1Password Review 2019
Simple and inexpensive
1Password promises to do away with the need to remember passwords, with automatic logging in and other advanced features. Its easy to use and well priced for what it offers.
- 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
If you want to save your dozens of online passwords, generate new ones, and log into sites with a simple click, then 1Password is the best way you can do it. This is a fantastic password manager that’s blissfully simple to use.
1Password, developed by AgileBits, is a popular password manager that began life as a Mac program. It’s now available across Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
After testing this password manager, we’re happy to say its reputation is well deserved. 1Password isn’t without the odd drawback, but it’s easily one of the best password managers we’ve tried, and it’s even better than rivals such as LastPass or Dashlane.
How Good is 1Password?
1Password can generate safe and secure passwords for you, and store all manner of sensitive information in a secure format. Credit card numbers, documents, bank accounts, driver’s licenses, passports, social security numbers — you name it, 1Password can store it in your encrypted vault.
In terms of day-to-day use, 1Password is very well designed. The software is easy to understand and doesn’t require you to learn the app’s own peculiar logic. It’s logically organized and is smart enough to instantly provide your passwords when you need them via the 1Password browser extensions.
In the table below, we compare 1Password to its main competitors in the password manager space – including market leader, LastPass. As you can see, we think 1Password has the edge, based on our thorough testing:
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|Local Storage Option||✓||✓||x||✓|
|Password Generator Function||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Live Chat Support||x||✓||x||x|
|Ease of Setup||★★★★★||★★★★★||★★★★★||★★★★★|
|Help & Support||★★★☆☆||★★★★☆||★★★☆☆||★★★☆☆|
|Value for Money||★★★★★||★★★★☆||★★★★☆||★★★★☆|
|Cost per year||$36||$60||$24||$30|
|Discounts Available||See Deals||See Deals||See Deals||See Deals|
1Password: The Good
1Password is very easy to use, and its design is beautiful by the standards of such software. Rivals such as Dashlane and LastPass are far more utilitarian in layout. 1Password manages to perform its key tasks in an attractive and easily navigable package.
That goes for 1Password’s desktop program, the mini app that comes with it, the mobile app, and the browser extension. All of them have a similar design, making it second nature to navigate each one.
Simple Login Process
When you want to use a stored password, all you have to do is visit that website, then click on the 1Password browser extension, or the 1Password icon that appears in the login entry box. You’ll see all the account logins in your vault that are available for that site.
To log in, you can either click on the entry you want and let 1Password log you in automatically, or you can right-click and copy the username and password to log in manually.
The browser extension is mostly for using your information as you need it, though it can also generate new passwords if you’re signing up for a new online account or updating an old one. However, if you need to store further data, such as a credit card or important document, then you’ll need the full desktop program or the mobile app.
Managing More Than Passwords
1Password lets you store more than just passwords. It can safely encrypt data such as your passport information, driver’s license, reward program account numbers, your social security number, wireless router passwords, software licenses, and more.
It’s clear that AgileBits sees 1Password as more than just a repository of your logins and credit card numbers, letting you store your entire digital life under one roof. There’s even an option for importing files and documents.
1Password can also manage multiple identities and multiple vaults. If you want to keep your work and personal information separate, 1Password can do that with differing vaults. New vaults can’t be created in the app, however – you’ll have to do this on the 1Password website under the account management section.
Creating a new password or changing an old one is pretty straightforward. If you land on a site where you need a password click the browser extension, and the click the key icon with a plus sign (it’s towards the bottom). You’ll then be led through the process.
If you want to update your password, for most sites you follow the same process to generate a new password and then 1Password will detect the change and offer to update your vault.
Under the 1Password vault, there are three tabs: Categories, Tags, and Security. Click on Security and you’ll see an option called Watchtower. This section reports on any websites in your vault affected by serious breaches and security vulnerabilities.
1Password: The Not-So-Good
Extension or App?
If there’s one downside to 1Password, it’s that it can get a little confusing about which app you’re supposed to use. Essentially, you have three choices: the browser extension, mini app, or the full desktop app.
For most uses, the browser extension is really all you need – it’ll certainly be a familiar setup if, say, you’ve used LastPass previously. Only when you need to take a deeper dive into creating secure notes or encrypting extra data, such as your passport details, will you require the full desktop app.
It’s a wonder AgileBits couldn’t have folded everything into the browser extension and done away with the desktop app entirely.
When asked about this drawback, 1Password said it’s working on a browser-centric solution called 1Password X. Currently in beta, 1Password X is meant to be a full-featured version of 1Password that exists only in the browser.
1Password X isn’t a finished product yet, but it’s off to a good start including the ability to view your secure notes within the browser – something the regular extension presently lacks.
Watchtower Boost Needed
It would be good to see 1Password make the Watchtower feature into a more robust security analysis.
Ideally, this should let you see which of your accounts have duplicate passwords, for example, as well as a look at which passwords are weak and more susceptible to hacks.
No Camera Support
Finally, it would be great to see 1Password’s mobile app add the ability to snap photos with your device camera. That way you could, for example, upload a snapshot of your driver’s license, in addition to manually entering the information.
1Password is a fantastic choice for storing and managing your passwords. It’s very easy to use, and it has pretty much everything you need in a password manager. The pricing is pretty good, too – while it’s a little more expensive than LastPass, it’s a bit cheaper than Dashlane.
While there’s no free option with 1Password, if you are willing to pay for a password manager then 1Password is easily one of the best choices you can make.
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