In this digital age, safeguarding your sensitive information isn't something to be neglected, as any breaches can lead to leaking of your account details such as login information for web services, credit card information, bank account details, and so on. If you have documents or other information that you want to securely lock away from prying eyes, Datum Locker
may have an answer for you. It’s a free Windows app designed for keeping a record of notes and login details in its integrated folders database called datum. The application is backed by Linearistic Distance Cryptographic (LDC) algorithm engineered by Nulluox – the developer behind Datum Locker – and aids in securely storing your data with a single lock key. This robust method can protect all your details with one password only.
Windows 8, akin to its predecessors and many other modern operating systems, lets you create password protected profiles to make it possible for multiple people to share the same PC while keeping each user’s settings intact. This is quite handy, but can become an issue if a user somehow forgets their password. And if they are the only user with full administrative access, they’re apparently left locked out of the system. Previously we covered a detailed guide on changing a forgotten Windows 8 password
via the System Repair Disk, but if you’re looking for a dead simple solution to reset a lost password, give Lazesoft Recover My Password
a shot. This freeware application is designed to reset password of any Windows operating system including Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP. More details after the jump.
Password managers first started to grab my attention when I began using LastPass – a staggeringly useful utility that keeps all my credentials securely in one place. I don’t have to remember my passwords anymore, as LastPass perfectly handles this job. However, LastPass isn’t the only app that offers this amazing service; you can find a plethora of other similar tools that provide a virtual vault for storing your login information pertaining to emails, applications and other confidential stuff. Meet PassLook
– a very simple and minimalistic Windows and Mac OS X app that allows you to maintain a secure, encrypted database of all your passwords. While PassLook comes nowhere near LastPass in terms of design and features, it can prove useful for those looking for a lightweight and more importantly, portable password manager. Read More
I get a lot of emails from our readers asking me if there is a way to recover a lost or forgotten Wi-Fi password from their PC. There’s quite a simple solution for that, actually. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 can easily reveal a stored Wi-Fi password under the Security tab of Wireless Network Properties sheet. Some passwords are easy to remember, especially if based on some commonly used term, but others can be hard to keep in your memory, particularly the ones comprising of some jumbled up alphanumeric characters. If you have multiple wireless connections in your household or office, the issue at hand can be even more problematic. This is where SterJo Wireless Passwords
comes to the rescue. This simple-looking lightweight tool can reveal any stored Wi-Fi password and network related information.
For long, I have been relying on LastPass to store passwords of various websites on a cloud server, because it can be quite hard to remember each and every password for all the web services you use. Though a lot of us don’t want to keep passwords saved in remote locations due to privacy concerns, and usually store them within the apps. Though at times, it's easy to forget a password that you haven't had to remember because of having it saved in the app you use it with. We have previously covered many tools that can easily display saved passwords from different apps to help you retrieve forgotten ones, and PasswdFinder
is the newest member to the list. This highly useful free app can easily display passwords that are stored even in the deepest corners of your system, thanks to its huge list of supported applications ranging from web browsers and instant messaging apps to email clients, FTP clients, and a lot of other utilities and programs. Keep reading for more details.
We’ve covered a lot of encryption tools for multiple platforms with purposes ranging from simple file or folder encryption to scrambling text in your browser and sending it to someone online. The need to securely share files or text may seem like an unusual one, but you would be surprised how often it comes up. More often than we’d like, you have to send very sensitive information like a password to a family member or friend, and you begin to wonder if email, texts or simple IMs are the right way to do it. All of these get the job done, but mostly, none of these are secure. Dashlane Courier
is a service built for this very purpose. It works in conjunction with the Dashlane password vault for Windows, Mac
. For those of you who don’t use it, Dashlane lets you securely save all kinds of personal information (primarily passwords and account info) for one-click filling of forms and info fields in your web browser. The information is encrypted, saved locally as well as synced with Dashlane's online servers. A master password secures your private information from unauthorized access. The developers of Dashlane have added Dashlane Courier as a complimentary service, allowing you to share saved info with anyone as emails that self-destruct after a specific time or right after they are read.
Phishing is a criminal technique used to acquire confidential information, such as passwords and credit card information, typically done through fake websites that look or feel like the legitimate ones and fool the users into entering their details. Typically, the best way to avoid phishing scams is to always be careful about which site you’re on and to bookmark the ones you frequently visit so that you never enter the incorrect URL. The problem with phishing scams is that unlike your typical Nigerian Prince who emails you personally asking a favor, it is often hard to tell if a site that otherwise looks completely legitimate is stealing your information. Nophish
a Firefox add-on that blocks phishing by interrupting HTTP requests to send a password to an unknown server, and the user is warned before entering such information, enabling them to detect phishing websites. It basically uses a whitelist of known URLs and stored passwords to identify phishing attempts, and blocks them. The add-on works much like the famous Web Of Trust extension that can identify a site of poor repute based on feedback from its user base. The difference is that Nophish does not have a user base, rather, a database of good or bad websites.
Keeping strong passwords is one of the most important requirements of avoiding an online or offline computer account from being compromised. While the problem of keeping a complicated password can be resolved for online accounts by using LastPass
, the issue still remains for offline accounts. This includes not just local or domain user accounts, but also includes router, firewall and other associated passwords. A security breach of any of these accounts can cause an organization massive damage and can be considered as the negligence of an employee, particularly if they had not protected the respective devices with a strong password.
is a free Windows Phone 7 app that lets you securely manage and store your PINs and passwords on your Windows Phone 7 device in an encrypted password safe. This makes them accessible to you whenever you need them based on a secure key, while no one else can access them even if they do get access to your device.
This post was born out of my own personal experience with banking. With the advent of internet technology, more and more banks are moving online. Online Banking has become a common term today. Read More
Web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox have a build-in password manager, every time you login to a website it will ask whether to remember password or not. These build-in password managers are not secure in my opinion. For example in Firefox, go to Security tab and click Saved Passwords, you will be able to see all login details easily. So what will you do if you want to login to a website automatically without having to remember the password using the browser build-in password manager?
Suppose another situation where you have multiple Yahoo email accounts(let’s say 3), and you have to access each one of them frequently. Now will you login to one account, sign out, then login to second, sign out, and so on? Web browsers only allow you to save one login details for each website, so what will you do? Read More
Are you looking for a way to generate secure, random, and unbreakable passwords? Passgen Password Generator, if you haven’t heard of the name before, is a free opensource tool that generates strong and unbreakable passwords instantly. Whether you are looking for generating a secure password for your server, or for an important account, this tool does the job right. Read More
Are you using the same password for all your web accounts and unsure if its strong enough? Many of us mostly use the same password for all the accounts, but it is important to make sure that the password is strong enough so that nobody is able to hack it. It is always advisable to to keep a different password for all the accounts, but if you want to keep a single password for most of your accounts and make sure that it is secure enough then you will need some software to determine if your password is stronger or not. Read More
Do you use different passwords for different websites? It is difficult to remember all the passwords and even more worse to manage them. Those who forget their passwords have to use Forgot Password option in some websites. I have subscribed to more websites than I can count, and managing all the passwords is like feeding a hand to a lion! Thankfully there is one online password management service that rescued me from this mess. Read More
Firefox users need to create a backup to guard against the possibility that their profile may get corrupted or wiped after installing a new extension or a new version of Firefox. Backing up Firefox manually is as simple as copying their respective profile folders to another location. If you do that, you’ll have a full backup with all your settings and personal data will be saved. Backups come handy when you want to save the profile on multiple computers or want to use the profile in your freshly installed Firefox in your new computer. Read More