Tag Archives: security

This Week In Privacy: Jan 2, 2009

CNET

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.

WOAI

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?

ReadWriteWeb

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.

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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.

ZDNet

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, 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.

Tradingmarkets.com

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.

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.