1Password Review – Forbes Advisor
Considered one of the best password managers, 1Password has a lot of features with two main points, easy storage, filing systems and very secure data system.
The main features that really help differentiate it from the crowd are:
- Several safes
- Travel mode
- Automation of secrets
- Watchtower security check
1Password is available on all major platforms including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Chrome OS, Darwin, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD. It is also extremely secure and has a very user-friendly dashboard as well as several packages.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits and features of 1Password.
1Password uses 256-bit AES encryption, which banks and governments around the world also use. This means that your passwords are secure and the likelihood of someone trying to hack your account head-on is extremely unlikely.
The master password you receive during setup is also a 34 character secret key. You will use it for the first connection. This master key is shared with you in a PDF, which you can print or place in a safe place. The master key is also protected by a secure remote password (SRP).
While you may fear losing this key, you can retrieve it using Window Hello, which accesses applications through biometrics. 1Password also has a zero knowledge policy, so no one other than you will know the master key.
Each 1Password account is divided into vaults. These form a ranking system for your profile to store different sets of information or to create different categories for certain data. You can create a safe for forms, passwords, secure documents, credit cards, and more.
It also means that you will have organized your sensitive information and that you will still be able to allow access to certain data if necessary. On the family and business plans, you can configure settings for sharing with other users that are specific to each safe.
When you cross certain borders, some customs officers ask for access to your device. With the Travel mode, you can select the chests that will be accessible to these officials.
All you need to do is select some travel safes and some that are not. If your device is seized, they cannot access your sensitive information. It also serves as an extra layer to protect your information if your device is stolen while traveling. On business plans, administrators can remotely configure these settings for team members.
This feature alerts you if your passwords are weak, reused, vulnerable to attack, or have been compromised during a data breach. However, this is not unique to 1Password, as there are many other software that offer the same.
What is different, however, is that Watchtower will notify you if your registered documents (like passports or driver’s licenses) are about to expire. Along with credit card details, this can be very helpful when it comes to changing your online shopping account information.
By working with a third-party application, Privacy, you can set up privacy cards, which are virtual payment cards that will hide your card information when you shop online. This is only available for US subscribers.
With this app, you can be sure that no one can use your card information in the event that a supplier through whom you have purchased something is compromised. You can also use privacy to set transaction limits, making it easy to sign up for free trials without having to think about canceling automatic renewal.
You should always make sure that the contents of your clipboard are erased as soon as possible, as it exposes your sensitive data to hackers and malicious websites.
With 1Password, you can set a timer that automatically clears your clipboards. While this is a pretty tricky feature to use with other software, it’s pretty straightforward on 1Password.
1 Password X
Because it is a browser extension, 1Password X offers full use of the software in any web browser of your choice. It is very easy to use and facilitates automatic filling and registration. There is also a built-in password generator, which creates a unique code that is instantly saved in a safe.
You also have the option to add 2FA and can search for your safes from your browser without having to open a separate program.