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NC #636 – Password Playdate at MacStock 2017

I brag a bit about being a speaker at the CMD-D Conference, and then you’ll get to hear the talk I did at Macstock Conference and Expo in Woodstock, Illinois last weekend. Password Playdate on Youtube:…, Keynote version of the charts, click here and Download PowerPoint version here. (I died a little bit inside installing PowerPoint on my Mac.)

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Bart Busschots Talks Passwords on Daily Tech News Show

I like to post to when I’ve had appearances on other shows, but this week I’m even more excited to tell you that Bart was on Daily Tech News Show this week! He and Tom Merritt had a great rapport as they discussed the latest tech news. The main topic though was passwords, and they spent a bunch of time talking about Bart’s password generator. If you haven’t ever used xkpasswd, it’s a tool Bart created that creates secure, memorable passwords that you can tailor to your needs.

Check out DTNS 3024, which was entitled with a title according to one of’s algorithms: :42^DAILY^TECH^NEWS^SHOW^47::

Be Careful When You Create a Dashlane Account

Dashlane logoThis week I received an odd email. It was a message from Dashlane, welcoming me to their password manager service. This was odd, only because I did not open an account with Dashlane.

I contacted them through their support email explaining the situation. I requested that the account be suspended and that they contact me to discuss the implications of this. Christine from Dashlane responded quite promptly, and explained that I could delete “my” account, but she cautioned me that I would not be able to use “my” Dashlane account if I deleted it, and that I would lose all of my data. It was pretty clear that this was a canned response, or else she didn’t read very clearly.

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1Password 6 Brings Searching of All Vaults to OS X

1P new interface showing All Vaults option command-0When I switched from LastPass to 1Password from Agilebits a few years ago, the only thing I missed was the method LastPass used to allow password sharing. Steve and I share a lot of passwords so this was super important to us. In LastPass you could simply select a login and share it to someone either as read only or with privileges to change the password. It wasn’t perfect but it worked for us.

In 1Password it’s done differently and I didn’t like it nearly as much. You create multiple vaults. Steve has his own primary vault, I have my own primary vault, and we both have write privileges to a third shared vault. Setting it up wasn’t too hard: one person creates it, puts it in Dropbox and then shares it. The good news was that we didn’t have to have a third password to open it, we both access it with our own 1Password password.
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LastPass vs 1Password – Which One is Right for You?

1p_vs_lpWe’ve talked before about the importance of using a password manager in this age of constantly hacked services. There’s no perfect solution yet, but we’ve been able to prove time and time again that letting a human pick passwords is pretty much the most flawed approach you can take. We can’t remember passwords, and we can’t even invent random ones, so we fail from both sides. We cannot be trusted. If you use a password manager, can choose to have it create random passwords your brain would never think of, and which you can never type. We’ve also talked about using Bart’s awesome xkpasswd tool to generate random and yet typable passwords.

I’m betting that many of you are in the camp of “yeah, I know I should use a password manager, and I’m really really going to get around to that soon.” Sort of like the old days when we all knew we should be doing backups but it was just too darn hard, so we didn’t start doing them until it got as easy as plugging in a backup drive. Now there’s really no excuse not to use LastPass or 1Password.

You may recall that I have been a LastPass user for a few years, but I’ve been frustrated because they were never able to fix the problem I had that it would stop logging me out when I was idle, which was enough to push me to 1Password. Now that I’ve used both for a while I’d like to walk through each one and give you some pros and cons so you can make your own decision. Remember, they’re both GREAT services, and you will not go wrong either way. I remember when Dorothy was trying to decide and she made a big pro/cons chart for herself, and in the end flipped a coin. She ended up choosing 1Password and so did Bart, which might be all you need to help you decide.

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#376 Hands on Nexus 7 Review, Bartender Menubar App, 1Password Attachments, What to Expect from Mountain Lion

Live show will not take place on Sunday August 5th, it will be on Saturday August 4th at 5pm Pacific Time at Keep up to date on the live show by subscribing to the NosillaCast calendar and by subscribing to the NosillaCast News. Hands on Nexus 7 review by a confirmed Apple Fan Girl – you can buy yours at available at Bartender for a second row of menu bar apps from Jane from Perth explains an important thing to know about attachments to 1Password secure notes – they don’t sync to iOS. In Chit Chat Across the Pond, Jeff Gamet of The Mac Observer joins us to talk about what we can expect from Mountain Lion.

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