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Passwords are a relatively unsafe method of securing information, and yet, they’re what we’re stuck with. Even if you manage to make them memorable and strong, there’s still the chance that if one password is exposed, it could compromise many of your accounts if you use the same one.
On top of all that, there’s an inherent insecurity in giving your email, credit card number, and phone number to any website where you want to buy something. If that website gets hacked — like Target did, for instance — your information is now in the hands of some rather malicious folks.
Thankfully, there’s an app that can remedy this, and it’s called Blur.
We’re going to be taking a look specifically at the Android app today, but Blur is also available for iOS, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Internet Explorer. With that in mind, let’s take a look at everything this security-minded app has to offer.
Getting Started with Blur for Android
First, go ahead and download Blur from the Google Play Store for free. After you’ve downloaded and installed the app, open it, and you should be redirected to your Settings app where you’ll need to activate Blur under the Accessibility options. This gives it the permissions it needs to be able to save and input login information for you.
Next, you’ll need to create an account for Blur. Thankfully, this will be the only login you’ll have to remember!
From there, you’ll be prompted to sign up for Blur Premium, which normally costs $39.99 per year or $129.99 for a lifetime subscription, but if you go premium within the first 24 hours of creating your account, you can get it for $19.99 per year.
The Premium version allows you to “mask” your cards and phone numbers (which I’ll explain later), and it automatically backs up and syncs all your information across your devices.
You’ll then be presented with a simple list of all the things you can do with the app, and by tapping the hamburger menu in the upper right, you can adjust the settings to your liking.
Blur’s Best Features
Blur isn’t just a password manager — it’s really a one-stop shop for all things related to security, passwords, and payments.
Masked Credit Cards, Emails, & Phone Numbers
Possibly the coolest feature of Blur is the ability to create “masked” emails, credit card numbers, and phone numbers. This allows you to have a centralized place for all your accounts where you can easily disable emails or payments — while keeping your data more secure than it was before.
Let’s look at masked emails first. Head over to any website where you’d like to make an account and click on the email field. A box should pop up from Blur that allows you to create a masked account right there. It automatically generates a random email address and password, and enters those into the appropriate fields.
It’s as easy as that. The website doesn’t have access to your real email, so if they ever start to spam that masked email, you can simply disable it or turn off the forwarding to your real email.
The same thing applies to credit cards, though you’ll have to first enter your credit card info into Blur. After that, just click on any credit card information field, and Blur will populate it with a temporary credit card number. Blur will then charge your card for the exact amount of the transaction, and it will finish the purchase with a gift card of the exact value.
And, you guessed it, the same applies for phone numbers. Blur can create temporary phone numbers that forward to your phone number so that you can activate accounts using a text message or call without giving up your real phone number and potentially being spammed.
Easy Access To Accounts
Once you’ve set up all of these different accounts using various emails and passwords, you won’t have to worry about remembering them. Simply open up Blur for Android, enter your password (the app itself remains password-protected for obvious reasons, though you can disable this), and select which account you’d like to open. Blur will automatically open up your default browser and log you in.
Or, if you navigate to any of these websites, all you have to do is click on the field to enter your username or email address, and Blur will display a box with the possible accounts you could use to sign in, making it really effortless and intuitive.
Auto-Fill & Password Generation
If you’d rather avoid the masked emails and credit cards, you can still use Blur simply as a way of automatically filling in all of your information — including your address for deliveries. It can save accounts you’re already using and auto-fill that information for you across devices and browsers.
Also, if you’re struggling to think of multiple different, complex passwords, Blur has a password generator built-in. And since it stores all your passwords for you, you don’t have to worry about remembering them.
Within the app, Blur offers some step-by-step guides on how to be sure you’re not being tracked on your mobile device.
It even has a little reminder feature so that you can check back periodically and make sure that new apps aren’t tracking you.
One of these nicest things about this is that it’s accessible on all of your devices. Whether you’re on your computer or your phone, your accounts are all there and just a click away. Even if you don’t want to use a browser extension, or you’re on someone else’s computer, you can always visit dnt.abine.com to access your account.
The desktop version is much like the Android app — barebones and minimal. You can access all the same features in a simple way.
Should You Try Blur for Android?
I really like Blur. There are times where I want to create an account but don’t want to use my real email, or I want to buy something from a website, but I’m not sure if it’s legit. Masked emails and masked credit cards solve that problem — and they’re so easy to use.
So, yes, I’d highly recommend checking out Blur.
Download: Blur for Android
Have you tried out Blur? What do you think of it? Are there any features you’d like to see implemented in the future? Let us know down in the comments!