mass collective exchange of information – and one perfect example is lifestreaming.

Your online identity is diffused across various social networking platforms – by nature they are limited in privacy. This is by no means implying such platforms don’t follow privacy standards but applications like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, FriendFeed are born specifically to share information beyond your ring of contacts.

But, sometimes we need to share things – like personal messages, health records and so much more and we need to share these things with particular people in complete confidentiality. Being able to do so… that is privacy. And it requires one key factor – Trust.

The Ring of Trust

Welcome to The Ring of Trust. It may not sound familiar, because it hasn’t existed until now.

Trust is that area that overlaps public and private. It’s pulling a select person or company into my private sphere long enough to entrust them (and only them) with something. I know that they will keep it confidential and will not share it with others. If they live up to my expectation, they may earn more excursions into my private sphere. Some people earn a permanent slot. But I decide.

As a professional, I need to share sensitive data with my colleagues and not wanting to send it to them by email (knowing they are just like online postcards), I would invite them into my Ring of Trust.

Privacy: Beyond a Concept

Passpack is and always will be an online password manager and now we will also take on the responsibility of being an online privacy manager as well. Privacy is not only made up of passwords, it’s made of people and powered by technology.

This technology is what we have called Shared Host-Proof Hosting*. It finally gives users the unique experience of securely exchanging personal information, adding the necessary private sphere to our (sometimes too) public identities.

I am sure that I am not the only one who has felt the essential need for a new concept of privacy. And now,  we have an answer to fulfill just this need.

Let privacy evolve. Let’s start building our own Ring of Trust.

How Passpack and OpenID can complement each other?

Passpack plans on contributing to the spread of OpenID by becoming a consumer! By the end of the summer you will be able to use your OpenID to login to your Passpack account.

You heard it straight from the horse’s mouth.

OpenID In A Nutshell

OpenID is an open source authentication system which allows websites to identify you with one personalized URL address, associated with one personalized password.

The idea is, once you sign up with one of the many OpenId providers (here’s a directory of providers), you’ll have one OpenID (replacing your standard username) – something like http://yourname.myopenid.com. And one OpenID password.

In order to keep things flowing, you then keep all of the consumer websites (sites that accept OpenID) in that account and there you go – problem solved.

Why Use Passpack And OpenID?

Once you’ve got your brand new OpenID that you use, let’s say for work, and you open another one (maybe even with another provider) just for play. Passpack can help you with that. You will be able to store all of the logins to your various OpenID providers in your Passpack account.

Ok so now, let’s also consider this – at the moment there are many OpenID providers and somewhat less consumers. Where does this leave the OpenID-er? In a jam.

At some point you are probably going to find yourself with a mix of accounts – those that accept OpenID AND those that don’t. What do you do now? If you can’t realistically use only sites that support OpenID, you need to find a suitable solution. Passpack them all!

You will be able to make a special “OpenID entry” where you can store links to all the websites where you’ve used a particular OpenID and say ‘Hello’ to 1 Click Login again! This makes it easier than before to not only log into sites that support OpenID but more importantly to those that haven’t quite made the leap yet.

How Will OpenID Work With Passpack?

Here’s the rundown – so we know that Passpack securely stores your username, links, tags and of course passwords. And in order to access your info you need a Passpack User ID, a Pass and the ever so famous – Packing Key … You did know that right? If not, read this.

Well, if you are an OpenID user, you wouldn’t have a Passpack User ID nor a Pass anymore — just the Packing Key. And by “just”, I mean it no disrespect, considering the Packing Key is where your data begins its encryption process! So when you were to login to Passpack you would be asked for your OpenID, after that you would need to enter your Packing Key and you’re in! Easy as that.

So you’re in your Passpack account and you logged in with your brand new OpenID, now what? Passpack gives you the freedom of storing multiple logins under one OpenID entry. You still have the extra fun things like tags and anti-phishing systems and – don’t fret – 1 Click Login will be able to fill in your OpenID for you the same way it does your good ‘old passwords.

Why Would You Want A Password/OpenID Manager?

Because we don’t compromise security here at Passpack. Remember that your Packing Key is yours, only yours and not even we know it! And frankly, we wouldn’t really want to. All thanks to host-proof hosting.

So go ahead. Sign up with all the OpenID providers that your heart desires and rest assured that they will be safely encrypted along with your old friends (enemies?) – passwords.

3 Creative Ways To Use Passpack Desktop

If you’ve downloaded Passpack Desktop and like it, we’re glad to hear that. If you haven’t, here are a few tips and tricks on how to make your Passpack Desktop more than just a password manager.

1. Back Up And Read

Passpack has always let you make backup of your passwords. Just go to Tools > Backup Your Account, continue the process and you have an encrypted backup of your Passpack.com.

But what do you do with backups?

Most people have them set aside (as backups) in case they ever need to restore their Passpack Account. But there is one other option…

What if you don’t necessarily want to restore your account but just take a peak into the past at one or two old passwords?

Since you can create as many Passpack Desktop accounts as you like, go ahead and set up separate one, choosing another User ID and Packing Key — et voilà — you have just created yourself a backup reader.

2. Its Freedom Is Limitless

Let’s say you have 108 passwords in your online account (as opposed to the 100 password limit) – Passpack Desktop has more than enough space for those extra 8 passwords! Now you could just create another online account, but who wants to remember two Packing Keys? In Passpack Desktop, space is limitless.

Of course we wouldn’t mind if you went Premium once we introduce paid upgrades, but if you have under 100 passwords and aren’t looking for fancy features, Passpack Desktop may be the right fit for you.

3. Share And Share Alike

As personal as passwords are, some of them (sometimes) are shared. You may find yourself working with others on a project which requires the joint use of accounts. Your spouse/children/family and yourself very likely have web accounts in common in which you share the same password. It can be unavoidable but it doesn’t have to be unmanageable.

We realize that sharing is important and it is something we are working on but for now, here’s a neat trick that can help:

First, set up an account at Passpack.com and share it amongst yourselves. Add ONLY the necessary shared passwords/info.

Then, each person downloads a copy of Passpack Desktop and can sync all the online passwords/info to the desktop application itself.

So how is this different from just sharing the online account?

When you need to add or make chages to the shared online account, each Desktop can sync from web to client with just a click. Since Passpack Desktop is well…on your desktop, whatever else you add to your account is yours and yours alone.

So make some space on your desktop, because there’s a new software in town and it’s just waiting to be installed. Feel free to let us know of any other Passpack Desktop tips or tricks of your own.