Mon, 15 Nov 2010 1Password 3 review
Why juggle a dozen or more passwords when you just need one? This secure tool helps you ditch multiple logins
- Manufacturer: Agile Web Solutions
- Pros: Strong password generation; stores credit card, personal details, notes and other information in an encrypted vault
- Cons: Need 1Password access to unlock your accounts
- Price: $39.95 (£27)
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Although 1Password is a suite of tools, the key feature for most users will be its ability to remember a keychain of usernames and passwords for every site you visit, and automatically fill them in for you.
Once installed it adds a button to your browser. When you log into a new site, 1Password offers to remember the details. If you choose ‘yes’ the software saves the user name and password combination in its encrypted vault. Next time you access the site you click the 1Password button on your browser instead of entering your login details.
This, of course, makes logging in and out of sites easier for you on your machine. The software also enables you to randomly create new, very strong passwords that no one has a chance of cracking or remembering. That makes it almost impossible for people on other machines to access your accounts.
Ah, but what if someone gets access to your machine, huh? What if your laptop’s nicked? No problem. Your encrypted data is automatically locked up every time you reboot or leave your machine idle. The only person who can access it is you and your password. Which, of course, will be devilishly difficult to remember.