Web browsin' takes a lot of different passwords these days — for anything from your bank and email, to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter — and sometimes it's hard to keep track of it all. What's worse, sometimes the demand to remember all of that information can cause bad password management, such as using similar or derivative usernames and passwords across multiple sites. That's how Kaspersky Lab sees it, anyway, and today the company is announcing the Kaspersky Password Manager, which'll help you put up with all the rigmarole.
While I'm not too fond of security software myself, I'll give Kaspersky a fair shake considering it goes the extra mile in a few areas. It does more than just keep your passwords all in one place and allow for one-click log-ins, for instance — it'll also delete them from your browser's cache when the password was used, and even help you generate strong ones when you're coming up blank.
Kaspersky's software can also store more than your passwords, acting both as a contact book and storing your financial and registration info so you can quickly fill out forms. If you're not comfortable with letting software manage your goods, you should probably stick to paper-and-pencil and give it a skip. If it sounds like something you could use, then you can find it for a $25 download on Kaspersky's website.
Check out Kaspersky Lab's full pitch down below.
From Kaspersky Lab:
Kaspersky Lab Launches One-Click Password Manager
Speedy Access and Premium Security to Help Unlock Your Digital Life
WOBURN, MA - March 16, 2010 - The key to truly useful computer security tools lies in matching convenience with great protection. Kaspersky Lab has stepped up to help make our digital lives that much easier, faster and safer. Today Kaspersky Lab, a world leading developer of Internet threat management solutions, announces the availability of Kaspersky Password Manager, the company's first product specifically designed to safeguard and automatically submit the passwords we use every day to access Web sites and online applications. Speedy access and excellent security combine to protect personal information and data from being lost, stolen or compromised by sophisticated malware and cybercriminals (not to mention just plain forgetfulness).
Poor password habits are not theoretical. In a recent independent study conducted by Forrester Research, Inc., 36 percent of respondents admitted to storing their passwords on a paper list. Additionally, 24 percent use a variation of the same username and password for all their logins. ("North American Technographics Emerging Uses Of Technology Online Survey, Q1 2009 (US),"
Forrester Research, Inc., April, 2009.) When considering the valuable financial, healthcare, and personal information these passwords safeguard, such careless password practices create huge opportunities for cybercriminals or online con artists.
Here's how Kaspersky Password Manager works -
Whenever a user visits a Web site or opens a program that requires password entry, Kaspersky Password Manager automatically prompts users to save their login credentials into the software's encrypted database. The next time that Web site is visited or program is opened, Kaspersky Password Manager will automatically enter the required username and password, allowing the user to sign-in with a single click. This has several key security benefits, including:
o Storing the password in an encrypted database -- not in the browser's cache memory, which is typically done and can be easily exploited by password thieves;
o Eliminating the need to remember multiple passwords, making users less likely to engage in risky shortcuts -- such as using the same password for every site, or writing lists of passwords next to their computer; and
o Verifying the addresses of Web sites to ensure the correct password to each site is used -- defeating phishing attempts that redirect users to cleverly forged Web sites designed to steal personal information.
Kaspersky Password Manager is built to deliver the most comprehensive combination of password security and convenience available, offering numerous advantages over both premium and 'freeware' password products.
In order to access Kaspersky Password Manager, users only need to remember a single 'master password' to unlock a specific program or gain access to a site. Users can also choose to 'sign-in' to Kaspersky Password Manager using a physical token, such as a USB stick or Bluetooth device. For example, Kaspersky Password Manager can be programmed to unlock only when the user's mobile phone is connected to the PC, and when the user leaves with their phone, the software automatically locks down.
Instant Data Entry
To speed users through routine data entry, Kaspersky Password Manager can store more than usernames and passwords. Users can store personal information, such as their address, birthday or phone number, and use Kaspersky Lab's software to automatically enter that information when filling out common online forms, such as credit card purchases or registration materials.
Protection & Peace of Mind
Most users will allow their Web browser to store passwords in caches, leaving their credentials exposed to even the most basic malware. After securely saving a password for a Web site or online application, Kaspersky Password Manager will automatically delete the password from vulnerable temporary files or Web browser caches.
When creating new online access passwords, Kaspersky Password Manager will rate the strength of the chosen password, prompting users to enhance passwords that are common or easily guessed. If users are unsure how to create strong passwords, Kaspersky Password Manager can instantly create unique passwords, storing them automatically and offering the strongest possible security for any new log-in credentials.
Most computer users will access their information from more than one computer on any given day, so Kaspersky Password Manager can be loaded on a USB drive for mobile access. By simply plugging the USB into computers found in hotels, school labs, or libraries, users can access their secure password vault without installing any software to the public computer. Kaspersky Password Manager automatically deletes all traces of personal information once unplugged from the shared machine.
Peter Beardmore, Senior Product Marketing Manager
Kaspersky Lab Americas
"For cybercriminals, stolen consumer passwords and personal information are the currency that fuels their black market. By keeping our users' passwords as secure as possible, we're preventing these criminals from harvesting this so-called low-hanging fruit, while at the same time making the typical online activities for the average user faster and more convenient than ever before."
How to Purchase
Kaspersky Password Manager is available for one-time purchase fee of $24.95, with no yearly license fees to renew. Users can download the product today at www.kaspersky.com.
Kaspersky Password Manager is compatible with Microsoft's Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 operating systems, and easily integrated into most common Web browsers, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and others. Kaspersky Password Manager is available in English or French, and includes free lifetime technical support from Kaspersky Lab's U.S.-based support center, offering support in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the world's largest privately-held Internet Security company, providing comprehensive protection against all forms of IT threats such as viruses, spyware, hackers and spam. The company's products provide in-depth defense at work, at home and on the road for home and mobile users, small and medium sized businesses and large enterprises, protecting more than 300 million systems around the globe. Kaspersky technology is also incorporated inside the products and services of approximately 100 of the industry's leading IT, networking, communications and applications solution vendors. For further information about the company, please visit http://www.kaspersky.com/. Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KasperskyLabAmericas. Follow @Kaspersky on Twitter.
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