Tempo Maintenance, Thursday June 20th at 10 PM EDT

2013-06-18 10:50:49 -0400

This Thursday night, June 20th at 10pm EDT, Tempo and other web systems will be temporarily unavailable while we perform critical patch updates to ensure the stability of our services.

This maintenance outage will also affect the Tempo API, the the Connect website, and the site for Codebook.

Down time could last up to 1 hour, however we hope it will be completed much more quickly. If you need to get in touch with us for any reason, please don’t hesitate.

STRIP for OS X release 2.0.1

2013-06-03 13:01:26 -0400

Monday morning we released STRIP for OS X version 2.0.1 in the Mac App Store, it should be available now. This is a minor but helpful maintenance update with some good bugfixes for version 2.0.0. All customers are encourage to upgrade (rememer to take a backup before upgrading). This release includes the following changes:

  • Adds option to show password generator on edit entry context menu
  • Shows number of entries below entries list
  • Clarifies labels for operations under Sync menu
  • Selects previously selected entry after login
  • Fixes selection of entry upon tab from search field
  • Fixes repeated locking notifications when application is already locked
  • Fixes issue with CSV file import creating empty entries
  • Fixes numeric-only password generation

Customers who're using the version of STRIP for OS X purchased from the Zetetic store will also see the update shortly. Select the STRIP menu and choose "Check for Updates" if automatic update checking is disabled under Preferences.

Mobile App Security+ exams from CompTIA and viaForensics

2013-05-30 08:32:42 -0400

CompTIA and viaForensics have just launched a new set of in-depth exams on mobile application security. The Mobile App Security+ exams are structured to ensure that candidates have the specific knowledge required to build native iOS or Android applications that secure local data, off-device communications, and back-end services.

Zetetic had an opportunity to review the exam objectives before launch, and they promise to ensure a solid foundation in a wide range of mobile security topics. If you're not yet convinced that mobile applications need an even greater focus on security, the article that accompanies the test program, Why Mobile App Development is a Risky Business, will change your mind by providing an realistic overview of common risks and challenges.

Registration for the Beta exams is free for a limited time (use promo codes "MAPS ADR Mkt beta" or "MAPS iOS Mkt beta") and definitely worth checking out for anyone building mobile applications today.

Building Secure Applications: June 6th at New Work City

2013-05-14 13:40:51 -0400

Discussing new tools and good techniques with Zetetic and The Guardian Project

On Thursday June 6th Zetetic and The Guardian Project will be hosting an evening of short talks and conversation about the how and why of building secure mobile applications that keep the user's data encrypted and hidden from prying eyes. We'll have a few short presentations on tools like SQLCipher, IOCipher, and NetCipher and how they can be used in modern applications. We'll answer questions about general strategies and specific toolkits, and our developers will be available to chat afterwards over pizza and beer.

The event will be held at New Work City in New York, a fantastic coworking and event space at the edge of Tribeca and Chinatown, from 7-10pm. If you'd like to join us, please RSVP on eventbrite.com (it's free) so we can have an idea of how many folks to expect.

The evening's agenda will feature two or three short presentations discussing what's involved in building more secure applications, why this should be a critical focus for all developers, and how to easily integrate tools into your own projects, followed by Q&A for each. We'll also hold a slot open for short talks from members of the community who would like to share information on security-related projects they are working on (send us a note if you'd like to present a bit about your project).

After the discussions wrap up, we'll break for snack and chat time, and will be available to discuss the toolkits involved and approaches to application security in general. We can answer questions in a one-on-one capacity, discuss future plans for these projects, and we'd love to get your feedback if you're already using SQLCipher or one of the Guardian toolkits.  

This will also be a good opportunity for those interested in the further development of these libraries to meet up in person, we're really looking forward to that. So please join us! Bring your own projects, tell us what you're working on, let's talk some crypto!

Zetetic Participating in the Google I/O Developers Sandbox

2013-05-13 13:02:04 -0400

We're very excited to announce that Zetetic has been invited by Google to participate in the 2013 Developer Sandbox at the Google I/O conference.

We'll be featuring the newest release of STRIP, our highly rated secure password manager and data vault, and talking about our experience implementing multi-device synchronization using Google Drive and SQLCipher encrypted databases across four development platforms.

The Developer Sandbox will be a great opportunity to meet other developers. If you're at Google I/O this year and are interested in Google Drive integration, database encryption, or just need a password manager, please stop by and meet with us on Thursday, May 16.