MonthDecember 2015

2015 in review

2016

Happy New Year!

New Eve Years is upon us once more, and this is a good time to do the classic yearly review.

First of all this is a success story. Last year I’ve decided to write more, and I’ve actually managed to do it. We went from one post only in 2014 to a grand total of 19 posts this year. Not bad at all.

A very quick round down of the stats: my classic workhorse, the pull request rescue post is still going strong and it is the point of entry from google to this blog. This year a new entry has come along: speed up list intersection in python.  It proved to be quite  popular and it is standing its ground even if it is quite new. A lot of other posts this year have been relatively popular, like moving the blog to dokku and some dokku advise as well.

Lots of things have happened, both in my personal and work life. It’s a great time of changing, and new adventures are going to start very soon. As usual this blog will remain mostly about scientific and work related subjects, but I expect to write more about bioinformatics and docker in the future.

Last but not least, this is the generated annual report for the 2015.

2016 is looking very exciting, dense and very packed. I hope I can still write the odd post, but as usual we will see next year.

In the mean time, Happy New Year!

P.S.: Yep , Santa Claus and the snow will go away after the holiday, do not panic.

 

Why a password manager is a good idea

lost passwd

Do you remember your password for this site?

If you are like me, you tend to use a lot of different website and services on the net, with the consequent number of passwords.

There are a bunch of strategies which tend to be used to handle this situation:

  1. re-use the same password over and over. This is one of the most dangerous one
  2. use several passwords, usually with a decreasing security level. For example your super secure password for your email, and then less complicated and less secure passwords as soon you are for all the rest. Usually a pool of five or six passwords.
  3. refer to the trusted document sitting on your computer, with your passwords in clear text.

If any of this scenarios looks familiar, then it’s time to re-vamp what you are doing and change approach.

Let me introduce you clipperz:

Online password manager with client side encryption

Online password manager with client side encryption

Clipperz is an opensource online password manager which knows nothing about your data, and sports a client encryption system.

What does it mean?

It means that the encryption is done at client level (in your browsers, via Javascript), and then only the encrypted data are sent to the server to be stored. So if somebody hacks the servers, they will get some encrypted nonsense which they cannot decode without your passphrase

To sign up you need to pick a username and a passphrase. The only catch is, because clipperz does not know anything about you, there is no way to recover the passphrase. So if you forget it, it’s gone.

Once you have your account set up, after you have logged in, you can record any type of information that you want to keep secret and secure.

Classic entry for a new clipper record

Classic entry for a new clipper record

For example, if you have just created an account for a new website, you can record the url and the username and then for the password you used. If you want, you can use the password icon on the right, to generate a new random password. This is extremely handy, because all your password will be random, and if somebody will be able to get the passwords from this website, then you do not have to worry, but you just have to generate a new one and change it!

Once you have saved, that record will be available online for you from any device,  just go to clipperz again and log in. Additionally there is a Search and a Tagging system available, and also the possibility to take a read-only backup of clipperz on your computer.

It’s quite a long time that I’ve bitten the bullet, and started to use a password manager. I never regretted it. More over, I think clipperz is extremely good and I am extremely happy with it.

Take it for a ride, one passphrase to rule them all!

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