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!

 

 

Keeper Will Attend Web Summit (and it’s in Dublin!)

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We’re going to Ireland!

This week, Keeper was selected to attend Web Summit in Dublin, known as Europe’s most prominent technology conference where the world’s greatest venture capital investors, innovators, enthusiasts and tech writers converge.

Keeper was also named a START company, which includes 150 of the world’s highest potential and most disruptive young businesses. As part of the START program, Keeper will meet with investors, media and Web Summit partners from around the world. Other companies that have attended in the past include Uber, Nest, Vine and Stripe.

“Keeper is both honored and flattered to have been selected for Web Summit. We are excited to attend with the amazing companies in the roster,” said Darren Guccione, CEO and Co-Founder of Keeper. “This has been a remarkable year at Keeper with cutting-edge product features and substantial growth. Our debut at Web Summit will allow us to share our technology and ideas in a very special forum. We are looking forward to meeting with other innovative companies, investors and media.”

Keeper’s invitation to Web Summit comes after three groundbreaking releases earlier this awesome year: FastFill™, Secure File Storage and Touch ID Fingerprint Login.

“These features mark Keeper’s launch of biometric authentication, wearable tech integration and rapid access to mobile apps and browsers,” said Craig Lurey, CTO and Co-Founder of Keeper. “Our goal has always been to converge security and convenience to help our users access their most vital information in one ubiquitous vault.”

Web Summit, which will be held from November 3 to 6, 2014, is expected to bring together more than 20,000 attendees from around the world. Check out our Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin pages during the conference for live updates and photos.

Cybersecurity Continues to be an International Issue

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We all know the importance of cybersecurity. Your day-to-day routine probably requires the management of numerous passwords and involves countless connections to websites that could pose a hazard to your personal identity. As we’ve seen from recent events, everyone, including well-known celebrities, is vulnerable to an online attack at any time.

But Internet security is not just a personal safety concern these days. It is also an international security issue, and the United States government has taken several steps to treat is as such.

In 2009, President Obama appointed an Executive Branch Cybersecurity Coordinator to oversee cybersecurity at a national level, as part of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) enacted by President Bush the year before. The Executive Branch Cybersecurity Coordinator works directly with both state governments and the private sector to create a unified plan of defense against cyber attacks.

The updated CNCI is comprised of 12 initiatives that aim to protect the United States against current threats and to prepare us for threats that may arise in the future. You can read about these initiatives in more detail here.

And of course, it follows that an issue of national security becomes an issue of international concern. NATO leaders are currently holding a summit in Wales where cybersecurity is expected to be a prominent big topic on the table. Allegedly, leaders are expected to endorse a policy explicitly stating that cyberattacks can trigger the alliance’s mutual defense obligations. That’s huge. Stay tuned to Keeper’s Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin pages for updates.

Cyber Attack Hits Hollywood

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Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence didn’t have the best holiday weekend. On Sunday morning, several photos surfaced featuring J. Law in a barely-there bathing suit and a few others in a birthday suit. And, this was not a publicity stunt for the young starlet. Instead, these private shots appear to have been stolen from her cell phone.

The hacker allegedly responsible for the leak has also claimed to be in possession of more than 60 nude selfies of other female celebrities. Later on Sunday, similarly private photos surfaced of Kate Upton, Lea Michele, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Brie Larson, Kirsten Dunst, Becca Tobin, Jessica Brown Findlay, Teresa Palmer, Krysten Ritter, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Yvonne Strahovski, and McKayla Maroney. According to the Associated Press, the FBI has been made aware of the allegations and is addressing the incident. A spokesperson from Apple also made a statement and said the company was looking into whether any of the celebrities’ iCloud accounts had been tampered with.

There is a simple solution: Use Keeper’s Secure File Storage Feature

Keeper’s new feature, Secure File Storage let’s users take photos on their smartphone while inside their Keeper vault. Photos are never stored in the camera roll of the device or locally on the device. Instead, all private photos, files and videos are instantly encrypted and stored in the user’s private security vault. Users can also securely share files and photos with fellow Keeper users – from vault to vault. Secure File Storage uses the same military-grade encryption and security that has protected our Keeper password manager users for years. Files are encrypted during the upload process and the user holds the encryption key for complete privacy and security. Unfortunately, this is not the case for most cloud storage providers which often lack certain security safeguards against hackers. Keeper is a zero-knowledge security platform which means that only the user has access to their private information.

Don’t wait until you have to learn this lesson the hard way. Simply stated, this hack would never happen with Keeper. Even if a hacker were to steal files from Keeper’s Cloud Security Vault (doubtful by the way), they would be unable to decrypt and view the files.  Had these high-profile stars used Keeper, it would have been business-as-usual with with complete and total privacy.

Happy Labor Day From Keeper!

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Monday, September 1st is Labor Day, an American holiday our honoring workers and their contributions. Although the name suggests a day of labor, the intended meaning is the opposite and we’re here help you relax.

Creating, remembering and changing passwords can be hard work. Keeper is designed to make your life online secure and give you the peace of mind that you deserve. Create strong passwords with the roll of a dice, save them from a new website, and now, with FastFill for Android, you can securely and quickly auto-fill your login credentials on your websites and mobile apps today. FastFill has become a vital part of Keeper on Android, providing users with a seamless and secure user experience across all mobile apps and browsers, including Chrome. Don’t feel left out, non-Android users, FastFill for iOS and Windows are coming later this year!

Our new Secure File Storage feature is also live on iOS, Android and Desktop. With Secure File Storage, users can upload and drag-and-drop their most important files, photos and videos to their Keeper vaults. Secure File Storage provides the same military-grade encryption and security that has been trusted by our Keeper users for years. How does it work? Files are encrypted during the upload process and the user holds the encryption key for complete privacy and security. Additionally, Keeper users have the ability to securely share files with fellow Keeper users vault-to-vault, making Secure File Storage the best way to save and transfer the most sensitive information.

Honor your own labor contributions by treating yourself to Keeper, and unite with your fellow workers by referring a friend!

Sweet (Second) Home Folsom

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You’ve already read about our homebase is Chicago. But how much do you know about Keeper’s office in Folsom, California?

Folsom plays a pivotal role in making Keeper awesome. Part of the Sacramento County metropolitan region, Keeper’s Folsom office is home to everything that makes Keeper great – from our intuitive interface to our iron-clad security. The office is home to Keeper’s development team.  Led by our CTO Craig Lurey – we have amazing software engineers, security engineers, content producers and QA engineers.

The office location is conveniently located near Intel and Cisco’s campuses. Plus, it’s only a 2.5 hour drive to the Silicon Valley. See those mountains in the background? Well, that’s just a quick drive north to amazing skiing and if you like great food and wine, you can hit Napa Valley too.

Photo courtesy of www.folsom.ca.us.

Photo courtesy of www.folsom.ca.us.

And finally, a blog about Folsom wouldn’t be complete without a Johnny Cash reference.  The legendary musician first took interest in the Folsom State Prison in 1953 while serving in the U.S. Air Force Security Service. Cash’s unit watched Crane Wilbur’s film Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison, inspiring him to write a song that reflected his perception of prison life.The result was “Folsom Prison Blues.” Several live recordings and performances would later follow at the Folsom prison, including an entire album titled At Folsom Prison.

We are proud to call Folsom our second home!

Happy National Tell a Joke Day From Keeper!

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In honor of National Tell a Joke Day this weekend (August 16th to be exact), Keeper would like to remind everyone that cybersecurity is no laughing matter.

Cyberattacks now cost consumers and businesses billions of dollars each year. Really, we aren’t exaggerating. According to a recent study from the Center for Strategic and International Studies and McAfee, cyberattacks have cost the global economy a “conservative” estimate of $445 billion. In addition, attacks account for the loss of 350,000 jobs in the U.S. and Europe.

These staggering numbers once again demonstrate the importance of Keeper. With the constant risk of cyber threat looming, diligent password management is essential. Keeper encourages users to change passwords on their most important and frequently used sites every six months. Passwords should also contain letters, numbers and symbols which can be accomplished with Keeper.

Additionally, our new Secure File Storage feature allows users the ability to upload and share files, photos and videos with fellow Keepies. Once uploaded to the Keeper Vault, those files are safe and can be accessed on all devices.

The benefits of Keeper expand beyond password creation and data management. The key feature in our mobile security software lies in the 256-bit AES encryption that the application uses to protect data from the user end. Only the user can decode data using the master password. This military-grade encryption separates us from the pack.

However, Keeper doesn’t want to be the grinch of National Tell a Joke Day, so we will leave our 5 million plus users with a little cyber humor:

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Cartoon from The New Yorker

Back To School With Keeper

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As much as we hate to admit it, summer is almost over. And that means that it’s time to start thinking about (dare we say it) going back to school. We know, it hurts. Sorry.

There was a time when school supplies included mostly just pens and notebooks, a planner and maybe some post-its. But times have changed. Nowadays, students need to keep track of passwords, library log-ins, online groups for collaborative projects, and (of course) Facebook profiles. That’s why Keeper is the ultimate back-to-school tool. Students of all ages have a lot on their plate, and with Keeper, creating and keeping track of strong passwords is one less thing to worry about.

Our new Secure File Storage feature offers students a way to upload and share text files, images, and even Powerpoint projects with others. Plus, once uploaded to the Keeper Vault, those files are safe and can be accessed from any computer. Gone are the days of homework getting forgotten, lost, or eaten. (Sorry kids: Time to find new excuses!)

A Keeper Backup subscription can make the return to the classroom a bit easier and a lot safer. Sign up your student today!

Keeper Secure File Storage is Now Live!

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The week continues to be an exciting one at Keeper: Secure File Storage is now live for iOS, Android and Web users! With Secure File Storage, users can upload and drag-and-drop their most important files, photos and videos to their Keeper vaults. Secure File Storage uses the same military-grade encryption and security that has protected our Keeper users for years. Files are encrypted during the upload process and the user holds the encryption key for complete privacy and security. Customers also have the ability to securely share files with fellow Keeper users vault-to-vault, making Secure File Storage the best way to save and transfer the most sensitive information.

Keeper has already sold several thousand storage plans in less than a week. Secure File Storage plans start at only $9.99/yr. All users can encrypt and upload their first five files free of charge. Existing Keeper users can upgrade their accounts with Secure File Storage for under $1 per month.

“Initial user feedback has been amazing – they enjoy our pricing, simplicity, security and privacy that Keeper Secure File Storage provides,” says Keeper’s CEO and co-founder Darren Guccione. “Consumers clearly see our differentiated approach focused on secure encryption and we look forward to expanding our business in the cloud storage category.”

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