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|Offers two-factor authentication (2FA)||Pricing isn’t shown on the website|
|Supports file storage||No password sharing features|
|Strong user reviews||Mixed feedback for the Android app|
Like most other password managers in 2023, Kaspersky Password Manager uses AES 256-bit encryption to secure user accounts. You can unlock your account using biometric authentication or a master password.
Kaspersky itself never has access to your biometric data, master password, or any of the contents of your vault. This is called a zero-knowledge policy, and it’s intended to minimize the risk exposure of your sensitive information to common cybersecurity threats.
Additionally, Kaspersky also supports 2FA for an extra layer of account security. Kaspersky Password Manager is compatible with 2FA through short message service (SMS) as well as dedicated authenticator apps.
If you enable 2FA on your Kaspersky account, you have to approve each login attempt in order to access your vault. This can be mildly inconvenient, but it creates a critical second level of protection — even if someone manages to get your username and password, they won’t be able to do anything without approval from your device.
Kaspersky Password Manager is compatible with the most popular browsers and operating systems, and you can transfer data between all of your devices easily.
First, the desktop app is available for both macOS and Windows. While there isn’t currently a dedicated application for Linux, Linux users can still access Kaspersky Password Manager through one of its extensions. Extensions are currently available on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Chromium-based Microsoft Edge.
Finally, you can install apps for Kaspersky Password Manager on an iOS or Android mobile device. Even if you’re a free user, there are still no limits on devices, so you can authorize as many devices as you own or regularly use.
|Linux||Yes (browser extensions only)|
To get started with Kaspersky Password Manager, you first need to download the right app for your desktop or mobile device. We tested out the platform on a macOS computer, but the process should be mostly similar regardless of the device you’re using.
After accepting the terms and conditions, you’ll be able to create an account by entering your email address and typing in a new password. From there, Kaspersky asks which browsers you use and which extensions you want to install. After setting up the extension, Kaspersky enters information automatically when you’re using the corresponding browser.
Unlike some other password managers, Kaspersky requires one password to protect your account, plus another one to protect the information in your vault. While the account password can be recovered, you are locked out of your vault if you forget or lose the main password. For security reasons, you should avoid using the same password for both.
Once you complete the signup process, you can start creating entries manually or import existing entries from another source. Kaspersky supports imports from browser-based password managers as well as KeePass, LastPass, 1Password, Norton, and Dashlane.
Overall, the Kaspersky interface is professional and aligns with what we’ve seen from other leading password managers. Furthermore, the setup process is seamless and makes it easy to get started in just a few minutes.
While Kaspersky Password Manager generally offers solid functionality, it falls flat when it comes to password sharing. Most other premium password managers provide at least some support for securely sharing passwords, but this feature is missing from both Kaspersky’s free and paid plans.
Without any password sharing tools, the only way to give someone access to your Kaspersky data is to let them log in using your master password. If there’s a chance that you’ll want to share passwords with others, you should look for an alternative provider. Our list of the best password managers in 2023 is a great place to start your search.
The Kaspersky Online Help Center is a comprehensive resource that covers common questions and concerns related to the password manager and Kaspersky’s other services. There are separate sections for each of the four clients: macOS, Windows, iOS, and Android.
Additionally, Kaspersky offers a support forum where you can ask for help from the community. Some posts receive detailed answers with clear instructions, while others simply get replies with links to contact support directly. With that in mind, your mileage may vary if you decide to post about your issue in the forum.
If you need one-on-one help, you can get individual support from Kaspersky through several different channels. Kaspersky supports phone, live chat, email, virtual assistants, and even remote assistance, and service is even available overnight. The website even displays estimated wait times for each option to help you resolve your issue as quickly as possible.
Kaspersky offers both a free and a paid option, so you don’t necessarily need to spend any money to use this password manager. However, as with other password managers, the free version of Kaspersky is much more limited than the paid subscription.
Free Kaspersky users can access their accounts on an unlimited number of devices, but they are restricted to just 15 combined passwords and documents. That’s enough to test out the platform’s basic functionality, but it probably won’t be enough for most people in 2023.
The premium tier comes with the same set of tools, but it removes the limit on entries. You can get your first year for a single payment of $14.99, which works out to just $1.25 per month. Furthermore, Kaspersky gives new subscribers the option to select either automatic or manual renewal, so you won’t be surprised by any recurring charges.
Unfortunately, the website states that these prices are only part of an introductory offer designed to attract new customers. Your rate increases when you renew at the end of the first year, and that price doesn’t seem to be posted anywhere on the Kaspersky site.
Beyond being simply inconvenient, this is a surprisingly anticonsumer choice that might make you think twice before signing up. Switching to a new password manager can be annoying, so Kaspersky is hoping that you’ll be too committed to make a change by the time they send you the new rate.
|Functionality||How It Works|
|Setting Up the Vault||Import passwords from a dedicated or browser-based password manager, or create new entries manually|
|Logging Into Accounts||Supports autofill for passwords, credit card numbers, and other pieces of information|
|Creating Passwords||Generate custom passwords with options for length, capital letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters|
|Changing Passwords||No automatic password changer; you need to change your own passwords through each website or app|
|Sharing Logins||No support for securely sharing passwords or other information|
|Recovering Account||Kaspersky doesn’t have access to your master password, so there’s no way to recover your account if you lose it|
|Advanced Security Features||2FA|
The Kaspersky password manager has received mostly positive reviews, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 or higher on most platforms. However, like many other password managers, Android users tend to report more issues with Kaspersky compared to users of other devices — its review rating is 4.0 out of 5 on Android compared to 4.7 on iOS.
Some reviewers have good experiences with Kaspersky on Android, and we found lots of positive comments about the visual design. That said, many also mention technical problems such as crashes, slowdowns, and inconsistent autofill. Our list of the best Android password managers is a good resource if you’re looking for a more reliable alternative.
Feedback is almost universally positive outside of Android, with a particular emphasis on ease of use. Reviewers are satisfied with Kaspersky’s support for things like passports and credit card numbers along with passwords. While the lack of password sharing is a significant drawback, most users say good things about every other aspect of the platform.
Kaspersky Password Manager is a dedicated password management tool from the Kaspersky team, which is also behind a popular antivirus platform and other cybersecurity solutions. It comes with a limited free version that supports 15 passwords and documents, plus a paid option that removes all usage restrictions.
One of Kaspersky’s key features is support for cloud storage, enabling users to store files in the cloud as well as passwords. Keep in mind that this tool is only available to paid members — you can only store up to 15 passwords (and no other entries) if you’re using the free plan.
Instead of limiting storage itself, Kaspersky restricts the total number of entries you can create. Premium subscribers can store up to 10,000 text entries and 3,000 images, and you can also reach out to their support team if you need more storage.