Kaspersky is a big name in the cyber security world and being a happy Kaspersky user (anti virus), I had very high hopes from its password manager.
But surprisingly, the password manager is not as good as its total security anti virus. I’m not saying there’s nothing to talk about but neither it has anything special compared to other software.
Talking about its plus points, the software is extremely user-friendly and comes with the fastest auto-fill function.
Similarly, the security audit and password generator are also decent. But barring these handful of features, I couldn’t see anything interesting in this tool.
In fact, the free version is also limited to just 15 entries which is the worst among all the password managers I’ve ever tested.
Apart from this, the software is not designed to cater to the needs of a company or family. So, you can’t share passwords, can’t use two-factor or multifactor authentication, and can’t use it offline.
In a nutshell, there are more flaws in the program than benefits. And in the following sections, I’ve talked about everything in detail.
Let’s have a look:
Kaspersky Password Manager Pros
#1. Kaspersky is known for developing simple and straightforward solutions for its consumers and this password manager is no different.
The software itself is very lightweight (8.8 MB) and takes only a few seconds to install and setup.
And as you login to your account for the first time, you come across a dead-simple interface where all the options are clearly defined.
From here, everything is just a click away from you. For example, choose what kind of data you want to store. Whether you want to save website credentials, credit card details, home address, or more.
Once you’ve selected, click ‘Add Website’, fill in the details, and click ‘Save’. That’s all you need to do to save a password.
Similarly, everything else, from getting an audit report to generate a password is just a matter of a click.
#2. Even though Kaspersky doesn’t explicitly mention what version of AES encryption they use, we can still safely assume that it’s the standard 256-bit AES encryption.
Because that’s what every password manager use.
And they top it up with PBKDF2 to encrypt your master password that adds another layer of protection to your data.
#3. The auto-fill feature of Kaspersky is the best and quickest among all the password managers I’ve tested so far.
Unlike most of the other password managers, Kaspersky automatically detects the website and punches the credentials in the required fields.
Then, you automatically gets logged into your account and all this happens in a jiffy. Without you requiring to click even once.
While signing up for a new platform or service, it suggests you strong, random passwords when you click the Kaspersky extension icon (the ‘Key’ icon).
If you didn’t like a specific password, hit refresh and it generates a new password.
And once you’ve accepted one, Kaspersky saves that password along with your username and other details automatically to the vault.
#4. With Kaspersky Security Report, you can know the current status of your existing passwords.
Though the report doesn’t contain any overall score, you can spot all the passwords which are prone to online attacks.
Also, it points out the credentials you’ve used repeatedly and asks you to replace them with stronger options.
#5. Kaspersky is available on all the popular operating systems. You can use the software on your Windows and Mac computers as well as on smartphones running on Android and iOS.
And the best part?
A single user license is enough to enable you to run the software on all your devices (running on the same operating system).
Moreover, you can use the sync option to store the entire password database across all your devices.
Kaspersky Password Manager Cons
#1. Kaspersky seems to lag behind other programs when it comes to preventing unauthorized access. The absence of two-factor authentication and multi-factor authentication are a major flaws that other modern-day software includes in their feature list.
#2. Just like two factor and multi-factor authentication, secure password sharing is also unavailable in the software. And that makes it totally irrelevant to families and enterprises.
#3. You can’t use Kaspersky Password Manager without an internet connection.
#4. And finally, as I mentioned earlier, the free version of the software restricts you to just 15 entries, which is bizarre.
You don’t experience such restriction on any other tool while testing their free version. It’s like, Kaspersky is forcing its users to convert into a paying customer. And it won’t go well with many of the users.
Kaspersky Password Manager pricing plans and payment methods
Kaspersky is cheaper than many of the popular password managers.
The one year paid license of the software (for a single user) costs only $14.99 which comes down to a little more than a dollar a month.
And as for payment methods, you’re allowed to use your credit card or PayPal to pay the membership fee.
Do I recommend Kaspersky Password Manager?
No, I won’t recommend Kaspersky Password Manager.
Simply because it lacks many of the key features that you could easily find in other password managers.
The free version max out at 15 entries and even if you upgrade to a premium license, you don’t get anything extra except for unlimited storage.
So, in short it’s useless to invest in Kaspersky Password Manager. I would suggest going with some better options like LastPass or Dashlane.