Excellent question – your passwords are extremely important.

As the keys to all of the doors behind which our personal information and self-expression lays, our passwords have become the primary gatekeepers to our identities. As a result, it's become vitally important that we ask healthy questions about who or what has control over them.

In fact, this was the driving force behind Spectre's inception in 2011: we are convinced that the only way to truly protect our own identities from control by others is for us to become the sole gatekeepers.

The simple answer is this:

You should not trust us with your account passwords, and thankfully, Spectre has been designed specifically such that your passwords will never leave your device and will never be shared with us in any way.

This makes Spectre very different from traditional password managers or solutions which save your passwords either in your browser, to a vault, or synced with some online account. Spectre's approach completely changes the power dynamic between yourself and your passwords: you remain in complete control and your identity cannot be lost, stolen or held hostage through simply no fault of your own.

What has enabled Spectre to do passwords differently is a cryptographic algorithm that computes your passwords on-the-spot, when you need them, and then immediately erase them from memory again, only to re-compute it the next time you need to use it again.