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:
I’ve been stingy with the blog posts as of late, so I wanted to drop in with some news on what we’ve been up to, and what’s coming up next – Groups & Localization!
For the past 5 months or so I’ve been traveling, while Francesco has been preparing some important Passpack changes. Let’s ignore the traveling since you can read all about that on my personal blog, and jump right into the exciting new stuff.
Just one small word, but chock full of Passpack power. The next update you’ll see to your account is the ability to share not just with single people, but with entire groups. This is incredibly useful for provisioning passwords, for example, to an entire department.
Right before the official release, we’ll stock up the Help Center with how-to articles for you. But here’s the gist:
Add a shared user to a group and their account gets populated with all the password entries that have been previously shared with that group.
All changes are automatically propagated across the group.
Remove someone from a group and all group-shared password entries will disappear from his/her account.
For those of you wishing you had Passpack in your own language – your moment is coming.
Following the Groups release, we’ll be finishing off a few smaller features to round out the both the free and business packages. The next big thing you can expect though will be a localization tool. We build the tool, and you (the community) can translate until your hearts delight.
Until then, welcome me back, and get ready for 2-3 months of intensive development.
Some months ago we stopped the full support of Gmail authentication to Passpack. Yesterday I was reading the post announcing it, and I had an idea.
Google requires you to configure your account in order to allow the access to the mailbox from external tools. However, yesterday I decided to try and simply authenticate via IMAP on a brand new Gmail account.
Surprisingly… it worked because recently Google changes the default settings. In ten minutes I reversed the code substituting the old library with just two lines.
So the good news is “we fixed it”. The Gmail third party authentication will not be discontinued.
Obviously… your GMail account must have the IMAP Access enabled.
Happy 2010! We almost missed the new year since we’ve been toiling away on the internal alpha testing of the new Passpack Desktop release. Before a formal release, we’d love your help beta testing it – interested?
Here’s what’s new:
Many of your favorite features from Passpack.com
bulk entry management
see your people tab (read only)
click icons to copy content from your list
updated entry window
Offline only entries clearly marked with “local” tag.
Improved online sync, including shared passwords [hooray!]
Want To Test It Right Now?
You can. No need to sign up for a beta program, simply download a copy of the beta at the link below and get cooking. We’re announcing this on the blog first so you guys can get the first crack at it.
Testing is mostly needed on the update and sync process, so you must, must, must backup your previous Desktop data before testing! Then install the beta. To align your data with your online account, go to Tools > Sync with Passpack.com.
Should anything go wrong, let us know what happened. If you need to recover your data, use the command Tools > Downgrade to stable version.
Please use the comments below to let us know what’s working, and what’s not. That’s it, enjoy. I’m looking forward to your feedback.
Before installing the beta 2, please launch beta 1 and click the “BETA: restore old 1.0.5 pack backup and restart.” link (if you don’t have that link, it’s ok, it means you don’t need it). Then you can close it and install beta 2.
There are a lot of USB drives aimed at improving login security. The Yubikey is my favorite. It is compact and smart, and now you can use it to sign in Passpack.
Tara met Stina Ehrensvärd, CEO & Founder of Yubico, during Red Herring’s ETRE 2008, in Stockolm. In that occasion, Stina gave a Yubikey to Tara. I pondered it for a while, and now we have finally decided to do an integration. Actually… two.
You can use the Yubikey either as a Two Factor Authenticationbetween your Passpack Password and Packing Key… or you can use it to replace the Passpack Password and skip straight to the Packing Key.
As usual, if you want to associate the Yubikey login to you account, go to Account > Associate Another Login and start the process (how to).
If you are not already a Passpack user, you can create an account directly using one of the supported Third Party Logins, now including Yubikey. Of course, I strongly suggest to have a standard Passpack account as well for back up. In fact, in the case that it is not possible to access your Third Party service for any reason (did you loose your Yubikey?), will then be able to access your account via the standard sign in process. Alternatively, you could associate al least two Third Party Logins.
Option 2: Yubikey as Two Factor Authentication
This is for people who want to further secure their access to Passpack.
To configure your account to use Yubikey, simply go to Settings > Two Factor Autentication. You will see the following screen.
Choose the second option and press Continue. Passpack will then ask you to press your Yubikey and … you’re done.
Please note: Some Internet Cafès or public computers may not allow you use a USB drive for fear of keyloggers. In these cases, you will not be able to access your Passpack account from those computers.