Kaspersky gets into password management business

Kaspersky Password Manager works in a similar way to other password management software, prompting users to save a password when they log into a site. When they revisit the site, it enables them to log in with a single click.

The Kaspersky software stores passwords in an encrypted database, rather than in the browser's cache memory, making it difficult for malware to interrogate RAM to find users' login credentials. The software also verifies the address of a website to ensure that the correct password is being used, helping users to avoid phishing sites by providing a built-in, automated check.

Users can sign in to the software using a single master password, but can also use a physical token, such as a USB stick for a Bluetooth device, providing a two-factor authentication option for the software.

"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," the company said.

Other features include the ability to rate the strength of newly generated passwords, and to automatically generate strong passwords for users. It can also store other information, including users' address, birthday, or phone number information, in an encrypted format. This information can then be used to automatically fill out online web forms.

Finally, the software can be loaded onto a USB drive for mobile access, without installing any software onto a public computer, Kaspersky said.

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