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After several months of development, pixelock is now complete and live!
Pixelock is a cutting-edge password management system… that doesn’t store your passwords! Pixelock is a simple system built in Adobe Flex 3 whereby you can secure your online profiles by using pictures as your password. By doing so, you are greatly improving the quality of your passwords because we generate random numbers and characters according to where you click on an image; this means that there are no algorithms involved that can be broken.
A typical human password will look something like this: john74
A typical pixelock password will look something like this: xwCFumwDfvj7
Pixelock allows you to create passwords with such immense mathematic strength that nobody – but you – can ever break it. If you were to use 5 images in a password, the mathematical likelihood of someone guessing your click locations would be 14,693,280,768 to 1.
The site is also secured by a 256-bit encrypted SSL connection, so all your actions willl be safe from prying eyes.
If you are interested in using pixelock on your own site – or within your own company, drop me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any suggestions, comments or queries can be addressed to email@example.com.
In a recent project, i was asked to build a system that would support storing cookies on a user’s local machine. This is obviously solved with SharedObjects if you’re working with the Flash Player. However, i ran into a few issues with this and found out a few interesting things.
Firstly, i wanted to detect if the user allows Flash/Flex to write to their computer. This can be solved as follows:
You can use the flush function of the SharedObject class… mySharedObject.flush(1) where 1 is the number in bytes that you require for your SharedObject. If the function returns a value of SharedObjectFlushStatus.PENDING, there is not sufficient space to store your SharedObject and a dialog appears that prompts the user to rectify this. If the function returns false, however, the user has not permitted using SharedObjects.
To call up a user’s Flash settings dialog (Camera, Display, Storage, Microphone, Privacy, Settings Manager), you would use the Security class from the flash.system package.