Keeping track of all your online passwords can be a difficult task. And while browsers try to help, the results are usually less than impressive. They'll often fail to enter passwords for you, or lose your entire password database for no apparent reason. And they make little effort to conceal your details. Anyone with access to your PC, and the right software, for instance, can view all your IE passwords in seconds.

Kaspersky Password Manager improves on this situation in several ways. It stores all your user names, passwords and other form-related in an encrypted central database, for example - no-one's gaining access unless they know the password. Alternatively, you can prevent access unless a particular USB or Bluetooth device is connected to the system (your mobile phone, maybe).

When you visit websites or use applications that need login information, then Kaspersky Password Manager will reliably enter the user name, password and other data for you. Which means you don't need to remember the password for every site you use. Or, worse still, use the same password for all of them. Which seems like a great idea until one account is hacked, and the hacker thinks to try the same details at Amazon, PayPal, your bank...

As you no longer need to remember all the details, you can have the program generate random passwords, like "FRy9VXv2", which no-one will ever guess.

And the program even carries out low-level monitoring of applications that use passwords or request them from other applications, warning you of suspicious actions and so preventing your personal data from being stolen.

Verdict

While this is a capable and effective tool for managing your personal data, it's a little on the expensive side. If you're also in the market for a security suite then we'd recommend looking at Kaspersky PURE, instead - it includes the password manager, antivirus, firewall, antispam and many other security features, and is probably better value overall