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F-Secure KEY 4.3.134

Powerful password manager for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Android, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, iPhone
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Languages: English, čeština, dansk, Deutsch, eesti, español, español mexicano, français, français canadien, italiano, magyar, Nederlands, norsk, polski, português, português do Brasil, română, slovenščina, suomi, svenska, tiếng Việt, Türkçe, ελληνικά, български, русский, 한국의, 简体中文, 日本語, 繁體中文 (香港), 繁體中文 (臺灣)
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 25 July 2016
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Downloads To Date: 2667
Developer: F-Secure
RSS News Feed: http://safeandsavvy.f-secure.com/feed/
Twitter Feed: http://twitter.com/fsecure
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FSecure
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F-Secure Key
A password manager for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

F-Secure KEY is a capable password manager with clients for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

After the initial installation you're invited to create a new KEY account, which is as simple as entering a password. You're then able to import your passwords, at least in theory (the program can only import XML files exported by other password managers, including KeepPass and Password Safe).

If you can't access your existing passwords then it's easy enough to enter them manually. Provide the login URL, your user name and password (there's a good secure password generator, if you need one), and repeat the process for as many sites as you like.

There are several ways to enter these passwords at some later point. You can copy them to the clipboard, for instance. Click in the password field and a button appears; click this, choose the current site from the dropdown list, and the password will be entered. Or you can have both the user and password entered automatically on Android, Windows and Mac (select the user field, press Ctrl+F2, choose the site; on Android, tap the user name field, switch to F-Secure Key's virtual keyboard and select your login details).

While this all works for free, syncing passwords across all your devices requires purchasing a subscription (as we write, it's around $2.43 a month, $20 a year; LastPass provides unlimited mobile app use with syncing for an annual $12). Once you've set this up, clicking the "Generate Code" button on one device creates a sync code, and entering this on another synchronises the two. Repeat as often as necessary.

There shouldn't be any need to worry about the security of your synchronised passwords, either: F-Secure says they're AES-encrypted, the company never sees any user's information, and can't identify which data belongs to a particular user anyway. What's more, the Key servers are "owned and operated by F-Secure within the European Union", which is a good thing as the EU's privacy rules are super-strict.

What's new in v4:

- Store securely your online banking passwords and credit card credentials in format that is easy to read and faster to use for online payments
- New service icons and new password entry card formats for your favorite services
- New user interface and refreshed colors to match your preferences and improve the readability

Verdict:

Key has the core features you'd expect from a password manager, and works well enough. The program doesn't quite have the features of some of the competition, though, and although invididual clients are free to use, syncing is a little more expensive as well.

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64 bit?

Posted by: bill, 27 March 2016 11:22

Since nearly all personal computers sold recently - both notebook and desktop, windows, ios, and linux - have 64 bit processors, whether a software is compatible with 64 bit operating systems, and just as important in this case, 64 bit web browsers is very basic and necessary information. I'm curious why reviews on this site rarely give that highly important bit of information. No-one should install a trial, much less purchase software, without knowing whether it is compatible with their system.

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