Identity thefts through social media platforms: Is your password secure?

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Social media platforms are fast emerging as the most convenient platforms for malware delivery. To combat cyber threats, proper password management should ideally become a way of life.

Over 13 per cent of the world population is on social network and the number keeps growing exponentially. Those who do not own an account in Facebook or Twitter are now being viewed as those living in prehistoric times.

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No doubt, social media is wonderful in helping you stay connected with friends, but the sheer popularity of social media attracts the attention of cyber-criminals looking for ways to harvest identities. Recent surveys by IT security analysts clearly indicate that social media is fast emerging the most convenient platform for malware delivery by hackers. Clickjacking, phishing, identity sniffing are all continuing unabated and are growing at a faster pace. Despite untiring awareness campaigns by the social media giants, even tech-savvy users are falling prey to attacks perpetrated through the social media. Read more

Introducing New Features in Zoho Vault: Powerful Password Sharing, Wider Storing

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Ever since we launched Zoho Vault, an online password manager for teams, we have been receiving constant feedback from our customers – appreciations, concerns, comments, pain-points and constructive criticisms. We are giving sincere attention to all the feedback. We have now given shape to some of the feature requests and here is the summary of recent enhancements:

Securely store and share files, documents

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You can securely store not just passwords, but also documents, files, images, digital certificates and licenses in Zoho Vault. Files can be stored as individual entities or along with secrets. You can add multiple files with a single secret and retrieve them from anywhere, even through your mobile devices. The file attachments are also treated like passwords – they can be shared with users and user groups and are encrypted in your browser itself. The encryption key is never stored anywhere. So, complete data privacy is ensured.

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Introducing Zoho Vault, Online Password Manager for Teams

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While the excitement over the announcement of Zoho Pulse, the social network for businesses is fresh in the air, here comes yet another announcement. We are glad to introduce Zoho Vault, an easy-to-use online password manager for teams and businesses.

Same password everywhere is a potential security threat

With a variety of online applications occupying every aspect of our lives, we cannot get rid of passwords. Human memory has its obvious limitations and it is a tough task to remember even a handful of passwords. This naturally forces us to coin an easy-to-remember password and use the same everywhere  - social media, banking, brokerage and other business accounts. Password reuse is a potential security threat. If the password gets exposed in one of the sites, in all probability, hackers would be able to easily gain access to all your other accounts too. Here comes the big question: How do we use unique, strong passwords without worrying about remembering them?

Your former colleague could still have access to your accounts

The case with business establishments are still more complex. With the proliferation of password protected online accounts and IT assets, businesses are drowning in a pile of passwords. The sensitive business passwords are mostly stored in volatile sources like Excel spreadsheets, printouts and text documents; insecurely shared among work groups without relevant protection; passwords are reused across sites and applications and still worse, weak and easy-to-remember passwords are often assigned. There is absolutely no trace on ‘who’ is accessing ‘what’ and a former employee could still be accessing your accounts. Obviously, this haphazard style of password management leaves the organizations open to security attacks and identity thefts.

Zoho Vault solves your password problems

Zoho Vault helps you securely store all your passwords, online credentials, financial records and other sensitive information in a centralized repository, generate strong, unique passwords, organize them for easy access and management and also safely share them among work groups. It solves all the problems related to storing, sharing and managing the passwords.

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The market is flooded with password managers – personal password managers on the one end and enterprise solutions on the other end of the spectrum. While the personal password managers fail to cater to the specific needs of businesses, the enterprise solutions prove to be too complex and expensive. Zoho Vault bridges this crucial gap by offering a feature-rich, easy-to-use, highly secure and affordable online password management solution, which can be put to production within a few minutes.

Highlights of Zoho Vault

Safe, secure and offers complete data privacy

Passwords are encrypted with the strongest known encryption standard AES-256. The encryption key is entered by the user and it is not stored anywhere. Server holds only encrypted data and the encryption key never leaves your browser. Thus, the passwords remain completely private and only you can decrypt and view the data, not anyone else, including Zoho employees.

Secure sharing among work groups

Provision to securely share passwords among the trusted members of the organization with different access privileges. The sharing process has also been designed to follow the highest levels of information security and privacy standards. Sharing can be enabled or revoked real-time just by a single click.

Direct login to websites & applications

Once you deploy Zoho Vault, you will never be required to type or copy-paste passwords to login to websites or applications. You can launch direct connection to all websites and applications from Zoho Vault GUI, without even viewing the password.

Appealing to businesses of all types, sizes

Zoho Vault has been designed keeping in mind the requirements of businesses of all sizes and types, including SMBs, Enterprises, MSPs, Online Marketing Firms, Web Professionals, and IT teams that are struggling with shared passwords.

Tools & Utilities

  • Grouping of passwords and secrets for better access and management
  • Clear-cut ownership for all passwords; Provision to transfer ownership when someone leaves the organization
  • Provision to enforce password policies
  • Import and export passwords and secrets
  • Secure offline access mechanism for passwords and secrets
  • Comprehensive audit trails for all user actions
  • Two factor authentication for increased security
  • iPhone app for access to passwords while on the go

Absolutely FREE for personal use and affordable for businesses

Zoho Vault is available in two editions – personal and enterprise. The Personal Edition is completely free and allows having one user. The Enterprise Edition is priced at $1/user/month. Refer to the Zoho Vault pricing page to know more about the editions.

Sign up for a 15-day free trial, credit card not required

You can sign up for a fully functional 15-day trial without taking out your credit card. The trial version allows you to test with five users. Try Zoho Vault now!