With today’s release, we’ve added “fighting off keyloggers” to the list of ways Passpack protects you and your passwords.
Pros & Cons
Virtual keyboard pros:
Protect against keyloggers
Easy to type non-standard characters
Easy to type on a foreign computer (great for travelers)
Virtual keyboard cons:
Slower than actual typing
Won’t fool screen logging malware or shoulder surfers
To make sure the on-screen keyboard doesn’t slow down the sign in process for those who aren’t interested, we’ve loaded it into a separate library. To use the keyboards, just click the Show virtual keyboard link anywhere on the sign in or Packing Key screen.
Once you do that, you’ll automatically see the little keyboard icons anywhere in Passpack that requires typing your password or Packing Key. Click the icon to pull up the keyboard.
The following keyboards are supported: Ukrainian, Macedonian, Pashto, Armenian Eastern e Western, Pinyin, Kazakh, Danish, Slovak, Belarusian, Serbian Cyrillic e Serbian Latin, Bulgarian Phonetic, Swedish, Romanian, Farsi (Persian), Burmese, Slovenian, Hungarian, Arabic, Italian, Spanish (Spain), Lithuanian, Russian, German, French, Polish Programmers, Turkish and Dutch.
An update for those who use Twitter’s authentication to sign into Passpack. We’ve now upgraded to Twitter’s OAuth authentication method.
In the past, when signing into Passpack via Twitter, you were asked you to supply your Twitter username or email and password during sign in. That’s now changed, and you simply need to press Sign in with Twitter.
Glamour Italy just printed a piece on Italian tech founders, and guess who got printed in full-page, full-color splendor…
You guessed it, that’s Passpack’s very own CTO Francesco Sullo looking very suave and Magritte-esque. Notice co-founder Tara Kelly (me) is down there in the corner looking cranky for having been upstaged [wink].
And on TV…
Luckily Passpack was recently featured on news tech spot on Rai 3 as well (Italian, requires Silverlight). Good thing that time I got to do the interview… or I really would have been pouty about the big glossy Glamour shot I missed out on.
Any other recent buzz we’ve missed? Or should we just be thanking our lucky stars that glamorous webworkers worldwide are finally waking up from their password nightmares and getting hooked on password management?
Here’s a cool new feature for you, hot of the presses: related tags. Click a tag anywhere in your password list, and you’ll see the related tags with a +
Everytime you click a tag marked with a +, Passpack will filter your list to show you only those entries that contain all the tags you’ve chosen.
This feature is available in either list or cloud view in your tags pane, or directly by clicking the a tag in your password list.
In the example, I first clicked a tag called sothis (a freelance client of mine from days gone). Not only do I get an immediate glance of all the tags that are related to sothis, but I can click on to drill down directly to the entries I’m looking for.
Just click Show all to go back to your full list of tags.
Sub-Folders vs. Related Tags
I’m an organization nut. I’ve spent endless hours in the past obsessing over how best to organize my folders in on my desktop, in my box.net account, everywhere. Yet there always seems to be some items which refuse to sit in just one category.
Related tags are like sub-folders on steroids… just without the old fashioned directory icon. You get to organize every which way. Even those pesky I-belong-everywhere-at-once items can be tackled in a clean and simple way.
Gosh, I think I’ll start a No More Folders movement. Credit where credit is due, Delicious is the granddaddy of related tags.
Ideas for IT Workers
This is really powerful for those of you who work with multiple clients, on multiple projects. For example, if you tag entries with client name, project name and type of information (ex. hosting, ftp, crm, etc) then you can do any of the following searches very quickly:
Looking for all ftp accounts for a given client:
Click the client-name tag, then drill down to the ftp tag. .
Looking for hosting account login for a specific project:
Click hosting tag, then drill down to the client-name, drill down again to the project-name.
The possibilities are really endless! Have fun, and let us know how you plan to use the related tags drill down to organize your account.
Passpack keeps backup copies of the last successful saves for each and every entry in your account. This ensures that should an entry ever get corrupted, the system will ask you if you’d like to recover the last useful backup.
A glitch in the Internet connection during saving seems to be the only cause identified so far that will cause a corrupted entry alert.
In most cases, this automatic recovery works just fine. At worst you may loose the most recent change you were making to the entry. However, should this automatic restore fail, Passpack will alert you immediately. In the event you get one of these failed recovery alerts you should contact us. We’ll work with you to try andrestore the corrupted entry manually.
Tighter Controls & False Positives
We’ve only had a couple reported cases of a failed recovery alert rearing it’s ugly head so far (one of which was a false positive) – but hey… once is enough, so we’re taking care of it.
Over the course of next week, we’ll be rolling out an improvement on the saving procedure to further counteract connection hiccups. Should you get a failed recovery alert, please don’t panic. We have tightened the controls, so there’s a chance there may be some false positives. Just contact customer support and we’ll double check for you.
Scope & Performance
For those who are interested, this is a SHA-1 checksum for server control that data arrives uncorrupted to the server. This SHA-1 checksum is applied to all data. This is not a new control, rather an extension in scope. Previously we were only checking a few key types of data (ex. tags, entries) during saving, while now this has been extended to every single bit getting sent back to the server for saving.
This may make thing run a little slower when saving large amounts of data, though we don’t expect overall performance to be impacted. If you do have a noticeable change in performance, please do the following:
Some of you may have already noticed, we’ve pushed through an update on your Passpack It! button. After you update your button, here’s some of the improvements you’ll find.
Login/Train After Add Entry
A great feature of the Passpack It! button is the abil and add an entry to your Passpack account directly from the registration screen of the website.
Now, without refreshing the page, and without having to go back into your Passpack account, you can re-click your button and train your brand new website or login to it. This is handy especially for sites where the registration form and login form are next to each other on the same page.
More Powerful Training
We’ve extended Passpack’s ability to work with “problematic” websites. In the two days since we’ve rolled this out, we’ve already seen a decrease in the number of broken website links coming in through the feedback pane.
If you’ve tried to train a website in the past, and weren’t able to, we invite you to try again. There’s a good chance it’ll work for you. If not, double-click your Passpack It! button, and click on the Feedback tab to let us know.
There are still a few cases in which Passpack can not penetrate the website’s login form, and these are. for example sites that use nested frames, sites with a login form in an iframe residing on a different domain and login forms inside Java applets or Flash movies.
Timing Out Options
Under Auto-login > Options for Power Users you can set the amount of time Passpack’s 1 Click login will remain active, even after you close your Passpack tab. We’ve extended the maximum time from 8 hours, to 1 day.Here’s how this works.
We’ve also fixed an error that was causing the button to time out sooner than expected and ironed out a few annoying little bugs. We are having some issues with Safari that we’re still getting sorted. Let us know how the new improvements are working out for you.
We’ve got a great roll-out for you: Passpack 7.4. Create groups of shared users, and share one (or batches!) of passwords with those groups. Combine that with fully integrated transfer of ownership, and password management starts looking sexy.
Combining Bulk Sharing and Groups you can get your entire company happily on the password management bandwagon.
Shortly after adding bulk deleting, encrypted password emails and other options, we quietly rolled out bulk sharing… so it’s certainly worth mentioning now. What’s bulk sharing good for? If you have 20 passwords you’d like to share with someone, with bulk editing you can share all 20 at once for a huge time savings.
Transfer Password Ownership
This is a really popular request. Let’s say you’ve purchased a Group account which you use as a central password repository. Your all set up, with your 10 employees each with their own Free account, each receiving their passwords in sharing from your central repository. Fabulous!
But what happens when one of your employees has to create a password entry on your company’s behalf? Simple, you let them create the password, then transfer the ownership over to you.
We experimented a little bit with this feature, rolling it out silently… tucked away in the bulk editing actions menu. With Passpack 7.4 the Transfer Ownership feature has been promoted to “official”. Your shared users can not only transfer one (or batches) of passwords to your central repository – but they can do it at the time of creation, or anytime thereafter.
(Do I hear a few people in the back calling for some automation here? I do? Huh, funny I was thinking the same thing myself [wink])
We also tooled with some things here and there that need fixing. Here’s a quick list of some of the minor changes as well: