Worth It App The Week (Mac): 1 Password
No doubt if you’re a follower of the Tech Haven blog, Facebook page or Twitter feed, you’ve heard us praise 1 Password for simple and efficient password creation, management and use. Suffice it to say that when it comes to wrangling passwords, 1 Password simply has no equal.
As the app’s name suggests, all you need to remember is one password for the 1 Password database itself, and the application will auto-fill the login information into whatever websites you visit (after you install the respective Safari, Chrome or Firefox extension). It couldn’t be easier, and is literally life-altering if you seek to live a life with unique secure passwords.
More than a mere password manager/creator/filler-iner, 1 Password can also be used to store (and auto-fill) credit card information for online shopping and includes templates to store social security numbers, software licenses, server access information, secure notes, bank account info and more. All this vital information is safely stored in a database with military-grade encryption, so you can feel confident that it’s safe from both prying eyes and those set on causing you harm.
Having an unsecured Word file with all your vital information and passwords in it is simply a bad idea – especially if you’re using a laptop that you take out of the house with you every day, where a quick check of Recent Items… could instantly reveal your most sensitive information.
With iCloud or Dropbox syncing capabilities, you can share your 1 Password between your Macs and iOS devices for the ultimate in portable password management. The base 1 Password app for iOS is a free download, with an in-app purchase to unlock the “Pro” features. With iOS 8 extensions, 1 Password can truly shine, allowing you to unlock 1 Password with TouchID (if your phone is capable) and enter usernames and passwords directly into the Safari browser.
The bottom line is you need strong and unique passwords for all the sites and services you access online, and a good rule of thumb is if you can remember a password, it’s not a good password. You know what’s a good password? X2c&$frT![4y*5Vj9) is a great password. Nobody’s cracking that any time soon. Take the burden off yourself, have 1 Password create and manage your passwords, and start living a more secure life online.
At $34.99 (temporarily on sale, down from $49.99) 1 Password might be the most expensive app you’ve purchased in a while, but give yourself a week to learn all the app’s ins and outs, and it’ll be the best app you ever bought.