Enpass released a new version of the company's password manager some days ago. Enpass 6 is available for all supported operating systems and the biggest release yet; it features a new design and security model, and introduces premium features to the desktop clients for the first time.
Enpass is available as a desktop program for Windows, Linux and Mac, as a Windows 10 UWP application, for Android and iOS devices, and as browser extensions. Also, Enpass portable is available.
Tip: Read our initial review of the password manager Enpass for an overview of the program, service, and functionality.
The desktop versions are free to use and don't limit users in regards to the number of password entries; the mobile versions are available as free, limited to 20 item versions, and one-time payment versions that do away with the limitations (pay once per platform).
One of the changes in Enpass 6 is the introduction of premium features to the desktop versions. More precisely: to the Mac OS X and Windows 10 UWP versions of the password manager.
Users who run the Win32 version don't get access to the premium additions, and Linux users get them all for free.
On Windows, Enpass Premium adds Windows Hello and dark theme support, and options to create custom categories and templates. On Mac, Enpass Premium supports Touch ID, and the creation of custom categories and templates.
Enpass asked third-party company VerSprite to audit the new version of the password manager; VerSprite found 2 vulnerabilities that it rated medium but no high or critical issues.
Enpass changed the security model of Enpass 6; it switched to PBKDF2-HMAC-SHA512 and increased iterations to 100K. A whitepaper was released that provides detailed information about security features of the password manager. The new security model is shared across all programs and apps.
Enpass 6 supports keyfiles to unlock the password manager; this is a new security feature that protects the password database with a keyfile next to the master password. Attackers who manager to obtain the master password would need access to the keyfile as well to access the password database.
Secure Sharing, a function to share passwords with others, supports the use of Pre-Shared Keys now for that extra bit of security.
Users of Enpass 6 are not limited anymore to a single vault. The new version of the password manager introduces support for multiple vaults that users can switch between, e.g. separating multiple work vaults or work and home vaults. Each vault requires the selection of a different cloud account for synchronization; Enpass should consider finding a better solution for that as the implementation is less than optimal.
Enpass' Trash and Archive functionality changed as well. Items that are deleted by users of the password manager are moved to the Trash automatically so that they may be recovered (if deleted accidentally).
Passwords may also be moved to the archive where they remain accessible but are not included in searches anymore; good for keeping old passwords out of the way without deleting them.
Enpass ticks the right boxes for the most part when it comes to paid password managers; it is possible to just use the desktop version of Enpass and do so entirely free. If you want mobile support, you may need to buy the premium version as the free mobile version is limited to 20 password entries only. Premium versions offer lifetime access and are not subscription-based.
Enpass stores data locally on the device and may sync it using various cloud providers.
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