Another Canadian startup has won an Internet award in New York City. On Tuesday it was 5by winning a People’s Voice Award at the Webby’s for its mobile video platform.
This time its another startup from Montreal in the spotlight, as PasswordBox has won a 2014 Appy Award for best Privacy and Online Security app.
PasswordBox is a cross-platform app that logs a user in instantly to websites and apps without them having to type or even memorize. It’s like a storage box for passwords which are then heavily encrypted to prevent security breaches. Users only need to know their master password, which will never be seen by the company itself.
The annual Appy Awards are “among the most distinguished awards in the app industry,” dedicated to acknowledging creativity and excellence in app design across all platforms: mobile, social, and web-based. Winners are selected by a jury of “leading tech executives” who filter through hundreds of thousands of eligible apps before announcing a winner at the annual award ceremony. It was held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square.
“This award serves as further validation that our product is making the lives of our expanding user base simpler, more efficient, and more secure,” said CEO Dan Robichaud. “I am so proud of my team that in the 11 months PasswordBox has been available we have reached so many special milestones in such a short period of time.”
Robichaud recently added long time FounderFuel accelerator program general manager Ian Jeffrey as the company’s new VP of marketing.
It’s been a pretty nice year for this Montreal startup. It locked up partnerships with both the smartphone giant Samsung and a local Canadian startup in Bionym, the creators of the Nymi bracelet. It means that PasswordBox users to unlock their app with their fingerprint on a Galaxy S5 or with their heartbeat using their Nymi wristband, providing additional layers of security to their online accounts.