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Will Face ID kill the password?

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Will FaceID kill the password?
Biometric authentification like FaceID may not spell the end of passwords anytime soon.
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This iPhone security post is presented by Dashlane.

Will Apple’s Face ID kill the password? One might assume that if the biometric advance of Touch ID didn’t do it via fingerprint, the more-advanced facial recognition of Face ID incorporated in recent iPhones just might. However, experts tend to agree passwords aren’t going away anytime soon. We’ll get into the reasons why below, which will help explain why password-management security apps like Dashlane remain crucial to your online security.

Protect yourself from online scammers the easy way

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To avoid online scams, try common sense and useful technology like Dashlane.
To avoid online scams, try common sense (and useful technology like Dashlane).
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This online security post is presented by Dashlane.

Remember the “Nigerian prince” who famously emailed financial requests far and wide more than a decade ago? It was a variant of the advance-fee scam, aka The Spanish Prisoner scam. Even just last year, Americans lost $700,000 to such schemes, according to security firm ADT. And it all comes to mind again with recent news of outlandish online scams originating from the same country. But how do these people manage to keep getting away with people’s money, information and identities? It makes you wonder how to protect yourself from online scammers.

3 productivity apps for Mac we can’t live without

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Running out of time? There are many ways to boost your productivity.
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This Mac productivity apps post is presented by Dashlane.

Productivity apps for Mac are ubiquitous. There are so many of them, you can burn up a lot of productivity while you spend hours searching for the best ones. That’s why articles like this one prove so useful. They help you quickly identify a few key apps worth considering.

The top 5 online heists: Don’t be a victim

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Top five online heists: Dashlane can help you avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime.
Dashlane can help you avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime.
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This online security post is presented by Dashlane.

Ocean’s 11-style capers, whether in movies or in the real world, are a lot more colorful than the typical online heist. But they are usually a lot less lucrative than real-life cybercrimes. The top online thefts in recent history netted copious amounts of cash or financial data. And despite increasing sophistication, hackers sitting at their keyboards often have a considerably easier time of it than George Clooney’s all-star cast of super-grifters did in the movie.

If the top five online heists described below don’t make you feel the acute need to review your own personal online financial security, they should.

Top free personal finance Mac apps get your financial life (securely) in order

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Getting your financial life in order online only pays if you keep passwords and crucial data safe with Dashlane.
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This personal finance app post is presented by Dashlane.

Is this the year you pledged to get your financial life in order like a properly functioning adult? If so, there’s still time. Or, you can start laying the groundwork for a 2020 New Year’s resolution that will stick.

Whether you need help saving, budgeting, paying bills, tracking expenses, investing or all of the above, there’s a free personal finance Mac app for that. Some of our favorites are below. And you can use any or all of them more securely, keeping sensitive financial data and logins safe, if you try them in concert with Dashlane, the official password manager of Cult of Mac.

Share passwords and sensitive data securely using Dashlane

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You definitely shouldn't be sharing your passwords via email or text.
You definitely shouldn't be sharing your passwords via email or text.
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This password sharing post is presented by Dashlane.

Let’s say you just got Netflix (again) and you want to share the password with your partner and kids so they can watch whatever it is they watch. Folks share like that every day with streaming apps, news sites and other online services. But how it’s done matters. Every time you text or email information like that, it can be visible as plain text to others somewhere. But sharing via a password manager like Dashlane keeps sensitive information safe. The Dashlane Sharing Center is easy to use and encrypts data before it goes to another user.

After recent hacks, tighten up your iPhone security the easy way

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Use Dashlane password manager to double down on iPhone security.
Use Dashlane to double down on iPhone security.
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This iPhone security post is presented by Dashlane.

To say the least, Google Project Zero’s recent surprising report on the iPhone’s two-year vulnerability to website hacks dented Apple’s vaunted reputation for nearly bulletproof smartphone security.

To say the most (or something like it), this latest news of iPhone vulnerability deeply alarmed all of us. Or if it hasn’t, it should. It’s a reminder that threats are ever-present, potentially catastrophic — and not just for Android users anymore.

Need to reduce your screen time? Try a password manager.

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Take a break from tedium with Dashlane password manager.
Take a break from tedium with a quality password manager.
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It’s safe to say that most of us could do with a little less screen time. In our daily lives, it’s easy to lose track of the cumulative staring that takes place. That’s a particular problem when we’re traveling — after all, the more time spent on your phone, the less time spent in the moment.

Adding VPN protection to your iPhone is easier than you think

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Dashlane's built-in VPN makes online security a snap.
Dashlane's built-in VPN makes online security a snap.
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This post is presented by Dashlane.

If you’ve ever read our website (hi), you know we’re big fans of virtual private networks. A solid VPN can keep your online activity secure and anonymous by preventing malware and trackers. It also can bypass annoying location restrictions on streaming content. Anytime you use a public Wi-Fi network, you face possible threats to your security online.