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Norton has released a new password manager by the name of Identity Safe, which aims to create and store all your logins and passwords securely. The service is a straight competitor to services such as 1Password MakeUseOf Must-Have Mac Apps Giveaway Day #3 - 1Password 3 MakeUseOf Must-Have Mac Apps Giveaway Day #3 - 1Password 3 Read More , and is also similar to the open source KeePass. While eventually the app will cost money, Norton is offering it for free up until October 1. Anyone who downloads Identity Safe before that date will enjoy it for free forever, no strings attached.

You can download Identity Safe on Windows or Mac, and mobile versions are available for iOS and Android. Despite the need to download the app onto your computer, it’s actually mostly a browser extension, which saves your passwords, automatically fills forms, keeps you safe and even lets you share things with friends.

To try it out, download Identity Safe and run the installer. You will have to log in using your Norton account, or create one within the installer. You will then be prompted to create a main password for your vault, which needs to be as secure as possible. Once that’s done, Identity Safe will close all open browsers and attempt to install add-ons (works on Firefox, Chrome, IE and Safari). This new toolbar will automatically save passwords and usernames as you log in to websites.

Your login information is saved in the cloud, not locally, so you can easily access it from anywhere and from multiple devices. You will need to set up the desktop version of Identity safe before you can use it on your mobile device. If you’re on the hunt for a password manager, you might as well give Identity Safe a try, it’s free for the next 5 months!


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  1. venkatp16
    June 22, 2012 at 8:53 am

    safewallet is far more better than this...

    • Tina
      June 22, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Can you please elaborate? What makes Safe Wallet better? How have you used it?

      • venkatp16
        June 23, 2012 at 4:43 am

        tina.. i'm using safewallet for long time(i came to know about this tool through this site only). My observation about this norton is this stores all my login info somewhere else in the cloud and safewallet provides the option to sync as well as keep them in your local machine with encrypting the wallet which i found handy for normal people who doesn't understand the online cloud services and the security they provide.

        i'm looking at a option for creating secure wallet which I can carry with me but not online.

        • Yaara Lancet
          June 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm

          Personally, I use KeePass and love it. It's not stored in the cloud in any way, but there's an Android app which you can use if you keep your database in Dropbox (or a similar service).

          This way, your whole database might be sitting in the Dropbox cloud, but it's totally secure since it's protected with a long passphrase.

          I haven't tried SafeWallet though, it looks like a nice solution as well.

  2. Mavourneen Strozewski
    May 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I tried this but it just got in the way. And caused Chrome to act funny so I uninstalled it. I've been using Sticky Password for along time - it's the only one that's easy to use, doesn't get in the way and keeps getting better. There's a reason I've not wanted to use Norton Products anymore....

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      I use KeePass, and it's totally separate from the browser, so for me this tool was hard to get used to as well.

      Sticky Password is new to me, thanks for letting me know about it!

  3. justin
    April 29, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    it's "not supported" for OSX Lion! that sucks quite a bit. :(

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      They've done something quite weird. They do claim to have a Mac version, and it's even necessary in order to use their mobile version (if you own a Mac), but then they say it's not supported.

      Not sure why this is, but I'm assuming this tool will soon support OS X as well.

  4. slywlf
    April 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    OK, maybe this is a newbie question, but are any of these significantly more secure than the password manager that comes with Firefox? For the record although I have a laptop it rarely leaves my home, and the vast majority of my PC time is spent on my desktop. I live alone, so nobody has access directly to either, so I do not have a screensaver password. I live in the boonies, and run a small motel, so I keep my WiFi open so guests can use it (rare - most of my guests come to the country to get away from their devices). Is there any real advantage to something like KeePass for me? I won't use anything Norton - bad experiences in the past - I have AVG Internet Security 2012 - the paid version - on all three of my machines (includes my laptop and the company PC).

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      To start, Firefox's password manager will show all your passwords to anyone who clicks "show passwords" (unless you created a master password). That, in my opinion, is already a risk not worth taking.

      Furthermore, tools like KeePass offer protection against keyloggers and other unpleasant things that can steal your passwords, and also help you with organization and password creation (no more having to think up passwords yourself). Overall, I find it much safer and also more convenient to use.

      • slywlf
        May 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm

        Thanks - good to know. Since nobody gets near my machines I thought I was safe, but it looks like I'll be looking into KeePass now.

  5. Carl Vinken
    April 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Is it with ads? Or how did they get the Money?

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 25, 2012 at 4:53 am

      The tool will eventually cost money. They're offering it for free as a promotion for its launch. After October 1, it's going to cost money, and probably quite a lot, considering its a Norton tool.

  6. Krishnapriya
    April 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    But isn't 20 MB for a password manager a bit too much?

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 25, 2012 at 4:55 am

      If you ask me, the whole thing is a bit on the heavy side. Not that's not responsive, but it adds things to your browser etc.

      As a KeePass user, I really enjoy how simple and lightweight it is. On the other hand, if you're looking for something to automatically save your passwords as you fill them in, sits right there in your browser all the time and saves passwords to the cloud instead of locally, you should give Identity Safe a try despite the installer being a bit large.

      • Krishnapriya
        April 25, 2012 at 11:45 am

        I'm really concerned about the "stored in cloud" thing. How secure it really is? I think I shall give it try first with some dummy accounts first

        • Yaara Lancet
          April 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm

          It's not the only one that stores passwords in the cloud, and Norton being Norton, I assume it's safe enough.

          Having things in the cloud is pretty much the only way you can easily access your passwords from multiple devices.

  7. Garey Boone
    April 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Software like this is a must if you don't have a password manager get one.

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