Easily create and enter secure passwords on all your devices!

Take Control of

Fifth Edition
Joe Kissell

Annoyed by having to type hard-to-remember passwords? Let 1Password do the heavy lifting. With coverage of 1Password for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS/iPadOS, and Android, 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.


Note: This book is significantly outdated, and requires a massive overhaul to reflect the changes in 1Password 8 across all platforms. Revisions are well underway, but have been slowed down by a series of interruptions. We hope, but do not promise, to release a new edition in December 2022. Regardless of the exact timing, the update will be free to everyone who purchases the book now. (Read more about updates).)

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.

Bundle special! Save 33% when you buy this along with Take Control of Your Passwords for just $20.

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 Saskatoon with his wife, his two children, and his cat.

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
  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
    • ​Basics
    • What’s New in the Fifth Edition
  • Introduction
  • 1Password Quick Start
  • Meet 1Password
    • Understand 1Password Versions
    • License 1Password
    • Learn About 1Password Accounts
    • Configure 1Password
    • Explore the 1Password Components
    • Learn How Logins Work
    • Find Your Usage Pattern
    • Set Up Syncing
    • Check for Updates
    • Learn What 1Password Isn’t Good For
  • Understand Password Security
    • Learn Password Security Basics
    • Understand Optimal Password Length
    • Password Dos and Don’ts
  • Use 1Password for Web Browsing
    • Create and Save Logins
    • Log In
    • Deal with Multistep Logins
    • Fill Web Forms Using Identities
    • Shop Online Securely
  • Store Other Information in 1Password
    • Standalone Passwords
    • One-Time Passwords
    • Security Questions
    • Software Licenses
    • Secure Notes
    • Documents and Attachments
    • Other Data Types
  • Search and Organize Your 1Password Items
    • Make Your Life Simpler
    • Understand the Sidebar Sections
    • Use Favorites
    • Use Tags
    • Adjust the Sort Order
    • Perform a Basic Search
    • Perform an Advanced Search
    • Use Smart Folders
    • Use Previously Generated Passwords
    • Use the Archive
    • Work with Multiple Vaults
  • Edit 1Password Items
    • Edit Saved Items
    • Work with Icons and Thumbnails
    • Update Old Passwords
    • Perform a Password Security Audit
    • Share 1Password Data
    • Import and Export Data
    • Print 1Password Data
  • Customize 1Password
    • Set Security Preferences
    • Configure Other Mac Preferences
    • Use 1Password with Other Utilities
  • Manage a Family or Team Account
    • Create a Family or Team Vault
    • Invite Users to Your Family or Team
    • Specify Permissions
    • Suspend or Revoke Vault Access
  • Use 1Password on the Go
    • iOS/iPadOS
    • Android
  • Solve Problems
    • Don’t Panic
    • Troubleshoot Common Mac Problems
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author and Publisher
    • Credits
  • Also by Joe Kissell
  • Copyright and Fine Print

Joe Kissell delves into passwords yet again on MacVoices

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.

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.

November 23, 2022—This book is significantly outdated, and requires a massive overhaul to reflect the changes in 1Password 8 across all platforms. Revisions are well underway, but have been slowed down by a series of interruptions. We hope, but do not promise, to release a new edition in December 2022. Regardless of the exact timing, the update will be free to everyone who purchases the book now. (Read more about updates.)


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