NordPass, which will be launched this year in addition to NordVPN’s new file encryption software NordLocker, promises to store and organize passwords safely with a simple user interface that makes “staying secure effortless.”
“We can secure your connections with NordVPN and we can secure your files with NordLocker, but you still need a strong password for both. Passwords are the front line for your online account security. That’s why we’re introducing NordPass,” says Marty P. Kamden, CMO at NordVPN.
NordPass will provide custom apps for major platforms, including desktop computers, mobile devices, and web browsers. The software will remember users’ passwords, store them securely using AES-256-GCM encryption, and then use them to autofill online forms.
Users will be able to easily import current passwords stored on a browser, computer, or another password manager to NordPass upon its release.
NordVPN’s password manager will also be capable of generating highly secure passwords, taking the pressure off of users to create their own.
“When you use simple passwords, they are easy for hackers to guess,” says NordVPN in a blog post announcing the new security tool.
“Hackers trade massive libraries of the most common passwords online. All they need is a list of account names to automate a script that tries to log in with the most common passwords. Breaking into accounts with simple passwords couldn’t be easier.”
According to the results of a survey conducted by NordVPN, 50% of those surveyed said that they find it difficult to manage passwords, and 38% said that the trustworthiness of the provider is a key feature of an ideal password manager.
NordVPN assures users that they can trust NordPass as it uses “zero-knowledge encryption.” This means that the user owns the key to their passwords so that NordVPN can’t see them when they are backed up to its servers.
NordPass is currently going through internal stress-tests, and the first beta version is due to be released this coming fall. However, there isn’t an estimated date for its official release yet.
Those who wish to try out the new software before its general release can sign up for early access, which will be available to 20,000 users in total.
Users can currently join the Early Adopters program on NordPass’ new website, which includes exclusive discounts, as well as access to all new releases and mobile applications. There are limited spaces for Early Adopters, and at the time of writing just under half have already been taken.