Happy Thanksgiving and Tips NOT to Get Holiday Hacked

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Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! We are thankful for all of our Keepies – you make us great and we hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

We want to make sure you stay safe this holiday season. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday days away, we have some tips to NOT get holiday hacked. Now, these may seem like common sense, but with one in five people having had an online account hacked and 61% of people still using the same password everywhere, we thought some tips could come in handy.

Hackers love the holidays (especially from Thanksgiving to News Years) and unfortunately, we are all at risk to getting hacked – every time you swipe your credit card or sign into a social media account, you are at risk of your private information falling into the wrong hands. From Target and Home Depot, to Apple’s iCloud, it seems there’s a new security breach announced every month. Did you know the State Department, the White House, the US Postal Service and the National Weather Service have all been hacked within the last month?

So, make sure you stay safe this holiday season by following these Five Tips to Not Get Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Holiday Hacked:

1.   Stop using passwords that are too short or easy to remember.

When creating a password, it’s important to use a combination of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols which can be accomplished with a password manager. Make it difficult on those hackers by creating complicated, lengthy passwords that you change every six months.

2.   Don’t use passwords with personal information.

While it may be easy to remember your birthday or your significant other’s middle name, hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and number/letter combinations related to your profile are likely the first that a hacker will try.

3.   Break away from the habit of using the same password on every site.

If you continue to use the same password for every service, you increase the likelihood that one hacked site could expose your credentials further. Use as many different passwords as you can for all of your different accounts.

4.   Don’t write your passwords on sticky notes, sheets of paper, in notebooks or in an unprotected spreadsheet file.

Many traditional cloud services are vulnerable to sophisticated hackers who can actually gain access to your underlying file or records.

5.   Use two-factor authentication.

This security step provides the user with a second code that is sent to the user’s mobile device which they enter with their master password. It provides a strong, additional security layer that most often, stops a hacker in it’s tracks, especially when they are trying to break into your online account. Since they don’t have your mobile device to receive the second code, it prevents them from breaking into your account.

6.   *BONUS TIP: Stop trying to remember passwords and start using a password management tool.

Leading password management tools like Keeper, allow users to create randomly generated secure passwords for all of your different services that are stored in your own personal vault. It creates all your passwords for your sites and remembers them for you. You only have to remember a master password to access your vault and you’ll easily adhere to tips 1-5 above. Even better – if your device supports it, you can log into Keeper with your fingerprint for fast and secure access.

What to do if you do get hacked:

  • Immediately change your passwords across all affected sites.  This is very easy and fast with a password management application.
  • Utilize a password management application like Keeper. Keeper has never been hacked. It utilizes multiple layers of military-grade encryption, two-factor authentication and biometric authentication. Keeper uses an emergency notification system that can instantly alert its users if a major website is hacked – this allows the user to log into Keeper and immediately change their passwords on the affected site(s).

Why Should You Backup?

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At Keeper we believe everyone deserves to feel safe and protected online. That’s why we created Keeper.

Free versions of Keeper (mobile and desktop apps, browser extensions) provide users with only basic access to the Keeper Vault, but it does not include the option to–you guessed it–back up files to Keeper’s Cloud Security Vault. So, for all you Keepies who haven’t yet converted to Keeper Backup, why should you?

  1. You can back up your Keeper records. This is the big one. If you are using Keeper, a basic Backup subscription allows you to sync your vault’s data with the Cloud as well as provides full backup and protection for your passwords and files just in case your device is lost, damaged, stolen or replaced.
  2. You can sync across multiple devices. Available only with a Backup Unlimited subscription, syncing is crucial for those of us who use multiple devices (and who doesn’t at this point?). Every time you open your laptop or pull out your tablet, there everything is. Your passwords, usernames, and files. Which brings us to our next point….
  3. You can store files securely. Not only can you backup your login credentials to Keeper’s Cloud Security Vault, you can also upload images, videos and other documents to your Keeper Vault. Your driver’s license, passport, contracts and birth certificate are all stored away from prying eyes using our 256-bit AES encryption and world-class security.
  4. It’s cheaper than getting your identity stolen. A LOT cheaper. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 16.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2012, and averaged personal losses of $1,500 per victim. Compare that to $9.99 per year for a regular Backup subscription and $29.99 per year for a Backup Unlimited subscription…. Yeah. It’s totally worth it.

Click here to learn more about Keeper Backup and to subscribe for the product that’s right for you!

Keeper Dictionary – Welcome to Keeperese 101

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Staying safe online can seem overwhelming at times. For one thing, keeping track of multiple accounts and passwords is more than even the most organized brain can handle. That’s why we created Keeper. We want to make it simple and easy to stay secure online, so we made our app intuitive and streamlined to do all the hard work for you.

But, even the most user-friendly system can seem confusing at first. Keeper has its own lingo for every feature, and we want to make sure all our Keepies are comfortable and confident using our product. So we’re here today with a little vocabulary lesson! Welcome to Keeperese 101.


Encryption: the process of translating your valuable passwords, credit card numbers and documents into a complex and uncrackable code.

Two-Factor Authentication: a method of making double-sure that the only person who can access your Keeper records is YOU. Just knowing your password isn’t enough–we send a text message or voice call to your phone to make sure you’re who you say you are. Read more about two-factor authentication and its benefits here.

Cloud Security Vault: the “cloud” is not a real cloud; it’s just a way of thinking about off-site file storage. Storing files on the hardrive of a device (phone, laptop, etc.) means that if the device is damaged, the files can be destroyed or lost. To make sure that you never lose your precious Keeper records, we allow you to sync them with an off-site network in encrypted form. Read more about the Keeper Cloud here.

Web App: the Keeper Web App is a version of your Keeper Vault that runs within a browser. You can access your Vault from any device, any time, without downloading anything. Just log in to the Web App with your Keeper username and Master Password and enjoy the same security and ease-of-use you find in our desktop and mobile apps.

Browser Extension: The Keeper Browser Extension is basically a miniature version of your Vault that follows you wherever you go on the web. The Browser Extension knows when you are logging into a website that you have already saved in Keeper, and allows you to fill in your login credentials with the click of a button. When you visit a new website or create a new account, the Extension asks you if you would like to save any new login information for that site into your Keeper vault and remembers it for next time.

Well, that’s it for today’s lesson! If you have any further questions about our product, please check out our support page or contact our great support team.

Happy Halloween From Keeper!

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Vampires and hackers and ghosts, oh my! 

There will be all kinds of spooks and monsters out tonight, but even scarier than malevolent spirits? Malevolent software. As we’ve seen, this year has seen a rise in cybercrime of all varieties, targeting the government, the retail sector, and individuals. For a breakdown of cyber attacks in 2014,  check out these helpful charts on Hackmageddon.com.

Just as we’ve all been taught about stranger danger and cautionary candy consumption, there are ways to protect yourself from cyber attacks, all year round. Downloading Keeper Backup is the smartest thing you can do to ensure that your passwords, financial information and sensitive documents are safe from creeps and criminals.

Have a safe and spooky Halloween!

Cybersecurity In Higher Education

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In today’s technology-centric world, the word “cybercrime” has become a household term. With more and more of our lives taking place online, criminals are finding ways to prey on the new vulnerabilities that follow technological progress. In this ever-changing landscape, society is in grave need of a skilled and adaptable cybersecurity force. So how do we ensure that individuals, businesses and other organizations who depend on a safe internet are protected?

The answer, it appears, is education–specifically, at a secondary level. According to this article from Identity Theft Resource Center online, more and more colleges and universities are offering degrees in cybersecurity. Programs cater to students with an array of interests and backgrounds, from forensics to business accounting. Because it is a relatively new discipline, students have a great deal of freedom to pursue the areas that interest them. And due to an ever-changing landscape where criminals adapt to new security measures as rapidly as they are implemented, the field is always evolving and exciting.

Here’s to the cybersecurity professionals of tomorrow!

Keeper For Your Business

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Do you own or manage a business of any size? Then you need Keeper for Groups.

Why? Because it’s the world’s most secure integrated password manager and digital vault. And in today’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment, password management is the key to your business’s security–and success.

We’ve tailored Keeper for Groups specifically for the needs of all businesses, small or large. The feature we’re most excited about is Keeper Enterprise Bridge. Keeper Enterprise Bridge seamlessly integrates into Microsoft Active Directory to add users to your group in real time. If your company uses Active Directory to manage employee devices and software, the Keeper Bridge provides a simple way to implement Keeper for Groups into the software they are already using. Adding, managing and removing users from your Keeper Group becomes a snap.

Keeper Enterprise Bridge also supports integration with the LDAP protocol. That means that everyone in your Windows server network can easily and instantly become part of your Keeper Group.

If you aren’t a Keeper for Groups customer and want to learn how Keeper can help your company securely manage passwords and private information, contact our sales team and begin your Free Trial today.  Our base plan starts at only $299.99 per year.

October Is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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It’s #NSCAM, Keepies! What is NSCAM, you ask?

It stands for National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and it’s the reason October is our favorite month out of the year. What could be better than 31 days devoted entirely to promoting safety online?

The National Cyber Security Alliance has created a great website just for the occasion, featuring valuable information to help individuals, families and businesses practice safer online habits. Here are some NSCA tips with Keeper tricks to solve them!

NSCA TIP: Secure your accounts. Ask for protection beyond passwords. Many account providers now offer additional ways for you verify who you are before you conduct business on that site.

KEEPER TRICK: Enable Two-Factor Authentication.


NSCA TIP: Make passwords long and strong. Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.

KEEPER TRICK: Utilize Keeper’s random password generator (the dice next to password fields).


NSCA TIP: Unique account, unique password. Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cyber criminals.

KEEPER TRICK: Make a new Keeper record for every account, each with its own password.


NSCA TIP: Keep it safe. Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer.

KEEPER TRICK: WIth 256-bit encryption, Two-Factor Authentication and perfect forward secrecy, your Keeper Data Vault is a whole lot more secure than a list on a piece of paper.


NSCA TIP: Back it up. Protect yourself against data loss by making electronic copies of important files, commonly referred to as a backup.

KEEPER TRICK: Backup passwords to the Cloud Security Vault, and store encrypted copies of important documents with Secure File Storage.

Technology Blogs We Love

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The Keeper team loves blogs. Specifically, we love technology blogs. From cutting-edge news about mobile devices to the latest data breaches, we rely on bloggers to keep us up-to-date on what we need to know. But in the enormous sea of blogs out there, which ones do we keep coming back to?

Here’s a list of some of our favorite cybersecurity blogs at the moment (in no particular order):

Krebs On Security:

Former cybersecurity investigative reporter Brian Krebs penned thousands of articles while at the Washington Post. His cybersecurity blog consists of in-depth write-ups in his appealing and informative journalistic style.

WIRED’s Threat Level

A great all-around security resource written by editors from  WIRED.com, Threat Level keeps readers up-to-date with security news alerts as well as editorial write-ups.

InformationWeek’s Dark Reading

From the editors of InformationWeek, Dark Reading is a community-oriented site aiming to connect security professionals and enthusiasts through conversation online. This blog is a great place to learn through discu

PCMagazine’s Security Watch

PCMagazine’s Security Watch blog focuses on cybersecurity news. Run by author Neil Rubenking, Security Watch’s content provides readers with an accessible, readable spin on breaking headlines.

TechRepublic’s IT Security

Also geared toward IT and security professionals, TechRepublic’s IT Security blog publishes articles from a variety of authors about security solutions for both businesses and individuals.


Penned by – you guessed it – British security blogger Graham Cluley, this blog provides perspective on cybersecurity, featuring news alerts, educational information and opinion articles.

Which tech blogs do you follow? Let us know in the comments below!

The Top Cyber Attacks of the Summer

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The end of summer brings cooler weather, changing leaves, and a look back at the season’s high-profile cyber attacks. Here is a recap of the breaches you need to know about:

Home Depot

Last month, Home Depot revealed that its systems were infiltrated by malware but only recently did the company admit that the breach occurred as far back as April. For months, a hackers were harvesting customer information through their point-of-sale system, and it is estimated that as many as 56 million payment cards were compromised. That’s even bigger than the Target breach of 2013, which compromised an estimated 40 million cards. According to Home Depot, the malware has now been stopped.

Goodwill Stores

If six months of malicious data theft sounds like a long time, consider the impact of an 18-month attack, such as the one suffered by dozens of Goodwill resale stores across the U.S. The attack used malware to target a third-party payment processor, resulting in the theft of customer credit card data and, so far, 25 instances of credit card fraud.

(Possible) JPMorgan Chase

An investigation was conducted in August regarding a possible compromise of bank account information targeting Chase and possibly one other bank. ABC7 Chicago covered the story and interviewed our very own COO Scott Grossman about password security. His advice?

“Consumers should be better safe than sorry, and that means go in and change your password and don’t make it easy. Don’t make it six characters in lowercase, make it six characters with numbers, letters and symbols.” (Check out Keeper’s Random Password Generator.)

The moral of this never-ending saga: Get Keeper. Keeper can help quickly change old, compromised passwords for new, strong ones, and will encrypt and store them away from prying eyes.

The Secret(s) to Strong Passwords

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Can you remember the first password that you created?

Was it “password”? A song title? Your dog’s name plus the year you were born?

Second question: Did you use that password for every new account you opened online?

Third question: Do you still use that password anywhere and everywhere on the web today?

It would be nice to think that we’re all more cybersecurity-savvy than we were 10 years ago. But despite what we have heard about password security, many of us continue to use weak passwords across all of our online accounts.

With hacks continuing to increase in strength and numbers, password choice is more important than ever. A strong password is long and complex. A strong password is difficult to remember. A strong password is hard to hack.

However, just like building muscle strength, some people are not willing to expend the effort to beef up their passwords. With Keeper, strengthening your online log-in credentials is a lot easier than lifting weights. In fact, it’s as simple as clicking a button.

Keeper’s Random Password Generator looks like this: dice

What does it do? It generates good, strong passwords using long, random strings of letters, numbers and characters. Once your password has been generated, Keeper will do the hard part of remembering it for you. Keeper also recommends that you change your password every six months. With just one click, users can easily uphold to this necessary standard thanks to Keeper’s Random Password Generator.

Using Keeper’s Random Password Generator for each and every one of your online accounts is the strongest and simplest way to protect yourself against hackers. Use it!