You’re Only as Strong as Your Master Password

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We put everything online.  It’s convenient for work and our personal lives.  Our confidential information is being stored and our lives are being shared, and all of it is safe and secure behind our passwords.  Regardless of the unspeakable amount of combinations that your password could be, breaches of security still happen.  Our reputations can be destroyed and our identities can be stolen.  This is something that most people don’t worry about or realize how much of a problem it is until they fall victim.  And, it happens more than we realize.  More than a quarter billion people have had their information stolen or lost in the past three years due to security breach. But it’s not just your neighbor, cousin or random person riding the bus that ends up with their information stolen. It happens to everyone: large companies and corporations, universities, and even health data. Just recently, Zappos.com was hacked and 24 million customers names, addresses, phone numbers, the last four digits of their credit card number and even encrypted passwords were made available to the cyber criminal.  Unfortunately this is not the only, nor the smallest breach of security this year.   Hackers feed on your information and identity, and are constantly discovering new ways to get inside your data.   Anyone can become a victim, which is why it’s important that you create a strong password.

Creating strong passwords for the numerous login credentials that we need for online banking, credit cards, email accounts, social media and beyond, tends to be overwhelming.  This is why we make our strategy transparent for ourselves.  We create simple passwords that include our names, our spouses and children’s names, phone numbers, our hometowns and any other effortless thing that we’ll never forget.  And on top of it all, when it’s time to create new login credentials, we opt to reuse passwords.  It’s simple and convenient.  But not just for us, for hackers too.

So what are your options?  You don’t want to be toting around sticky notes listing off your passwords.  You don’t want to share this information with anyone, and you definitely don’t want to be reusing old passwords.  What can you do to make sure your login information is manageable to you, but most importantly, secure?

You use Keeper.

Keeper takes the hassle out of creating several hack-free passwords for all your login information and guards your data. However, even though Keeper is secured with military grade,128-bit AES encryption it’s still vital that you create a strong master password.

Keeper stores all of your passwords and information behind one master password.  This allows you to only have responsibility for remembering that one single password, instead of the twenty you might have.  Your master password shouldn’t be the same as any other password that you have created, and should never be written down or stored anywhere but your own mind.

Tips for creating a strong master password:

– Length: Make sure your password is at least 8 characters long. The shorter your password, the shorter the amount of time anyone will need to crack your code.

– Unique: Stay away from using a simple word, name, phone number or address that’s available to others.

– Substitution: Try to mix up your letters and numbers to spell out certain things. Instead of using Hello!IamJodine as your password, try H3ll0!I@mJ0d1n3.

– Variety: Always use a combination of letters (upper and lower), numbers, and symbols.

If you need help remembering your strong password, create an acronym.

The State of Mobile Security: 2012

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The new year brings many of the same challenges that Callpod has long ago recognized in mobile device security. Security risks with corporate mobile devices continue to rise as the use of tablets in professional environments demand an increase in security measures. Experts recognize that the key to security within mobile devices lies in encryption–as secure as you make the information within your mobile device. If it is ever lost or stolen why take the risk of leaving any data vulnerable before you can institute a remote wipe of your smartphone, tablet or laptop if you can keep your information safe within the vault of encryption, accessible only to you? By backing up your data to the cloud with Keeper, your sensitive data–the keys to the most important facets of your life–will always be accessible, safeguarded as well as anything can be in this day and age.

Welcome to the future. We hope that you never learn the hard way why we’ve designed our software to protect you the way it does, from every angle  of attack. Most likely you’ll have read the facts and prepared yourself and your mobile device for using your technology the way it was meant to be used, but with ultimate security.

More Reasons to Encrypt Your Information

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A report on the security vulnerabilities of Android phones was recently released by North Carolina State University, highlighting reasons for encrypting your most important information as you enter it into your phone.

Keeper continues to work even through possible security breaches, viruses and malware–if someone is in your phone, Keeper still guards your data like a vault. The only way to access your info is by providing your master password–without this no one can get your data.

If your phone does become targeted by malicious users and is breached, Keeper still takes care of you. If you backed up to the cloud, in the end you’d have lost nothing.

 

"UK Companies Don’t Encrypt Enough, Says Survey"

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Insights into encryption of data in both the private and public sector in the UK:

“Nearly half of UK public and private sector organisations are still risking data breaches, losses and leaks from their portable PCs and devices. While 52 percent of respondents said they used data or device encryption to secure their business laptops, 43 percent said they did not have encryption deployed and a further 5 percent admitted they didn’t know if encryption was in use,” said Check Point Software Technologies in a statement announcing its survey results.

IPhone Beats BlackBerry in Business

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We will always be an equal opportunity dealer in mobile devices–Callpod carries an inventory of adapters that can power over 5,000 mobile devices, and Keeper works on every major operating system. That being said, we believe that it is our duty to keep you informed of relevant news in the mobile space, and thought that you might be interested in this article that we came across in Forbes indicating a change in guard in the way that businesses enable workers to function with their mobile devices.

The article states that “Apple has been making a play for enterprise for some time,” competing with RIM to oust BlackBerrys as the go-to device of choice for companies, citing Deutche Bank and J.P Morgan as significant examples of companies who have recently allowed iPhones in the workplace.

RIM’s recent usage issues, along with the increasingly functionality of the iOS software are contributing factors to this industry-wide shift.

Freedom, Power and Protection

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Since our company was founded, Callpod’s mission has been to provide intelligent solutions to technological needs. We have researched and engineered ways to improve the lives of mobile device users and allow our customers to use their technological tools unhindered by the built-in limitations of such devices.

Our groundbreaking innovations in bluetooth technology with the Phoenix, Dragon, Onyx and Vetro stemmed from a vision to provide the freedom to be truly mobile. With your hands free and the ability to roam at will, we hope to inspire creativity within collaborative efforts. Some meetings and communications are best undertaken without the impediments and restrictions of a fixed space, just as some of the best thoughts and ideas come from an uninterrupted flow. Our bluetooth headsets enable our customers to communicate with crisp clarity on the same system while on bike rides, on ships, or in separate departments within the same company. We have always known the possibilities with our technology were limitless; the question is, do you?

“Your Devices Are Hungry: Feed Them”

Maintaining high energy levels is an essential part of any successful endeavor, from the human body to your mobile devices. Callpod makes this easier and more efficient for you with our award winning charging products which were designed to deliver power to the devices that you have come to rely on.. The Chargepod is widely recognized for its simple answer to a technological age problem–the clutter and logistical mess that comes with have many devices. We have given you the ability to free both your physical and mental space and streamline your life to allow you to worry about more important things.

We have stated many times that the very nature of mobile devices leaves you and the information transmitted through them vulnerable. Whether the risk comes from passing through unsecured networks, or theft or loss, the data that you have on your device can be hacked in so many ways and is becoming an increasing concern to businesses and individuals. Keeper is the solution that we have provided for the issue of protection, and with more than 5 million downloads our users agree that it provides a simple and elegant solution to the need for encryption. We have been constantly improving the operability and functioality of Keeper and are continuing to develop new ways to guard you and your device against predatory users.

Callpod has always been an idealistic company, finding ways to enhance the mobile experience of our customers and promote better communications and innovation through the use of our products. We have a history of renowned research and engineering programs that have produced exceptional products that stand out with style.

Keeper for the iPhone 4s

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We are continuing our mission to protect your mobile devices so that you can go about your business with absolute security, and know that your most important files will always be accessible. The most recent version of coincides with the release of the iPhone 4S.

Keeper now runs faster than ever before. Syncing to the cloud is now completed in record speeds. We understand that the need to access your files is critical at times and have ensured that you will always have fast and ready access to your electronic vault.

Keeper is easier to use than ever. Once you sync the new phone to iTunes, you just enter your master password into the app like you always would. Your records will automatically appear on the iPhone 4s.