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, 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!