Password protection is no joke, and if you can remember all of your passwords, then you're doing something wrong. The most likely option is that you're using the same password (or a few variations) across every site on the web. That's not a thing anyone should do.
Thankfully there are apps like 1Password to help you out with the whole password thing — no one should have to remember 1600 different passwords, and keeping them stored in a note-taking document is basically a terrible idea. Locking them up in a vault is the only way to go.
With the most recent update, 1Password's vault just got a lot better, too.
Everyone is trying to come up with a better, more secure way to do passwords, but not Medium. Nope, Medium is just getting rid of them. You can now create and sign into a Medium account using only your email. This works on the web and iOS right now, and will be added to the Android app soon.
One of the coolest bits of news from Google I/O last week was the expansion of Smart Lock into password management. If your Google account has a saved password for a service, Smart Lock can automatically log you into an app. The newest addition to the list of supported apps is the official New York Times app.
Google Smart Lock is one of the most practically useful features that have come out of the slew of announcements at I/O this year — allowing your device to associate your usernames and passwords for various apps and Chrome sites with your Google account so that you don't need to even bother with logging in when you want to use them.
Among Smart Lock's launch partners is Netflix, and the app's listing on the Play Store has been updated to include this functionality. Now when you install Netflix on a device with Smart Lock enabled (currently that's the M preview release and Lollipop devices where Google Play Services has enabled the feature), you will be asked if you want to save this password.
Swiftkey prides itself on making your mobile typing experience easier and faster than stock keyboards, but these days the competition has really upped its game. Predictions and swiping aren't enough to qualify as unique anymore. But a new unannounced feature from SwiftKey might be just the edge they need to stay competitive.
With the version 5.3 beta launching on Android later this week, SwiftKey is addressing one of the most irritating aspects of typing on a mobile device—entering passwords, and not just in websites. The company will partner with Dashlane, a password manager akin to LastPass and 1Password, to make entering login credentials in your apps as easy as selecting a word from the prediction bar.
The next time you sign into your Twitch account, you're going to have to change your passwords and stream keys. You will also need to reconnect your Twitter and YouTube accounts. Why? The same reason as always. It appears someone may have obtained unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information, and these precautions are for your own good.
Twitch has sent out emails to affected users of the video game streaming service, warning that their usernames, email addresses, encrypted passwords, last IP addresses, phone numbers, addresses, and dates of birth may have been accessed.
If you've reused your Twitch password at any other website, now would be a good time to change that one too.
PasswordBox is a password manager that automatically enters your credentials into various websites and apps, not unlike LastPass. Last month the company was acquired by Intel Security, which is both absorbing the service and leaving it available in its current form for the time being. The PasswordBox team has been hard at work for its new boss, and at this year's CES, Intel Security announced True Key, built on top of the technology made available by the partnership.
True Key is a replacement for master passwords that secures your information by checking a combination of traits unique to you. This includes relying on aspects of facial recognition—think the distance between your eyes and nose—along with information such as the number of devices that you own.
PasswordBox is a system that allows users to keep long and secure passwords to major services, auto-inputting the fields on desktops and mobile platforms and syncing them to a cloud-based system with a single login. It's a popular alternative to the similar LastPass system. Yesterday Intel announced that it had acquired the 44-person company for an undisclosed sum, and intends to integrate it into its Intel Security team (which includes support from McAfee) going forward.
According to a post on PasswordBox's company blog, user accounts and paid subscriptions will remain active and unaffected "for now." The synced password service costs $12 a year for unlimited stored passwords; it's unclear if the service and pricing model will continue indefinitely, or what those who have purchased a lifetime subscription through promotional portals like StackSocial will recieve.
I love Lastpass. I've been using it for over a year at this point, and I fear I can no longer live without it. A few months ago, the Lastpass Android app gained the ability to detect password prompts on the web and in apps and offer suggestions for autofill - much like the browser extension does. It worked well enough, though was kind of buggy. Still, the convenience outweighed the annoyance, so I think we all gave it a pass.
But now, something terrible has happened. In an attempt to make the autofill feature "more reliable," Lastpass has released a chathead-like feature called App Fill Helper that makes it even easier to find login credentials.