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Take Control of 1Password

Assemble All the Pieces of a Secure Password Strategy

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Dec 20, 2016

Take Control of 1Password, Second Edition

Easily create and enter secure passwords on all your devices!

Wrangling your Web passwords can be easy and secure, thanks to 1Password, the popular password manager from AgileBits. In this book, Joe Kissell brings years of real-world 1Password experience into play to explain not only how to create, edit, and enter Web login data easily, but also how to autofill contact and credit card info when shopping online, audit your passwords and generate better ones, handle two-factor authentication (2FA), and sync and share passwords with various techniques — including iCloud and Dropbox, as well as a hosted account (individual, family, or team).

While reading Take Control of 1Password on my iPad I was furiously highlighting passages and following along with 1Password open on my Mac. [The book] showed me how some of my passwords were weak or duplicates. I immediately changed those passwords to unique and secure ones.
—Elisa Pacelli, in her MyMac book review.

More Info

The book focuses on 1Password 6 for the Mac, but he also provides details and directions for the iOS, Windows, and Android versions of 1Password.

Topics include:

Meet 1Password: Set your master passcode, explore the various 1Password components, and decide on your ideal usage strategy.

Master logins: In 1Password, a typical login contains a set of credentials used to sign in to a Web site. Find out how to create logins, sort them, search them, tag them, and more. You’ll especially find help with editing logins. For example, if you change a site’s password from dragon7 to eatsevendragonsforlunchatyahoo, you’ll want to incorporate that into its login. Or, use 1Password’s password generator to create highly secure random passwords, like dGx7Crve3WucELF#s.

Understand password security: Get guidance on what makes for a good password, and read Joe’s important Password Dos and Don’ts. A special topic covers how to perform a security audit in order to improve poor passwords quickly.

Go beyond Web logins: A primary point of 1Password is to speed up Web logins, but 1Password can also store and autofill contact information (for more than one identity, even), along with credit card information. You’ll also find advice on storing passwords for password-protected files and encrypted disk images, plus ideas for keeping track of confidential files, scans of important cards or documents, and more.

Sync your passwords: Discover which 1Password syncing solution is right for you: a hosted account, Dropbox, iCloud, or a Finder folder, as well as a device-to-device Wi-Fi sync.

Share your passwords: Learn to store passwords in shared vaults within a family or team hosted account.

You’ll also discover the answers to key questions, including:

  • What’s the best way to buy 1Password?
  • Should I use my Web browser’s autofill feature?
  • What about iCloud Keychain? Should I use that too?
  • What can I do quickly to get better password security?
  • How can I find and update weak passwords I created long ago?
  • What should I do about security questions, like the name of my pet?
  • How can 1Password provide a time-based one-time password (TOTP)?
  • How do I initiate 1Password logins from utilities like LaunchBar?
What's New

What’s New in Version 2.2

This version of the book contains numerous revisions to bring it up to date with the latest releases of 1Password. Some of the most noteworthy changes are these:

  • Added a new topic, License 1Password, which discusses the various 1Password accounts (individual, family, and team) and stand-alone licenses for the 1Password app

  • Included a detailed sidebar, 1Password Versions for Windows, which explains why there are three different Windows versions of 1Password and how they differ

  • Added extensive clarifications throughout the book regarding the differences between 1Password 4 and 1Password 6 for Windows

  • Expanded Make First-run Decisions and Install Browser Extensions to include information on steps for 1Password account holders, browser authorization codes, and other details

  • Mentioned the 2016 MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar in Lock or Unlock Manually with the Touch Bar

  • Updated Set Up Syncing and other parts of the book to reflect the term “WLAN syncing” as a replacement for “Wi-Fi syncing”

  • In Using Attachments and elsewhere, clarified that 1Password accounts use Documents as a replacement for attachments

  • Updated Android to cover the features and usage instructions in the most recent version of 1Password for Android

  • Massively revised the chapter Use 1Password Accounts (formerly “Use 1Password for Teams”) to cover individual, family, and team accounts

  • Updated the text to reflect the branding change from “1Password for Teams” and “1Password for Families” to “1Password Teams” and “1Password Families,” respectively

  • Removed text about 1PasswordAnywhere, which has been deprecated and is largely obsolete given the new 1Password accounts

What Was New in Version 2.1

Shortly after version 2.0 of this book was published, AgileBits made some significant improvements to 1Password. This revision addresses those changes and a few other small items:

  • Added a clarification about sharing 1Password licenses with family members using iCloud Family Sharing; see Configure 1Password

  • Rewrote the First Run for Mac Users description, as the process has changed considerably

  • Updated the Watchtower and Heartbleed sidebar to clarify that Watchtower alerts you to other vulnerabilities besides Heartbleed (Watchtower is also now available in 1Password 6.2 or later for iOS.)

  • Described the new “Always open to” pop-up menu (for Mac only) in Configure Other Mac Preferences

  • Revised the description and screenshots of the Android version to include the new features and revised user interface

  • Updated the chapter Use 1Password for Teams to include information about 1Password for Families

  • Adjusted the wording of vault names for those using 1Password for Teams; as of 1Password 6.0.2, the Everyone and Your Vault vaults have been renamed to Shared and Personal, respectively; see Create a Team Vault

What Was New in Version 2.0

This completely revised second edition brings the book up to date with the most recent releases of 1Password (on all platforms) as well as the latest versions of OS X, Windows, and iOS. Among the larger and more notable changes are the following:

  • Updated Make First-run Decisions to cover the new setup processes on OS X, Windows, and iOS; and to add Android coverage

  • Revised the sidebar Locking Here, There, and Everywhere to reflect the way locking is currently handled in Windows

  • Thoroughly revamped the description of the 1Password Data Vault

  • Massively updated the discussion of how to Set Up Syncing

  • Reworked Create and Save Logins to reflect current behavior, including new options available when you Generate Random Passwords

  • Added a sidebar, About Diceware Passwords, that explains this new password-generation option (sometimes referred to as Words in 1Password)

  • Revised the sidebar Why Doesn’t 1Password Autofill and Autosubmit? with new information and AgileBits’ perspective

  • Added an important new topic, One-time Passwords, about using time-based one-time passwords in 1Password

  • Updated Work with Multiple Vaults to cover new ways of working with multiple vaults in OS X and Windows

  • Added the topic Custom Fields on a PC to cover this capability that was added in 1Password 4 for Windows

  • Revised Update Old Passwords to show the latest user interface changes in both Mac and Windows

  • Expanded and updated the sidebar Watchtower and Heartbleed

  • Made significant changes to both Share 1Password Data and Import and Export Data

  • Rewrote the bulk of the Use 1Password on the Go chapter, which now covers the iOS extension, 1Password on the Apple Watch, and the latest Android version of 1Password

  • Added a major new chapter, Use 1Password for Teams, that describes AgileBits’ new system for syncing and sharing password vaults in a business or family


What Versions of the Mac Operating System Does 1Password 6 Work With?

1Password 6 runs on 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, and 10.12 Sierra. You can upgrade for free from 1Password 4 or 1Password 5.

What about 1Password 4?

Good question! 1Password 4 runs under 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.9 Mavericks. (If you need help with 1Password 4, please get in touch with us, since if you buy the second edition about 1Password 6, we can make the first edition of this book available to you.)

If you have a Mac running 10.6 Snow Leopard or 10.7 Lion, you can run 1Password 3, instead. Note that you can sync/share data between 1Password 3 and 1Password 4. AgileBits has an enthusiastic support article about this topic, How do I use 1Password 4 in Snow Leopard or Lion?.

(A lot of the information in the first edition applies to 1Password 3, but this ebook doesn’t have special notes for 1Password 3 users; it assumes 1Password 4.)

Update Plans

December 20, 2016 – Having just published version 2.2 of this ebook, we have no specific plans for creating an update.

Posted by Tonya Engst

  1. Joe and Chuck Discuss the Latest 1Password Features

    1Password is new and improved in version 6, giving Joe and Chuck Joiner (of MacVoices) a perfect opportunity to tell you what’s new and improved not only in the app but also in Joe’s Second Edition of his book, which covers it. Best of all, you don’t need a password to watch the interview!

    Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)

  2. Take Control and eSellerate Unaffected by Heartbleed Bug

    For anyone who is wondering, neither the Take Control Web site nor the eSellerate ecommerce site that we use for purchases were ever vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug, so you don’t need to worry about the security of your Take Control transactions or account information. There’s no reason to change your Take Control password either, although it’s always a good idea to do that if your current password is weak.

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The Author

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control ebooks. He also runs Joe On Tech and is a contributing editor of TidBITS and a senior contributor to Macworld.