Your pocket assistant

Your pocket assistant

Everyone seems to dream about this. Robot assistants are among the most popular subjects in science fiction including utopia and anti-utopia works. In our everyday life, we use "electronic assistants." Our phones, smartphones, communication devices and email agents serve as personal organizers. As a rule, such "reminding" functionalities make our lives much easier because we all know that it is not enough to make a record - we must also remember to look at the record in due time.

However, all of the devices mentioned above can remind us about something important only in predetermined time periods when we configure them accordingly. They just cannot "take the initiative" or "understand" that we currently need certain information, or, preferably, perform some routine actions for us.

Well, that is something at least. It is not accidental that many programmers all over the world try to create software capable of understanding authorization fields and filling them in automatically.

Using different web services, we have to disregard safety measures when we write down our passwords or keep them in unprotected files, or we run the risk of confusing or forgetting them. To tell the truth, you can strictly cut down the number of web services you use according to the number of passwords you are able to keep in mind. Obviously, not many. People usually do as follows: they use the same password or its simple variations (for example, forward and reverse sequence of digits from 1 to 9). It is needless to say that such passwords cannot protect your data.

There are a number of recommendations for selecting a "good" password. It must comprise three character sets as minimum as well as capital and lowercase letters, must not be shorter than a definite number of characters, and it must be inaccessible to hacking based on a logic-driven approach (i.e. your password must not be your dog's name or your wedding date), and so on. Only a gifted person can make so many different passwords, which would be easy to remember. Other people have to write down their passwords running the risk of providing a hint for intruders.

Thus, programmers creating the software for remembering and entering passwords just cannot remain unclaimed. Let us consider the meaning of such program in a greater detail.

Any program does not run in itself: some processor within some media runs it. Programs intended for filling in authorization forms are not exclusions. You need to install them on the computer, and then they will run within the operating system.

What does this mean? This means that your passwords are going to be stored in the computer memory, which is generally accessible to reading (not just you but also the intruder can read it!). In addition, it is going to be stored in the memory of the GIVEN computer, and nobody will help you log in to another computer using the same form.

To be sure, unless you have taken care to install the software for filling in forms automatically on all of the computers being at your disposal as well as register all of your logins and passwords with them. If you are drowning, it is sink or swim.

Does this imply electronic assistants can render rather psychological than actual assistance?

We do not think so.

The SHIPKA PSDST software features an Authorization Assistant intended for filling in authorization forms automatically. The program recognizes authorization forms and prompts to save the data you have entered, and then it prompts to fill in the form automatically.

Where is the crucial difference here? Data are stored in the SHIPKA memory instead of the computer memory. This means as follows:

1) data are protected against unauthorized access;

2) you always have them at hand if you have your SHIPKA with you.

You can have your logins and passwords on any computer where the SHIPKA software is installed (and it takes about a minute to install it).

When SHIPKA has recognized a form, it prompts to fill it in.

 

The key word is "prompt." You can refuse to do so if, for example, the page with the email account has been opened accidentally and you do not feel like checking your mail right now.

Moreover, you can have several login+password pairs registered with the same mailing service (for example, you have two email boxes with www.mail.ru intended for different purposes). SHIPKA will prompt you for the account you wish to enter.

 

The Authorization Wizard also features a very useful option - filling out registration forms automatically.

We can lose our temper if we have to get registered from time to time and enter the same data in different questionnaire forms. If you have entered such data in a special form in the Authorization Assistant, SHIPKA will fill in similar forms for you.

 

Having recognized a registration form, SHIPKA will highlight the fields data are saved for.

 

But the most essential thing is as follows: SHIPKA PCDST is not a robot. This means it will never devise a plot to take control over you.