It was a year ago today I wrote (very briefly) about trying 1Password. As the title suggests, I ended up buying the software during the trial period. In fact, it wasn’t long after I wrote that post that I bought the software.
A lot has changed in that year (in terms of 1Password, that is). 1Password 5 for OS X and iOS was released, as well as 1Password 4 for Windows and an Android client was released. Perhaps most interestingly, the iOS app changed to a ‘freemium’ model, with an IAP to unlock other functionality such as software licences. The change that caught my attention, however, was the support for unlocking via TouchID with iOS 8. This was, for me, something that transformed password entry on my phone, particularly when combined with the app extension support that allows one password to be integrated into other apps, or in the case of Safari, in the share sheet.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m well aware other password managers exist, and probably have the same (or more) functionality than 1Password. I’m also well aware that 1Password is quite “Apple-centric”, although they do now have a Windows client that’s pretty much on a level playing field with the OS X counterpart. I can’t comment on the Android app though, having never used it.
For me, it’s just that 1Password gives me what I want and need from a password manager. For example, last week, there was an update to the iOS and OS X apps, which – on iOS at least – brought support for One-Time Passwords as a premium feature. Since I use 2 factor authentication on a number of sites, I decided to replace the Google Authenticator app I was using for these codes with 1Password’s implementation instead. Technically it means that there’s more involved in me getting the codes, but I also don’t have 2 separate apps that are essentially doing the same thing.
Ultimately, I have very little to say against 1Password. Sure it’d be nice to have a Linux client, and I’m not sure how much use I’d find the software on a mobile device only… but they’re hardly deal-breakers. I’d certainly recommend people at least look into it, and at the end of the day, if the cost puts you off, there’s always another password manager’s around!