Here's to five years of 1Password

Know what happened on this day in history? Sure, Smart introduced the US to its new car, the Soviet Union got on board with banning nukes from outer space, and Pete Townshend wrote the anthem of a generation. Oh yeah, and it’s the tenth anniversary of Apple’s first retail store.

It’s also the day that Roustem Karimov and Dave Teare, co-founders of AgileBits, released the first beta of 1Password to the world.

Yep, on May 19, 2006, version 0.8 of 1Password became the first that Mac users had the pleasure of experiencing (a public beta, of course). Back then, we were still called Agile Web Solutions, and 1Password was missing a couple letters from its name. I remember discovering “1Passwd” when I wrote for TUAW and immediately becoming enamored with it.

1Password has come a long way in five years. It’s kept pace with new browsers and Mac OS X releases, gained a bunch of great new features from Secure Notes to Dropbox syncing and 1PasswordAnywhere, and it even gained a Windows version! It also picked up those missing letters and, more recently, we changed our name to AgileBits.

This is also probably a good time to mention that I’m back! I joined the company in 2009, got tempted away by Macworld in 2010, and have since returned to my senses. Fortunately, Roustem, Dave, Nik, and my other friends at AgileBits were in a generous mood, so I was able to return and don a few different Agile hats, including the Agile Blog.

But back to the app of the hour: 1Password. It’s become the password and identity manager to have, and we owe it all to you. As we toast to five years of our flagship product, we also toast you, our fantastic customers, for making it happen.

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