1Password Giveaway & Overview

November 14, 2012

App Overviews

I hate to sound like Bob Ryan from the television show Entourage, but:

What if I were to tell you that having to remember all of your passwords was no longer necessary? Does that sound like something you might be interested in?

If you find yourself constantly forgetting your passwords or worse yet, using the same predictable password for everything you do, then it’s time to discover the wonderful world of 1Password (or to be honest, the world of password management applications in general). Have I managed to grab your attention? If so, stick around for a chance to win a free copy of the 1Password application (iPhone/iPad) – I have three to give away for the both the iPad and iPhone!

So here’s how it works.1Password

When you load the software on your device it will prompt you for a four-digit PIN number, behind which all of your password data is stored. The idea is that you enter all of your log in information into the application and upon doing so, you no longer have to remember all of your individual passwords – you only need your four-digit PIN number. 1Password also has a built-in web browser so you don’t even need to leave the application, you can simply touch the account you wish to use and 1Password automatically signs you in.

Another advantage that comes with using this tool is that you no longer have to worry about making a password easy to remember. Since all you’re required to remember is a four-digit PIN, you don’t have to worry about creating a different password for every site that you visit. If you’re feeling adventurous you could even dial in some really obscure passwords with all sorts of characters – ones you’d normally shy away from because they make remembering a password almost impossible. There are countless stories on the internet about people being hacked in one location and then because they used the same password for multiple sites the hackers were able to gain access to other accounts as well.

The desktop application is a natural extension of the mobile app, as it allows you to perform the same functions, but with a bit more “pizzaz”. The 1Password desktop also uses a master password instead of a PIN code so it keeps all of your passwords safe. I mean, doesn’t this screen just scream security:

1Password Lock

But here comes the really great part…

If you use their desktop application (I use the Mac version), you can make life even simpler by using one of the the 1Password web extensions for Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Here’s how it works…

When you sign into a site that requires a password, 1Password prompts you to save your login information:

1Password Prompt

1Password Prompt

Upon doing so, the user-name/password are automatically stored in the application. The next time you arrive at the site when a log in is required, you can simply click the 1Password extension and tell it which account you’d like to use. That’s all there is to logging in from this point forward.

1Password Extension

If that sounds like to much of a bother you can even hit “CMD + \” to sign in automatically.

Another great feature of the browser extension is the ability to create strong passwords. I know it SEEMS like using your cat’s name is a good idea (how many of you just gasped when I guessed your password), but it’s generally a bad idea. If you let 1Password generate a password for you it will be safe, and very difficult to hack. I mean, just look at that monster below!

Strong Password

So you’re probably wondering just how safe this system really is. Well here’s the deal. Your passwords are stored in a proprietary file format with 1Password and the file is encrypted. Agilebits, the makers of 1Password claim that “it would take millions of years for a criminal to decrypt your data using a brute force attack“. If you’d like to read more about the technical side of things, check out the 1Password Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page here.

Here’s the bottom line – this app removes the “human factor” from having to create, store and remember passwords; passwords that you probably did a poor job of creating in the first place. Why not forget about all of your passwords by making them more robust, leaving you with but a single password to remember. Seems like a pretty sweet deal to me.

If you’d like to give this app a try, I have six licenses to give away (3 iPad, 3 iPhone). To enter, you simply need to do ANY ONE of the following:

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Make sure to include the device you wish to enter (iPhone/iPad). Contest ends November 19th. Winners to be chosen November 20th.
Disclosure: After using 1Password personally for over two years I contacted them recently to acquire prizes for readers of this site. They have graciously provided the six licenses to me without having access to this post before publishing. It should also be stated they have not influenced this article in any way.

 

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5 Responses to “1Password Giveaway & Overview”

  1. Richard Says:

    I want to win the 1 password for Iphone :D

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  2. Kim Says:

    Hi,
    Is it too late to get one licence for 1password?

    Reply

  3. Ray Jackson Says:

    Hi Tech Barber
    I’ve just read your very interesting article on 1Password, and agree with everything you say. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and think it is the cat’s whiskers. I still have a problem though in trying to get the Password Anywhere up an running. I have been on to Agilebits several times and although they have been very helpful I still cannot crack it. My problem is that I cannot get the agilekeychain to work. I’m syncing with Dropbox, and although the folder appears there, when I click on it I don’t get the required response. I get data, then default then a whole list of keys, which when opened show the encrypted code. I’m using Safari on my Ipad3. I read in someone’s blog that mobile Safari is not compatible, could this be my problem, as I believe that Ipad does load the mobile version. I’m in the process now of trying Firefox but it’s a bit of a slog. My laptop is on Windows7, and I use a Samsung android mobile. A bit of a mixture I know! Any help would be much appreciated.
    Ray Jackson

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    • Tech Barber Says:

      They have a decent “troubleshooting” page here if you’re interested – although I’m sure you’ve seen it by now.

      When you say you can’t get the agilekeychain to work, what are you referring to exactly? Are you trying to log into a site from Safari using 1Password or is this within the 1Password app itself?

      Also, has the Dropbox sync completed? If it’s still running in the background, that could cause issues to.

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