Password Managers create strong passwords that are hard to break, keep them secure so you don’t have to remember them, and make it easy to change your passwords after a while.
There are several options for managing your passwords, but for this guide we will focus on 1Password .
With 1Password, you can sync your password across your devices that use its cloud service. Dropbox or iCloud , and it works on all the major operating systems. So let’s see how to start using 1Password:
The one-time purchase is $ 65 and only works for Mac. You do not get password syncing between devices (mobile and computer) with this purchase, although you can manually sync passwords between devices with Dropbox or iCloud.
The other option is a subscription: $ 2.99 / month for personal use, or $ 5 / month for a family plan. The family plan includes up to five people. With a subscription plan, you get synchronized using the 1Password servers.
Create an Account at 1Password
- 1 Create an Account at 1Password
- 1.1 Download and configure 1Password for your PC, browser and mobile
- 1.2 Save Accounts and passwords for each site
- 1.3 Use 1Password to log in to Mobile
- 1.4 Use 1Password to audit your passwords
- 1.5 Add Personal Information to fill out the Quick Form
Once you have made your choice, go to the 1Password site and create your account . This takes a few steps, including verifying your email and downloading a special PDF file.
This PDF is important to the creation of 1Password, so don’t lose it. It includes a QR code that you need to add any app to your 1Password account and your «secret key», which is the only way to recover your 1Password account if you lose your master password.
Download and configure 1Password for your PC, browser and mobile
Now that you have decided which payment option to use, it is time to install the App.
- Download 1Password for Windows , Mac, iOS or Android .
- Log into your account.
- Click or tap Scan in account details.
- Scan the setup QR code in the PDF file you downloaded when you created your account. If you don’t have it, you can get it from the 1Password web app.
- Download the 1Password browser extension for your browser. This is how you are actually going to use 1Password most of the time.
Note: You have to do this process for each application on each operating system. Once everything is set up, you can start using 1Password.
Save Accounts and passwords for each site
Although you can manually add the accounts to 1Password, the easiest thing is to use the Internet as you normally do, and save your passwords as you connect to each new site.
In this way, the 1Password browser extensions do the work for you. It’s a pretty simple process:
- Upon arrival at the site, log in as you normally would.
- When prompted by 1Password, click Save username.
However, it is worth remembering that one of the main reasons to use a password manager is to create strong new passwords, so it is worth thinking about changing your passwords as you save them.
Similarly, when creating a new account, you can let 1Password create the password:
- Click on the 1Password icon in your browser.
- It then generates the password for you.
- Once you fill in your new password, 1Password saves it automatically.
Use 1Password to log in to Mobile
On both Android and iOS, you can copy and paste passwords from the app to your browser of choice.
Use 1Password on iPhone and iPad
IPhone users can also use an extension to log into a site directly in Safari. When you are on a page in Safari, simply press the action button – 1Password – select the login information.
Use 1Password on Android
On Android, the 1Password keyboard is used:
- Open 1Password, then tap Settings> Completing. Tap Activate keyboard.
- Now when you are on a login page in any browser, switch to the 1Password keyboard by pressing the button on the keyboard, then tap on fill in username and password to login.
Use 1Password to audit your passwords
1Password includes a security auditing feature that is worth checking out after saving all your passwords.
The audit can check for duplicate passwords, weak passwords, and even lets you know if a site where you have an account has been hacked. Click on any of these and 1Password will show you where to change your password.
In the 1Password app, click Security Audit in the sidebar. Here are some lists.
Watchtower is probably the best option. Click on Watchtower to view the accounts with vulnerability alert.
If any sites appear, you will see a red bar pop-up on the page. You can click that to get more information about the alert, or just change the password.
Add Personal Information to fill out the Quick Form
1Password can also store another large amount of information. This includes automatically filling in information on the sites, such as credit card numbers or your address, as well as secure notes to store any other personal information you want to have on hand.
Add information from forms
Click Identities in the sidebar, click Edit. You can then add your address, phone number, date of birth, and anything else. Once done, 1Password will be able to automatically fill in the data in web forms when it needs to be filled.
Save credit card information
Similarly, if you click on credit cards in the sidebar, you can add in different credit card numbers so you don’t have to type all your information every time you buy something.
You can also use 1Password to store other personal information that you may need at any given time. In the desktop app, click File> New Item to find a drop-down menu to add:
- Your driver’s license number
- Software licenses.
- Wireless passwords, and more.
This is totally optional and doesn’t really help with your password security, but it is a handy way to keep a large amount of your personal information close at hand.