1Password by AgileBits

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Tired of writing down passwords and not having them when you need them? 1Password is the solution to your problem. It is the premium password and identity manager that works with your Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android device. Today, I will be giving you the full review on the Mac version.Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 5.00.14 PMThe very first thing you will do when you open 1Password is create your primary vault. You can name it, add an image for the vault, and of course, create the master password. This password needs to be very strong because it will unlock access to all of your other passwords. This will be the last password you will ever need to remember. You should also notice a slim colored bar; That bar indicates how strong your password is. If that bar is red or yellow, you should think again about using a more complicated password.Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 6.06.09 PMNow that you have created your master password, you can view your vault. Think of your vault as a large file folder that can hold all of your sensitive information. If you create another vault, you can hold another set of information separately. You can even create a shared vault that is shared among other 1Password users. From the vault, you can add, remove, organize, edit, and view all of your secure passwords, notes, logins, credit cards, licenses, etc. Whenever you click the padlock icon in the top right corner, the vault will be locked until you enter your master password. In preferences, you can set/change the settings when 1Password will automatically lock.

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Whenever you click the plus button to add a new entry, 1Password gives you these options for the information you are about to put in. If you want to type in a wifi password to remember, you click the wireless router. If you want to have your driver license information saved, you click on the driver license. I think you get the point. It is important to select the right one because 1Password has a pre-set form where you type your information into. Selecting the right option saves you a lot of time and organizes the information for you.

 

 

Browser Extension

In my opinion, the most useful feature of 1Password is the browser extension. Personally, I don’t manually type my information into the 1Password app if it’s login information. That’s because the extension can automatically do it for you.detailviewsafari-38a07b312993886f6290d643a68cd739

When you sign up or log in to a website for the first time, 1Password will ask you if you would like to save your login information. This is similar to Apple Keychain but much more secure and easy to use. What’s even better is it saves that login straight to your vault. I love this feature because typing logins into 1Password can be tedious, so having the browser extension is strongly encouraged as it will save you your precious time. Remember that you can always open the 1Password app and edit that login info at any given time. Another feature of the 1Password browser extension is the password generator. It can generate a password for you that is very secure and very hard to remember. Who cares if it’s hard to remember because 1Password will remember it for you. As I said before, all you need to remember is your master password, and 1Password will remember the rest. Just like the main vault, the extension can’t be accessed without your master password.

Sync

One last feature of 1Password I want to cover is the sync process. 1Password synchronizing allows you to seamlessly access your vault from your computer, phone, or tablet. It updates among all of your devices when you add, edit, or change information on a device. If I were to add my twitter login through the app, that information would show up on my computer as well. This is why I have fallen in love with 1Password. Your passwords, sensitive information, etc. is with you on every device anywhere you go. The sync process can be achieved through iCloud, Dropbox, and Wi-Fi. I personally use the iCloud sync but they work the same. Don’t worry, the sync process is very fast and easy to do.Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 5.08.40 PM

Final Thoughts

Considering 1Password has been out since 2008, AgileBits really knows what they’re doing when it comes to password management. I understand that there are many other password managers out there but 1Password exceeds them all by far. It’s easy to use interface makes it very simple, efficient, and secure. The best thing is that 1Password is available on almost every device and operating system. If you’re tired of writing down your passwords and not having them with you when you need them, I would recommend checking out 1Password by AgileBits. If you are still questionable, you can try out the free trail.

Click here to purchase 1Password from AgileBits for $49.99

 

 

 

 

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