Archive for the Encryption Category

What To Do About Passwords – In Firefox

Posted in Disk and File Mgt, Encryption, Firefox, Firefox Extension, Security, Utilities on August 22, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

Like most people, I’ve struggled with Internet passwords since the Internet was created, and I still do, but now most of the time I’ve found a solution that works for me. Passwordmaker provides a good interface to store the passwords in and it automatically records the url. It will generate a password for you but, to be honest, I have notpasswordmaker gotten to the point where I use the automatically generated password yet. I still use one standard password for as much as possible and then write it down in the interface. Therefore, I’m not using all the capabilities of the product but I may soon be confident enough in the system to do it. I’m just not there yet. However, this works as a great spot to store my passwords for now and I have room to grow and more things I could use it for as I move over to a more secure system. By the way, in the picture you can see that it asks for a ‘master password’ and it’s optional and I don’t use it. Just in case you were worried about having to type a password to get your password…

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/469

ps – I’ve tried nearly every solution they have out there for this. I spent a significant amount of time on Roboform (and some of the others) but never really got them to work well. So learn from my mistakes and use this for now. If you want to security of generated passwords it is in this product for you and I’ll update you if anything better comes along.

pps – One other piece of code, that I use as a safety net, is Password Exporter and you can install that at the link below. It exports all your passwords to a file on your PC and you should go through that manual exercise once in a while. You can also just look at your passwords through it’s interface.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2848

Tales From the Crypt, File Encryption Made Simple

Posted in Disk and File Mgt, Encryption, Utilities on August 22, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

From time to time we all have files that we want to put somewhere that no one else can see. Axcrypt is the best desktop file encryption software that I’ve found. Once you download and install it you’ll notice that it has placed an entry on your context menu so that whenever you highlight a file you can select ‘axcrypt’ and it will bring up a screen that asks for your password. Input your password, the file encrypts as fast as a file zips, and it’s your set and no one can touch it but you. The beauty is that you can also go through that same process with a folder and it will encrypt every file under the folder. Anyone can still enter the folder but they’ll see that every file in the folder is encrypted. You can do the same thing to decrypt the file.

One thing I’ll point out. There is a difference between this way of securing your files and a locking a file folder. Axcrypt is fast but it goes through the process of encrypting every file so if you wanted to quickly lock a folder with a 3,000 files in it and still have quick access to each of those files the best thing to do would be to lock the folder and not each file. You can’t do that with Axcrypt. I have not found a freeware solution that works well for that specific need. There is a popular shareware product named Folder Lock that works nicely but it is shareware and someday someone will come out with a freeware version of something that locks folders well but I have not seen it yet.

Axcrypt is a snap to install and it works really well for encrypting files.bones

http://www.axantum.com/AxCrypt/Downloads.html