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AppDate: You shall not pass with NordPass

In this AppDate instalment, SEAN BACHER highlights NordPass, DHL Express Live Chat, ESET joining up as a Google App Defense Alliance partner, Shyft now with iiDENTIFii, and Ayoba hitting 1 million users per month.

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NordVPN has launched NordPass, a password manager built with a focus on simplicity and security.

When it comes to cybersecurity, people have plenty of bad habits. This includes passwords: from keeping login information in sticky notes or notepads to using “password” or “123456.” And worst of them all, reusing the same one for different accounts.

Like a master key, NordPass fits just about everyone’s needs. Not only does it help to generate new complex passwords, but also lets one share them securely with friends or co-workers. Most importantly, this password manager remembers it all: from complex logins to private notes and credit cards. And you can access it all with a single master password.

To keep the information secure, NordPass uses XChaCha20 encryption for the password vault and Argon 2 for key derivation. Users can also choose optional two-factor authentication for extra safety. The new tool will have a zero-knowledge architecture to ensure full security.

A NordVPN spokesperson says that password information belongs to users only, so NordPass product has zero-knowledge encryption.

“By the time the data reaches our servers, it’s already been encrypted on your device. That means we have zero knowledge about the items saved in your vault.”

Powered by cybersecurity experts, NordPass is easy to use. One can download user-friendly browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Brave, Edge, and Vivaldi. And, of course, apps for iOS and Android.

Features at a glance:

  • Top security and zero-knowledge architecture
  • Two-factor authentication (2FA)
  • Effortless password management, only a single password to remember
  • Syncing on up to 6 devices at the same time
  • Sharing items (such as passwords, credit cards, and notes) with family, friends, and co-workers
  • The ability to import from other password managers
  • Secure storage for private notes and credit card information
  • Universal availability (apps and extensions)

Platform: Android, iOS and any other device running an up-to-date browser.

Expect to pay: Premium users can share and use NordPass on more devices at the same time. Monthly prices start from R36 with a 2-year plan. If users need basic features only, they can get a freemium version of NordPass.

Stockists: Visit nordpass.com for more information

Visit the next page to read about DHL Express live chat, ESET becoming a member of the Google App Defense Alliance, Shyft’s integration with iiDENTIFii, and MTN’s Ayoba reaching 1 million monthly users.

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GoFundMe hits R9bn in donations for people and causes

The world’s largest social fundraising platform has announced that Its community has made more than 120-million donations

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GoFundMe this week released its annual Year in Giving report, revealing that its community has donated more than 120-million times, raising over $9-billion for people, causes, and organisations since the company’s founding in 2010.

In a letter to the GoFundMe community, CEO Rob Solomon emphasised how GoFundMe witnesses not only the good in people worldwide, but their generosity and their action every day.

“As we enter a new decade, GoFundMe is committed to spreading compassion and empathy through our platform,” said Solomon in the letter. “Together, we can bring more good into the world and unlock the power of global giving.”

The GoFundMe giving community continues to grow with both repeat donors and new donors. In fact, nearly 60% of donors were new this year. After someone makes a donation, they continue to engage with the community and give to multiple causes. In fact, one passionate individual donated 293 times to 234 different fundraisers in this past year alone. Donations are made every second, ranging from $5 to $50,000. This year, more than 40% of donations were under $50.

GoFundMe continues to be a mirror of current events across the globe. This year, young changemakers started the Fridays for Futuremovement to fight climate change, which led to a 60% increase in fundraiser descriptions mentioning ‘climate change’. Additionally, the community rallied together to support one another during natural disasters like Hurricane Dorian and the California wildfires, where thousands of fundraisers were started to help those in need.

The report includes a snapshot of giving trends from the year based on global GoFundMe data. It also includes company milestones from 2019, such as launching the company’s non-profit and advocacy arm, GoFundMe.org, and introducing GoFundMe Charity, which provides enterprise software with no subscription fees or contracts to charities of every size.

Highlights from GoFundMe’s 2019 Year in Giving report include:

  • Global giving trends and data
  • Top 10 most generous countries
  • Top 10 most generous U.S. states and cities
  • Biggest moments in 2019

To view the entire report, visit: www.gofundme.com/2019

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For users, in-car touchscreens ever more useless

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As touchscreens become more commonplace, the gulf of perceived differences in the performance of these features between cars and other devices (such as mobile and in-home) has become wider. A new report from the In-Vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics has investigated car owners’ satisfaction with their on-board touchscreens. Long hamstrung by poor UX and extended production cycles, in-car touchscreens are seen by car users and buyers as lagging behind the experience offered by touchscreens outside the car. As such, consumer satisfaction has continued to slide in China and Europe, while reaching historic lows in the US.

Surveying consumers in the US, Western Europe, and China via web-survey, key report findings include:

  • Difficult text entry and excessive fingerprint smudging are common complaints among all car owners.
  • Because touchscreens have reached market saturation in the US, satisfaction with in-car screens has tailed off significantly.
  • However, touchscreens remain a relatively newer phenomenon in many car models in Western Europe (compared with the US) and thus their limitations are less prominent in the minds of car owners.
  • Overall touchscreen satisfaction fell for the fifth straight year in China, indicating a growing impatience for in-car UX to match UX found elsewhere in the consumer electronics space.

Derek Viita, Senior Analyst and report author, says, “Part of the issue with fingerprint smudging is the angle at which in-car touchscreens are installed – they make every fingerprint increasingly visible.

“Fingerprint smudging is an issue across all touchscreen-based consumer electronics. But in most form factors and especially mobile devices, consumers can quite easily adjust their viewing angle. This is not always the case with fixed in-car screens.”

Says Chris Schreiner, Director, Syndicated Research UXIP, “Although hardware quality certainly figures in many of the usual complaints car owners have about their screens, it is not the sole factor. Cockpit layout and UI design can play important roles in mitigating some issues with in-car touchscreens.”

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