Do you use Facebook? Gmail? Twitter? Yahoo? Or perhaps you use all of them? And I’m willing to bet the passwords you use for all those accounts are similar to one another or even identical. Did you know at the end of 2013, EACH of those websites was HACKED – exposing hundreds of thousands of usernames and passwords?
When we first brought you our review of 1Password, the price was $49.99. That was a bit expensive for some — shortly before introducing this new subscription model, the company increased the single license price to $64.99. So $3 per month seems like a fair price if you take into account the regular license upgrades for major new versions.
While one-time licenses are still available, you can now choose a subscription instead and use the 1Password app on your Mac, PC or phone with all features — major updates are included.
In addition to iCloud and Dropbox, if you subscribe, you’ll also be able to use 1Password’s servers as the syncing backend. The main added benefit is that you’ll be able to access your 1Password vault from any browser.
There is a 30 trial you can get using it today!
If you’re like most people and you use simple, easy to remember passwords – and you use the same password across multiple websites (including your online banking) – you are asking for trouble. Social sites, e-mail providers, and now online retailers like Target (CLICK HERE to read the full story) are becoming gateways for hackers to access your personal information. Everyone is open to it, even the big players like Yahoo!, which has hundreds of people working on their security team
Convenience vs. Security
It’s the age old struggle of convenience vs. security: how far on which side you want to live on? Today, one cannot and should not be living very far on the side of convenience at the expense of security when it comes to passwords. The truth is, we store a LOT of data online. Think about your iTunes account. If someone got that information they would have your name, address, e-mail, and credit card number. And if that’s not enough, once they know your e-mail and a common password you use accross the web, now think about them browsing through your e-mail inbox!
Convenient Security – 1Password
This is why I want to share with you 1Password. 1Password is an app for PC (Windows), Mac and iOS and Android that helps you create, store, and quickly access safe and secure passwords – and all you have to do to retrieve them is remember ONE PASSWORD.
Here’s how it works:
- Purchase the app & think of ONE Password you want to remember. This is your MasterPass
- You use it to generate secure passwords for your online accounts. (Here’s an example – “udZn9xQxGuax4L”) They can be as long or short as you want. They can even be “pronouncable”
- It stores the Password.
- When you’re on your banking or e-mail site you simply recall the password from 1Password and you’re in! (You can open the app, copy and paste, or use browser extensions to make it SUPER easy: just type “ cmd+‘\’ ”)
This Two Minute Video Captures It Well
If I’ve piqued your interest, I encourage you to give it a shot.
Do I need to pay for the 1Password apps separately?
No. Your subscription includes the 1Password apps for all platforms. There are no licenses to keep track of — simply download the apps from 1Password.com, and sign in to your accounts. All upgrades are also included for free.
How about Families?
Funny you should ask. There is actually an option for families. Five people can join in and have individual accounts on your single subscription. They don’t even have to belong to the same household. $4.99/ month. That is definitely affordable, for extra security, and your kids can learn to be safer on the web.