Passbolt official press releases

Passbolt launches its first commercial offer

Esch, Luxembourg, April 10, 2018.

After 2 years of development, Fit4Start laureate passbolt is ready to launch its on-premises commercial offer. Passbolt is an open source password manager that aims to improve the information security and productivity of privacy conscious organisations. This new paid offer will ship with additional features and professional support with service level agreement.

Passbolt is already available for free through its community edition. During the past 2 years of its development, passbolt “community edition” (CE) received a substantial traction from its users. The audience grew from scratch to 15.000 active daily users. In the past 6 months 20.000 companies have downloaded passbolt.

The first commercial plan, “Passbolt Pro” will be launched this April 2018. This “on premises” offers will allow companies to download and install passbolt on their own server and maintain full ownership of their data. This offer also comes with “premium features” which answers better the needs of companies such as import / export, tags management, master passwords remembering policy and a web installer. In addition to these, this paid offer will also include professional support with service level agreement.

Passbolt open source password manager now available on chrome web store

Esch, Luxembourg, November 25, 2016.

Passbolt version 1.3.0 marks the beginning of the solution on the Google Chrome browser. Passbolt is a free and open source password manager designed for collaboration and based on OpenPGP, that was previously only available on Firefox.

The adoption of Chrome as a platform was only natural considering the clear user plebiscite. According to a survey dating from September 2016, 86% of the respondents expressed the wish to see a prompt support from Google browser. These users can now download the passbolt extension on the chrome web store. Users previously using Firefox who would like to switch to Chrome can do so via the already available account recovery functionality.

A browser plugin is necessary for security reasons, mostly in order to guarantee the integrity of the javascript cryptographic library. Indeed, much like Firefox, Chrome extensions are cryptographically signed and subject to a review to check against malicious code. A major benefit of such plugin architecture reside in the separation of the execution environment: the webpage cannot interact with the data stored in the plugin. Such isolation can therefore act as an additional safety mechanism in the case of a compromised passbolt server serving malicious javascript, or an opponent performing a man in the middle attack to modify the javascript on the wire.

The next steps for the solution are the finalisation of the group feature specifications in collaboration with the community and organisation of an independent security audit. In order to support this initiative, the passbolt team has applied to the Secure Open Source Mozilla program. The passbolt team will also be present at the Fosdem in february 2017 in Brussels to gather additional feedback from the users and discuss the future of the solution.

Passbolt open source password manager selected by Luxembourg public agency for innovation

Esch, Luxembourg, October 3, 2016.

Passbolt has been selected by Luxinnovation, the public agency for innovation in Luxembourg, to be part of the Fit for Start acceleration program.

Passbolt is an open source password manager that aims to improve the information security of small and medium organisations. Passbolt promotes the use of strong and unique passwords. It also facilitates collaboration by allowing sharing credentials amongst team members.

Passbolt is extensible, it is composed of a JSON API, a web client and a command line application. Because the encryption is based on the OpenPGP standard, the solution also integrates well with existing email clients (such as Thunderbird Enigmail or Apple Mail) or native GPG command line tools.

Passbolt is also one of the rare web-based solutions that can be self hosted behind a firewall. In the post-Safe Harbor era, data sovereignty is a major preoccupation in Europe and passbolt offers a unique proposition to organizations cautious of the shifting legal context.

Passbolt was originally founded and developed in Goa, India. The core team is now shifting its activities to Luxembourg to focus on the European market. Passbolt is mainly self funded and raised €20,000 from early investors. On top of the €50,000 grant associated with the Fit for Start program, an additional €100,000 is offered by the Ministry of the Economy to start-ups that have both successfully graduated from Fit for Start and managed to raise at least €50,000 of private equity.

Short term plans includes the release of a Chrome Plugin and the development of a Saas offer. Medium to long term plans include an independent 3rd party security audit, the development of mobile applications, as well as new features selected by the early adopters.