In an attempt to help you with managing and securing your personal online identities (user profiles and passwords), Symantec has released a brand new app called Norton Identity Safe. Currently in open beta and available for Windows, Android and iOS (invitation only), the app serves as a secure and centralized online password vault in which you can store your user profiles for all frequently accessed web services. As of now, you can add account info to your Identity Safe only through the desktop client. All account credentials are stored on the Norton cloud, and hence, can be accessed from virtually anywhere using your valid Norton Identity Safe account. The mobile app presents you with an alternative web browser that has the capability to fetch all the saved accounts from the cloud, and auto-complete login details while you’re browsing, eliminating the hassle of remembering passwords for each and every website.
Since the mobile variant of the app currently does not support managing profiles, you’ll have to install its desktop client on your Windows PC to avail said feature. Once you’ve saved account info for all required web services to the cloud, you can easily access it using the mobile client on your Android and/or iOS device. Download links to the iOS and Android variant of the app can be found at the end.
As mentioned earlier, the mobile client comes in the form of an alternative web browser with a Norton Identity Safe button (at the bottom-right of the browser) that you can tap to access and log in with any of your saved accounts with a mere tap. You’ll first have to provide your Norton account to log in to the browser, and then, feed in your valid Norton Identity Safe password to unlock the user IDs and passwords you saved to your cloud. Selecting any web service from the list takes you to its login screen from where you can sign in to the service without having to feed in account details manually. You can tap the same button again to Log out of your Identity Safe.
The app’s native browser itself sports almost all the essential features that you’d find in a conventional mobile web browser. It allows you to bookmark favorite URLs, start private browsing, simultaneously browse multiple websites in separate windows, has a native download manager, usage history, and several other handy features such as checking Site Ranking, safety levels, and blocking untrusted/unwanted webpages etc.
As is quite obvious from what is stated above, in order to use Norton Identity Safe on your mobile device, you will have to discard your default mobile web browser (as the facility is available only with the app’s native browser). Still, considering the security and ease-of-use that it adds to browsing, it isn’t all that bad an option. Not only does it aggregate all your online identities under one secure roof, but also automatically enters the info where required – particularly handy for those who use multiple web services that don’t yet have apps for Android or iOS.
Hit the Android link provided below to download the app’s APK from the Norton website. The iOS link will take you to a registration page from where you can sign up for an invitation.