Product Watch: Kaspersky Lab Rolls Out Password Manager

Feature will also be bundled with upcoming all-in-one Internet security suite
Kaspersky Lab has released a new password manager tool that stores and secures all Web and application passwords in an encrypted database as a way to simplify and lock down a user's multiple credentials. The Kaspersky Password Manager provides one-click authentication in lieu of having to remember multiple passwords or store them in browser files.

The tool, which has been available in Europe for several months, is available in the U.S. as of this week and currently operates as a separate Windows application. Kaspersky plans to roll out an all-in-one security platform later this year in the U.S. akin to an offering it announced last week in Europe called PURE, says Peter Beardmore, senior product marketing manager for Kaspersky Lab Americas. "Password Manager is part of our ever-expanding portfolio," Beardmore says. The password manager feature is also part of the PURE all-in-one security product, he says.

Kaspersky Password Manager includes random password-generation and automatically fills in text fields in online forms. It has a built-in virtual keyboard to protect against keyloggers, for instance. It's also portable: "The most unique feature is the portability option," Beardmore says. "You have a master version of Kaspersky Password Manager on your laptop, and it also creates a portable executable version that can be synced with the database on a USB device so you can work from a kiosk [or other machine]," he says.

The password manager is priced at around $24.95, he says, and is available via Kaspersky's eStore starting Tuesday.

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