Popular virtual private network (VPN) provider TunnelBear is extending its paws into a new privacy-focused product with the launch of a cross-platform password management app.
Available now in beta, RememBear (get it?) is currently available on Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS, as well as through a Chrome browser extension. In a nutshell, the app sets out to achieve what TunnelBear tried to do when it went to market more than six years ago — make password management as easy and user-friendly as possible to encourage uptake among millions more users.
Founded out of Canada in 2011, TunnelBear gained a reputation as a fun, user-friendly VPN that uses funky bear-burrowing animations to bring privacy to mobile and desktop web browsing. The company claims around 20 million have used its service since inception, and a few months ago it opened up to businesses with a new Teams product.
With shoddy security practices and high-profile breaches now a near-daily occurrence, it can be all too easy to become desensitized to the threat posed by hackers and cybercriminals — after all, if billion-dollar companies can’t sort their security practices out, what hope do we have? But password management promises to make it easier for people to adopt a healthier approach to, well, password management, as they don’t have to rely on the same one or two passwords across dozens of apps and websites and can even auto-generate passwords that are incredibly difficult to crack.
Based on our brief tests, RememBear is pretty slick, though it does more or less does what its competitors do. Creating an account is simple — you input your email address and then set a master password.
RememBear can then store all your passwords and credit card information — in an encrypted vault — and it auto-fills the details across myriad apps and websites. RememBear can also randomly generate impossibly long and strong passwords for each of your online accounts, and it includes various controls that let you stipulate the number of characters and how…
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