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Call for Testers: Auto-login 2.0

Ok folks, as promised, it’s almost here. And, as always, we’re letting some lucky people get a sneak peek in exchange for running it through the wringer for us. Get on the tester’s list. Tester list is full, sorry.

Passpack on a Dev Build Browser? Nope.

Google Chrome is quickly becoming a favorite browser among Passpack users. Even I’ve switched – it’s just sooo much faster. However, the latest dev build of Chrome will not work with Passpack. But that’s ok.

Not Just Chrome, Dev Builds in General…

In the past, there have been issue with other beta release of browsers – Opera, Chrome, Firefox, Safari have all had thier day. Almost 100% of the time, the issues that arise in a dev build resolve themselves once the stable release is out.

We simply can’t modify Passpack to be compatible with nightly or dev builds. Besides being an impossible task, we hope you’ll agree that our energies are better spent working on new Passpack features and improvements.

A Thought on Security

I’m not going to go as far as to say that dev builds are not secure – that would be a sweeping statement. However I will say this:  The chances of there being bugs that potentially open security holes are higher when the browser … you know… hasn’t completely finished debugging.

So even if you have a dev build that works with Passpack, we’d like to invite you to only access your account with stable released browsers. I know, we’re paranoid, but that’s our job [smile].

Thank You ZMV – More Funding for Passpack

I’m thrilled to announce that Passpack has received an additional 74,000 euro follow-on investment from Zernike Meta Ventures.

ZMV first invested in Passpack in late May 2008, and has renewed that commitment (let’s celebrate!) just last week with additional funding. Folks, in this time of extreme crisis, and companies starving to death for cash – this feels really good.

What Are the Funds For?

1. Continued Product Development. We’ve already got Auto-login 2.0 underway (it’s sooo much better – watch for a call for testers in the next day or so). We’ll follow that up with enhancements to the collaboration features and set-up process.

We’ve also got a complete CSS revamp (yikes!) slotted. A less obvious change unless you’re digging around our source code, but much needed to speed up the process of pushing new features/versions/themes out the door…you know, that list of stuff we’ve got to do.

2. Infrastructure. No more unplanned outages. You need your logins always, and I need to avoid an ulcer (but please download Desktop, and sync it, for back up).

3. Marketing. Remember that survey we had you take? You filled it out in droves! Not only did that help us show our investors how much you support Passpack, it also helped us understand how to improve AND gave us some ideas on how to reach new people that will love Passpack too! So we’re going to test the marketing waters with a little-bit-o-budget.

4. Mo’ Better Content. We’ve been sorely neglecting this blog, and there’s a long list of help videos that would be really useful and a few people have asked for forums or a monthly tips newsletter. We’re still working out a priority for these things, so  if you have specific requests for content, speak up in the comments.

5. Super top secret stuff that I can’t tell you about. [smile]

 

Overall, Passpack is doing well. Revenues from the paid packages are growing slowly but surely, we’ve done the recession proofing, and now we have additional funds to continue to grow.

Thanks to ZMV, and thanks to YOU.

This Week In Privacy: July 18, 2009

The Tech Herald

Possible Link to Twitter hack – GMail Vulnerable to Password Cracking
How was Hacker Croll able to break into accounts that were compromised during the Twitter attack? Here’s a look at a possibility.

GottaBeMobile.com

GBM Poll: How Often Do You Change Your Password?
A look at some common sense tips about passwords and just how important it is to change them and protect them.

ZDNetUK

Does Twittergate Point Towards Bigger Cloud Security Issues?
Why should we pay more attention to security on the web? One reason could be the recent headlines of Twitter co-founder Evan Williams’ having his Google Apps account hacked.

GBM Poll: How Often Do You Change Your Password?

Service Notice

As many have noticed, Passpack had an unplanned outage today. For about two hours the service was unavailable due to what seems to have been a broken switch. We’ll be making some changes to ensure that doesn’t happen again.

Normally, I’d have been personally on twitter, the blog and in the help center letting folks know what’s going on. Alas, tonight was my night off (which in itself is rare). By the time they got a hold of me, the problem was fixed and everything was up and running again.

For all of you who don’t have a copy of Passpack Desktop yet, please download it here and sync it to your online account. You can use Desktop to access your passwords in the case of an outage, or simply when you don’t have access to the web.

Again folks – sincerely apologize for the troubles this may have caused you.

Server down

Passpack is experiencing networking problems. Our servers are unreachable. The provider is trying to fix the problem.

We apologize for the problem and hope that you are using the Desktop (backup) version.

This Week In Privacy: July 11, 2009

Government Computer News

With Passwords, Simplicity Can Equal Strength
We all know that ‘remembering’ complex passwords can be a bit troublesome, which is why we use password managers, but if you insist on keeping a few passwords to memory you may want to hear these tips.

Cleveland.com

Tips For Fighting Identity Theft
With all the info out there on how to protect your identity online, there’s no reason to keep your sensitive info unsafe anymore.

Bulk-Edit-Mania: Favorites and Security Level

So ya wanna bulk edit huh? Come get your bulk editing goodness here. You can now bulk set password favorties  and security level.


Bulk Favorites Window

To activate bulk editing, go to your Passwords tab and click the “Bulk edit your entries” link. Make your selection then use the Apply an action menu and away you go!

Don’t forget you can also bulk delete your passwords and send encrypted passwords to emails.

More to come! More to come my pretties.