Nordpass Password Manager 2020 Review
Reviews score: Very Good
The minds behind NordVPN also created NordPass. The platform is available on Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android. You can also get browser extensions for Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.
NordPass is among the rare password management tools that don’t require you to create an account. That said, if you want the advanced features and protection, you’ll have to get one.
- Great OS coverage
- Browser extensions for all leading browsers
- Basic features available without a registered account
- OCR scanning
- Biometric login
- Auto-save and auto-fill options
- Two-factor authentication
- No support for Safari
Security & Performance
Setup, security, and ease of use are among the best parameters to measure the quality of a password management application. In the following sections, we’ll take a closer look at each of the three.
Setting up NordPass on any supported device is straightforward. The first step is to go to NordPass’ official site and download the browser extension and the desktop or mobile app as needed. When you launch the installer, you’ll need to accept the license terms.
After the installation, which should go quickly, you’re ready to use NordPass. That’s right, you don’t need to register an account with NordPass to use your app or extension. However, you can only use it on the installed device. Another limitation is that you won’t be able to back up your master password on the app’s server.
Back to the issue at hand, when you open NordPass for the first time, it will ask you to register an account. Enter a valid email address in the corresponding field and wait for the confirmation code. When the code arrives, enter it in the required field.
After that, you will need to set up your account’s master password. After that, NordPass will give you a unique recovery key for storing on your device.
When you save the recovery code, you can proceed with saving and importing passwords. You can import passwords directly from another app of the sort and through CSV files.
NordPass performs well in the security metric as well. The platform uses the XChaCha20 algorithm to encrypt data. It is an end-to-end encryption method so only you can see your data. NordPass can’t access them even with the threat of a police warrant.
To make things even safer, NordPass uses only 256-bit long keys. Additionally, they’re made with Argon2 derivation function. That makes NordPass a zero-knowledge platform, which has become a standard for password management apps and extensions.
On the other hand, NordPass is a closed source platform. That means that there is no way to know for sure what’s happening behind the curtain. But it’s worth mentioning that NordPass passed a third-party audit by Cure53.
When it comes to data transfer safety, NordPass is up there with the best. All the data sent from your devices to the platform’s servers is secured with robust TLS security.
NordPass understands that it can be hard to remember the master password, and that’s why every user gets a locally-stored recovery key. However, if you suspect that it might have been compromised, you can just get a new one.
Finally, NordPass makes manual and automatic locking options available, as well as two-factor authentication. Besides Google Authenticator, you can also use Authy, Duo Mobile, and several others.
Ease of Use
NordPass apps and browser extensions have a smooth and streamlined design, regardless of the platform. Also, basic functions like the storing of new passwords and the importing of old passwords are as straightforward as they get.
If you’d like to store a password manually, you should click or tap the Add Item button first. After that, you should select the Add Login option. Fill out the necessary fields and save the password to the vault.
You can also have NordPass save your credentials automatically. To do so, go to a website that you’d like to log into and fill the required fields. When you hit the Log In button, NordPass will offer to save the password.
Of course, NordPass can autofill login fields for you. Though it was initially only available for desktop and laptop users, the mobile versions of the app have recently been beefed up with autofill.
NordPass also offers a multitude of specialized features as follows.
If you’re unsure, you can check the strength of your existing passwords with NordPass and find out if any and which could use some improving. It’s a great way to boost your online safety.
NordPass allows you to scan your sensitive documents and store them in the vault with OCR technology (optical character recognition). This is a technology that recognizes text in photos and scanned docs for conversion to digital files. Currently, only mobile users have access to OCR scanning.
The platform also features biometric authorization, which raises the overall protection factor to an admirable level. Subscribers can use their fingerprints, a voice scan, or even a face scan with NordPass.
With NordPass, you can safely share your passwords since they’re encrypted throughout the process. If need be, you can send a password directly to another person’s vault. That means that no one but that person will have access to the password. Predictably, the recipient also needs to have a NordPass account.
Like many other password manager apps, NordPass has a built-in password generator. The default setting is 12 characters, though the tool can go up to 60 characters. That alone makes it one of the best password generators on the market.