Developer: AgileBits
Platform: Mac OS, Windows, iOS, Android
Cost: $49.99


 

If there’s one superpower I wish I could have, it’s super memory. Like you, I’ve got my few favorite passwords, but websites require so many variations (one uppercase, one lowercase, a number, the word “Llama” used in some variation, a character that you have to hold down other keys to type, you know…) and your grandfather told you that having only 1 password for multiple sites is dangerous.

While pop-pop was right about the perils of having only one password, the human brain seems to be only able to remember one really good, generally secure series of letters, numbers, and ampersands. (…Well, my brain anyway.)

Enter 1Password. They know you’ve only got that one awesome and secure password, but they don’t want the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, who is quite a hacker, to get it and start draining your bitCoin stash.

It’s basically this easy: you remember your “1Password” and it’ll remember all of the rest.

When you hit a site that needs you to set up a new account, simply fiddle around with the random password generator, which is automatically entered into the “Create New Password” field on the website you’re visiting, saved, and indexed in the 1Password application that lives on your menubar or via a browser extension. Everytime you visit the site where your login is needed, 1Password is ready to enter the information automatically after you input your one fave password.

But, it isn’t just for passwords, which is more neat than three extremely neat things!

A Few Neat Features

  • Syncing across computers, browsers, smartphones with an encrypted dropbox file (or iCloud)
  • Fingerprint authorization for 1Password on applicable iPhones
  • a generator feature that auto-fills out new login info with a super-difficult, super-safe password
  • ability to share password vaults you create with family, friends, co-workers (you know, on your blog!)

Likes

  • In addition to logins, one can store WiFi passwords, Credit Card information, and many other categories, like your social security information.
  • If you’re like me and use your Mac dashboard (remember that? It’s still around) sticky note app to store all manner of “should be secure” information, 1Password has sticky notes that can live in a secure place, accessible behind your master password. Genius!
  • A simple search feature so you can look for logins, etc. without having to scroll down a long database list.

Dislikes

  • Occasionally, 1PW can get a little excited and automatically pop up to store things that may not be passwords, like a CAPTCHA.
  • It also has a feature where it can hit “submit” for you after it automatically fills in username and password. If you’ve got an extra authentication step as some sites do, it can short circuit that. Luckily, that feature can be turned off on a site-by-site basis.
  • If you have multiple logins for a site, say a personal account and a business one, you’ve got to come up with a clever device on your own when naming the account. But, the upside of this is that you can store multiple logins for the same website and as long as you remember how you stored the login name.

1 Password Review: Yeah! or Meh?

  • Definite YEAH! (I can’t believe I didn’t listen to Fr. Ryan or Joshua sooner…)

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