The makers of the popular VPN solution TunnelBear, available as a free and paid version, have released a beta version of the company’s upcoming RememBear password management service.
Password managers and services are a dime a dozen nowadays. Computer users can select between native browser solutions, browser extensions, desktop applications, online services, and whether they want syncing, additional features, and pay for the password manager.
While I use KeePass, a desktop password manager, others may prefer a solution that provides them with online access to their passwords, integrates better in browsers by default, or syncs passwords by default between all devices.
RememBear is available as a beta version right now. It is available for Windows and Mac desktop systems, and iOS and Android mobile devices. The developers released a Chrome extension on top of that, and promise to release Firefox, Safari and Edge extensions soon as well.
RememBear is free to use right now in the beta. The team plans to release a free, limited version, and a paid version in the coming months.
The service supports the core feature set that the majority of online password management solutions support. It remembers and auto fills in user information (including credit card details), and syncs the data across all user devices.
The service uses end to end encryption (256-bit) to prevent anyone but the user from accessing the data. The creators paid for a security review of the service on top of that. The company that did the review, Cure53, found no critical vulnerabilities. The issues that were found were fixed before the public release of the first beta version of RememBear.
On a side note, I tried installing the program on a Windows 10 Pro 64-bit system and could not do so because of some dependency of a VC Runtime file. It is beta and all, but not really a promising start nevertheless. It did work fine on a machine running the latest Windows 10 Insider Build however.
You are prompted to create an account and a backup kit on first run on Windows or Mac, but not on mobile. The developers suggest you install the desktop app on either operating system to create the backup kit; it can be used to regain access to the data if you forget the master password.
The desktop application offers to scan the PC for passwords to add those to its database. You can import logins from Chrome, 1Password or LastPass as well when you load the main interface. I suppose that option will also be provided for other browsers once the extensions are released for these.
If you only use the desktop application, you don’t get autofill functionality. It appears that you need to install the Chrome extension for that.
RememBear does a lot of things right; it supports creating a backup of the master password, supports strong encryption, and has been audited already for security issues.
It is a beta program on the other hand, and that shows in some regards like the inability to install the program on one system, and missing functionality such as one-time passwords, more authentication options and so on.
The developers have yet to announce how the free and paid plans will look like. A lot depends on pricing. I expect it to be in the range of comparable services such as LastPass.