Avast Antivirus: Passwords

Passwords

Access this feature from: PrivacyPasswords

Passwords allows you to safely store and quickly fill in your login credentials or credit card information when you access your online accounts or pay online.

Your sensitive information is stored in Passwords with a much more secure level of encryption than in your browser, and can be safely synchronized across all your devices. Additionally, you can choose to set a Master Password to further protect such information with a password known only to you.

Note: To ensure your privacy, we do not store your Master Password locally or on any server. No one, including Avast representatives, can access or recover your Passwords data or reset your Master Password if you forget it.

Use Passwords

To set up Passwords:

  1. Click Get Started on the Passwords screen.
  2. Click Activate in Google Chrome (if you do not use Google Chrome, skip this step). In your browser:
    1. Click Install.
    2. Click Add extension in the dialog that appears. A confirmation screen indicates that the extension is Installed.
  3. Return to the Passwords screen in Avast Antivirus.
  4. Click Activate in Firefox (if you do not use Mozilla Firefox, skip this step). In your browser:
    1. Click Install.
    2. Click Allow, then click Add in the dialog that appears. A confirmation screen indicates that the extension is Installed.
  5. Return to the Passwords screen in Avast Antivirus.

When you install the Passwords extension, the passwords saved in your internet browser are automatically imported to Passwords in Avast Antivirus. You may be asked to close your browser and click Try again under Logins if there are any issues during import. We recommend you manually delete all passwords from your browsers after they are imported to Passwords.

If you do not have any passwords saved in your browsers, you can click Add manually (or Add Account) to provide the login details for each of your online accounts. Read more...

Note: The Passwords extension is currently available for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Avast Secure Browser. If you do not install the Passwords browser extension during the initial setup, go to PrivacyPasswordsSettingsBrowser Integration to install the extension. Read more...

Manage added accounts

After installing the Passwords extension, accounts with passwords you previously saved in your internet browser appear under Logins on the Passwords screen.

Click an account tile to review details including the web address, user name, and password linked to the account:

  • Click the eye icon, to view the account's password.
  • Click the clipboard icon to copy the password.
  • Click Edit to change the information. You can then modify the data and click Save, or click Delete to permanently remove the account's tile from Logins.

Note: Account details cannot be restored once you delete them.

Manually add a new account

When you access any of your online accounts for the first time, the Passwords extension offers to save the login credentials so that you can quickly fill in login fields next time. Read more...

To add the details of an account manually:

  1. Click the Logins tab on the Passwords screen.
  2. Click Add account (or Add manually).
  3. Optionally select a color for the account (this color appears on the account's icon), then provide the following details:
    • Account name: a name to easily find and recognize your account.
    • Web address: the website address of the account, for example, https://www.example.com.
    • Username: the username (often an email address) that you use to log into the account.
    • Password: the password that you currently use to log into the account. As you type your password, a text appears indicating the strength of your password. We recommend using a password that combines numbers, letters, and characters.
    • Note: optional information about the account.
  4. Click Save.

A tile representing your newly added account details appears on the screen. To edit the account's details, click the relevant tile and click Edit. You can then modify the data and click Save, or click Delete to permanently remove the account's tile. Read more...

Note: Account details cannot be restored once you delete them.

Add and manage your credit card information

The Credit Cards tab allows you to add your credit card information, so that you can quickly fill in web forms when you pay online. Read more...

To add a credit card's details:

  1. Click the Credit Cards tab on the Passwords screen.
  2. Click Add Card.
  3. Provide the following information:
    • Card number: type the number displayed on the credit card.
    • Custom card name: type a name to easily recognize the card, for example, American Express.
    • Cardholder name: type the name displayed on the credit card.
    • Expiration date: use the drop-down menus to select the month and year the card expires.
    • CVC/CVV: type the security code, usually three or four numbers located on the back of your credit card.
    • PIN: the personal identification number you use to protect your credit card.
    • Note: additional details related to the card.
  4. Click Save.

A tile representing your newly added credit card appears on the screen. To edit the credit card's details, click the relevant tile and click Edit. You can then modify the data and click Save, or click Delete to permanently remove the credit card's tile.

Note: Credit card details cannot be restored once you delete them.

Add and manage notes

The Secure Notes tab allows you to safely store your sensitive notes in Passwords. This feature protects your confidential information from unauthorized access.

To add a new note:

  1. Click the Secure Notes tab on the Passwords screen.
  2. Click Add note.
  3. Optionally select a color for the note (this color appears on the note's tile), then provide the following details:
    • Title: type a title to easily find and recognize your note.
    • Note: type any content that you want to keep secure, such as PINs and contact details.
  4. Click Save.

A tile representing your note appears on the screen. To edit the note's details, click the relevant tile and click Edit. You can then modify the data and click Save, or click Delete to permanently remove the note tile.

Note: Note details cannot be restored once you delete them.

Manage Passwords settings

To manage your Passwords settings, click Settings on the Passwords screen. The following options are available:

  • Security: click Create Master Password to set a password that you enter each time you want to access any information stored in Passwords. After you create your Master Password, tick the relevant boxes to specify how and when you want to restrict access to the Passwords feature. If you use Avast Ultimate or the paid version of Passwords, you can click Turn On under One Touch Login to log into your online accounts using your mobile device.
  • Browser integration: click Add Extension next to the internet browsers that you want to use Passwords with.
  • Sync & backup: click Turn On to synchronize the information stored in Passwords with your Avast Account so that you can use Passwords across all your devices.
  • Import / export data: click Import or Export to import passwords from your internet browser or Avast EasyPass (discontinued) or export passwords from Avast Passwords.

Read more...

Activate premium features

Upgrade to Avast Ultimate or the paid version of Passwords to unlock the following features:

  • One Touch Login: allows you to quickly access the data on your PC by tapping the screen of your mobile device when your PC and mobile device are within close proximity.
  • Password Guardian: notifies you if any of the passwords you save to Passwords are compromised.

If you upgrade to the paid version of Passwords via Avast Antivirus, your license is activated automatically. Otherwise, if you install Avast Antivirus after purchase, you need to select MenuMy licenses and manually activate the license via your Avast Account registered for the email address you used to make the purchase, or using your valid activation code from the order confirmation email.

Avast Antivirus automatically recognizes that the inserted license is for the paid version of Passwords. Read more...

Use the Passwords browser extension

Once you have installed the Passwords extension in your browser, a Passwords (key) icon is visible next to the search bar in the browser. Click the key icon to access the following options:

  • Avast Passwords: click to open the Passwords screen in Avast Antivirus.
  • Enable auto-fill: tick to enable Passwords to automatically input your login credentials or credit card information when you log into your online accounts or pay online.
  • Ask to save passwords: tick to enable Passwords to offer to save your login credentials each time you access a new online account.

If you experience issues with the Passwords browser extension, click Report a problem to provide details of the issue.

Troubleshoot issues

To change how frequently Passwords prompts you for your Master Password, click Settings on the main Passwords screen. Select Security from the left-side panel, and use the tick boxes under Auto-lock to specify how and when you want to secure the Passwords feature.