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Cryptnos for Android 1.2.4 Released

May 20th, 2011 | Comment?

Just a quick post to announce that version 1.2.4 of Cryptnos for Android has been released. The preferred way to install or upgrade the app is through the Android Market, but you can also download the installer from the links here on the site.

This release contains a minor, user-requested enhancement. Up until this release, Cryptnos for Android automatically copied generated passwords to the Android system clipboard after they’re recreated. The idea for this functionality was convenience; since Cryptnos passwords aren’t very friendly for retyping, copying and pasting them into an authentication form is a lot easier. However, this does pose a potential security risk; malware on the device can easily access the clipboard and copy any password currently stored there. However, Cryptnos for Android did not provide a means for disabling this behavior for users who prefer a higher level of security.

Cryptnos for Windows already contains a checkbox that allows the user to enable and disable this functionality, so it seemed natural to include it in the Android app as well. I’ve been planning to add this option for a while, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. After an official user request came in for it, it seemed silly to keep putting it off. You can find the checkbox under the Advanced Settings item in the main menu. The previous behavior remains the default, copying the passwords to the clipboard after generation.

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