Yesterday a friend came to me in a rather vehement state of frenzy because people were getting spam from his email account. A quick trip to haveibeenpwned confirmed that, indeed, his email address was listed in recently discovered breaches. Fortunately, his password had not been compromised so the damage was relatively minor. But when I checked my own “low security” password that I still use in a number of places, the test was positive. This means that a hacker could just waltz into those accounts and order ukuleles that I don’t want, or impersonate me in some forgotten forum that nevertheless still has followers (including the FBI), and get me into a heap of trouble. So I decided to change all of those passwords and get it over with. Read on if you’re curious as to what happened. The picture should give you a hint. Read More
For quite a while now PassLok Chat has been one of the ways you can set up a real-secure real-time online meeting. This was done through the Chat option in PassLok, which generated an encrypted link to PassLok Chat. But now you can also enjoy PassLok Chat without the encryption step. This little app will generate a new chat link every time you click its “Make Chat” button, without asking you for any passwords or accounts of any kind. Share the link to enjoy free, unlimited, direct peer-to-peer conferencing without any accounts or servers in-between.
Like many of you, I’ve spent several weeks locked up “working” from home, which I’m putting in quotes because it does feel quite a bit different. One of my favorite helpers is Zoom meetings, because it’s so easy to use. But apparently it’s not so secure when it comes to holding confidential meetings and conversations. I’ve researched a few alternatives, and in this post I show you how you can combine them with my own PassLok in order to achieve a moderately secure connection. I actually started writing this before updating PassLok Chat to version 2 (this is the real-time conferencing solution built into PassLok and compatible apps), so I had no particular interest in promoting one method over another, including PassLok’s built-in conferencing. Read More
These days, lots of people are communicating with each other via video conferencing, but it seems a number of popular video conferencing services are less than secure. Zoom, in particular, has come under a lot of fire recently because of the ease with which interlopers can get into ongoing meetings. You probably know that PassLok has had its own way to create secure chats for quite a while, but now it has been completely redesigned for version 2. This version works more reliably than before, and now includes the option to initiate Jitsi chats. Read More
It’s been a while since I looked into PassLok on mobile devices. Well, things have evolved and now smartphones and tablets are faster than they used to be, and can handle things they couldn’t handle before. So the newest version of PassLok (2.4.16) removes a number of old limitations placed when the code was running on a mobile platform. You can now insert images and files to be encrypted, and integration with the texting app is tighter.
Here it is, the latest variation of my PassLok encryption app. PassLok Universal is a lot like PassLok for Email, with these few enhancements:
- It runs with just about any email service, not just Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook online
- It includes all the password management power of SynthPass
- It that weren’t enough, it also includes the page isolation functions of Page Cage
All of it launched by clicking a single icon. Which functions become active depend on what’s on the current page: encryption/decryption if that material is on the page or can be put into it, passwords if a login is visible, page security otherwise.
It doesn’t look like much judging by the number, but this is a huge update, which deserves a special announcement. As usual, you can add it to your browser from these links:
The other day I was curious about what other extensions the Chrome Web Store thought were “related” to my own apps, which led me to discover a number of possible competitors that I knew nothing about. In this article, I am critiquing a number of those competing with PassLok for Email and the just released PassLok Universal.
FusionKey, just released in the Chrome and Firefox web stores, packs into a single icon all the power of PassLok and SynthPass. It makes a high-security password when you want to fill a password. It decrypts an encrypted message if there is one, and makes a new encrypted reply. It integrates with every web mail service in existence. And, like all my other apps, FusionKey is free. Read More