SimpleSafe creates secure passwords from simpler phrases. Cross-platform makes it accessible everywhere, and easy to use.
WHAT IT IS
WHY USE IT?
Most websites require a password that is 6-12 characters long and contains both numbers and letters. The days of having a "123456"-type passwords are long gone, and trying to remember a complicated string of numbers and letters (like "1ieo235") is getting difficult. We, then, tend to rely on a single password for all of our accounts online. However, what happens when a breach happens on one of those sites? We've all witnessed what happened at Gawker, where the password database was retrieved by hackers. The information was disseminated through torrents. So now, everyone has those passwords, ready to get into your accounts. Now, you have to go through all those sites where you have an account, change your password, remember the new password. It's just a hassle. Why not remember one phrase for each site and convert it into a secure password? Or when, if you keep just one password for all your sites, your accounts get hacked, why not just change the encryption type for your phrase? (SHA-1 passwords look NOTHING like MD5)
SimpleSafe makes this whole process easier. No, it doesn't change passwords on all your sites, but it does create passwords for you in a very simple manner. And those passwords will be retrievable by you.
HOW TO WORK IT
Here is how to use the application:
1. Enter a word/phrase that you can easily remember (your dog's name, your name, etc.)
2. Choose an encryption (MD5, SHA-1)
3. Get the password in different lengths
4. Use the password
The application converts your phrase, without saving it anywhere, through MD5 or SHA-1 encryption and then spits out the result which is several different password lengths, 6-12 characters long, so that you can pick and choose.
The password will always be accessible through SimpleSafe just by re-entering your word/phrase and choosing the encryption. That's the beauty of the application. The simplicity of craeting an easily-retrievable complicated password. Remember, the application NEVER saves your phrases/passwords, or any information about you.
WHY NOT USE A PASSWORD MANAGER
You know, as well as I do, that password managers are unreliable. Your computer crashes, password manager is gone. Or you have to port your password manager to different browsers, find ways to make it work on your phone, etc. You get the point. If you use an online password manager, you face the same problem as before. Remember a complicated password, and hope that site does not get hacked. And it may be hard to access where you need it. Many password managers require complicated syncs with your phone, different computers. Logging in into an online password manager in public places is extremely dangerous (more dangerous than logging in into other places, I believe).
What I don't have right now, and need are a domain where I can place SimpleSafe (such as simplesafe.net), additional hosting, a market license for Android, and any additional, related fees covered.
As you can see, this project can be finished soon, and easily without problems.
FUTURE OF THE APPLICATION
In the future, I'd like to continue spreading the application out. As I've said, initially, the application will be available online, and on android. I'd like to create widgets for Windows and Ubuntu/Linux. I'd also like to add a "store" functionality of your phrases, OFF-LINE only, so that no information gets stored online (a major vulnerability, I think). I'd like to add an extension for Chrome and Firefox so that the application is further spread out.
I'd like to keep adding encryption types alongside MD5 and SHA-1. I'd also like to add an encryption type that will convert your phrase/word into a password that does not consist of letters and numbers only. As website security evolves, other symbols are becoming allowed, and sometimes even mandatory. I'd like to add an encryption which adds exclamation marks, commas, and periods.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $125 goal
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Jan 20, 2011 - Feb 19, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
You will get a mention under the secondary Sponsor list on the web-app page with a link.
Pledge $5 or more
You will get the same benefits as the $1 backers, plus a copy of the Android application without ads.
Pledge $10 or more
You'll be placed at top of the Sponsor list as the PREMIUM sponsors, above the $5 and $1 backers. You'll get the ad-free application WITH extended functionality.
Pledge $25 or more
I will include your name (your company's name) and your website URL, AND your logo, on the HOME page under the sponsors. You'll also get a copy of the application for Android without ads, WITH extended functionality, a custom limited edition skin. AND, a mention on the Android market page. You'll also get access to premium (new) features on the main page by entering a special code.