Ever wished you had just one password for every site you log in to? I am sure that you did.
Statistics say that an average person has around 20 passwords. Well, I believe I am not some average guy then (pun intended) as I have more than 87 passwords to remember.
Gone are the days when we used to have no more than a couple of passwords maybe just to access our email accounts. With the advent of technology and lifestyle, we now have a password for almost every site we visit – email accounts, social networks, bank accounts, utility bills, applications, shopping sites and more.
Earlier I had a single password for all the websites I used to log on to. With time, I realised how vulnerable it is as hackers and spam bots are consistently looking into barging in your network and steal confidential information. Not securing your password is like keeping the main entrance of your home unlocked, while you are on a holiday.
So what do you do to secure your password? You write it down on sticky notes or save it on your computer in an excel sheet? Or you choose a word containing your date of birth and/or a combination of the name of your girlfriend, dog, school, favourite destination, parents, friend, childhood crush, food etc. which is easy to remember. But is this secure? NO. This is where a Password management app comes in handy.
After spending several thousands of dollars on softwares and applications, I thought I must at least invest a fraction of those spends on a secure Password management app. Recently, I discovered this amazing application on the App Store which is called 1Password.
As the name suggests, after installing this app on your device, you will have to remember just one password for all your login needs and for securing the same along with your other confidential data. 1Password works with iOS, Mac, Windows and Android.
1Password is the king of all Password Management apps, when it comes to securing your password and providing an ultimate user experience. It offers tamper proof 256-bit AES encryption for your priceless data and is an industry standard. This is a paid application and is available for Mac and Windows currently at US$49.99. A Windows-Mac bundle would cost you US$69.99 for a single licence. However, if you make a purchase from the App Store, you get family sharing allowing you to install the same on multiple devices, provided you have the same ID to login.
1Password does not only keep your passwords in it. It also makes a provision to store all your other sensitive information like your bank account numbers, your passport number, credit card information and more. 1Password creates strong, unique passwords for every site and remembers for you so that there is no requirement that you copy it from somewhere and paste it onto the login area.
You just need to set a master password (which you will have to remember of course) to activate 1Password and voila, you are good to go (you may choose to set to “auto-lock” if you are away from your computer or if you share your computer with others). Hereafter, whenever you visit a site, 1Password will offer to save your login credentials. Once saved, you will not need to enter the login information manually in the future. 1Password does it for you seamlessly.
1Password also has an option of “Generate Password” which enables you to generate a strong password for you automatically. You may decide whether you want an alpha-numeric password, symbols, just numeric or a mix of all. You may also decide the length of your password. Every password generated automatically by this app is secure and almost impossible to crack. 1Password also has an app for your smart phone and syncs seamlessly between multiple devices.
1Password comes with a new service called 1Password Watchtower which checks your logins for any vulnerabilities and tells you which sites need new passwords.
The SecurityAudit feature prompts you for weak passwords which you can edit/change accordingly.
1Password syncs with iCloud, Dropbox and over the wi-fi.
1Password has won many awards including Best of 2014 on the App Store. I have tried various password management apps but chose 1Password due to its ease of use and high level of security offered. What do you think?