The parent firm behind the popular ProtonVPN and ProtonMail has now come up with another privacy venture. As announced recently, Proton has now launched a dedicated password manager – the Proton Pass with end-to-end encryption.
Proton Pass Password Manager Arrives
As announced via a recent blog post, Proton (formerly ProtonMail) has now introduced a secure password manager – Proton Pass – for its subscribers.
Elaborating on the details, Proton stated that it decided to take this step after receiving numerous requests from its users.
The post explained that the firm had previously partnered with SimpleLogin to provide users with “Hide-my-email” aliases. And now, the same team has worked on to develop the password manager with enhanced security and privacy features.
Specifically, the core strength of Proton Pass lies in its default end-to-end encryption (E2EE) implementation. Though, numerous other password managers also apply E2EE, Proton Pass looks different in that it encrypts all web fields unlike other that only encrypt the password field. That includes encrypting usernames, web addresses and other details. With such encryption, Proton Pass strives to prevent user profiling from web tracking elements.
Moreover, it also supports two-factor authentication by default and even allows 2FA autofill. In this way, it even aims to ditch potential keylogging attempts.
Regarding the encryption technology, the tool implements bcrypt password hashing and a hardened Secure Remote Password (SRP) for authentication and preventing MiTM attacks.
To Be Available For The Public In A Year
At the time of announcement, Proton Pass is available in beta for Lifetime and Visionary users. Also, the firm will typically invite users to test the tool, planning to roll out the invitation in a few days. Nonetheless, the firm has pledged to release the tool for the public later this year.
Currently, Proton Pass supports iOS, Android, and desktop systems with Brave and Google Chrome browsers. Mozilla Firefox users need to wait for some time as the service couldn’t approve the add-on before the official release.
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