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PasswordBox Review

Some history of PasswordBox: https://www.passwordbox.com/about

I love this software.

To put it simply, it manages your passwords in a secure fashion.

Does it ever concern you that you have your passwords on paper, or in notes on your iOS device or on sticky notes around your monitor. Let me give you an illustration to show you the danger in this kind of practice.

I am a hacker. I have several ways of getting to your poorly secured passwords. Having them on paper in a drawer is difficult but not impossible. If your passwords are anywhere electronic, say a word document on your PC, it is very easy for me to get this information. I can send a trojan in an email and get access to your PC remotely. I will normally have a program called a robot that checks for certain key phrases in documents on your PC. I find the file aptly named passwords.doc. I look inside and now have access to all of your passwords including (most likely) your internet banking credentials. It is even possible for me to hack into you PC and take control of your webcam to see the paper on your table. Let alone the people that come past that desk all the time, your family, friends, electrician, banker, dog, etc. The amount of people that would see that information is huge and people may take advantage. Better to have a secure solution if possible. And why not? It’s free, easy to manage and works on all devices.

PasswordBox will be a breath of fresh air to all of you who are in this situation. The process begins with downloading the software for your preferred browser or mobile device. Then you create an account. You set a master password and you have begun. From here there are a few places you can go. You can either go to normal websites where PasswordBox will prompt to save your passwords for that particular site, or you can do what I did. Change all of your passwords to super secure passwords. There is an in-built password generator that can be configured with ease to create very very strong passwords. You can then change your very poor passwords to highly complex ones then get PasswordBox to save them for you. Just never forget your Master Password. If you forget that, because the data is encrypted on PasswordBox’s servers, you won’t be able to access it. Noone will.

Another handy feature is the legacy option. Legacy allows you to enter the email addresses of people who you would like to have access to your passwords when you die. This is super helpful considering how frustrating it must become for loved ones of deceased people to have to call banks/Facebook/Google etc. to get access to the accounts of their friend or loved one. PasswordBox makes this easy. Enter the address, a death certificate is sent to PasswordBox then BOOM, you are given access to that account.

Positives: 

Free for 25 passwords

Helpful in managing super secure passwords

Highly secure (private keys to unlock encrypted data is your master password)

Reservations:

Legacy bothered me. Great feature but technically, if they can give access to someone who doesn’t have the master password, how is that secure? One of the big selling points is noone can access your secure passwords. How can they provide access after you are dead then?

Supported on:

Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox

iOS and Android devices. (Today an update has been released that keeps credit card, drivers license and SSN details. Very handy to have all that information secure and in the one place.)

Coming Soon:

2 factor authentication

Finger Print Authentication

Increased Key Derivation (essentially changes the value for your private key more often (master password))

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August 29, 2013 - Posted by | Security, Technology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Nice! Any ideas as to how it stacks up against other more established password managers like LastPass or 1password?
    I use LastPass, and it’s pretty good. Free for unlimited passwords, too.

    Comment by Tom Melbourne | August 29, 2013 | Reply

    • Hey Tom,
      I used LastPass a few years ago but will look at it again. I will have a look at some of the other solutions out there over the next few days then do a comparison blog about it. PasswordBox at the moment has a limited offer of free unlimited passwords when you create an account on a mobile device. The normal fee is only $1 a month so not expensive at all.

      Comment by sbolas | August 30, 2013 | Reply


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