I was asked to review Norton’s Identity Safe
program on my Mac and can finally do so after using it for about a week.
First of all, what exactly does the program do? Well, it saves passwords, autofills out forms and cards so you don’t repeatedly have to, stores notes, and it alerts you when it finds an unsafe website. It’s a fairly simple idea with a very small and easily accessible interface.
I was excited to give it a try because I have about a million different passwords to a million different websites. I find myself pressing the “Forget password?” button more times than I seem to care for. Even the answers to my security questions sometimes slipped my mind. I’d have to write my passwords down on pieces of paper, but how safe is that when you have your information laying out for everyone to see?
The downloading process was easy. I installed it from the app store and it downloaded within a matter of seconds. The setup was simple as well; a couple of clicks and it’s set up on your desktop. After tweaking with my computer settings, Norton’s Identity Safe was up and running.
It did it’s job and remembered passwords from websites I logged into, but I found the program to have more cons than pros. Sure, it has a lot of potential, but the pop-ups asking for your login information (username and password) after I logged in soon started to annoy me. Not only that, but I could only get the program to work with Safari, when I normally use Chrome. I did hear, however, that Norton plans to release versions for other browsers in the future. I look forward to trying that out when the time comes. It also didn’t remember every login password and didn’t fill in 100% of my forms.
One of the things I did like about the program was that it made browsing more secure. I knew when to avoid websites and when to refrain from putting any personal information in if the credentials weren’t verified. Norton’s Identity Safe also can sync with all your devices (PC, laptop, and mobile phone) so that you can access your information whenever and wherever you need to.
It made my life a lot easier by storing all my passwords in one place. I didn’t have to keep scattered post-it notes of my accounts all over my desk. It cleaned up the clutter and managed my information with a little button at the top of my screen. I felt that it was also secure because you couldn’t look at the passwords stored without putting in your “vault” password. Ironic, isn’t it? There’s no way of recovering that password if you forget it, so make sure you write that one down somewhere. The only way they have of reminding yourself of your password is a “password hint.” It doesn’t directly tell you your password, you just create a phrase that will help jog your memory of what you made your original password.
Want to give it a try? Head over to their website and download it for free today!
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