At our last meeting Steve Klein gave a very nice "Tiny Tip" on how the Mac OS X Keychain works to remember your website logins. The Keychain rocks! However, the Keychain wasn't quite enough for me. So I went in search of Password app. Honestly I stumbled upon 1Password while in search for an iPhone App that would allow password protected notes. I found 1Password Pro for the iPhone and liked it so much that I went to check out the Mac desktop version and the two together are a match made in Heaven!
First off 1Password is an app that you install on your Mac and it works with all the modern browsers on your Mac such as Safari and Firefox. Once installed you can either enter your logins for each site into the app manually or take the do-it-as-you-go approach by simply adding the logins each time you go to a site that you normally go to and have to login. Each time you go to one these sites for the first time and log in (like Keychain)
1Password will offer to save the login for that site in its database. The idea here is that you only have to remember the ONE PASSWORD that you've secure the app with and it will remember all your other passwords for you. Well so far that's pretty much what the built-in keychain app does, so why do I want this?
1Password goes way beyond just remember website logins. You can enter password protected notes, credit card numbers, bank account info and just about any other type of sensitive data that you would want to secure with a password. One of my favorite features is the built-in "Strong Password Generator". When you go to a site that requires you to create a new account, instead of you having to come up with a password, 1Password can generate one for you using a variety of different options. It auto detects the requirements for the site you're on and creates a secure password (not easy to guess), auto populates the fields AND remembers it for future logins.
If you are on a site that you need to enter your credit card info, just hit the "1P" button in your browser to drop down a list of your available credit cards. 1Password will then (after you key in your password of course) auto enter the card number, expiration date, security number and card holder name for you. Now this doesn't work on all sites, but it does work on many. Even in the case you're on a site that it can't auto enter your card number, you can quickly look it up in the app and copy/paste it in.
Keep track of software licenses too
Hey you're a Mac user, so that means that chances are you have an app or two that you have serial numbers for. 1Password can keep up with your software licenses too!
iPhone or iPod touch user?
Like I said up front the thing that lead me to this app in the first place was actually the iPhone version of this app. So if you have an iPhone or iPod touch you can can sync it with the mobile version. There are two versions 1Password and 1Password Pro. You can see my review of the mobile version here. 1Password Pro is currently FREE until December 1st! So you better grab it NOW!
The Bottom Line
The only thing that upsets me about this app is that I didn't try it sooner! I absolutely love it and it has made one thing in my life a lot less frustrating. Check out 1Password here at Agile Web Solutions. There is a free trial. 1Password goes for $39.95.