Earlier this year, Proton published a roadmap of upcoming features for its password manager, Proton Pass. One of these features—secure password sharing—is rolling out today. You can now share passwords, credit cards, notes, and other sensitive information through the Proton Pass extension. This functionality is available to both free and paid users.
Secure password sharing is protected by end-to-end encryption. It’s more secure than sending sensitive information by unencrypted email or text message, and notably, you can revoke access to shared data at any time. Proton Pass also offers a shared vaults feature, which allows multiple people to share a collection of login credentials, credit cards, and other information.
And because Proton Pass has a free tier, you’re free to share passwords with people who aren’t subscribers. They need to sign up through Proton Pass through an invitation email, though. Also, this update does not include alias sharing. A future update will allow users to share Proton Mail proxy emails over Proton Pass.
Of course, password sharing is not a unique feature. Most password managers allow you to share sensitive information with family or friends. This update is notable for a few reasons—first, Proton Pass is a relatively new product, and its speedy development is downright impressive. Now that secure password sharing is available, Proton Pass is one step closer to credit card autofill, a proper desktop app, and other features listed in the product roadmap.
Secure password sharing also adds to the appeal of Proton’s privacy-focused app suite. Along with its password manager, Proton offers an email service, a VPN, cloud storage, and a calendar. All of these privacy-focused services are protected with end-to-end encryption. They come in free and paid flavors, and Proton recently launched a family plan for up to six people.
That said, Proton Pass is still somewhat limited when compared with other password management services. The biggest problem is the lack of a desktop app or web interface. These features are currently in development, but for the time being, Proton Pass users are limited to the browser extension (which isn’t available on Safari yet) and mobile apps.