Norton opens public beta for password manager

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If you’re like me, you have too many accounts across too many different services to count. You might have one password for all those, or you might vary it up every now and then, depending on the service. According to Norton, 38% of people they surveyed still write down passwords. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a place, that was accessible from a PC or Android device, to store all of that information securely? This is where Identity Safe, a new service that Norton is beta testing for the public. All you have to do is register a free account, and download the Android beta from here. Then you can sign in, and start saving all your information to the cloud.

There are several ways to save passwords nowadays. Similar password vault apps exist on the Market, like Password Safe Pro or Keeper. Some people, such as myself, use note-taking apps like Evernote to keep their information in one place. And of course, there’s always the trusty old pen and paper. But with the introduction of Norton’s Identity Safe, there’s finally a viable option for storing passwords, PIN numbers, and general information that we forget from time to time.

So, who’s downloaded Norton Identity Safe on their PC and/or Android device? What do you think? Let us know by leaving a comment! The full press release can also be found below.

 

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Norton Identity Safe Beta Now Available for Free Download 

Service delivers identity protection and simple, secure password management on Windows PCs,

iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad, and Android devices 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – EMBARBOGED Jan. 31, 2012 – Today, Norton by Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) released the public beta of Norton™ Identity Safe, a free, cloud-enabled service that allows consumers to easily and securely store and synchronize logins, passwords, credit cards, and other Web form information across browsers and devices.  Available for free download from IdentitySafe-beta.norton.com, Norton Identity Safe beta is designed to help consumers address the complex challenge of keeping their identities secure and protecting their passwords across multiple sites and devices.

Today, consumers are faced with trying to remember numerous logins and passwords in order to access their favorite websites, without putting their personal information at risk.  According to Norton research, 38 percent of people surveyed still write down their passwords.  Forty-five percent re-use the same passwords across multiple sites, leaving them open to risk as hackers may crack the password on one site and gain access to all of their accounts.  To help consumers solve these problems, Norton Identity Safe beta provides a simple, secure way to manage passwords across Windows PCs, iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad, and Android devices.

Norton Identity Safe beta features include:

–          Simplified password management – Eliminates the hassle of remembering multiple logins and passwords, as users only need to remember one master password for quick, secure access to their favorite sites.

–          Streamlined user experience – Shows users their logins with thumbnail images, allowing them to log in to a desired site by clicking on the image, or for mobile and tablet users, by simply touching the screen.

–          Share Via – Allows users to safely share online content by sending URLs through email and social networking plugins, directly from Norton Identity Safe beta.

–          Automatic login synchronization across devices – Enables users to store a password on one device and easily log in from another device, wherever they go.

–          Safe Search – Ensures users can search with confidence and view site ratings right in the search results, enabling users to see whether a website is safe before visiting it.

Norton Identity Safe beta also includes Norton Safe Web protection, which helps consumers keep their online credentials from being compromised by unsafe websites.  Norton Safe Web, which is designed to perform thorough site analysis to identify security risks, benefits from a network of millions of Norton Community Watch end-points that automatically submit suspicious URLs in real-time for analysis.

Beta testers are encouraged to share feedback and discuss their product experiences in our online Norton Public Beta Forum.  A version of Identity Safe is also included in the award-winning products Norton Internet Security and Norton 360.

About Norton by Symantec

Symantec’s Norton products protect consumers from cybercrime with technologies like antivirusanti-spywareand phishing protection — while also being light on system resources.  The company also provides services such as online backupPC tuneup, and family online safety.  Like Norton on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/norton.

About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world.  Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

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35 COMMENTS

  1. I use KeePass coupled with DropBox to sync my database between my PC, laptop and phone. Like Bryan said I wouldn’t trust Norton to keep this free and I wouldn’t trust them to make a decent product either, having experienced their antivirus.

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