After Gmail, Google wants to search your voice mail too


After Gmail, Google wants to search your voice mail too: “Google has begun testing a service that will make transcripts of voice mail messages and make them searchable.

(Via Clippings.)

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Password Management Roundup: 5 Apps to Keep Your Passwords Safe


Password Management Roundup: 5 Apps to Keep Your Passwords Safe: “

passwordappsLet’s say you’re trying to take over the world and bring all governments under your control. You have to keep records of all this stuff on your computer, of course. Now what if your plan is almost foiled because you chose a stupid password like the Egyptian variant of your Greek name? That’s not very smart, is it? You may be the World’s Smartest Man, but you may still want to look into password management software for your Mac to help you choose good, strong passwords and keep them organized.

In my business, I need to keep track of logins for clients as well as for my own use. I keep all my client information in Daylite forms or notes, where it’s linked to all the other information about that client. But what if you just want to keep passwords secure? And what if you want to share those passwords between machines? Or what if you want your password manager to integrate into your web browser? Or keep that info with you on your iPhone? Well then, here are five password management solutions for the Mac that may work for you.

1Password

I have been avoiding using a password management app for a long time. I guess I was a little suspicious of them, or reluctant to trust one app with all that info. I bought 1Password last year, and now I’m a total convert. The desktop app integrates directly into Safari and Firefox, as well as other browsers like Camino and apps like NetNewsWire. The plug-ins help you to capture login information as you enter it, or generate strong passwords as you create logins online. You can also quickly fill out logins and other forms with personal information like your address and/or credit card information that you store in 1Password. This integration with Safari and Firefox is what has me sold on 1Password. It’s so easy to use that I don’t notice it and I love that I don’t have to leave the browser to pull up my passwords like I do with the other solutions.

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The iPhone app syncs with the desktop over Wi-Fi as long as both devices can see each other on the same network. The iPhone app implements a browser inside the app to enable auto-fill. You can also sync javascript bookmarklets to Safari that will launch in Safari on the iPhone and auto-fill your password on sites in the native browser. While this isn’t as secure as some other choices, it does make it possible to avoid having to switch back and forth between the password app and the Safari browser on your iPhone to type in a username and password manually.

You can sync your password file between multiple Macs by using the Mac OS X Keychain and MobileMe syncing (not recommended) or by using file-based syncing with Agile Keychain format (recommended). Instructions for file-based syncing using a couple of solutions are provided on the Agile Web Solutions web site.

1Password is $39.95 for a single user license or $69.95 for a five-license family pack. The iPhone app is free. There is a Palm OS app available as well.

SplashID

SplashID has been around a long time and is very well respected in Palm and Windows Mobile circles. The desktop app for the Mac provides password generation and syncing with the SplashID iPhone app. You can create items with custom fields and set the labels as you like. Several types are provided to group and organize items. You can launch web sites from within the app and it will auto-fill the form on the page (at least with Safari). It doesn’t capture login information from the browser like 1Password does.

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While I was using it, I found myself missing the Safari and Firefox plugins from 1Password. The variety of items that you can store compares favorably, but I think the interface is a little rough. The iPhone app will sync with the desktop and includes a strong password generator. If you want to sync your info between your Mac and a Windows Mobile, BlackBerry or Symbian device, this is your only choice.

SplashID Desktop can compare entries between two password databases and sync the results to both copies.

The cost for the desktop app is $20. The iPhone app is $9.99. There is a free Lite version of the iPhone app that is limited to 15 entries to try it out.

Password Wallet

Password Wallet works with your desktop and iPhone. The desktop interface is minimal and unobtrusive. Some may like the narrow window used to list items stored in the wallet file. You can also keep multiple wallet files, each with their own master password, if you have need for that feature. Clicking on a URL will open the page in the default browser and hover a window with auto-fill options over the browser. This works great for launching sites from within Password Wallet, but I still resent having to leave the browser to start that process. Seriously, once you’ve tried 1Password’s method on the desktop, there is no going back.

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The Password Wallet iPhone app implements its own browser in the app to enable auto-fill. If you want to use Mobile Safari, you’ll have to switch back and forth.

The Password Wallet desktop app is $20 and the iPhone app is currently free.

Wallet 3

Wallet is one of the most polished desktop apps on the Mac. The user interface is very accessible and will look familiar to anyone who has used Address Book on the Mac. It follows the same three-column layout with large ‘+’ buttons at the bottom of the first two columns and an edit button below the third. You can create custom folders in the first column to group entries, but an entry can only belong in one group. You can use the notes to tag entries as the search bar will look in there along with other fields.

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The desktop app will auto-fill login forms for your default browser if you launch the page from within Wallet. The iPhone app syncs with the desktop app through MobileMe. If you don’t have a MobileMe account, you are out of luck for Mac-to-Mac syncing. iPhone syncing can still be accomplished over Wi-Fi.

The Wallet desktop app is $20 and the iPhone app is $3.99.

KeePassX

KeePassX is an open-source GPL project that is available for Mac, Windows and Linux. There is no iPhone app and there is no integration with web browsers on the Mac. Still, the databases are compatible between different platforms so KeyPassX is a good solution if you need to copy your password database around for access from different systems. It’s also free, which could be a huge plus for some.

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1Password is for Me

1Password is definitely the best solution for my needs. It lets me capture login information in the browser itself, I don’t have to leave the browser to use auto-fill, and I can use it for web forms that need other information like my home address or credit card (I’m still not using the credit-card section; old habits, I guess). The iPhone app will do auto-fill with an embedded browser or the native Safari browser with the javascript bookmarklet (less secure but more convenient). If you need BlackBerry or Windows Mobile support, check out SplashID. Wallet works great if you have MobileMe and KeePassX is perfect for those that want to keep their password database in sync across platforms.

If you’ve been holding out for something like RoboForm on Windows, 1Password is as close as it gets — at least until RoboForm finally fills this Senior Mac Developer position they’ve had open for a while now.

For the next versions of these products, I would love to see a tagging feature so I can keep a taxonomy of tags for entries rather than just free-form notes. I would also like to to see a system where an entry can belong to multiple groups so I could file an entry under both a client name, a project, and a service provider, though tagging would accomplish the same thing.

What password management app do you use?

(Via Clippings.)

Comment protéger sa vie privée sur Twitter ? Méthode de survie en dix points


ON NE NAIT PAS INTERNAUTE … ON LE DEVIENT !: Comment protéger sa vie privée sur Twitter ? Méthode de survie en dix points

Vous êtes de plus en plus nombreux à utiliser Twitter,
service de micro-bloggging en 140 lettres qui permet de publier sur
Internet et d’échanger des SMS avec votre réseau d’amis.

Voici ce que vous devez savoir avant de vous lancer dans l’arène. Méthode de survie en 10 points :

  1. Twitter est un service très bien référencé sur la Toile.
    Si votre publication reste publique, vos “twitts” apparaîtront très
    vite en première page des résultats de Google. Est-ce bien nécessaire ?
    Certains professionnels le font à dessein et cherchent ainsi à se
    promouvoir. Des particuliers ont intérêt à protéger leur intimité.
  2. Si vous êtes mineur(e), nous vous déconseillons
    les twitts publics. Et aussi d’indiquer vos noms et prénoms. Employez
    un pseudo. Rendez vos twitts privés.
  3. Ayez conscience que, comme avec tout service web, ce que vous publierez donnera une image de vous. Construisez-la. Détruisez-la aussi si nécessaire. Bref, apprenez à supprimer si nécessaire vos  twitts voire même à quitter Twitter si vous ne parvenez pas à vous fixer de limites.
  4. Twitter suscite les fantasmes et les malentendus.
    C’est un service qui aime à jouer de l’instantanéité. Il vous incite à
    répondre à la question ” What are you doing ?” Une fraîcheur qui en
    contrepartie peut révéler des éléments très privés de votre existence
    ou susciter le fantasme. Vos conversations peuvent être lues par un
    grand cercle de personnes. Pensez toujours que plus votre cercle
    d’audience s’agrandit, plus l’ambiguité peut surgir, de façon inopinée.
    A titre d’exemple, un blogueur lisant les twitts échangés par  Mme
    Membrey avec un autre blogueur masculin, a fait preuve de beaucoup
    d’imagination – à tort – sur les relations qu’ils entretiennent.
  5. N’oubliez jamais que cet espace de publication est régi par des règles. Des règles de respect et de bon sens qui sont les mêmes que dans la vraie vie.
  6. Rendez votre Twitter privé. Pour cela, cliquez sur “Settings” puis sur “Protect my updates”.
  7. Faites en sorte que votre Twitter soit vraiment privé : n’acceptez dans votre réseau que les personnes que vous connaissez. Ne cédez pas à la tentation de la Nouvelle Star. Pour information, sachez d’ailleurs que Cindy Sander a un Twitter : n’est-ce pas symptômatique ?
  8. Plus votre cercle de contacts s’élargit, plus votre prise de parole
    doit être … réfléchie, faisant souvent fi in fine de la fameuse
    spontanéité revendiquée par le service.
  9. Avant de publier, observez les utilisateurs de Twitter.
    Oui, comme pour un examen, lisez d’abord le sujet, réfléchissez et
    seulement après, … si vous pensez que c’est pertinent, écrivez !
  10. Apprenez à maîtriser les subtilités de la conversation sur Twitter.
  • Certains messages sont publics : tout votre réseau pourra le lire.
  • D’autres s’adressent à une seule personne mais se donnent à voir.
    Ils sont précédés de la lettre @. @xyz : cette expression signifie que
    ce message n’est destiné qu’à xyz. Un message subliminal que l’on
    pourrait traduire ainsi : “Ouaouh, regardez,c’est mon pote et j’en suis
    fier, tra la la la lère “. Ounga.
  • enfin, il existe une fonction “direct message”
    qui vous permet d’envoyer l’équivalent d’un micro-mél, uniquement
    lisible de la personne avec qui vous souhaitez échanger. Une fonction
    essentielle à notre sens. Précieuse. Joyeuse !

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