Note: A planned update to this book will cover the release versions of 1Password 8 for Windows and macOS, plus recent updates to the mobile versions of 1Password. We tentatively expect the new version of the book to be ready in July 2022.
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 business).
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 and 1Password 8 for Mac, Windows, and Linux (including the 1Password in Your Browser extensions), but it also provides details and directions for the iOS/iPadOS and Android versions of 1Password.
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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?
What’s New in the Fifth Edition
This massively revised fifth edition covers feature and interface changes in 1Password 7; 1Password 8 (available for Linux, and in Early Access form for Windows); 1Password for iOS/iPadOS and Android; and the 1Password in Your Browser extension (formerly known as 1Password X). Among the most significant changes are:
- Added a new topic, “Understand 1Password Versions,” that helps explain the differences among the current versions of 1Password
- Updated “License 1Password” to reflect the fact that standalone licenses are no longer available, and a wider variety of business accounts exist
- Revamped “Install Browser Extensions” and “Browser Extensions” to explain when and how to use the 1Password classic extensions versus 1Password in Your Browser, as well as 1Password’s built-in Safari extension
- Added the sidebar “Using 1Password in Your Browser: App or No App?” to explain why someone using 1Password in Your Browser might also want to have the standalone app installed
- Expanded the instructions in “Enter Your First Login” and “Create a New Password” to distinguish between the different extension flavors
- Added a sidebar, “Using 1Password with Privacy.com,” explaining how to integrate 1Password with this service for creating and using virtual credit/debit cards
- Revised the chapter “Store Other Information in 1Password,” including adding the topic “Security Questions,” to reflect current features
- Added “Use the Archive,” to cover the new Archive feature that takes the place of Trash
- Updated the chapter “Use 1Password on the Go” with new details about current versions of 1Password for iOS/iPadOS and Android
Posted by Joe Kissell on August 8, 2021
Once again, Joe Kissell joined Chuck Joiner on MacVoices to discuss passwords in the context of his recently updated books Take Control of Your Passwords version 3.2 and Take Control of 1Password, Fifth Edition.
In part one, Joe talks about passwords generally, including changes that may affect your overall password strategy.
In part two, Joe covers some of the new features in 1Password.
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.
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!
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.
July 1, 2022—A planned update to this book will cover the release versions of 1Password 8 for Windows and macOS, plus recent updates to the mobile versions of 1Password. We tentatively expect the new version of the book to be ready in July 2022.