IronVest (Formerly Blur) Password Manager Review 2024: A Solid Product With Extra Features

IronVest claims to be an all-in-one super app, making your privacy and security easy. Are the promises true?
3.9
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IronVest
  • Autofills login credentials
  • Masks your email address
  • Some options are still in beta
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Since you use a password manager to secure your personal data, you probably want one that keeps your data safe too. IronVest, formerly Abine Blur, prides itself on being more than just a password manager; it’s an online solution for overall better security. After testing it, we’d like to agree.

With IronVest, you get premium features like tracker blocking, credit card masking, enhanced biometric security, and more. It promises to secure your online accounts from login to sign out, and with everything they offer, it can get the job done.

You can pick from several IronVest plans, depending on the coverage you want. The free plan has features like autofill, autofill identity profiles, and three customized email addresses. There are also two premium plans, IronVest Plus and IronVest Ultimate, which offer even more features. There’s an IronVest plan for everyone; we’ll cover them in more detail in this review.

In this article
IronVest review at a glance
IronVest features
Our IronVest experience
IronVest privacy policy
Is IronVest safe to use?
IronVest customer service
IronVest compatibility
How much does IronVest cost?
IronVest (formerly Blur) FAQs
Bottom line: Is IronVest good?

IronVest review at a glance

Price Starts at $5.95/mo (for paid plans)
Free version Yes
Browser extensions Chrome, Firefox, Edge
Password sharing No
Encryption AES 256-bit
Two-factor authentication Yes
Password generator Yes
Form filler Yes
Digital legacy No

Data as of 05/09/2023.

IronVest pros and cons

Pros
  • Masks your email address
  • Blocks trackers
  • Autofills login credentials
Cons
  • Some options are still in beta
  • No direct digital legacy support
  • Some features require paid plan

IronVest features

As soon as we started using it, we realized IronVest has some pretty cool features. In addition to password management, IronVest’s software also masks your identifiable data, even working with emails. We tested this function by sending an email using our Gmail account, and it masked the address. It also offers enhanced biometrics for logging in, which requires access to your device’s camera. You can enable facial recognition to authenticate access to your account.

The dashboard contains tiles that include items like Access Guard, Identity, and Privacy. You can easily set up secure access for external accounts, manage addresses, and more in these sections.

However, there is no clear way to share passwords with IronVest. If it’s possible, the dashboard is unclear on how to use the function. We went through each section and didn’t find anything on password sharing. We also didn’t find a digital legacy feature, should you need to entrust your loved ones with access to your account in the event of your passing. But you will get a password generator and form filler, which you should expect with any good password manager.

Password sharing

As we mentioned, IronVest doesn’t list password sharing as one of its features. Even though we technical geeks don’t always want to read the manual, we decided to look through it to make sure we weren’t missing anything. We found there were no articles or instructions on password sharing, which is a bit of a bummer.

You may need to share a password with a family member or friend from time to time. If you’d like a safe way to share it, IronVest lacks a feature to do so.

Two-factor authentication

We were pleased to see that IronVest offers two-factor authentication (2FA) to help keep your data secure, and IronVest has a new take on this method. Since 2FA has recently been shown to reveal codes to others, IronVest uses virtual phone numbers that get routed through the software and released with your biometrics for verification purposes. That reduces the chances of compromised codes. This process is essentially passwordless authentication, which is known to decrease data breaches.

Password generator

IronVest’s password generator helps you create strong passwords for your online accounts. It’s easy to use and only takes a few minutes. Simply log in to one of your online accounts and select your security settings to change your account password. From there, you can use the IronVest browser extension to generate a strong password, which you can then copy and paste into the new password box for your account.

Autofill

IronVest has form-filling capabilities for passwords, identity profiles, and credit card details, so you can seamlessly access your online accounts. This can be done using biometrics as well.

IronVest’s biometrics security uses a decentralized infrastructure to protect you from internet fraud from the moment you sign in until you log off. A decentralized approach generates and stores cryptographic keys locally rather than on a central server, which is thought to be more secure.

Password strength report

IronVest’s dashboard will show you the passwords you’ve entered in a masked form, but it will still let you know the strength of those passwords. We tested this using an Amazon account and our password strength was considered to be very strong by its standards.

List of passwords saved on IronVest as well as a strength evaluation.

There isn’t a specific tab for password strength, but when you go to the Access Guard, it will show you the accounts you have currently set up and their related password strengths.

Digital legacy

Sadly, there’s no digital legacy included with IronVest. Yet, there is a way around this.

IronVest generates a backup passphrase in case you forget your passwords or somehow lose access to them. You’ll receive this passphrase when you set up your IronVest account. After setting up your account, you can locate the passphrase in your account settings. Each passphrase contains 12 words and IronVest encourages you to either write them down in a safe place or print it.

While having a printout of a passphrase may not be the most secure process, it will give you a way to leave your loved ones emergency access should they need it. Just be sure to tell them where to find the passphrase.

Bonus features

IronVest also comes with masking features for email, credit cards, and phone numbers. Email masking is a bonus feature that comes in handy when you don’t want someone else to track your email address or send you spam. You can also mask your credit cards so hackers can’t copy them. You can even use a masked phone number to hide your actual number from others. You get these features with IronVest’s decentralized infrastructure, which other password managers may not be using at present.

A list of masked email addresses created by IronVest.

Finally, if you want to join the Beta testing program, you can try out the Keyless Biometric Crypto Wallet, which uses your facial biometrics for secure access.

Our IronVest experience

Overall, our IronVest experience was a good one. We tested this software on a Macbook Air M1 using Google Chrome. Since Google Password Manager isn’t safe, we set out to test IronVest for features you’d want in a secure product.

It was easy to use the password generator once we got the hang of it. We did have to read up on it to understand how it worked, but once we tried it, the process was easy. You can also view any re-used passwords and see your password strength to be sure you’re keeping your data as safe as possible.

We wouldn’t call the user interface completely intuitive, but it’s close. At first glance, some of the sections may not grab you, but after clicking around and doing some testing, the process starts to make sense. This is notable in the identity profiles. Once you see that you can use them to autofill your address and phone number, you can store the information so you don’t have to enter it every time you need that data online.

IronVest also makes saving credit card information simple. We set up a sample card with information we made up to test how it worked. Of course, it recognized the credit card number was not a legitimate one, so we only got to a certain point in the process.

IronVest privacy policy

You always want to dig into the privacy policy of any software you get so you can learn how your private data is used and shared. According to the product website, IronVest doesn’t share your data without your express consent. The caveat to that is when you use the service, you agree to share your data with the companies IronVest has hired.

According to IronVest’s privacy policy, the data is not shared with other third parties and it’s always your data. It does not get sold to marketing companies. Your credit card information will get shared, however, to process a payment when you purchase an IronVest product. IronVest also promises not to share your data with third parties unless required by law to do so.

Is IronVest safe to use?

We think IronVest is safe to use thanks to its safety protocols like biometric authentication and decentralized infrastructure. It even uses a tracker blocker that shows how many trackers the software prevents while you’re online. During our testing, IronVest blocked 395 trackers, many of which were companies we had never heard of before.

IronVest customer service

As a free user, the only contact we found for customer service was an email address – support@ironvest.com. We reached out to this email address to find out how many users are covered per plan. They replied within the hour and were courteous and friendly.

An email with IronVest's customer support asking how many users are allotted on each plan.

If you opt for the Plus or Ultimate subscription, you also have access to the chat function. And if you get the Ultimate plan, you get top priority support, which we think means you’re first in line for help, although the website isn’t clear on that.

IronVest compatibility

IronVest offers web browser extensions and mobile apps from most browsers and devices. However, IronVest’s FAQs confirm that it does not support Safari at this time. We aren’t sure if IronVest is making plans to be operable with that browser in the future or not.

The systems you can use with IronVest include:

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge

How much does IronVest cost?

You have options when it comes to paying for IronVest (or not paying for it). There is a free version, but you have to upgrade to the paid plans for more features. There are three different subscriptions offered by IronVest, so you have options to fit your budget.

IronVest plan comparison

Plan IronVest Essential IronVest Plus IronVest Ultimate
Price Free $5.95/mo $14.95/mo
Number of users 1 1 1
Number of masked email addresses 3 50 Unlimited
Password vault
Autofill
Password generator
Two-factor authentication
Digital legacy
Secure notes
Virtual phone number
Customer support Email only Priority support for email and chat Top priority support for email and chat
Details View Plans View Plans View Plans

Prices as of 05/09/2023.

We do feel that you get a lot with this product if you choose to use it. Some of the standout features we’ve mentioned — biometrics, masked emails, and virtual phone numbers — will appeal to many people.

Some cheaper password managers, like Dashlane, include features that IronVest does not have, such as dark web monitoring. If you want Dashlane’s plan that includes a virtual private network (VPN), you can get the Premium version for $7.49/mo. The IronVest Plus plan costs $5.95/mo and doesn’t come with a VPN.

Still, if you want the bonus features you get with IronVest that other password managers don’t offer, the pricing plans won’t break most budgets, so it can be worth the extra money.

If you want to try IronVest before you commit to a purchase, you can use the free trial for 30 days to see how you like it. You also have the option to use the 14-day grace period to decide if it's the product for you. If not, you can cancel and get a full refund.

IronVest (formerly Blur) FAQs


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How much does Abine Blur cost?

Abine Blur, now IronVest, has pricing options to fit your budget and your needs. You can get the free version, IronVest Plus for $5.95/mo, or IronVest Premium for $14.95/mo.


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Is IronVest safe to use?

IronVest employs security features like decentralized infrastructure, biometrics, and passphrases that make it safe to use.


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Are Blur masked cards safe?

The Blur masked cards are safe to use because your actual credit card numbers are not revealed. There is a fee associated with using them, though.


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How does Abine Blur work?

Abine Blur works by encrypting your data locally so that nothing is exposed to a central server. The decentralized platform helps protect against security vulnerabilities by making you more in control of your data.

Bottom line: Is IronVest good?

IronVest is a good product with plenty of features that keep your data safe. There are some drawbacks, though, not unlike most software products on the market. For one, there is no password-sharing option included. Also, you don’t get a digital legacy with this product. The best you can do is share a printout or screenshot with the people you want to have your data or access to your data. You also won’t get a ton of customer support options.

Still, we liked IronVest’s dashboard and the ability to store different profiles and check your password strength to help keep your information more secure. If you’re in the market for a solid product with extra features like facial recognition and masked emails, this product may be for you.

But if digital legacy and password sharing are at the top of your list, you may be better off with another password manager like Dashlane, or 1Password.

3.9
Learn More
On IronVest's website

IronVest
  • Autofills login credentials
  • Masks your email address
  • Some options are still in beta
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Patti Croft is a seasoned writer who specializes in all things technology. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and carries a wealth of hands-on experience thanks to her background as a technical analyst and security specialist.