More than two weeks behind schedule, Avast released today its password manager. Called EasyPass (download) and built on a core licensed from Roboform (download), Avast's password manager comes with Blowfish and AES-256 password encryption, and is basically the premium version of Roboform rebranded with Avast colors. EasyPass integrates with the major browsers.
No explanation for the delay was available at the time of writing.
In the statement announcing the program, Avast noted an interesting statistic: that out of 67,000 of its users surveyed, only 11.5 percent of them said that they used a password manager. That's a fairly small number of people. If Avast asked why they didn't, it did not make that information public. What the company did say was that the survey showed that its users wanted fast and secure password management, with the ability to hold passwords locally and online.
When interviewed about EasyPass and other product plans last summer, Avast Chief Technical Officer Ondrej Vlcek said, "The goal is to provide a low-cost password manager that we think our free users will enjoy." Part of the company's calculus in using Roboform, as opposed to competitor LastPass, for example, was Roboform's flexibility in working with third parties.
Avast EasyPass retails for $9.99, and comes on the heels of Avast purchasing ITAgents' Theft Aware for Android in September.