With many companies feeling the pressure from the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, many business services are trying to aid as best they can. Today, 1Password announced it was removing the 30-day trial restriction on 1Password Teams, its business tier password manager.
The move sees the traditional 30-day free trial period replaced with a much longer six month time frame. During this period, companies will be able to use the full suite of 1Password Teams features, free of charge.
With companies having to radically change the way they work, as well as their flexibility towards employees working from home, tools like password managers are more essential than ever to help organizations keep secure.
More on this – see our guide to the Best Business Password Managers
What is 1Password Offering?
1Password's traditional trial of its business package has been, to date, a fairly standard 30 day period. This trial gives access to all the features of the software, and should be long enough for most companies to decide if it's right for them.
In a post on its blog this week, 1Password announced that this trial offer was now being extended to a much more generous 6 month period – again, this is with all features available. The company is doing this, states CEO Jeff Shiner, to aid companies with workforces that are absent from the office and working from home. With the coronavirus taking hold across the globe, this is a situation that many companies are finding themselves in.
After the initial 6-month period, subscriptions will be charged at the usual rate (though Tech.co readers can take advantage of a further 25% discount when signing up for the service).
We’re removing the 30-day trial period on 1Password Business so companies can start keeping their teams secure without getting finance involved. – Jeff Shiner, 1Password CEO
What Features does 1Password Teams Have?
We rate 1Password rather highly – in fact, based on our independent tests and assessments, we think it's one of the best password managers out there. That's thanks to its extensive feature list and the fact that it's effortlessly simple to use. In our testing, it beat rivals LastPass and Dashlane.
Among its features, 1Password gives its business users:
- Desktop, mobile and web apps – The software can be used across a wide range of devices and operating systems.
- Multi-factor authentication – The option to enable authentication to ensure that the person logging into the business network is indeed who they say they are.
- Custom roles and groups – The ability to delegate responsibilities and access rights to teams and individuals.
- Audit trail – See who has had access to your network, when and from where.
- Watchtower – Receive security alerts about password breaches as they happen.
1Password will also generate secure passwords for you automatically, should your creativity need some help. It's compatible with biometric logins, such as Apple Touch ID and Face ID, and Windows Hello and Fingerprint Unlock.
- Free 6 month trial for 1Password Teams for business
- Local storage makes saving changed passwords more reliable
- Large number of secure note templates for storing sensitive information
- Very well-designed app
- No automated password changing feature
- Desktop app seems superfluous
- No camera integration on mobile
Does my Business Need a Password Manager?
Even before the events of the last few weeks, the answer would have been a resounding yes. Now, even more so.
With many companies forced to radically change their approach to the work day, and with many employees confined to their homes, the need for security is stronger than ever.
A password manager allows employees to be free of the worry of juggling multiple passwords, and more importantly, helps keep your company secure. With the office no longer confined to the building you work in – but, rather, millions of homes across the world – it's important that employees don't fall into bad password practice. That might mean sharing passwords with colleagues on unsecured messaging platforms, using them without discretion in public, or writing them down and leaving them in shared spaces.
With a good password manager, employees don't need access to the actual passwords themselves. The software will handle all of that for them. Not only that, but should access be compromised, business password managers enable your IT department to shut down accounts as soon as they are identified as being accessed from users outside of the company.
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