1Password 3 review

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.

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Passwords aren’t the only thing it remembers. You can use it to store secure notes and all your software keys. You can create a profile to automatically fill in forms. The strong encryption means it’s even safe to store your credit card details in there for online payments. And as for accessing your accounts when you’re away from your machine? There’s 1PasswordAnywhere – a new feature that enables you to back up your keychain to Dropbox or a USB stick and access it through any browser. Handy, as the Windows version is still in beta and has fewer features. Who is 1Password aimed at? Just about anyone who uses a Mac.

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