With the increase of services and apps, nowadays the average person has at least 20 online accounts, but only 4 or 5 different passwords. This is because people normally repeat the passwords in order to remember them.
Did you know that the most used passwords are “123456” and “password”? No wonder that online hackers have preys every single day.
Why don’t we use a strong and secure password, different to every account we have? After analyzing, I discovered that the root cause is we are afraid we’ll not remember it.
So, what to do then? well, a year ago I was looking and testing different apps, searching for the perfect fit to me. For my purposes, the service I was looking had to comply with three rules:
- Easy to use.
- Secure enough to have all my information stored.
- Cross-platform between Android, Windows, and iOS-MacOS.
Seems like a magic app, isn’t it? But yes, this app exists, and it’s called 1Password.
The purpose of this app is to keep your digital life secure and always available, and they have been doing a great job with the task. The app stores no only all your passwords, but also PIN codes, documents, credit cards and more.
You have different account categories, so every time you add a new account, you can assign it to the correspondent category, and it’s easier to have everything organized.
One of the main features of this app is the Password Generator. You can use it to create new, random passwords depending on the level of security you want. Additionally, you have the option to audit all your passwords, so the system can identify accounts with weak passwords, or the ones who hasn’t been changed in the last 2, 3 years. This way, you can then proceed to generate a new password and change it on the online account, saving it also in 1Password.
Another feature that maximizes your productivity is the autosave and fill. As the name implies, you can save login information of one account, and you can then use the app to automatically log in you into the account, using a browser extension that is available for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.
In terms of pricing, there are two options to get all the features:
You can buy licenses for the desktop apps, just as a regular app, and the browser extensions and mobile apps are free, just having to buy the pro features (unlock all categories, apple watch connection, etc for US$9.99). I recommend this option for people who has an entire ecosystem setup and will use the service individually, such as iOS-MacOS or Android-Windows. In this case, you will sync everything either using iCloud or Dropbox without an issue.
You can obtain the apps here:
You can subscribe for a plan starting US$2.99 a month for one person, or US$4.99 for up to five people. I recommend this if you use a lot of different devices regularly, or if you want to set up the app for your family/group. These plans include all the apps for free without the pro features, plus web access and more.
In summary, 1Password solves all you worries since now you only have to remember just one password: the one to enter into the app. I guarantee you that after you use it, you will not go back to your old self-making “123456” as usual.