Store passwords in a secure vault with Avast Passwords for Mac

Don't lose control of your passwords, store them securely in a password manager

It seems that everything on the internet requires a password these days and it is hard to keep track of them. Avast Passwords is a free (for now) Mac tool that can do the job for you.

If you don’t have a password manager, how do you manage your passwords? Safari and iCloud Keychain do a reasonably good job of remembering passwords and usernames used to log into websites, but what about notes?

It is often useful to store notes with the login details for websites and services. The Notes app on the Mac can store notes and you can even lock them, but having login details in one place and notes in a completely different place is inconvenient and possibly confusing too.

Avast Passwords stores notes and passwords in a single app, keeping them together.

The software is free and this is probably because it is labelled a beta on the Avast website (https://www.avast.com/en-us/passwords-mac). I don’t know whether it will continue to be free forever, but Avast provides free security software so it is possible. Get the free beta, which works fine, and try it out.

One of the best features of Avast Passwords is the simplicity. It is easy to set up and it is easy to use. The simple interface is good because it has only the essential features necessary for the app to do its job.

Avast Passwords for Mac stores your website usernames and passwords securely
Passwords stored in other apps can be imported

Run the app and it adds a key to the menu bar. This is used to lock the app with a master password or to open it and access your passwords and notes.

Usernames and passwords already stored on the computer in Safari, Chrome, Firefox, 1Password and Dashlane can all be imported, so you don’t have to start from scratch.

Avast Passwords for Mac stores your website usernames and passwords securely
Copu the username or password

Website login details can be automatically captured from the browser when you log in to a site or sign up. An extension is added to each browser that enables login details to be captured and to be automatically entered to save you typing.

Login details can also be manually added in the app.

There are two parts to the app and there are passwords and notes. They are separate and it would be really useful if notes could be stored with a website and login details.

Sometimes you need to store extra information with a site or service, but it must be stored in a separate note. However, you can give a note the same title and colour, which simplifies things a bit.

Avast Passwords for Mac stores your notes, website usernames and passwords securely

Another minor irritation is that the search facility does not search within notes, only note titles. It would not be difficult to add notes to websites and include note content in the search, so maybe we will see these features in an update.

Avast Passwords for Mac captures usernames and passwords when you enter them

I shouldn’t complain too much. After all, the app is free and it does a good job. There are iOS and Android apps for your phone and tablet, and everything can be synced across your devices by creating a free Avast account.

Avast Passwords for Mac does not have as many features as other password managers, but if you find others too big and complicated, with multiple options, Avast Password’s simplicity might appeal to you more.

 

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