Windows/iOS/Android: Symantec is getting in on the cloud-based password management business with the launch of Norton Identity Safe, a new desktop and mobile password management service opening its beta to the public today.
The service offers desktop and mobile apps that helps you create strong, complex passwords for all of your web services and sites while you remember a single strong password for Identity Safe. Identity Safe will then handle your login for all of those other services for you.
If this sounds familiar, it should. Norton Identity Safe — while it’s in beta anyway — has the same general feature list for apps like LastPass, our favourite pick for password management, and the one we think is the most robust, considering it offers cloud-based password syncing, desktop and mobile apps for more platforms, and even supports two-factor authentication that you can use to build a nearly hack-proof password system.
The Norton Identity Safe Beta also includes Norton Safe Web, which alerts you to websites with expired SSL certificates or when you may be entering login information on sites that are insecure or may be phishing for your personal information. It also plugs into iOS and Android’s share menus, so you can log in using the app and then share the content you’re viewing with others, and any new passwords you add to the service are automatically available on your other devices.
The Norton Identity Safe public beta is open and available now for anyone who wants to enrol. What do you think: enough to make you switch from LastPass, Keepass or 1Password, or does the Norton name carry a stigma in your mind? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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