Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Manage Passwords on PC, Android, and more

KeePass Password Safe
Many (most?) people make the serious mistake of using a single password for multiple online sites. The reason this is a bad idea is that when online sites get broken into, which happens all too often, passwords can be stolen that provide access to other sites, contributing to identity theft and serious losses; e.g., your compromised social networking site giving bad guys access to your online banking site.

The best way to protect against this risk is to use different (strong) passwords for different sites, so the compromise of any one site affects only that one site. Many (most?) people don't do that because it seems like so much hassle. But it really isn't -- software exists that easily generates and manages unique strong passwords -- all you have to do is remember one (strong) master password that you don't use for anything else. Your other passwords are stored in a secure encrypted database file.

A related problem if you use more than one networked device (computer, tablet, smartphone) is having your passwords available on all of them. Fortunately there is a very good, free, open, and secure password manager that runs on many different types of devices: KeePass. The port for Android is called KeePassDroid.

To share your password database between your networked devices you can use a "cloud" service like DropBox, Google DriveMicrosoft OneDrive. (And since your password database is securely encrypted, you don't need to worry about cloud security.)

For cloud sync to my Android devices, I use FolderSync.

Strongly recommended.     Do it.     Today.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Favorite Android Apps

Android apps I use and recommend (with links to Android Market):
  • AContact (new!)
    Advanced Contact management
  • Adobe Flash Player
    View website Flash content
  • AndFTP
    Download and upload files by FTP
  • Antennas
    Display nearby cellular towers and signal strength
  • App Cache Cleaner
    Free up memory by clearing cached data
  • BeyondPod
    Best podcatcher for Android (download or stream podcasts)
  • B&H Photo Video Pro Audio (new!)
    online source of photo, video, audio, computers, and more
  • Blogger
    Update your Google Blog from Android
  • Chrome to Phone
    Send content to Android from Google Chrome browser on your PC
  • ColorDict Dictionary Translate
    Excellent customizable dictionary, translations too
  • ConvertPad - Unit Converter
    Wide range of unit conversions
  • Craigslist Notification
    Automatic search for stuff on craigslist
  • dMarks (new!)
    Best way to access and manage Browser Bookmarks
  • Docs (new!)
    Google has finally made Docs relevant to Android
  • Download All Files (new!)
    Makes it possible to download pretty much anything
  • eBay (new!)
    The official app is now pretty good
  • Equalizer
    Adjust frequencies and sound effects (Gingerbread and later)
  • ES File Explorer
    Best file manager for Android
  • exoScribe (new!)
    Save and edit notes as regular text files (unlike other apps)
  • Fandango (new!)
    Buy movie tickets online
  • GasBuddy
    Check gas station prices around you
  • Gesture Search
    Great way to access your Apps, Bookmarks, Contacts, etc
  • Go SMS Pro
    Messaging redefined, powerful and flexible
  • Google Voice
    Voice telephony redefined, excellent
  • GPS Test (new!)
    Detailed GPS information, including exact location and time
  • Groundhog Newreader
    Best Usenet article reader for Android
  • Groupon (new!)
    Must have for Groupon junkies
  • IMDb
    Internet Movie Database, reference for movies
  • KeePassDroid
    Securely manage and share passwords between Android and PC
  • Log Collector
    Send Android System Log to developer after an app crashes
  • MortPlayer Audio Book
    Best audio book player for Android
  • Movies
    Flixster movie app, reviews, showtimes, and more
  • Music (Google Beta) (new!)
    Stream your music from the cloud
  • My Tracks
    Google app great for hiking, records your track
  • NetCounter
    Keeps track of wireless data usage
  • Newegg (new!)
    One of the best sellers of electronic gear on the Internet
  • NoLED (new!)
    Display notifications over your lock screen
  • OpenTable
    Find restaurants and make reservations
  • Pandora
    Awesome free music streaming service
  • Prey
    Protects your Android against theft or loss
  • QuickMark (new!)
    Best QR code scanner and generator for Android
  • QuickPic
    Image viewer that's elegant, efficient, and faster than stock Gallery app
  • RepliGo Reader
    Best way to view PDF documents on Android (better than Adobe)
  • SendContact (new!) Share your contacts in various ways
  • Shaddapp (new!)
    Best app sharing for Android
  • Shopper
    Google's nice shopping app, look up products by bar code
  • SoundHound
    Amazing way to recognize and identify songs
  • Speed Test
    Check your wireless data speed
  • Starbucks
    Official way to pay and to manage your account
  • Superpages
    Online yellow pages
  • Swype
    Great keyboard alternative, tracing faster than typing
  • TuneIn Radio
    Excellent Internet radio
  • Widgetsoid
    Great way to control your Android from Notification Bar
  • Wifi Analyzer
    Display nearby Wi-Fi access points and signal strength
  • Yelp
    Local merchants with ratings
So which Android smartphone do I use?
Nexus S, pure Android, best smartphone for my needs.

Updated: October 23, 2011