5 Huge Holes in Your Password Security to Lock Down Now! - Dashlane Blog Chances are if you’re reading this blog, you’re pretty aware that passwords are often the key to much of our most confidential information. But with so much of our lives played out online, it’s likely there are still a few weaknesses in your security repertoire. Meaning that, right now, your own password security is probably nowhere near as locked down as it should be. And chances are it’s one of – or perhaps even all of – the following five holes leaving you compromised…

  1. Your passwords are not alphanumeric AND random

It takes a computer less than a second to hack a password that’s based on real words or phrases, even if you add in upper and lower cases and numbers. Best password practice is to create ones that are alphanumeric and entirely random. Not even so-called “keychain” systems are infallible, as anyone using your computer or logged into the same session will have access to those websites you have stored passwords for.

  1. You’re using the same password for several websites

Think about every time you have created a new online account. You likely had to provide login details for each one – including a user name, email address and undoubtedly a password. Many of you probably use the same password as the one you used before right? At least then you won’t forget it!

While convenient, this method comes with some serious risks. Think of it this way. With each new account comes another door to your personal information. And if all of those doors are locked using the same key, however strong, someone looking to access your information only has to crack that one, often simple code. Then they could potentially have access to much of your online information. Mixing it up by using different passwords everywhere makes it considerably more difficult to hack a portfolio of information.

  1. Your inbox is a goldmine for hackers

Otherwise, you are known as an “online hoarder”. You would likely be amazed how many accounts you’ve signed up to over the years using your email address. Not only will this clutter make it difficult for you to find the information you really care about, it’s also a huge security risk if your passwords are not up to scratch. Using services like Unroll.me allow you to quickly identify unwanted subscriptions and mass-unsubscribe you from dormant and redundant accounts. Paired with our new tool Dashlane Inbox Scan, you can make sure your inbox is not only hassle-free but also safe from hackers, as Inbox Scan will identify any account passwords and private data lying exposed in your inbox, so you can easily remove them and eliminate any security risks from your inbox.

  1. You are using weak or no encryption

Storing your passwords in a safe and secure way is incredibly important. This means using high-level encryption. The industry standard is AES-256 (the AES bit stands for Advanced Encryption Standard), which was first publicly accessible and open cipher approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) to protect information at a “Top Secret” level.

To find out more about AES-256 encryption take a look at our own handy “Dashlane Explains” post for military grade encryption, which spells out the technology in simple terms.

  1. You’re insecurely sharing work passwords

Texting or emailing a colleague for the password to a work account is a bad idea, and one of the easiest ways to compromise your company’s security. Don’t be that person. If sharing is a necessity, ensure the system you use allows you to securely manage and share access to team passwords, and if anyone changes a password, the system should also sync that new login information across both the team and any devices they’re using.

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25/7 is here to declutter your life. From tracking your online shopping to cooking up a storm in the kitchen to never forgetting another password, 25/7 is giving you the chance to grab eight of the latest online tools to help make the most of your precious time.

This week-long program will show you easy ways to ditch distractions as well as providing time-saving secrets from leading CEOs. These tips and tools will help you gain an extra hour in your day to spend doing whatever it is you love.

We’ve already spoken about the merits of Unroll.Me before on the blog. It’s a great tool for cleaning up your inbox, letting you unsubscribe from emails with ease. Keeping your inbox in good shape can also eliminate the security fear factor as well the frustration factor. Paired with our new tool Dashlane Scan, you can make sure your inbox is not only hassle-free but safe from hackers too.

Check out the 25/7 page for more details on the offers and don’t forget to try Dashlane out during this special offer!

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(If you want to manage your work passwords, don’t forget to read to the end for an offer you won’t refuse too!)

What would you do at work if you couldn’t get online? Many of us would probably suggest calling it a day and heading home.

Modern work life depends on online accounts and, of course, the logins and work passwords that come with them. However with this comes great responsibility. Do you choose convenience and use the same password everywhere? Or do you choose security by using unique passwords and take on the arduous task of logging into each one?

Luckily, Adrien’s here to offer some expert advice. Working in an agency that helps advertisers to better leverage their data, he knows the dilemma better than most of us. Here’s his lessons to help help you get in control and kick ass at managing business online too.Get Secure Online Like A Boss.

First of all, get those accounts in order

At my agency I work with an average of five to ten clients at any time, managing up to five accounts for each client. On top of that, I have all of my own work accounts to manage too, from email, to chat, to CRM. All that is just too much to keep track of manually – I’d go as far as to say impossible.

A completely secure repository of all of these accounts, that’s not confined to particular team members’ memory or laptops, is key to making sure the business has real control. We have everything saved in Dashlane so that all I have to remember is a single master password, leaving the app to do the rest for me.

For many people in our business, not only organizing your real accounts is important, but your alter egos too.  Anyone who has ever had to test a website for anything from errors to a good user experience will know that this involves filling in a whole lot of forms, and creating even more accounts in order to do so. It’s lengthy enough to input your own details, but when you’re signing up for demos or making purchases under different accounts, this gets very complicated.

To keep this process in check, putting in some structure around ‘fake’ as well as real credentials is important. Create complete profiles of a defined set of personas once, and refer to these whenever you’re playing around on your sites. Again, all of these identities are set up in my Dashlane account, and I use auto-filling to complete forms in seconds.

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More often than not, several of my colleagues and I may be working on a client’s analytics at once, with just a single login for everyone to share. Just like any team, we had plenty of experience of constant chat and email to get passwords from specific people for specific accounts. It’s a minor request, but every little thing that stops you from just getting on with your job can build up to create a fragmented and frustrating day. We now share passwords securely via Dashlane so that everyone can access the ones they need to, knowing that these are always synced and up to date.

And above all, make sure that your business is actually secure

Make sure your passwords are unique. Choosing the same password for each of your online accounts is like using the same key to lock your home, car and office – if a criminal gains access to one, all of them are compromised. Also make those passwords long and complex, so it is impossible to guess, adding numbers, symbols and mixed-case letters too. If it’s not very original, it won’t be very safe!

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Still be careful about who you share with. Protecting your online accounts – particularly those that touch your brand – isn’t just about passwords. You need to educate your team on how to use those accounts too and ensure they share responsibly. Make use of permissions wherever you can. But if something goes wrong, your first response should be to change the password to lock any wrongdoers out – malicious or accidental.

Has Adrien’s story inspired you to give Dashlane a go? Well it’s you’re lucky day! We’re currently offering UK startups a year’s free premium membership for three team members. To make the most of this offer (worth over £100) click here.

 

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Today at Dashlane we’re celebrating Community Manager Appreciation Day, which looks to praise the best Community Managers in the business and give them the credit they deserve for doing what can often be a thankless task, improving the customer experience through social media.

To mark the occasion, we’re offering our own token of appreciation to Community Managers with a year’s free access to Dashlane Premium, so there’s nothing left standing in the way of good security for all social communities.

The working day of a community manager seems to get more complex every month. Long gone are the days when a Facebook account would cut the mustard. Now brands need to be present on every platform under the sun, reaching different audiences from Twitter to Pinterest to Linkedin. Thats not even taking into account different brand streams and regional accounts, which ultimately means community managers may be having to deal with (potentially) hundreds of log ins in their professional lives.

To deal with this plethora of information, many Community Managers will undoubtedly implement sound policy guidelines to protect their log-ins, however one simple slip up could lead to a serious faux pas resulting in a huge amount of brand damage, not to mention the Manager’s own professional reputation.

If you’re keen to follow Community Manager Appreciation Day on Twitter search for the #CMAD #CMGR hastags on Twitter and follow @Dashlane for further developments and offers.

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After much anticipation, Apple announced a release date for iOS 8 yesterday. September 17th is the big day! Now that Dashlane’s iOS 8 app is in review with Apple, we want to let you know what amazing new features are coming your way very soon!

Here are three brand new features you can expect from Dashlane’s iOS 8 app:

The Dashlane Safari extension
With the new Dashlane extension in Safari, you’ll be able to auto-log in to your websites and autofill forms in Safari on your iPhone and iPad.

dashlane_ipad_safariextensionHere’s how it works:

Dashlane + Touch ID
With Dashlane and Touch ID, you can log in to Dashlane using your fingerprint instead of having to type your Master Password or PIN code. Set it up once (shown below), and you’re good to go.

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The Dashlane App Extension
iOS 8 has an incredible feature called App Extensions. By using the Dashlane App Extension, developers can eliminate manual data entry at account creation, login, and form filling in their apps.

As a user, it means that creating accounts, logging in, and filling forms in your apps could be as easy to do as it is in your browser. Here’s a a sneak-peak of what that looks like:

Developers can find documentation on our App Extension here. If you want to see Dashlane working with your favorite apps, feel free to send your favorite apps a message about it :)

Once iOS 8 is released on September 17th, we expect Dashlane’s iOS 8 app to be available in the iTunes Store within mere days after that. We’ll be waiting with bells on! How about you?

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