By Cody Lee on Mar 26, 2013
By default, it takes you at least 6 steps to enable your device’s Passcode from your Home screen. You have to launch the Settings app, navigate through a couple of screens to the Passcode Lock window, and set it up.
While this process is just fine for folks who keep their iOS devices Passcode-protected at all times, it’s fairly tedious for those that only enable the security feature every once in a while. Luckily, there’s TapTapPass… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 23, 2013
That was fast. Earlier today, Christian told you that a major security hole had been discovered involving Apple’s iForgot page that allowed someone to reset your Apple ID password with just your birthdate and email address.
Unsurprisingly, Apple immediately took the password page down after getting word of the vulnerability. And after just a few hours of ‘maintenance,’ the page is back up and—we’re happy to report—once again safe to use… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 4, 2013
Have you ever had Google Chrome on OS X present a pop up message that states: Google Chrome wants to use your confidential information stored in the…blah, blah, blah…in your keychain?
Even if you select Always Allow, Deny, or Allow, the message continues to pop up each time you visit specific sites. I tried disabling password syncing in Chrome’s settings, clearing all saved passwords, etc., all to no avail. Basically, I got to the point where If I saw that message one more time, I was going to rip my hair out!
But I solved the issue, and it was actually easier, and more obvious than I expected. If you’re having the same problem, which apparently many Chrome users on the Mac are, then take a look inside for the fix… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 3, 2013
Lockdown Pro, the popular jailbreak tweak that allows you to password-protect individual apps and folders on your iPhone, was updated this week with some new features and improvements. It can now hide apps, and it feels much speedier.
But the big news is that in addition to the update, the developer has also released 3 new Lockdown Pro packages. There is now an iPad version of the tweak, as well as two free ‘Lite’ versions—one for the iPhone/iPod touch and one for the iPad… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 11, 2013
Good news for those of you who have a strong disdain for remembering and entering in passwords. It looks like Apple is again exploring alternatives to the traditional text and number-based authentication method.
An interesting patent application fro the Cupertino company has recently surfaced that depicts an iPhone being unlocked by a user verbally (or using touch-based input) identifying a person, pet or object in a photo… Read More
By Mike Schnier on Jan 24, 2013
There’s a suggestion floating around on tech blogs for setting ‘unguessable passcodes’ in iOS. The idea is to use alternate accented characters, which are hidden but easily accessible by holding down letters on the virtual keyboard. The thinking is these accented characters could be especially effective at thwarting guesses, as English speakers might not even realize that there are accents beneath the keys… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 24, 2013
If you find yourself forgetting a saved password in your favorite browser, whether it be Safari, Chrome, or the like, then Revelation may come to your aid. But what if you forget a saved password in something like your Gmail email account saved within iOS? Revelation can help there, too.
As you can probably tell by now, Revelation is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to see your otherwise hidden passwords in the clear. Not only will it prevent your passwords from being masked as you type, you can also go back and reveal saved passwords in their unmasked form.
Indeed, it’s certainly a security violation, but if you find yourself up a creek without a way to reset your password, then Revelation may be a good last resort. Take a look at our video walkthrough inside, and decide if its something you might benefit from. Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 13, 2012
As promised, AgileBits has released 1Password 4 for the iPhone and iPad today. The update to the popular password-keeper is actually an all-new app, with several improvements over its predecessor like a revamped UI, new features and more. Plus, AgileBits is offering a steep discount on the new software for a limited time. More details after the break… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 5, 2012
As we continue to upload more and more of our lives to the web, the dangers of being hacked multiply. Our credit card numbers, our home addresses — they’re all there for the taking. That’s why so many security experts preach using a complicated password.
But sometimes, using a strong password isn’t enough. Just ask former Gizmodo writer Mat Honan. Mat’s world was turned upside down this weekend when a hacker gained access to his iCloud account, wiping his Mac, iPhone and iPad, thanks to Apple… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 24, 2012
Yesterday, we mentioned that several users were reporting that the latest version of iOS 6 beta was not requiring them to put in their passwords when downloading free apps.
The news spread quickly, but the assumption was premature. It appears that Apple has quickly reversed this behavior via a backend update, and the password requirement is back in place… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 21, 2012
Being overly paranoid about my passwords, I’ve traditionally resorted to using a bunch of tools to keep my login credentials safe, ranging from brute force solutions that involve keeping passwords in an encrypted text file up in the cloud to pricey utilities such as 1Password.
The problem is, these time-sucking tools involve daily management and require that I adapt my workflow. Wouldn’t it be nice if my Mac could automagically recognize me by way of my iPhone? Enter KeyFree Login, an iPhone app from car maker Ford that puts all password managers to shame with its ubiquity and simplicity. It’s magic, really.
By enabling Bluetooth on both your Mac and iOS device, you’ll be automatically authenticated to Facebook, Twitter and whatever websites you use, each time the two devices are in range, no setup required whatsoever, just by standing next to your computer… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 24, 2011
There was a time when App Store goers didn’t have to type their password in for every download. In fact, after entering it once, users had a 15 minute window to download software without having to constantly punch in a password.
However, after a few lawsuits and the threat of an FCC investigation, Apple changed the policy. Users now have to enter their Apple account passwords for every download, even a free one. Luckily, jailbreakers, there is now a tweak for that… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 16, 2011
A few days ago, we gave you a list of passwords not to use. You might recall that the data from the post was collected from an iOS app called Big Brother Security. The software made headlines when the developer went public with the information.
Daniel Amitay performed a little experiment by anonymously collecting user’s 4 digit passwords from his Big Brother Security app. Though his findings were quite interesting, publishing them may not have been the brightest move… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Jun 14, 2011
Daniel Amitay, the developer of the Big Brother Camera Security app, ran an interesting survey of his application’s users. He added some code to anonymously record passcodes of iPhone owners who use his application.
With this little test, Amitay was able to record 204,508 passcodes from as many devices, giving him the opportunity to find out what the most used passcodes are. If you are using any of these passcodes, you might want to change this right away in order to increase the safety of the information on your device… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 8, 2011
Every week, we select a few apps that catch our eye. These apps can be from the App Store, web apps, or jailbreak apps.
This week, we have two App Store app for managing all of your passwords/sensitive data, and one jailbreak tweak for the iPhone. Hope you enjoy this week’s picks! Read More
By Cody Lee on May 24, 2011
It seems like the gears of the underground iOS development have been rapidly turning for the past month. There has been a steady flow of new and innovative tweaks and applications over the last several weeks, and it doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon.
FolderLock, developed by Andrea Oliva, just went live in the BigBoss repo. The new jailbreak app will allow you to password protect almost everything in iOS, from folders to the Settings app. Read More
By Alex Heath on May 18, 2011
In case you needed one more reason to jailbreak your iPhone, try this on for size: biometric facial recognition. Instead of unlocking your iPhone with a simple password (How boring is that?), you can use the iPhone 4′s front-facing camera to scan and recognize your face.
RecognizeMe is a new jailbreak app that helps make your iPhone safe from shady characters and potential homescreen peekers. By matching your face to a pre-defined database, RecognizeMe will unlock your iPhone and give you access to your device. Read More
By Alex Heath on Apr 11, 2011
Let’s be honest, passwords are a pain to remember. Once you start racking up multiple online accounts, it can be difficult to keep track of all your logins.
There are several apps out there that act as password managers. iPassword takes things a step farther by acting as a virtual wallet and storehouse for any and all of your private information.
iOS has needed its own password manager for a long time, and hopefully we’ll see a system “Keychain” in iOS 5… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 16, 2011
Passwords come by the hundreds these days. People are juggling multiple email accounts, online accounts, and computer logins. If one of those passwords should escape you for any reason, there’s generally a way to get it back. I’m sure we’ve all clicked the famous ‘Forgot Password’ link at some point in our lives.
But what about your iPhone? What if you set a ‘Restrictions Passcode’ a long time ago and now you can’t remember the digits? You’ve got a couple of options. For starters, you could restore your iPhone as a new device through iTunes. You can’t restore from a previous backup, because your passcode is saved in that file…..
By Alex Heath on Feb 28, 2011
Apple is reportedly testing an Android-like lockscreen for the next major version of iOS. Google’s Android OS has a gesture-based “dots” lockscreen that allows users to unlock their phone by highlighting the dots in a pre-established pattern.
Apparently, Apple is borrowing from Android’s lockscreen concept and including it in a future version of iOS. There have been complaints that the current iOS lockscreen is not secure enough, and there have been numerous ways of bypassing the iPhone’s 4-digit password…