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Tech Review: Keeping track of all your passwords

Apps that help users stay connected.

Apps that help users stay connected. Credit: AFP / Getty Images

With photo hacking and other security breaches becoming almost daily events, having the password "1234" on all your accounts is not a good idea. But how can you remember scores of passwords when they are something like "Zs^&ty!=5Mg%"? These apps generate and save complex, uncrackable passwords so you have to remember only the master password that unlocks your "vault."

Dashlane

(iOS, Android; free & subscription)

If you need a password manager for only a single device, Dashlane is a good choice. The free app allows you to use most features, including auto-filling passwords on Web browsers. With a $30-a-year subscription, you can sync your information across as many mobile devices, PCs and laptops as you want. But make sure you remember your master password. Like all password managers reviewed here, Dashlane doesn't store your master password on its servers, so there's no "forgot your password" safety net.

mSecure

(iOS, Android; $10)

The $10 price is a one-time payment and not a yearly subscription, but if you have Android and iOS devices, you will have to pay for separate licenses. Once you do, information is synced between platforms, so if you enter passwords and personal data on your Android phone or tablet, they will be available on iOS devices and vice versa.

LastPass

(iOS, Android; $12/year)

LastPass allows you to sync data across all your mobile devices, desktops and laptops for one yearly subscription price. You can download the app for free and access all features on a 14-day trial, but after that you must pay for a $12 subscription. Samsung Galaxy S5 owners can use the phone's built-in fingerprint reader to open the password vault.

1Password

(iOS, Android; $10)

Trying to crack 1Password's pricing structure is almost as hard as cracking the most secure password. For iOS, the app is $10, reduced "temporarily" from $18. For Android devices the app is free to download, but unlocking premium features requires an $8 in-app purchase, although the company says that price is for a limited time and will rise to $10. The prices are one-time payments, but if you have iOS and Android devices, you will have to pay separately for each platform.

 

Tech bytes

 

Fire sale

Amazon has reduced the price of its basic Fire smartphone to 99 cents from $199 less than two months after the device went on sale. The phone, available exclusively at AT&T stores, has been selling slowly, according to industry reports. Even with the reduced price, the phone comes with a 12-month free membership to Amazon Prime, which otherwise costs $99. -- PETER KING

Fumbling the kickoff

NFL Mobile, the league's flagship app, suffered major service problems on the first Sunday of the football season. Some premium customers, many of whom paid as much as $40 for streams of live games and NFL RedZone, received messages they weren't authorized to access video. An NFL spokesman told Mobile Sports Report it has "addressed the issue" and expects the app to be fixed for this week's games. -- PETER KING

Hands-off approach

General Motors will introduce a Cadillac that can travel without the driver holding the steering wheel or putting a foot on a pedal. The car, due out in two years, will feature "Super Cruise" technology that takes control of steering, acceleration and braking. GM will also employ technology that enables the car to communicate with other autos to warn of traffic hazards. -- Bloomberg News

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