Easily create and enter secure passwords on all your devices!

Take Control of

Fourth Edition
Joe Kissell

Annoyed by having to type hard-to-remember passwords? Let 1Password do the heavy lifting. With directions for 1Password 7 for the Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, Chrome OS, and Linux, author Joe Kissell shows you how to generate and enter secure passwords, speed up your online shopping, and share and sync web logins and other confidential data.

All Take Control books are delivered in three ebook formats—PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle)—and can be read on nearly any device.


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 in various ways—including a hosted 1Password account (individual, family, or team), iCloud or Dropbox.

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 (2nd Edition).

The book focuses on 1Password 7 for Mac and Windows, but it also provides details and directions for the iOS and Android versions of 1Password. It briefly covers 1Password X, a chrome extension that brings 1Password to Chrome OS and Linux.

Topics include:

Meet 1Password: Set your master password, 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 website. Find out how to create logins, sort them, search them, tag them, and more. You’ll also find help with editing logins—for example, changing a password or adding further details.

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, software licenses, scans of important cards or documents, and more.

Sync your passwords: Discover which 1Password syncing solution is right for you: a hosted 1Password account, Dropbox, iCloud, a manually synced folder, or even 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 are my options for licensing 1Password?
  • What are the differences between vaults in 1Password accounts and standalone vaults?
  • Should I keep using 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 use 1Password logins from utilities like LaunchBar?
Joe Kissell

About Joe Kissell

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He formerly wrote for publications such as Macworld, Wirecutter, and TidBITS. He lives in San Diego with his wife, his two children, and his cat.

What’s New in Version 4.1

Version 4.1 covers the major changes to 1Password on all platforms since the previous version of the book (which was released in October 2018). Although I’ve made numerous revisions throughout, the most significant changes are:

  • Updated the lists of supported browsers and described the new method for adding 1Password support to Safari; see “Install Browser Extensions” and “1Password X”
  • Revamped the discussion of 1Password mini throughout the book to reflect its current interface, which has changed the most on macOS; see in particular “1Password mini”
  • Added information about new preferences for opening URLs; see “Find Your Usage Pattern”
  • Added details about certain operations that work only with local, standalone vaults; see “Sync with the Cloud or a Folder” and “Sync Your Mobile Device over WLAN (Wi-Fi)”
  • Updated the description of how the password generator now works in 1Password mini on a Mac; see “Generate Random Passwords”
  • Explained a new shortcut for changing unsecured website logins to use HTTPS on a Mac; see “Unsecured Websites”
  • Removed mentions of 1Password Pro features on mobile platforms, which no longer require a separate purchase; see ”Use 1Password on the Go“
  • Explained how to add documents to 1Password items in iOS/iPadOS; see “Work with 1Password Items”
  • Updated the information on Android to include current features and configuration steps
  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • 1Password Quick Start
  • Meet 1Password
  • Understand Password Security
  • Use 1Password for Web Browsing
  • Store Other Information in 1Password
  • Search & Organize Your 1Password Items
  • Edit 1Password Items
  • Customize 1Password
  • Use 1Password on the Go
  • Solve Problems
  • About This Book
  • Joe Kissell Updates Take Control of 1Password, And For Good Reason

    Posted by Joe Kissell on November 5, 2018

    My favorite password manager has undergone some serious changes in the last year, and in my interview with Chuck Joiner on MacVoices I explain how I address those changes in the fourth edition of Take Control of 1Password.

    Joe and Chuck Discuss the Latest 1Password Features

    Posted by Michael E. Cohen on January 19, 2016

    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!

    Take Control and eSellerate Unaffected by Heartbleed Bug

    Posted by Adam Engst on April 15, 2014

    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.

    February 16, 2021—We plan a significant update to this book in the first half of 2021, to cover the many changes in 1Password since the previous version of the book.


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