updated 11:25 am EDT, Thu July 12, 2007
PasswordVault 6.0 released
Lava Software has begun shipping PasswordVault 6.0, a simple and practical enterprise-level password manager for Mac OS X as well as Windows and Linux. The latest release includes online password synchronization, global floating window transparency, Windows Vista compatibility, reduced CPU utilization, and various other optimizations. Online synchronization is designed to ease the process of keeping passwords on multiple computers up-to-date while providing effective password data backup in the event of a hard drive failure. Online synchronization is performed manually or via an automatic daily schedule, and utilizes two layers of 448-bit Blowfish encryption and one layer of 128-bit AES encryption to keep password transfers private. The upgrade is available for free to all users, while a free Lite edition includes a 30 day trial of auto-distribution with support for up to 15 services. New standard edition licenses are priced at $15.
Standard features in PasswordVault include auto-filling of Web forms (two-click logins); strong 896-bit encryption; a unique Master Password Recovery System (MPRS); random password generator; auto-lock timer (with clipboard clear); very powerful import and export functions (for easy backup and transfer); masked passwords; user defined service categories; editable notes; selectable skins; detailed reports after portable/desktop sync; and enhanced support for use in large organizations.
The portable version (bundled free with the desktop version) runs directly off USB flash drives and iPods, providing users with secure access to data when on-the-go as well as the convenience of auto-synchronization when returning to a desktop computer.
PasswordVault 6.0 Pro
Lava Software's professional edition ($40 for five seats for a limited time) offers additional features for password management and control within organizations, including secure auto-distribution (via shared network drives on LANs or via Web server URLs), secure multi-user password synchronization, and logging of auto-exports and auto-import service changes. It provides a simple but powerful cross-platform enterprise-level password management solution for companies, schools, universities and other organizations.
The auto-distribution system is very flexible. For example, it can ensure a group of normal users always have the latest passwords managed by a privileged user, it can keep passwords in selected categories synchronized between a group of users, or it can synchronize privileged users and propagate changes to normal users.