Proton is the company behind Proton Mail Announced the launch of a new password manager: proton pass. While the service will eventually be free for everyone to use, it’s currently only available as a beta for Proton’s Lifetime and Vision users.
Like Proton’s other products, Proton Pass uses end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to keep your personal information away from prying eyes, including third parties and Proton. In addition to allowing you to save your usernames, passwords and notes, you can also add randomly generated email aliases that can be used as substitutes for your real address.
Proton’s new password manager not only uses E2EE for your passwords, but also matches usernames, web addresses, and all fields associated with your login information. In A blog post Explaining the service’s security model, Proton notes that “all cryptographic operations, including key generation and data encryption,” happen locally on your device, and cannot be decrypted even if a third party requests it.
“Properly protecting your passwords requires a high level of proficiency with encryption and security, which few companies have,” Proton founder Andy Yen writes in a blog post. “We’re always concerned about the risk of a major password manager breach, which unfortunately became a reality with LastPass’ latest hack.”
The company’s new password manager has been around for more than a year After Proton purchased SimpleLogin, a tool that allows users to send anonymous emails. Yen said the acquisition increased the company’s “ability to develop a new password manager without impacting other Proton services” and would help reduce the risks of using an insecure password manager across Proton’s range of products.
Proton plans to open source its password manager once it releases it to the public Rewards up to $10,000 For security researchers who can find vulnerabilities in Proton Pass and its other products. Password Manager is currently available as a desktop, Android, iOS, and browser extension for Brave and Google Chrome, with an extension for Firefox coming soon. It’s not yet clear whether Proton Pass will offer support for pass keys, and the company didn’t immediately respond on the edgeRequest for more information.