F-Secure has released a new password manager that stores and encrypts data locally on the device. An available premium feature securely synchronises passwords cross-platform across multiple devices via a European cloud.
With F-Secure Key, all servers used to synchronise passwords across devices are owned and operated by F-Secure within the European Union.
Users do not need to pay anything for the app if they don’t want to, says Perttu Tynkkynen, director, Consumer Sales and Marketing at F-Secure. “F-Secure Key is completely free if users just want to use it on one device,” he says. “And the data is stored and encrypted right there on their device.”
According to an F-Secure survey, 39 per cent of consumers globally use just one or a few passwords for all services*, putting them at greater risk of being hacked. F-Secure Key is said to be a secure, trustworthy solution to the password problem, so everyone can have a strong, unique password for each service, simply and easily.
“F-Secure Key addresses the lack of trust shown by consumers post-Snowden revelations," says Maria Nordgren, vice president, Consumer Security at F-Secure. “Our European security cloud is a unique asset that allows us to synchronise consumers’ sensitive information, like passwords, across all their devices.”
The personal password assistant
F-Secure Key safely stores passwords, user names and other credentials so they can be safely accessed wherever, with whatever device one is using: smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac. There’s just one master password to remember – the key to all the other passwords, which are encrypted and stored securely on the device.
Logging into online services is easy with F-Secure Key, which automatically fills in the user name and password fields (except on iOS). And whenever the user creates a new account for an online service, F-Secure Key helps in generating a password that is both secure and unique. The app also features a real-time alert service to keep people informed about major hacking incidents targeting popular online services that might compromise their safety.
F-Secure Key is free to download and use on all supported platforms. To sync data automatically across devices, it’s £10.99 per year.
- Secure access to all your user names, passwords and other credentials (password manager)
- Automated log-in (PC, Mac, Android)
- Secure password generator
- News feed to keep you informed of major hacking incidents on the web
- Strong encryption to protect your data
- Intuitive and fast search to find the credentials you need
- Works on all your devices: PCs, Macs, tablets, smartphones
- Fast, automatic data synchronisation across all your devices via a safe European cloud
F-Secure Key can be downloaded from the following places:
*The F-Secure Digital Lifestyle Survey 2013 covered web interviews of 6,000 broadband subscribers aged 20–60 years from 15 countries: Germany, Italy, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Poland, the USA, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Australia and Malaysia. The survey was completed by GfK, April 2013.