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Take Control of 1Password

Assemble All the Pieces of a Secure Password Strategy

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Jan 28, 2018

Take Control of 1Password, Third 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 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 6 for the Mac, but it also provides details and directions for the iOS, Windows, 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?

Note: Now that 1Password 7 is available on all platforms and iOS 12 is shipping, we plan to release a free update to this book to cover all those changes—hopefully by the end of September 2018 (or if not, then shortly thereafter).

What's New

What’s New in the Third Edition

In the more than one year since the last version of this book, AgileBits has been hard at work on 1Password—adding features, changing the user interface, and bringing various platforms more closely into alignment. In particular, version 6 for Windows is much different from what I described in the previous version of this book, but 1Password for macOS, iOS, and Android have also changed in numerous ways. In addition, AgileBits has made 1Password accounts the primary way to both license 1Password and sync data, and the service’s user interface has undergone quite a few changes.

As a result, this book required hundreds of changes, and although many of them are quite small, this edition also includes the following larger changes:

  • Gave much greater emphasis to 1Password accounts, since they are now the preferred way of both licensing the app and syncing data (though coverage of standalone licenses and local vaults remains)

  • Throughout the book, extensively revised coverage of 1Password 6 for Windows, which has changed more dramatically since the previous edition of this book than 1Password on any other platform (though coverage of 1Password 4 for Windows remains)

  • Added mentions of Travel Mode and the new 1Password X standalone browser extension for Chrome

  • Added a sidebar on the command-line version of 1Password

  • Included discussions of various features that have been added since the last edition of the book, such as automatically copying a one-time password to the clipboard after filling in credentials on a web form

  • Removed outdated or redundant instructions from several parts of the book, especially for aspects of using 1Password accounts that are adequately detailed in the 1Password app itself or on the 1Password website

  • Updated the instructions for the mobile versions of 1Password, especially the iOS version, to reflect current features and interface—including Face ID on the iPhone X

Update Plans

October 3, 2018 — Now that 1Password 7 is available on all platforms and iOS 12 is shipping, we plan to release a free update to this book to cover all those changes—hopefully by mid-October.

Posted by Joe Kissell

  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 Joe Kissell (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.

    Posted by Joe Kissell (Permalink)

The Author

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