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What is Identity Safe Encryption Model?

I have Norton Internet Security. I might consider using Identity Safe if I understood a little bit about the security design and method(s) of encryption. Currently I use Password Manager XP which does provide this information. Specifically, all temporary files are encrypted, memory is cleared and there is a variety of encryption choices. Finally, can I import my passwords from Password Manager XP into Identity Safe?

Thank you.

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Kudos0

Re: What is Identity Safe Encryption Model?

I have Norton Internet Security. I might consider using Identity Safe if I understood a little bit about the security design and method(s) of encryption. Currently I use Password Manager XP which does provide this information. Specifically, all temporary files are encrypted, memory is cleared and there is a variety of encryption choices. Finally, can I import my passwords from Password Manager XP into Identity Safe?

Thank you.

Kudos0

Re: What is Identity Safe Encryption Model?

Hi TSimonick,

This may be more info than you are looking for, but here goes - from the Norton 2012 Delta Training Guide:

About Identity Safe

Identity Safe saves your Web logons in an encrypted format and autofills the logon details the next time you open the same Web site. Identity Safe also autofills your personal details each time it detects a Web form.

In order for Identity Safe to start working, you need to create a vault through its configuration options. After you create a vault, you are required to log on to Identity Safe each time you log on to your computer. Note that Identity Safe remains disabled until you log on to your vault. After you have created a vault and Identity Safe is enabled, it alerts to save passwords each time you log on to a Web site.

A local vault that you create through Identity Safe is encrypted with AES algorithm, and it uses the Master Password as the key to generate the encryption key. The strength of the encryption depends upon the length of the Master Password.

Starting with Norton 2012, the Identity Safe component provides an option to create an online vault apart from the regular local vault option. However, Norton 2012 and later versions no more provide the option to create a portable profile. Norton 2012 does recognize a portable profile that was created with the earlier versions, and provides an option to export it to the local vault.

Also, the standalone coExport utility has been removed from the product, as its feature has been embedded into the enhanced backup and restore flow of Identity Safe. Note: Individual Windows users can create and maintain their own local vaults for personalization. However, an online vault is accessible through a Norton Account and does not restrict if you simultaneously use it on multiple computers or with multiple Windows accounts on a single computer. The integrated Identity Safe toolbar now provides an information bar on the supported Web browsers for all its recommendations, where it previously provided pop-ups. Note that the Identity Safe name on the information bar is a button that provides access to the standard Identity Safe toolbar menu.

About the online vault

The online vault is created through Norton Account. The functionality of the online vault is not available in the layouts that do not support Norton Account, such as certain SOS layouts. In the layouts that are without Norton Account, all menu items, settings, and other items that are specific to online vaults, are hidden or removed.

The advantage with the online vault is that you can access it simultaneously on different computers that support this vault. The vault data can be added, modified, and deleted from any of the logged on computers. Any change to the online vault is synchronized to all the computers that are currently using it. Upon logout or after a restart, you do not have any evidence of the online vault that was logged in earlier. The online vault is not listed as an available option in subsequent appearances of the log on dialog unless you log back in to your Norton Account.

The updated Log in to Identity Safe dialog provides an option to log on to the local vault, or to the online vault. If you have an online vault but not logged on to the Norton Account that holds it, then you get the Norton Account Logon pop-up on top of the Log in to Identity Safe dialog.

In Norton 2012, you can also move a local vault to an online vault. When a vault is moved, the original profile is deleted after it is successfully converted to a new type. The Move to Online option is available on the Settings page of a logged in local vault.

When you convert a local vault to the online vault, it must meet the minimum password strength requirement. The process flow informs to change the password before converting to the online vault in case the password is weak. To create the online vault, the master password of the vault must be minimum of eight characters long. Also, the master password must have at least one numeral and one special character in it.

When you create the online vault for the first time, or move a local vault to the online vault, Norton Identity Safe provides you with EULA dialog. You must accept the EULA to proceed with the profile creation.

I am not familiar with Password Manager XP, so I do not know what format the password data is saved in and thus do not know if it is compatable (as far as import) to NIS.  I do believe ID Save is capable of importing log-ins saved by a browser - but that is one area I am not very knowledgeable - perhaps someone can help you with that information.

Kudos0

Re: What is Identity Safe Encryption Model?

Here is an example for another pw manager - you need a .csv file like this:

url,username,password,name,grouping,extra

http://www.example.com/, your@email, pwd

http://www.test.com/, your@email, password

First line are field names!

Follow these steps (in german version, but it will help you anyway)

> export > csv

> seperators

> field names in first line

Export fields as shown in the right panel in exactly this way:

url,username,password,name,grouping,extra

you get an exported file like this:

replace the field names (first line) in the .csv file to:

url,username,password,name,grouping,extra

save the .csv file

now import the .csv file to Identity Safe!

here is the result:

 When it's done do not forget to wipe / secure delete the .csv as it shows your passwords in clear text!

Cheers, Jo Graduate of the WTT Classroom

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