Fair or not, I look upon weak password control – which leads to a catastrophe – as a self-inflicted injury. According to Norton research – 45 % of us re-use the same, easy to remember password, across multiple sites. Which, virtually assures, that should a hacker gain access to such a password – the door is now open for illegal access to all accounts. A catastrophe waiting in the wings.
I understand the dilemma. Complicated, in other words, safe passwords are often hard to remember, whereas easy passwords, in other words, unsafe passwords, are generally easy to remember. And, a single password is surely easier to remember than a series of passwords, simple or not.
What a troublesome problem!
Today, Norton will release Norton Identity Safe Beta – the free public beta of a service which will allow you to secure and synchronize logins, passwords, credit cards, and other web form information across PCs, iOS and Android devices – using the cloud.
As an added bonus, Norton Safe Search is included. Safe Search bumps up a user’s confidence level since a user can easily see (from search results), if a website is safe before visiting the site.
Norton Identity Safe setup walkthrough.
Consider very carefully as to whether “Remember Password” is appropriate in your situation.
Pay close attention to the password requirements.
On completion, a web page will open with the following. From what I can see in this early test – since the application seems to rely on the Toolbar for access – you must accept. In Firefox, for example the Toolbar can be controlled through Tools – Add-ons.
Not quite finished. It’s time to check your inbox – confirm your email address. Click on the link………
and – finished!
Norton Identity Safe Home:
Norton Identity Safe Fast facts:
Simplified password management – Eliminates the hassle of remembering multiple logins and passwords, as users only need to remember one master password for quick, secure access to their favorite sites.
Streamlined user experience – Shows users their logins with thumbnail images, allowing them to log in to a desired site by clicking on the image, or for mobile and tablet users, by simply touching the screen.
Share Via – Allows users to safely share online content by sending URLs through email and social networking plugins, directly from Norton Identity Safe beta.
Automatic login synchronization across devices – Enables users to store a password on one device, and easily log in from another device – wherever they go.
Download at: Norton Identity Safe
Note: Norton Identity Safe Mobile Edition beta application, must be installed on mobile devices to access Norton Identity Safe. The mobile applications complement the PC client, which must be downloaded and installed prior to installing the mobile applications.
Note: If you have Norton Internet Security or Norton 360, you already have Norton Identity Safe installed.
Norton let me know of the pending release of Identity Safe Beta, yesterday. So, you’ll understand, this is not a review – but rather, a heads-up.
If you choose to download Identity Safe, I would be most interested in your personal observations as to functionality and value.
Helpful hints – here are some guidelines on choosing a strong password:
Make sure your password contains a minimum of 8 characters.
Use upper and lower case, punctuation marks and numbers.
Use a pass phrase (a sentence), if possible. For example, I use an 18 alpha character pass phrase (upper and lower case), supplemented with 4 numeric characters on this site. And, only on this site.
Since brute force dictionary attacks are common, do not use single word passwords that are words in a dictionary.
Use a different password for each sign-in site.
If you have difficulty in devising a strong password/s, take a look at Random.org’s – Random Password Generator – a very cool free password tool.