Why Does My iPhone Ask For The Passcode When I Haven’t Restarted It?

Every time you restart your phone, even if it's after an iOS upgrade, the phone will ask you to enter the passcode. Touch ID has to be enabled again for purchases in the App Store. However, it happens at time that it will start asking for your passcode even though you haven't restarted the phone. It isn't a bug and there's actually a good reason as to why this happens; it's because you failed to unlock the phone with Touch ID. Read More

How To Access Saved Passwords In Chrome From Anywhere

Chrome comes with a built-in password manager that can save both the username and password of any website you log into if you allow it. The password manager doesn't offer any advanced security features and most people prefer using services like Lastpass when they decide to save passwords. There's also the small matter of how, if anyone has access to Chrome on your desktop, they can simply look at the passwords saved to it. If you do use the password manager and trust it with your login credentials then it's a good idea to enable password syncing when you sign in to your Google Account in Chrome. This allows you to view the passwords saved to Chrome from any device or any other system. Here's how. Read More

Add Password Protection To Any File From Your Browser

Apps like Microsoft's Office Suite have built-in password protection for files. Adobe's Acrobat app has one too in case you want to password protect a PDF file. There are few other apps out there that allow you to add a password to a file and the go-to solution for adding password protection to any file is to simply zip it, and add a password during the compression process. If you ever find yourself working on a system that doesn't have an app for zipping files, you can give ZipIt a try. It's a web browser based encryption app that lets you lock any file with a password. It works entirely in your browser with no installation of any kind required. Read More

Stop Android 6.0 From Saving Your Passwords To Your Google Account

Android 6.0 comes with lots of new features and one of those is Smart Passwords. What does Smart Passwords do? Well it takes your passwords and syncs them to your Google Account so you never ever lose them again, ever. It sounds great, right? Google will have all your passwords and everything you use requires a Google account. It's basically a version of 'One Ring to rule them all' that fits our world. The feature unfortunately is turned on by default when you upgrade to Android 6.0. In Android Lollipop a similar feature existed that saved your Wi-Fi password to your Google account. With Android 6.0 it takes things further and stores passwords entered in apps and websites. If that alarms you, here's where you can turn the Smart Passwords off. Read More

Show And Hide Passwords In Your Browser With The ISeePass Bookmarklet

Everyone has their secrets. But when we speak of secrets on the web, they are usually tucked away behind a password wall. For decades, passwords have been protecting our digital information from prying eyes; be it our computers, our email accounts, our social-network profiles, or our mobile devices. And it seems passwords are here to stay. Password fields are always concealed behind asterisks or dots, however, and there simply isn’t a way in web browser to tell whether you’ve typed the correct sequence or not. Previously, I covered an add on for Firefox called Show / Hide Passwords that allows you to quickly toggle password visibility with a single click using a button that is automatically created near every password box. Tecdrop’s ISeePass is a bookmarklet that does the same in rather easier way, and being a bookmarklet means you can use it any web browser including Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer. Read More

TimePIN For Android Auto-Changes The Lock Screen PIN According To Current Time

Phones are more than just communication devices. To some, they are a safe haven for personal moments and memories, and one does what one can to protect them from unwanted eyes. There are solutions to secure certain features within the phone such as AppLock or to restrict connectivity through Internet Lock, the list goes on. New to this list is TimePIN, a free device security app that employs PIN lock in a unique manner. Read More

Replace iPhone Lock Screen Passcode With A Game Controller Combo

Remember the good old days when you had to glean cheat codes off from your friends or gaming magazines, and then try fervently to apply them using your Nintendo controller before your character died or your favorite Pokémon escaped? If you really miss those times, there are plenty of ways to recreate them on an iPhone, using the awesome gaming emulators available for jailbroken (and recently, even non-jailbroken) devices. If truth be told though, the gaming community has moved on, and you are not very likely to spend a lot of time playing these older video games even if they are available on iOS. This is why Control Unlocker can be perfect for anyone who is nostalgic for NES, but not super-crazy for the actual games. The Cydia tweak makes it possible for users to set a cheat code-like passcode on their iPhone’s lock screen, making sure that the device gets unlocked only when the right combination is punched in using the displayed controller. Read More

Restrict Access To Apps & Photo Albums On iPhone With Protect Photos

Despite the recent passcode-related bugs discovered in iOS 6, most users are satisfied with the security their iPhone offers by default. Having said that, when you are at home, or in any secure environment, the lock screen protection can get a bit annoying. There are a few ways of changing your device’s level of protection with a single gesture. If you have a jailbroken device, it is also possible to avoid the passcode altogether while keeping selective apps protected. Protect Photos is the latest Cydia tweak that lets you do this but as its name indicates, it focuses mainly on keeping your images private. The app can be used to put password protection on the stock Camera and Photos app and in addition, you can also restrict access of third-party apps to your image library. Read More

Uniclau: Scan QR Codes With Your Phone To Log In To Accounts On Your Computer [Android, iOS]

Email services, social networks, online file sharing services, corporate accounts, cloud storage services, blogs, media streaming sites and online documentation services etc. – a typical internet user’s life certainly doesn’t get any easier managing online credentials for so many different web services. Your web browser can, of course, hold all your accounts in its database to save you from the hassle of reinserting these credentials again and again, but the problem arises when you’re required to resort to a different computer or web browser to access your online accounts. Recalling password of each and every service correctly can be tough, whereas manually logging in to a stranger computer bears its own risk. What if you could use your smartphone to log in to the required service without having to feed in any password whatsoever? Uniclau is a free Android and iOS app that now makes such authentication to your preferred online services possible. Designed to work in combination with a dedicated Google Chrome extension, Uniclau serves as your trusted password vault that you can carry anywhere, and use to automatically log in to any preferred online account by just scanning a QR code. Details to follow. Read More

BurnNote: Send Private Messages That Are Auto-Deleted After A Defined Time [Web]

Not long ago, we covered DUE.IM, a text message service that allowed you to send one-time readable, private messages to others. BurnNote is a similar web application that offers you the same functionality, but with additional options. The service lets you send private messages to others that can only be viewed once and are deleted after a set amount of time. Deleted burn notes are completely erased from the BurnNote servers, so it is impossible for anyone to retrieve them. All you have to do is enter your message (password, number, link, note etc), and the service will instantly generate a private URL that you can share with your buddies. Once the message has been read by the recipient, BurnNote will automatically ‘burn’ it, ensuring that it remains private. That’s how simple it is! Read More

HashMask Helps You Avoid Mistyping Passwords In Chrome

Setting up long passwords has its own advantage, in that it makes your accounts more secure and difficult to crack. On the other hand, such passwords increase the chance of entering the wrong combination, as it's likely you would press an adjacent key rather than the original one. This problem becomes more pronounced with those login forms where you have a limit to number of attempts. HashMask is a Chrome extension that turns your passwords into a colored sparkline, so you can instantly detect any mistyped passwords. After you’ve installed this handy utility, you’ll be able to see a spark line in every password field, which will change colors as you type. You can think of the hash as being your password’s fingerprint. With time, you will be able to remember the color or shape of the hash, which will allow you to see whether you’ve typed passwords correctly or not. HashMask seamlessly integrates with websites and basically helps you in making sure that you do not enter a wrong password for your online accounts. Read More

Add A File To An Existing Archive & Password Protect It On Mac [Tip]

Compressing files and creating archives in Mac is easily accomplished through the default utility, Archive, which compresses to a whole host of formats. Files can be compressed in command line as well via the Terminal, but having to compress files or folders through the command line is much more complicated and inconvenient, which is why it’s best to use the tool provided. If you aren’t a fan of the native utility for some reason, there are plenty of other apps that you can use instead. and if nothing else works for you, the Terminal really isn’t going anywhere. One advantage that Terminal holds in this regard, is that, in addition to being able to create archives, you can add a file to an existing one through a few simple commands. This can save you a lot of clutter; you can add files to a single archive as per your need, and not have a mess of archives in a folder or on your desktop. Read More

AutoProtect Bypasses iPhone Lock Screen Passcode When On A Specific WiFi Network [Cydia]

If you are even remotely concerned about your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad's privacy, lock screen passcode is the most rudimentary measure that can (and should) be taken, and previously reviewed Cydia tweak, CleverPin, makes that passcode intelligent enough to automatically disable itself whenever the device is connected to a trusted WiFi network, for instance, the network at your home or any other location where the chances of your privacy getting violated are minimum. The tweak also offers some other useful options (like defining a time period during which the passcode will be disabled), but you have to pay $1.99 to get it. Meet AutoProtect, a new Cydia tweak that provides the same functionality for free! The tweak will take into account your current Wi-Fi network, and if it is one that you have already specified, the lock screen passcode will get bypassed automatically. Read More

Secure Bin Lets You Lock Each File & Folder With A Different Password

Keeping important files hidden from other PC users is very important, especially if your job includes protecting sensitive information from unauthorized usage. Although you can quickly protect your data by encrypting the entire disk,  it often takes quite a while to manually decrypt each file to gain read and write access. Another method that most users use is zipping important files in a password protected archive, but that means you have to unzip it every time you want to use a file from the zipped folder. Wasting all this time just to secure some files doesn’t seem practical, does it? If you are looking for an application that allows you to quickly secure and hide confidential data, try Secure Bin out. This portable application allows you to easily password-protect files, and access them from a secured dashboard. Unlike other file security utilities, it lets you set different passwords for each file or folder. However, you can also choose to unlock all protected files with a single master password. More after the jump. Read More

Share One-Time Private Messages With DUE.IM [Web]

DUE.IM is a secure text message service that you can use to send one-time readable private messages to others. When we send private information, such as passwords or sensitive links to someone via email or chat, the messages are saved, but with DUE.IM, the information can only be viewed once, which decreases the chances of the info falling into the wrong hands. All you have to do is enter your message, password, number or a private link, and the service will instantly generate a unique URL that you can share with others. The message can be only read once, so the next time they visit the same URL or refresh it, the message won't be there any longer. Read More

PasswordBox: Secure Online Password Vault & Manager [Chrome]

Passwords are perhaps the sole protectors of your identity in a lot of cases, and even more so when it comes to online accounts. We all have different passwords for our personal email, work email, Twitter, Facebook, Google accounts and what not, as using the same password for all services is practically suicide. On top of that, it's recommended that you regularly change your passwords, so they don't get compromised. Managing old passwords and remembering new ones can be a real pain, particularly if you use a lot of different services. This is where PasswordBox can help. This slick Chrome extension simplifies your life by keeping a record of all your login details, all protected by one master password, so in case you forget a password, you can always retrieve it with merely a couple of clicks. It even provides you with the option to set your passwords to be shared to an address of your choice in case something happens to you,. The extension comes with multiple categories, each having an extensive list of popular services. Another thing; if you're interested in giving PasswordBox a try, you should hurry on past the break and to the download link as the password manager will be absolutely free for the first million users. Read More

Secure Bookmarks: Add A Password-Protected Bookmarks List To Chrome

Want to save your bookmarks in a private and secure way, so other people using the same computer cannot access them? It's quite possible to have content in your bookmarks that you would want to keep hidden from prying eyes. Secure Bookmarks is a Chrome extension that adds a password-protected bookmarks list to Chrome, so you can occasionally create bookmarks without having them displayed out in the open. The extension allows you to store such favorites in a separate list that is encrypted and saved on your hard drive. After installing the extension, you can save content with a click, and retrieve it later by entering your password within a tiny pop-up. Read More

Password Protect Your Removable Thumb Drive With USB Flash Security

Even though cloud storage services like Drop Box, Just Cloud and Sugar Sync have freed us from carrying USB flash drives with us even when we have to take a single text file to another location, large files still need to be transferred to USB flash drives and portable hard drives. Sometimes, the flash drive may contain important data that you do not want others to access, or the data may be meant for only a single person. A situation might arise where you have to send your friend a USB drive through a third person, and don’t want them to be able to view the contents of the USB flash drive, then what will you do? You can use USB Flash Security, a useful security tool that locks the USB with a password when you remove it from your system. The data inside the USB is protected by the password. Read More

Ever Password: Store And Sync Your Credentials On Cloud Server

If you are a person who is cluttered by the gargantuan amount of credentials information, which may be related to your credit cards, driver license, bank accounts, passport and email accounts, etc., and need some support to manage and keep safe all that important data, then Ever Password might be what you were looking for. This handy tool works on the bases of cloud computing, and syncs your information across all the major supported platforms and devices that you may currently use, like Windows, Mac and iOS. The application employs a user account that you can create by signing up on Ever Password’s web server, and then access all your credentials under one umbrella. The easy to use, yet elegantly attractive interface provides access to the information under the Vault, which lets you see and edit your credentials, safely protected by one master password, so you don’t have to remember different passwords for different credentials that may further bewilder your mind. Read More