Kaspersky Lab releases Kaspersky Password Manager

01 Dec 2009
Product news

Kaspersky Lab, a leading manufacturer of secure content management solutions, announces the release of Kaspersky Password Manager, a robust password storage solution.

Every day an active user will encounter a large number of online services and programs which require authorization. In order to access email, instant messaging services, online banking and shopping accounts or social networking sites, users have to enter their credentials. A security-conscious user will create several usernames and passwords and try to remember the answers to a variety of secret questions that will help him recover login details if he loses or forgets them. Many programs that can store your credentials for you, including web browsers, typically keep them in a non-protected format, exposing the data to malicious attacks.

Kaspersky Password Manager has been designed by Kaspersky Lab to address this problem and a number of related issues. The solution ensures the security of passwords used to access websites and Windows applications. Kaspersky Password Manager stores passwords, usernames and other confidential data in a dedicated database that is accessed via a master password. Kaspersky Password Manager can automatically recognize and fill in text fields in lengthy online forms and authorization dialog windows in password-protected websites and programs. The product helps the user identify themselves to a website or a program with just one mouse click. All these functions and capabilities make the new product from Kaspersky Lab an important addition to the protection provided by Kaspersky Anti-Virus/Kaspersky Internet Security 2010.

The standard authentication method in Kaspersky Password Manager requires the user to enter a master password to gain access to the protected database. This means the user does not have to remember or keep notes of passwords to all the programs and online services they use, including those used rarely. All the user has to remember is their master password. A secret key is generated based on the master password. The database and the master password are encrypted using strong algorithms contained in the encryption providers built into Windows operating systems. The only way to access the password database is by entering the master password.

An indicator in Kaspersky Password Manager clearly shows how strong the chosen password is. The user can use this to select a suitably strong database password. To safeguard against keyloggers, the user can use a virtual keyboard to enter the master password.

Other authentication methods include using a Bluetooth or USB device, such as a regular mobile phone, as a unique key to verify the user's identity. This provides reliable protection and means the user doesn't have to go the trouble of manually entering the master password.

Kaspersky Password Manager seamlessly integrates with other applications making it easy for the user to access the program. The product can either be accessed through the Taskbar or by pressing a button in the Windows GUI. Passwords stored in unprotected format in web browsers can be automatically imported to the solution's protected storage area.

Kaspersky Password Manager is capable of generating strong passwords up to 99 characters long. This feature helps the user create long, complex and unique passwords.

The new solution from Kaspersky Lab can run from removable USB media on any PC without prior installation. The product also provides protection from phishing attacks, warning the user that it may not be safe to fill in online forms on suspicious websites.

Kaspersky Password Manager boosts the security level of all Kaspersky Anti-Virus/ Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 users. With Kaspersky Password Manager, the user enjoys a new standard of interaction with applications such as web browsers and IM services. First-time buyers of the company's products qualify for a generous discount: if you buy Kaspersky Password Manager at the same time as Kaspersky Internet Security 2010, you will receive a discount of almost 40%.

"In light of the ever increasing risk of identity theft, we want to provide our users with an increased level of security for their logins and passwords," says Dmitry Ustyuzhanin, Product Marketing Director at Kaspersky Lab. "We are well aware that most users tend to only have a couple of passwords for a large number of resources, which is a particularly unsafe practice. To help improve this situation, we are giving them a powerful, user-friendly tool that reliably protects their digital ID."

Kaspersky Password Manager can be downloaded from Kaspersky Lab's website at http://www.kaspersky.com/downloads.