UPDATE 2-Intel acquires Canadian IT security firm PasswordBox

Mon Dec 1, 2014 4:39pm EST
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By Euan Rocha

TORONTO Dec 1 (Reuters) - Intel Corp said on Monday it has acquired PasswordBox, a Montreal-based identity management service that gives users a convenient way to log into websites and applications from any device without having to type or remember passwords.

The purchase price for the privately held Canadian start-up was not disclosed.

The Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker said PasswordBox will become part of the Safe Identity organization within Intel Security Group that is focused on simplifying and strengthening security by delivering ideas that reduce the pain of having to memorize dozens of passwords.

Earlier this year, Intel rebranded security software maker McAfee Inc, which it acquired for about $7.7 billion in 2011, as Intel Security Group.

PasswordBox, founded in 2012, has already been downloaded 14 million times and this year it won best mobile app at CES, a huge annual consumer electronics tradeshow in Las Vegas.

The tech security company's co-founder and Chief Executive Daniel Robichaud said his goal is to get to a billion users.

"We've grown really fast in the last 18 months faster than Dropbox and Evernote when they started, and teaming with Intel is our way of getting faster to a billion users," said Robichaud in a phone interview, referring to other currently popular app-based service providers.   Continued...