In 2019, everyone needs a password manager - it's no longer an app for geeks. There are too many services and sites, as well as accounts, and using repetitive passwords is not safe. A password manager remembers your information and allows you to enter it quickly. This way you can conveniently use complex and unique passwords.
Keychain from Apple solves the problem only partially. The service is not available on platforms other than iOS and macOS, and offers basic functionality. Fortunately, there are alternatives.
And 1Password leads the way: to the extent that even Apple itself bought licenses for this program for all your employees. Let us tell you why this password manager is so good.
How 1Password works
Registration and initial setup
When registering to the service, you set a master password - this is the only thing you have to remember. The master password blocks access to 1Password applications on all devices. Also, the service gives you a "secret code" when you register - you will need it to configure clients on other programs.
The program offers to download a postcard with its secret code and a field for writing the master password. Don't be lazy and follow all the recommendations. The password manager is an application that you won't want to change often. It's a solution for years to come and it's best to be prudent.
It is better to start working with 1Password on the project site rather than with the applications. The rules and regulations of the service are best explained there. And if you have specific questions, you can refer to the project's YouTube channel, where short but informative videos are posted.
Price and availability
For all new users, 1Password operates on a subscription model. Subscription costs $2.99/month for a single user or $4.99/month for a family account for 5 people.
Is it worth paying? This is an open question. You can use free analogues: the Keychain from Apple or the password manager in your browser. But this imposes restrictions. In turn, 1Password is available everywhere: on Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux and in the form of browser extensions.
In addition, 1Password has not yet been implicated in any major data leaks. The service's convenience and accessibility speak in its favor, but the key point is still the user's choice. Are you willing to pay for security? Or do you feel you can provide it yourself? There is no right answer for everyone.
What 1Password Password Manager Can Do
After registration and initial setup, the app will greet users with a locked screen asking for the master password. You can use Touch ID or Face ID instead, but don't forget the access code - the app will ask for it after a reboot or a long period of inactivity.
Behind the lock screen is a minimalistic program divided into 4 tabs: Favorites, Categories, Tags, and Settings.
It's hard to get confused. Three functional sections simply give you more convenient access to your files. In Favorites you should mark the most frequently used passwords, in "Categories" they are sorted by type (credit card, password, passport), and in "Tags" - by user labeling. The more entries become, the more useful these tools become. And, of course, a vault search works.
What and how you can add
1Password supports many types of information. It is not just a password manager - it is a secure digital repository. It supports:
- website data (login + password);
- two-factor authentication;
- protected notes;
- bank cards;
- scanned documents;
- email accounts;
- server data;
- router accounts;
- software licenses.
Simply put, you can store anything. And it's easy to do - the app will automatically collect the information you fill out on websites. To activate this on iOS, you need:
- Go to "Settings".
- Select "Passwords and Accounts".
- Enable "Autofill passwords.
- Enable 1Password.
1Password will now be your default password manager. When you fill in or save information inside Safari or apps, the program will collect data or suggest options. On macOS, the desktop client and browser extensions perform the same functions.
What else is good about 1Password
One of the best features of the app is the secure analysis of your passwords. The desktop client has a Watchover section, with warnings about the quality of your passwords.
The program automatically shows which passwords have been leaked, which are vulnerable to cracking, reused, or recorded on sites with no HTTPS connection. It's a useful "watchdog" that keeps you on your toes.
Another great feature of 1Password is its password creation interface. If you sign up for a site using 1Password, the app will allow you to adjust the length and complexity of the code and then automatically save it to the database.
AutoFill works well as well. 1Password does a much better job of entering credit card data on its own, compared to Keychain or other managers.
1Password also lets you forget about installing separate authenticators for 2FA protection. In it, applications generate a separate code that you need to enter to log into your account. 1Password takes care of this - you can set up code generation by account right in the program.
Why invest in it
$3 per month is not the cheapest subscription. But one single leak can cost you hundreds of times more. A definite advantage of 1Password is that the application has a good reputation and stable developers. The program won't be abandoned after a few years - which means you won't have to switch to new tools. And to save some money, it is better to take the family version: per person you will get a very modest cost.