Norton Password Manager is a web-based tool that is perfect for basic password management.
The software is user-friendly and offers more than what it should have as a free option. And though some of the functions like the security dashboard are still in their beta phase, it does the job nicely.
In fact, Norton outperforms even the most advanced programs in a couple of aspects. But a few glitches here and there restrict it from becoming the ultimate go-to option for an individual.
That being said, here is a list of reasons why you should or shouldn’t opt for this tool.
Norton Password Manager Pros
#1. Norton is a web-based product and all it requires is to create an account and add the browser extension. That’s it!
Once you’ve done that, you’re good to go.
The interface of the software, like its initial setup, is also quite simple and straight. And all the functions can be performed with a single click or two.
For example, to store a login credential, you can click either the ‘Add login’ option at the bottom of the screen or the big ‘+’ button on the right-hand side.
In the next window, you’re asked to fill in the details. And once you’ve done that, click ‘Save’ to store your login password.
Similarly, you can save credit card details, notes, or addresses, into the vault.
#2. The auto-fill and auto password generator functions are hot and cold, respectively.
Let’s first talk about the auto-fill feature.
I tested it on all my social media accounts, and the performance was smooth as silk. As soon as I opened a website, a pop-up box appeared suggesting the accounts related to that site. Something like this:
Now, all you’re required to do is, click on the login suggestions and hit ‘Login’. Of course, it doesn’t fill the details automatically like Chrome Password or other such programs, but the precision is 100%.
Now, coming to the password generator; which I think was not as responsive as I saw in other tools. And it is definitely not an automatic password generator.
Unlike other tools, while signing up for a website, you’ll have to click on the browser extension and select the ‘Password Generator’ option.
Only then, it suggests a random string of characters to you.
#3. With the security dashboard of Norton, you can check whether your passwords are strong enough to fight online threats.
The security system points out all your weak, duplicate, and outdated passwords. And also rates the health of your vault using an overall score.
But the best part is…
You can change the weak or compromised passwords with just one click; thanks to the ‘Autochange’ option.
Once you choose ‘Autochange’ for a specific account, Norton automatically opens that account and replace your old password with a new one. The entire process is pretty simple and easy and also saves lots of time.
But this is something even cutting edge passwords managers ignore and force their users to follow the old, tedious method.
Now, the only catch is, this feature is still in its beta phase. So, the password checker sometimes flags even weak passwords ‘strong’ or ‘good’.
For example, in my test, it gave a score of 80 to a facile password like ‘!P@$$w0rd”.
#4. Norton encrypts your data using the industry-standard 256-bit AES system. But that is common in every password manager.
What I liked the most is the mobile unlock feature that enables you to open the vault on your desktop straight from your mobile.
When enabled, every time you try to login to your account on desktop, Norton sends a permission request to your registered mobile number.
Once you accept the permission request, it opens the vault on your desktop automatically without even entering the master password.
Moreover, it adds an additional layer of security and protects your vault from unauthorized access.
#5. Norton is available on all the devices as long as you use Chrome, Safari, IE, or Firefox to browse the internet.
And thanks to the automatic sync, all your passwords are available on all the devices you own.
#6. Once saved, all the passwords can be accessed even when you’re offline.
Norton Password Manager Cons
#1. With Norton Password Manager, you can’t share your passwords with others. Thus, families and businesses can’t use the software.
#2. Even though the mobile unlock feature is exciting, the absence of two-factor and multi-factor authentication is a significant setback.
Norton Password Manager pricing plans and payment methods
Norton Password is available for everyone for free.
Do I recommend Norton Password Manager?
Depending on what your requirements are, the answer could be yes as well as no.
Norton could be apt for those who want a basic-level password manager without spending anything.
But the service is totally irrelevant for families or small business owners. Or even for those individuals who are looking for a complete package because Norton is definitely not one.