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Passpack on USB, with Google Gears

Did you know you can carry Passpack Offline Version around with you on your USB? You can. Thanks to Firefox portable, some feedback from a Passpack user, and a quick research on making Google Gears portable.

Passpack Offline is built with Google Gears technology so you are (were : ) limited to using it only on computers where Google Gears had already been installed. This is less than ideal for folks who want to carry a copy of Passpack with them on a USB pen drive (of course, that’s why we built an online password manager… but I digress [wink]).

How To Make Passpack Offline Portable

If you want to put Passpack Offline Version onto your USB:

  1. Install Firefox portable on your USB keychain.
  2. Make Google Gears portable with portable Firefox (this is the key to the whole process!).
  3. Copy the Passpack folder (download zip here) from your PC and put it onto your USB.

That’s it!

You are all set. To you use Passpack Offline on your USB, go ahead and follow the same process as you normally would have on your own PC.

Inactive Buy Now Button – Fixed

Yesterday (Nov. 5) we received a bunch of emails about problems with the Buy Now button when trying to upgrade their accounts to Passpack Pro. It seems that when users clicked on the button, they weren’t able to make a purchase.

What Happened

Before releasing Pro to the public, we ran all of our own testing. For security purposes we had an IP block set up. This was not removed before going live and is the cause of why the Buy Now button wasn’t working properly.

It’s Been Fixed

We’ve deactivated the IP block and everything is set to go, so your Buy Now button should now take you to a 3 step payment process. Thanks for your patience. Going Pro is a bit bumpier than we’d thought : )

One More Issue

It also appears that Paypal is not immediately notifying us when a successful purchase has been made. This means that it could take up to 24 hours from when your purchase is made to when your account is actually upgraded (if not contact us here). We’re working on making the process more immediate but, until then thanks again for your patience.

We're Out Of Beta, And Into Pro!

Corks are popping here at Passpack HQ! We’re officially out of Beta and we now have Passpack 1.0. Passpack 6 with the first paid upgrade available: Pro.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there will always be a free version of Passpack, and that version is more than plenty for most users. However some of you really are Pro users. If you want to store more than 100 hundred passwords, save your bank and financial data, or if you want some other amazing features, now’s the time to upgrade to a Pro account.

What Pro Means

A Pro account gives you:

  • 1,000 password storage [instead of 100]
  • 30 disposable logins lasting for 3 months [instead of 3 lasting for 1 month]
  • 100 messages you can save as favorite, so they don’t expire after a week [instead of 5 messages]

Who Is a Pro Account For?

Anyone can upgrade, and we think that any user that is managing a huge number of passwords, accounts, relevant information, and those who need to share this information with their customers, relatives, friends, they may all love a PRO account’s facilities.

Pro accounts are starting at an introductory rate of €10 for the first year only. How long will this offer last?  Not forever : )

We’re In It Together

It is a fantastic goal we’ve reached – all of us together – the Passpack team and Passpack users. Thank you for your help and patience along the way!

So, we’re off to a new beginning now. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

*If you are interested in upgrading your current account, go to the NEW Accounts Tab in your Pack!

Passpack At Web 2.0 Expo

Donato is a sucker for all things Web 2.0 and innovation, so when a few interesting conferences caught his eye, we couldn’t help but get him a ticket to Web 2.0 Expo Berlin.

Our Passpack socialite-to-be wants to make the most of his time in the German capital and meet any Web 2.0-ers who may be itching to know just what Passpack has in store after Secure Messaging? So check out his Expo profile and contact him to meet up or just get a coffee…

Getting Ready to Leave Beta

Passpack is getting ready to leave Beta. Amazing, but true.

It’s taken a while (lawyers be darned!) but within a week or so the first few days of November, we’ll be releasing Passpack 1.0 together with our first paid upgrade “Pro”. This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for.

Free-For-Now Becomes Free-Forever

I’d like to personally thank the many many users who opted into our Free-for-now promotion. When faced with the question “Would you pay for Passpack?” — you said YES, loud and clear.

To show our gratitude, we’ve decided to extend the promotion indefinitely.

Free-For-Now users can continue to use their accounts.
As-is, for free, forever.

Wise guy alert: no getting smart and trying to squeeze in a free account at the last minute [wink]. As of now, the promotion is over. This is our way of thanking the early adopters. It’s just for them.

The New “Pro” Package

The Free-For-Now deal is mostly just extra passwords, though some folks might have also gotten extra disposable logins (we changed the configurations numerous time). The Pro package is much more than that, and we’ll continue to grow the feature set with time.

With the Free account, you get a little bit of everything. With Pro, you get more. Here’s a look:

You’ll notice that proper password sharing isn’t on the list yet. It will be. Once that technology is available, the Pro package will have (you guessed it) more than the Free account.

Who is Pro For?

Anyone will be able to upgrade, naturally, but as the name implies, we expect that the people who will really need Pro, are people who generally work and collaborate over the internet:

  • Web Developers, Designers & Project Managers
    Share passwords with the team during project development, then send them over to the client upon delivery.
  • Online Traders
    Use secure messaging instead of emails (those password protected PDFs are easily cracked folks).
  • SEO & New Media Marketers
    How many passwords do you have? Yeah, I thought so. You need far more capacity then the average person. Plus messaging is good for chatting with clients on strategy that’s best not left for the competitor to sniff (if the email gets sniffed – they’ll blame you).

How Much is Pro?

(What’s €10 in US Dollars?)

That will go up to €15/year once we complete the package with full password sharing.

Thank you for believing in us!

Passpack Releases Secure Messaging

If you are still not sure how to securely send login information to your clients, the electricity bill account codes to your wife or surprise birthday party information to your friend – now you can send (encrypted) messages to users of your choice with Passpack Secure Messaging!

The People in Your Ring of Trust


Redefining Privacy

How much information do you send to colleagues, family and friends over the web everyday? How much of it would you prefer not to? We don’t always have a choice and sometimes certain things that should remain reserved, travel the web for anyone to read. Passpack wants to give you that choice with Secure Messaging. Redenfing privacy is a big task, but Passpack is willing to take that step and lend a hand to help privacy evolve.

Not just anyone will receive your messages – only the people who you choose – those in your Ring of Trust. Your Ring of Trust is sort of like your internal Passpack contact list and should include only the people you know. As much as we love networking sites like Facebook and Myspace, Passpack’s sharing is not designed to work like them. The objective is not accumulating friends – no one would see them anyway! Passpack Messaging gives users a secure means of communication for things that you may have otherwise had to whisper!

Now It’s Up To You!

Your passwords are already protected with Passpack, now your messages can be too. So to start adding people to your Ring of Trust and start exchanging messages, take a look at Dani’s “How to” post.

As we have mentioned before, this is one of the many Passpack features we want to offer you, so you can expect many more additions. As for now, please let us know how you would like us to enhance your Messaging experience.

We work off your feedback so leave us a comment or a suggestion!

The Evolution of Privacy

Online Identity is a topic close to my heart. Passwords may be directly related to authentication — but Passpack’s relationship with Online Identity runs deeper than that.

Let me share with you our ultimate vision for Passpack: in our personal lives, we all have public and private spheres. The latter is completely missing in our virtual life. Passpack wants to give you back your privacy.

What Privacy Is

Privacy is the right to choose what to share, how much of it we want shared and with whom.

Privacy is not secretive. Privacy is not having something to hide. Privacy is not asocial.

Web 2.0, better known as – the social web, is based on a mass collective exchange of information – and one perfect example is lifestreaming.

Your online identity is diffused across various social networking platforms – by nature they are limited in privacy. This is by no means implying such platforms don’t follow privacy standards but applications like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, FriendFeed are born specifically to share information beyond your ring of contacts.

But, sometimes we need to share things – like personal messages, health records and so much more and we need to share these things with particular people in complete confidentiality. Being able to do so… that is privacy. And it requires one key factor – Trust.

The Ring of Trust

Welcome to The Ring of Trust. It may not sound familiar, because it hasn’t existed until now.

Trust is that area that overlaps public and private. It’s pulling a select person or company into my private sphere long enough to entrust them (and only them) with something. I know that they will keep it confidential and will not share it with others. If they live up to my expectation, they may earn more excursions into my private sphere. Some people earn a permanent slot. But I decide.

As a professional, I need to share sensitive data with my colleagues and not wanting to send it to them by email (knowing they are just like online postcards), I would invite them into my Ring of Trust.

Privacy: Beyond a Concept

Passpack is and always will be an online password manager and now we will also take on the responsibility of being an online privacy manager as well. Privacy is not only made up of passwords, it’s made of people and powered by technology.

This technology is what we have called Shared Host-Proof Hosting. It finally gives users the unique experience of securely exchanging personal information, adding the necessary private sphere to our (sometimes too) public identities.

I am sure that I am not the only one who has felt the essential need for a new concept of privacy. And now,  we have an answer to fulfill just this need.

Let privacy evolve. Let’s start building our own Ring of Trust.

Up Next: Twitter & Friendfeed Users Can Login to Passpack

We’ve been talking about the upcoming messaging release lately, but one thing that has apparently dropped off the radar is the 3rd Party Login integration with either Twitter or Friendfeed. In the end, we decided to do both. They’ll be released at the same time as messaging.

Welcome Aboard Twitterverse!

Google lovers can use their Gmail login to try out Passpack, OpenID pundits can use their OpenID’s and now… Twitter and Friend Feed have joined the fun as well. (I heart twitter)

Welcome aboard Twitterverse– you’ve got a Passpack account just waiting for you!

Who Are 3rd Party Logins For?

Some of you are curious as to why Passpack would be interested in allowing 3rd party logins – after all, Passpack is built to store logins, so isn’t it a bit of a catch 22?

For those of you who are already users, frankly, it wouldn’t make much sense to use a 3rd party login. You’ve already invested in Passpack and have created User ID, Pass and Packing Key. If you’re in a hurry, you can tick off remember me and breeze past the login screen, straight to the Packing Key. It doesn’t get much faster than that.

However, we’ve found that choosing three items (User / Pass / Packing Key) is a barrier to entry for some folks. Especially for people who aren’t entirely sold on the idea yet, but would like to sign up to have a look around.

So we figured – hey, why not make it easier for people to sign up and give Passpack a try? Therein lies the usefulness of 3rd party logins. New users need only pick a Packing Key in order to get started. Done. Simple.

A Note on the Login Screen

One complaint that came up is that the new (giant) buttons slow down login. Sorry about that – you’re absolutely right. In the upcoming release, the buttons will be smaller and should load more quickly. Hope that helps. Let us know if we need to take further measures – we’re listening.

Now Go Get Social

Ok, so now that you know who 3rd party logins are for, please go forth and tell your friends about Passpack. If they’re skeptical, let them know they can use their Google, Windows Live, OpenID, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter or Friend Feed login to get in and peek around before committing. Who knows, they may very well do so (thank you!).

How You Can Use Passpack Messaging

We may have surprised a few of our users yesterday with the announcement of one of our next releases – Passpack Messaging.

Do you want to test it? Leave a comment, or send an email to Tara.

We’d love to hear your feedback.

And in the meantime – here are a few ideas on how Passpack users can use Messaging…

Send Pin Numbers or Deadline Dates

If you are a professional, a freelancer, a business owner or similar, you have most likely had to exchange sensitive info that you just don’t feel that comfortable exchanging via email – PIN numbers, deadline dates, user logins, normal text messages, events and of course…passwords.

Busy offices have busy ears and some information is worth sending encrypted.

Family Reminders

You’re about to leave work and can’t remember the new security code on the house? You could have your spouse/partner email or text it to you but do you really feel secure sending that information around like that? Have an encrypted message sent to your Passpack account. Job done. You can leave work knowing the security code is safe in Passpack and never traveled unencrypted.

Families and friends have endless options for secure Messaging between accounts: PIN numbers, travel plans, insurance codes, a private message you want to stay private like possible birthday gifts for Mom…

Lots More…

If you spend a certain part of your day in front of a computer and like to drop terms that leave most average internet users perplexed, you’ll love Passpack Messaging, but I will leave it to you all to tell us why? What could YOU do with Passpack Messaging?

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passpack messaging

Want to Try Messaging?

Keep in mind that messaging is ONE of the many features Passpack plans on releasing and we are always looking for your feedback. The following ideas on how to use Passpack Messaging are just a taste of what’s to come and a small step to a big plan called Sharing.

Send Tara an email or just leave a comment on this post. You can test with a friend or with one of us at the Passpack Team!
Testing is closed.