In today’s age it is inevitable to have several different accounts on various online websites. For most of us, it is not just several, but a dozen of passwords which need to be stored in a safe place. Maybe just a few of those passwords are the ones we type in every day, since we use those online accounts on a daily basis, but there are surely a lot of those were you go through “Forgot Your Password?” procedure each time. This is why it’s good to have an application which will store all your sensitive information and keep it locked up.
1Password is a well-known password manager for Mac OS X, which has been on a market for a while now. It is popular because it is quite different from other similar applications and it is doing its job very well.
From the moment when you first start-up 1Password, you’ll notice its sleek interface. A Welcome window will appear, if you’ve started it for the very first time, where you’ll get all of the needed information to start working with 1Password. You will need to set up a master password, which will be needed each time you use this program, as well as each time an information needs to be retrieved.
1Password is a vault for a various types of sensitive information. You’ll notice that it separates passwords into several categories, which are: Logins, Accounts, Identities, Secure Notes, Software, and Wallet. Each of these categories feature specific set of features which allows you to store all your sensitive info. Logins are used to store username and passwords which are needed to access websites, while Accounts stores your e-mails, file sharing credentials and similar. Identities is able to save information like names, telephone numbers, important dates, addresses and similar, which could be used to automatically fill an online form. Secure Notes gives you an option to store any information in a plain text file, while Software is a category which stores licenses. Wallet stores your personal financial info like credit cards and bank accounts.
As you can see, there’s no sensitive piece of information which could not be put into 1Password’s preloaded category. You can easily review all your information, add new, edit or remove with just a click of a mouse. You can also use Mac OS’s Smart Search feature, to get the specific result for a password you are searching for.
The real power of this application is not in its plain ability to store credentials. 1Password actually integrates with your browser and it can automatically scan and add new credentials as you type them. Then, when you return to that particular website, you can simply click on a 1Password button within your browser’s window, and you will be automatically logged in. So, this is actually a huge time saver.
You can download 1Password for the Mac App Store and try it for free for a limited period, after which you can purchase a license for $50.