Friday, May 27, 2011

Passpack - Online password management

Did I bore you about Passpack yet? If not read on...

Passpack is a website that manages your passwords and other login details. It is simple to use and allows you to share passwords with colleagues and family members.

For instance, if you add a link to the login page for the site, it will auto-complete the login fields (using a bookmarklet).

I can also recommend the automatic password generation, which helps you avoid principal danger of password reuse.

It has a neat system whereby the passwords are decrypted locally in the browser using your security pass-phrase. This means that even the Passpack folks can't see your passwords. Of course this means you should keep you pass-phrase written down somewhere - I recommend keeping it with your will :-)

For extra simplicity, you can login with your ID from Google, Facebook, Twitter, or and OpenID provider. This doesn't help with the pass-phrase, but it stops you needing two passwords: one to login and one to decrypt your data.

Until true SSO is a reality, this makes identity management much simpler.

Thursday, May 05, 2011


I often want to share YouTube videos with my kids, but they are surrounded by links to other videos, which can often be unsuitable. ShareSafe.TV displays only the video you want to show and nothing else. Use their link generator or just add v/<video id> to the end of their URL.

Here is an example: