Is Two Factor Authentication the new standard?

Banks have been using Two Factor Authentication for a long time now. Some banks require entering a token during login, others only need it for money transfers. In the recent months, with growing cases of user account hacking, many online services are implementing Two Factor Authentication. The popular ones are GMail, Dropbox and Amazon AWS. But recently Facebook announced Two Factor Authentication support. The Facebook iOS/Android app acts as a soft-token and users that don’t have a smartphone, can use SMS to receive their tokens upon login. I think this is a good move, since a Facebook account acts as a persons identity due to all the personal information fed into accounts. But does Two Factor Authentication solve the problem? Can hackers not hijack account with Two Factor Authentication enabled? The answer is obviously No. It does make hijacking accounts much more difficult by adding a barrier and might make it not worth the while to hijack an account. But having a strong password along with Two Factor Authentication does make an account slightly more secure.

Evernote had also been hacked recently and is currently forcing password resets on all accounts. They are also going to introduce Two Factor Authentication very soon.

ProjectFlow makes project tracking simple

It can be pretty hard to keep track of all the projects with different tools. If you are not very tech savvy then tracking systems that require you to create tickets/tasks, add them to milestones and assign people to them which updating status for them, can be a little too much to do. ProjectFlow is a simple board that lets you track multiple projects in different phases with just a few clicks. Moving phases is as simple as dragging the project into the right column. This is a pretty good tool to stay on top of things. Its targeted for people working on a lot of projects and need a dashboard to see the overview of each project’s status.

Checkout ProjectFlow if you are a freelancer or contractor or just work on a lot of projects.

Link: ProjectFlow

Chrome gets an Incredible start page

Google Chrome has been out for a long time with users switching to Chrome from all different browsers. The main feature lagging in Chrome that kept users to Firefox was Extensions. But since Google has finally added support for extensions in Chrome, there are tons of cool extensions pouring into the extensions gallery. Today I have a new extension that takes your Chrome browser to a higher level.

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Manage your projects with Verb

There are many ways to manage tasks and projects online. Right from simple apps that just work to complex apps that suite your needs. Verb is a new Web application that lets you manage your projects in a simple and elegant web interface. You can create projects, add tasks, set priorities and due dates and keep your self on the track. Then you can check them off as they are complete.

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Stacks in Windows 7

Windows 7 has been there for quite some time now and due to the public betas and RCs, many have moved to Windows 7, even as their primary OS. With Windows 7 tweaks and customizations poping up everyday from Windows 7 users, I have come across Mac OS X’s Stacks implemented onto Windows 7. And with the new taskbar, the Stacks look even more appealing and useful. In this post, I will be covering 2 different Stack applications: StandaloneStack and 7stacks.

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Manage all your internet accounts with Fuser

Have you got several accounts on the internet and finding it difficult to manage all of them?  Then, Fuser makes things easy for you. Fuser is a web service that allows you to manage all your E-Mail mailboxes, Social network accounts and Twitter accounts from one place. Fuser currently supports Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail and AOL mail for E-mail and Facebook, MySpace and Twitter for Social networking.

Note that its completely Java based and will not run on computers where Java is not installed.

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The 3 useful Tiny services

We all have been using TinyURL since a long time and we love it!  If you don’t know about TinyURL, it’s a URL redirection service that generates small (tiny) URLs out of long URLs and redirects the user to the original URL when the TinyURL is used. This is helpful in Mails, IM conservations and on Twitter.

However, there are other two great Tiny services. They are not by the creators of TinyURL but are great web services. They are TinyChat and TinyPaste. Lets take a look at them.

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