ExpressVPN Adds Password Manager to App for Existing Users

The software company is hoping this latest tool will capitalize on its security creds.

ExpressVPN is going toe-to-toe against the likes of 1Password and NordPass with the introduction of its latest privacy tool, a password manager.

Integrated within its existing app, the tool will provide password storage, biometric verification, import and export options, and autofill for favorite websites. Users will also benefit from ExpressVPN’s expertise in security and encryption, with two-factor authentication and a robust recovery method for forgotten passwords.

Despite the rise in passkeys with the likes of Amazon and Apple going passwordless, the tech giant’s latest release shows that there’s no need to down tools on passwords just yet.

Introducing ExpressVPN Keys

With security issues and data breaches on the rise, including within password manager apps themselves, alternative options for protection are being welcomed by users. Which bodes well for ExpressVPN’s latest offering, owing to their heritage and expertise in privacy and security.

Announced this week, the company launched its password manager ExpressVPN Keys to “empower users with better online security”, according to a statement.

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ExpressVPN’s Head of Product Samuel Bultex explained: “Privacy and security have never been more important—yet more complex. Our vision is to build out a privacy and security super app, and help modern users protect all aspects of their digital lives through a single app and subscription. We are proud to make privacy and security easy and accessible, by offering an all-in-one suite of tools: VPN, password manager, Aircove router, data breach alert, blockers for ads, trackers, malicious sites, adult sites, and more”.

Initially launched in beta last year, the built-in password manager is available on iOS and Android, and for Chrome users on Windows, Mac, and Linux, a browser extension is available too. For those already signed up to an ExpressVPN subscription, Keys is included at no extra cost.

What Can Users Expect from ExpressVPN Keys?

Keys provides all the traditional features you’d expect from a password manager, including automatically filling in your details when visiting a website or app, as well as storing credit card details and important notes. Biometric verification is supported for easy unlocking, and passwords can be stored and synced across all devices, so you aren’t restricted to using the app on just your mobile or computer.

The tool also introduces a feature called Password Health, which does exactly what it says on the tin: keep you in the loop as to the strength and security of your passwords, as well as alerts you if your data has been leaked or involved within a security breach.

To start using Keys, you need to tap on the key icon at the bottom of the ExpressVPN app or browser extension. It’s also worth knowing that a separate primary password is needed for the tool. 

For those already using a password manager, the company has assured that transferring credentials is easy to do during setup.

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Robust Encryption at the Heart of Keys

As you’d expect for ExpressVPN, security and encryption is at the forefront of this new venture. Even the company itself can’t access your data, owing to zero-knowledge encryption. 

This encryption and hashing algorithm is AES-256 bit encryption and RSA-PSS for 4096-bit public and private keys – the same that’s used by governments and military organizations. You’ll also have use of two-factor authentication, as well as password recovery methods.

To further ensure security, ExpressVPN invited cybersecurity firm Cure53 to conduct penetration tests and source code audits of its new password manager. From this, any issues that were identified were rapidly fixed and verified ahead of this week’s rollout. 

Keys is available now, free for existing ExpressVPN subscribers or available to non-users for $13.20 a month, with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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Ellis Di Cataldo (MA) has over 9 years experience writing about, and for, some of the world’s biggest tech companies. She's been the lead writer across digital campaigns, always-on content and worldwide product launches, for global brands including Sony, Electrolux, Byrd, The Open University and Barclaycard. Her particular areas of interest are business trends, startup stories and product news.
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