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Bar News - September 20, 2013

Tech Talk: Trouble Remembering Your Passwords? There’s an App for That


Rob Howard
For many years, I carried a card with a list of credit card numbers, customer service numbers, bank account information, passport number, birthdays, lock combinations, etc., all camouflaged by the addition of a number to the end of each long string of numbers.

When online logins were added, the card became too small; I ran out of space.

Recently, I happened on a piece of software capable of handling my 95 (and the list is always growing) factoids, passwords, and other assorted alphanumeric data that is important to my daily existence.

Accessed with a password (of course), the mSecure application maintains an encrypted database on Dropbox (tm), a separate software – with both free and paid versions – which you can install on all of your devices. Whenever you add information to mSecure on any device, it updates the Dropbox database, making the information accessible on any other device where the mSecure and Dropbox are installed.

You can make up your own categories, such as email account information or credit card numbers, with the appropriate fields of your choice. When I forget my library card number, I pull out my phone, open the mSecure, and there it is. I can also easily access all of my information on the home computer, the laptop and at the office. There may be lots of programs that do this, but I like mSecure, which you can find at

The website boasts of mSecure’s “256-bit Blowfish Encryption that has never been cracked” and explains that the passwords aren’t saved inside the actual software. The app also features an optional self-destruct option, in case a hacker attempts to guess your password, an auto-lock feature to protect your data from unintentional disclosure, and an auto-backup or backup reminders.

Does anybody know of cheap software that can draw a picture from a metes and bounds description? I miss my old DOS program... Also, I am considering topics for future columns. Is anybody interested in document generation software? Email encryption? Give me some ideas.

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