Norton releases cloud-based password manager Identity Safe

By on April 24, 2012, 8:30 AM

Norton is going head-to-head with AgileBits’ 1Password with a new password manager of their own. Identity Safe is a cloud-based program that manages and generates new passwords for the user and is compatible with Windows, iOS and Android.

Norton is hoping to lure potential users to the service with the promise of putting an end to forgotten passwords forever. A recent survey from the company claims that 70 percent of web surfers have forgotten a password in the last month.

The service will remember all of your login information and enter them into the appropriate fields when you visit a password-protected website for which you’ve saved login credentials for. Identity Safe can additionally keep track of non-login data like addresses, credit card numbers, frequent flyer numbers and more.

Identity Safe will warn users about malicious websites that may attempt to steal sensitive data as well. The service works on multiple popular web browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome and is compatible on iOS devices as well as Android-powered products.

The software is available now for free through Norton’s website, although TUAW notes that despite advertising a Mac version, it isn’t available yet. If you download by October 1, 2012, the software will be free of charge forever with no strings attached. There’s no word on how much Norton might charge after the freebie date rolls by.

If you don’t particularly trust Norton or your browser to store your passwords, there’s always the tried and true method of physically writing down your passwords on a sheet of paper.

Update: The Mac version is now available through Norton's Identity Safe website.

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Guest said:

You can also simply use KeePass, and use the app for your Android/IOS, and use DropBox to keep the Datafile updated on all your devices.

Guest said:

Of course, if this gets popular enough it will be at least somewhat compromised like pretty much every popular entity on the net.

Guest said:

I use RoboForm because I trust those guys, plus I love the robot icon

Nima304 said:

Norton can't make a good anti virus program to secure our computers, how can we expect them to do a better job securing their servers? You shouldn't even need this service if you aren't a ******* that makes passwords then forgets them. Write it down somewhere for a couple of weeks, and you should be able to recall it from memory by then. Services like this are erotic to hackers, imagine all of those passwords stored in one location.

Guest said:

I have installed this and it works very well and for free as well. thanks Norton.

Guest said:

I have installed this and it works very well and for free as well. thanks Norton.

PS the only problem is with Firefox as they update it keeps cutting Norton off so I have to use explorer or Google chrome. Firefox is becoming a pain in the ass of late. Anyone else having problems with Firefox.

Guest said:

Let me think about this? They are breking into the credit companies, our banks , our credit cards lets give em something else to break into to help them. I think this is a dumb idea

Guest said:

Same here. I finally got it to work with ff 13, and then they upgrade to ver 14 and it won't work again. So it's back to chrome.

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