Let’s face it, it is not the most exciting thing to contemplate, keeping all of those pesky web site logins organised. I can’t count the number of sites I have accounts with.
So when you finally make the choice to become a bit more secure (read: don’t use the same password on every web site account you have), you really should try a password management tool.
Reality is, when running OS X you have one built in. The Mac Keychain can be used to store password, text notes and does a pretty good job of it. I used keychain for around a year for everything, I liked the fact that it would sync with mobileme, so from my home computer (yup that’s the one in the lounge room running EyeTV and iTunes) I still had ready access to all my passwords, bank logins etc..
There was one _really_ annoying thing about using Keychain. Copy and Paste. Every time I visit a site; open keychain, find the login (ok two things I don’t like, there is no search tool) copy it and then paste it into the web site. Sometimes for sites that required a tricky username as well, I’d be copy/pasting two or more things.
I had read a few times of 1Password, had browsed the site but couldn’t see anything really compelling. Anyway, about 6 months ago I did download and install 1Password, its impressive but more importantly simple right from the start.
The beauty of it is this. You have one master password that unlocks 1Password. After that every web site you go to, you use the icon that it adds to Safari (work for Firefox as well) and it simply fills in the username password and other other variables needed and submits the form.
When making new passwords the software encourages you to us strong passwords (yes they are the ones that look like this “kT4aLt7teiEtpu4d6P30CWXAM”) and now you can have good passwords, as you don’t have to remember such a garble of letters and numbers.
The features of 1Password are much more detailed than I have outline here, view their web site, they have a full page that outlines everything in good detail. While it does all that is says functionality wise, the clincher for me…. a single password that does everything and the fact that it syncs with my iPhone I have all my secure data with me all the time.
Have a look for yourself, read more & download the trial at the 1Password Site