Never Lose Your Password Again!

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We’ve all had to jump through the seemingly endless hoops to reset passwords we’ve forgotten. When I worked at Apple, I sometimes felt like the majority of my day was spent resetting passwords for our clients. How frustrating to be trying to set something up with these ultra-nerds in the store and you can’t remember your dang password. The funny thing is most of the employees at the store have the same problem, at least those who don’t have a password manager.

Enter my favorite app…. 1Password. I suggest this app more than any other app by far. The people who embrace it thank me profusely and are always showing it off to me next time they see me. Between Madeline and I, we have over 215 login items and secure notes saved. Do you think I have a clue what most of those are? No.

One site wants to use my email address to log in, another wants me to use a unique login just for their site, then once I’ve picked a unique username they offend me by saying my name isn’t creative enough! Not to mention passwords! One site wants only letters, another wants numbers, another wants a capital, number and symbol but you can’t have the same letter twice in a row, and my new favorite…… create a phrase that’s not a real sentence and has made up words with no capitals… and make sure to use spaces! WHAT!?! You can check that last one out at Simple.com. It’s real. (Kinda cool banking/budget concept by the way).

So what’s 1Password all about?  “1Password is a password manager that goes beyond simple password storage by integrating directly with your web browser to automatically log you into websites, enter credit card information, fill registration forms, and easily generate strong passwords.

Your passwords, identities, and credit cards, are just some of the confidential information that 1Password stores in one secure place, protected by the only password you will need to remember.” – Taken from agilebits.com

On the computer it installs itself into your web browser (Safari or whatever you use), so when you go to amazon.com and type in your username and password, it pops up and asks what your master password is so it can save your login info for you. That’s it. Then the next time you go to Amazon to buy something, you just click the 1Password icon in the toolbar, fill in your master password and it types your login info for you. Stinking brilliant!

On your mobile device you open up the app and all your saved passwords from your computer are already saved and ready to be used. You can click on a login and it will take you to amazon.com and fill in your username and password for you. If you just need to access a password that you have saved, the app will copy it for you so you can switch back to Safari and paste the password wherever it needs to go.

Now 1Password isn’t the only one out there saving login information and such. Another one that I recommend is LastPass. LastPass is a subscription based service that has some unique advantages, but I’m still partial to 1Password. It’s much more beautiful, clean and easy than LastPass. Another one out there is called Keeper, but out of the three I listed Keeper is at the bottom of the list.

If you’re wanting to learn more I would suggest going here. You can buy from their website but I prefer to buy through the App Store so you can install it on any other Macs you might have and don’t have to keep up with the software license. Links to 1Password for Mac and 1Password for iOS.

What do you use to save your passwords?

 

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Chris Bowman

    hi Michael. You recommend some really great products. Do you get paid for these recommendations? Do you prefer paid out free software?

    • Shawn Lemon

      Thanks, Chris. Yes, I usually do prefer paid software. So often you get what you pay for. I own Apple products because they make things that work great and they are beautiful both in form and experience. I think technology is here to make our lives easier, and to have to spend a ton of time figuring out how to use something and then getting it set up and redoing work is not my type of app. That’s where a really good designer comes in a kicks butt. That’s how I feel about 1Password. There is free software out there that can do what 1Password does, but none of it is as easy and beautiful as 1Password and some of the other apps I recommend.
      Thanks for your comment.
      Do you prefer paid or free?

  • katayoun

    This may be irrational, but I am afraid of these apps. All your info in one place – some smart hacker will figure out a way to get it.

  • Shawn, thanks for the review. So far, I’ve tried LastPass and (mostly) 1Password. I like everything about 1Password except that I wish sharing with family was easier (unless I’m missing something).

    I’ve set up a shared (non-primary) vault with my wife (via Dropbox). But, as I understand it, I can only sync my primary vault with my iPad. So, I have to keep items in both my primary vault and the shared vault (to have access to all on my iPad). That would be okay, except that changes made in one vault don’t carry over to the other vault. That seems like a lot of extra work (unless I’m missing something simple).

    • Ah, I just learned that the iOS app (as of 4.5) *can* sync multiple vaults. If so, that’s perfect!

      • Works great for me. I just tried it. You can choose independently which vault syncs to what location. Very smooth and easy to switch between both on iOS and Mac OS X.