Until late 2014, tracker blocking and password management were handled by DoNotTrackMe and MaskMe, respectively. With Blur, we rolled DNTM and MM into one suite, which means you only need a single login to manage and mask your identity – on both desktop and mobile.
Perhaps you’re interested primarily in the password management side of Blur. What makes Blur unique as a password manager – and how can you get started using it?
1. Enhanced Security
Like all good password managers, Blur secures the passwords you save with 256-bit encryption – the best commercially available encryption technology. We also employ host-proof hosting, which ensures that we can never access your saved passwords.
(It also means we can’t recover your passwords if you lose your Blur password and your backup passphrase, so make sure you write down the latter!)
But what sets Blur apart is that our competitors (ahem) only let you create and save passwords. When you go to create an account at a website, you need more than just a strong password: You also have to enter an email address.
Here, Blur Masked Emails – an unlimited number of which are included on every Blur plan – really come in handy. If you’ve installed the Blur browser extension, clicking on an email form field should bring up a Blur pop-up that’ll prompt you to enter either your real email address or a new masked one:
For every online account you have, therefore, you can combine a Masked Email with a complex password. Should hackers breach a website you use, the hackers can get only your disposable Masked Email address and the password you employed (hopefully exclusively) on that site.
2. Access from Anywhere
Worried about “locking” your saved passwords to a single device? No need to fear.
It’s true that when you start using the Blur browser extension, your passwords get saved inside that particular browser. What if you want to access your passwords on multiple browsers or devices, however?
Blur’s Backup and Sync feature is the answer. Backup and Sync stores your password inside your Dropbox account. The passwords are stored in encrypted form, which means that the people at Dropbox can never see them. Decryption happens on what’s called the client side – your device, in other words.
Once you’ve enabled Backup and Sync – and allowed Blur to access your Dropbox account – viewing saved passwords is as simple as logging in to Blur from another device or browser. And you don’t even need to install the Blur extension: You can view your passwords by logging in to the Blur Dashboard and clicking Accounts.*
*Note that the Dashboard has not been optimized for mobile browsers. On a mobile device, you may want to install the Blur app instead.
Blur is designed to get out of your way and get you to your favorite sites faster. If you’ve saved passwords in Blur, you can simply click the links in the Blur Dashboard (when you’re on a desktop) or the mobile app (when you’re on a phone or tablet) to automatically log into your saved sites.
On a desktop, visit the Blur Dashboard > Accounts and click the links in the left-hand column:On the Blur mobile app, the internet ‘home screen’ lists all of your saved accounts. Note that there are two ‘home screens’: the Blur account-management ‘home screen’, which you can reach by clicking the gear icon, and the internet ‘home screen’, which is reachable by clicking the globe icon. The latter screen looks like this:
Whether you’re at your desk or on the go, navigating the web is faster – and safer – than ever before with Blur!