2021 Wrapped: A Year in Review

Lukas Grigas
Cybersecurity Content Writer
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It has been another busy year for the NordPass team. We kept ourselves busy improving your favourite password manager, and with 2021 almost behind us, we are reflecting on everything we did.

In 2021 we grew to 794,167 strong! Now there are 1.5M of you lovely NordPass users. We got 312 5-star reviews on Trustpilot. Forbes listed NordPass as one of the best password managers for small businesses as well as for Windows and Mac users. We launched our Berlin office. We also welcomed 90 new team members, and we now have people of 17 different nationalities working on your favorite password manager. But all that is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Here's a quick roundup of everything we're proud to have achieved during 2021.

This year's most exciting features

The NordPass Web Vault

Back in September we released Web Vault, one of the most anticipated features ever. Ever since its release, Web Vault has been a hit among our users because it's made their lives even easier. Thanks to this handy feature, you can access all your passwords as well as other sensitive data without having to install the NordPass app – all you need is a device connected to the internet with a web browser on it and you're all set.

Emergency Access

November marked the month when Emergency Access entered the scene. It was a crucial addition to NordPass. It allows you to grant other trusted NordPass users – whether it's a family member or a close friend – access to your NordPass vault in case of emergency.

Machine learning-enhanced autofill

Last year, we introduced autofill, and you loved it. This year, we've made it even better. The autofill engine is now powered by machine learning. The algorithm behind the new autofill engine has been trained using artificial neural networks. Because of that, it can now correctly determine the type of form it needs to fill in 99.6% of the time. All of this translates to a smoother online experience for you, our users.

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Improvements and additions to our NordPass Business solution

NordPass Enterprise

We're proud to have introduced an entirely new tier to the NordPass Business family. NordPass Enterprise is an advanced password management solution designed to meet the diverse cybersecurity needs and challenges of a large enterprise.

Security Dashboard

The introduction of Security Dashboard for all our business suite solutions was another improvement that allowed organization owners and admins to gain internal security insights. The dashboard view includes a complete member count, members' status, and access to the advanced security features Data Breach Scanner and Password Health.

Mobile access

We always look for ways to make the NordPass experience effortless. The addition of mobile access for NordPass Business users was on your priority list. After all, we realize that we live in the era of the mobile device. The introduction of mobile access meant that our business users could accept invitations to join their organization on their iOS or Android devices rather than having to use a desktop device.

NordPass Business got its first ISO standard

Back in October, NordPass Business' Information Security Management System was certified according to the ISO/IEC 27001:2017 standard. The certification further builds trust with our users. It ensures the continual improvement, development, and protection of information by implementing appropriate risk assessments, appropriate policies, and controls.

NordPass Business success stories

Our customers mean the world to us. And we're proud of fostering great relationships with them. This year, we launched a series of interviews with a variety of clients. We discussed the overall importance of cybersecurity as well as how NordPass Business helped them step up their security game.

NordPass became multilingual

Hola! Guten Tag! Bonjour! Ciao! During 2021, NordPass became multilingual. Now our webpage and apps are available in Spanish, German, French, and Italian. But we don't plan on stopping there. NordPass is ready to take on the challenge of speaking even more languages! Stay tuned and you might see NordPass saying hello in your native tongue.

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Raising awareness

At NordPass, we look to foster a community where digital life is safe and easy. We do that by conducting a variety of studies to raise awareness about password security and cybersecurity in general.

Fortune 500 password study

During 2021, we carried out an extensive analysis of how the world's largest companies handle password security. The study revealed that even the biggest players in the market still struggle with poor password hygiene. For instance, we found that 20% of passwords among Fortune 500 companies were the exact name of the company or a slight variation. We hope that with this study we inspired businesses around the world to take corporate password security more seriously.

Top 200 Most Common Passwords

Reviewing the year's most common passwords has become a tradition here at NordPass. This year, we carried out an analysis of a 4TB database and shed light on poor password hygiene in general. The analysis revealed some interesting differences and similarities between countries and genders when it came to password security. We are extremely proud that our Top 200 Most Common Passwords report is truly raising awareness. Some of the world's leading publications, such as VICE, the Daily Mail, Lifewire, The Sun, The Independent, and CTV Canada, covered the report and helped us spread the word even further. Oh, and Jimmy Kimmel presented a hilarious feature inspired by our report.

Cybersecurity awareness webinars for businesses

Cybersecurity is a fact of life in today's business world. However, corporate cybersecurity can be complex and challenging. That's why we started a series of webinars that go in depth on the topic. We have already hosted three webinars led by cybersecurity experts from NordPass, Nord Security, and our partners.

Supporting with NGOs

This year, we supported a variety of NGOs such as Women in Cybersecurity, Cybercrime Support Network, Tech Ladies, and Bridge Group Research Action Equality. It is our joy and privilege to be able to share our resources with organizations that look beyond profits.

We celebrated our second birthday by putting the most creative reviews in a video. Here's a glimpse:

Wrapping up and getting ready for 2022

The year 2021 has been an amazing ride. It was as fun as it was challenging, but we're not stopping anytime soon. We're proud of what we achieved, and we're stoked for what's coming. We have big plans for 2022. So stay tuned and join us on another wild ride. After all, everything we do, we do for you – our cherished users.

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