|Initial release||June 18, 2006|
|Operating system||Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Chrome OS|
|License||Desktop: Trialware |
1Password is a password manager developed by AgileBits Inc. It provides a place for users to store various passwords, software licenses, and other sensitive information in a virtual vault that is locked with a PBKDF2-guarded master password. By default, this vault is stored on the company's servers, for a monthly fee.
A 2017 Consumer Reports article described 1Password as one of the four popular password managers (alongside Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass), with the choice among them mostly up to personal preferences.
Password file syncing
Alternatively, after purchasing a software license ($64.99 in 2018), 1Password can be set up to only store password files locally, and not sync with remote servers. It can also be set up so that files are synchronized through Dropbox (all platforms), local Wi-Fi, and iCloud, and more recently, through 1Password.com, a subscription based server sync service maintained by the developers. Local Wi-Fi and iCloud sync are only available on the Mac and iOS.
In 2017, the Travel Mode feature was introduced, which enables omission of password entries not tagged as safe for travel from the local storage on a particular device, reducing the impact of being obliged by officials to unlock access at country border crossings.
1Password integrates with desktop web browsers including Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera and Brave. The extension can remember logins for websites, fill in website logins automatically, and generate random passwords for new websites.
To use browser extensions, you must have administrative rights on the computer you're using. This has been an issue with users on a PC assigned by a workplace without admin rights. To address this issue, 1Password offers plans for a monthly subscription fee aimed at businesses that allows web access to your usernames and passwords which can be copied and pasted into login screens. Plans for family and individual use are also available.
1Password also offers a standalone extension called 1Password X, available for Firefox and Chrome. 1Password X is designed to work without a companion desktop app, but a 1Password.com subscription is required.
On the mobile side, 1Password offers integration with browsers and apps on iOS and Android devices using various methods. More convenient methods of filling and saving login information are provided in iOS 12 and Android Oreo (and later), respectively.
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