1Password for Mac Tips: meet 1Password mini and its not-so-mini list of shortcuts

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What might seem like one of the smallest new features in 1Password 5 for Mac is actually one of its biggest. We completely redesigned it so you can find what you need more easily, but we also gave it a huge dose of keyboard shortcuts so you can work faster and keep important items at your fingertips.

If you want to impress friends and family and save even more time with 1Password, give these 1Password mini shortcuts1 a try:

  • Open 1Password mini: ⌥-⌘-\ (Option-Command-backslash by default)
  • Open 1Password mini’s preferences: ⌘-comma (Command-comma)
  • Select a category or item: ↑ ↓
  • Open item detail window: →
  • Close item detail window: ←
  • Copy selected field: ⏎ (Return key)
  • Copy the password value for the selected Login item: ⌘-⇧-C
  • Switch vaults: ⌘-1 through 9
  • Edit an item: ⌘-E (Command-E)
  • Save an item: ⌘-S (Command-S)
  • Anchor button (to open an item in its own window): ⌘-O (Command O as in the word “open”)
  • Reveal password field: Hold ⌥ (Option key)

Keep 1Password items on screen while you work

You can even pin 1Password items on-screen in order to reference or copy their details to other apps. Just click the Anchor button (or press ⌘-O) to open an item in a separate, free-floating window. The item detail window remains open until you click the red close button. Plus, you can anchor as many items as you like.

Naturally, there’s a bonus tip here: To close multiple anchored windows all at once, hold ⌥ when you close a window using the red button.

We hope you like these shortcuts, so let us know what you think of them and if we should add any more!

  1. Naturally, these all require that, in 1Password > Preferences > General, the setting to “Always keep 1Password mini running” is enabled.

About iCloud changes in 1Password 5

iCloud borderless iconOne of the big changes in 1Password 5 for Mac and iOS is a brand new iCloud sync engine. This change is a huge, order-of-magnitude-improvement over what we had in 1Password 4, but it came at a cost. I would like to explain how we arrived at this decision.

Mac App Store and AgileBits Web Store

There are two versions of 1Password for Mac. One is available on the Mac App Store and the other is in our own AgileBits Store. For the most part, these two versions are identical. One major difference is that Mac App Store version of 1Password is sandboxed to satisfy the store requirements. Another big difference is the access to iCloud features. Starting with 1Password 5, only apps downloaded from iOS or Mac App Stores have access to iCloud.

Hey Siri, define “iCloud”

“iCloud” is a name that covers many different services and technologies. This umbrella name makes it difficult to talk about iCloud.

For Mac and iOS users, iCloud could mean:

  • Services that keep track of your iTunes Movies and Music purchases
  • Services that keep your application data and iPhone backups
  • iCloud.com
  • And more: apple.com/icloud

For developers, iCloud could mean:

  • a low-level API that is used to read and write files to the local iCloud container folders
  • a document-based API that is used to store documents for apps like TextEdit or Preview
  • an API for apps using Core Data framework
  • new CloudKit API
  • More information is here: developer.apple.com/icloud/index.html

1Password 4 was using the low-level API tied to the local iCloud container folder. It is similar for both Mac App Store and iOS apps. Because the local container folder was available to all apps on Mac, our Web Store version of 1Password could also use iCloud for syncing.

History

Here is a short history of iCloud and 1Password:

  • 2011: iCloud introduced in iOS 5
  • 2012: iOS includes many fixes and new APIs in iCloud. 1Password 4 for iOS 6 (finally!) adds support for iCloud
  • 2013: 1Password 4 for Mac is out with iCloud support
  • 2014: iCloud gets completely re-implemented and reintroduced as CloudKit and iCloud Drive.
  • One-time migration of user data is performed when upgrading to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. 1Password 5 for Mac and iOS now use CloudKit

1Password 4 and iCloud

From the developer’s perspective, the original iCloud was pure magic. To sync with iCloud, the “only” thing that the app had to do was to save its files into a special folder and the operating system took care of the rest. The files were magically transferred between all computers and devices.

When the magic worked it was great. When it didn’t, it could be frustrating because there was no way to tell why.

Over time, after dealing with the problems we “learned” and made defensive changes in the app. For example, after initially syncing to iCloud, 1Password would show a message that the data will be available on other devices “in a few minutes”, even though we had no way to tell when it would actually happen. If you were setting up a new device and downloading a lot of data, it would take hours for your 1Password data to appear.

1Password was not the only app affected by iCloud issues:

There is no doubt that these issues triggered a major change in iCloud and the introduction of iCloud Drive and CloudKit. Unfortunately, it seems that iCloud Drive might have inherited some of the issues.

CloudKit

In 2014, Apple announced CloudKit, available exclusively to apps in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. It is a simple and elegant network API that allows apps to store data remotely on Apple servers. The biggest difference from iCloud is that there is no magic. Instead of writing the files locally and then waiting for them to magically appear on other devices, the app simply makes a request to update its data on the server. It does require developers to write more code, but the end result is a hundred times better.

CloudKit is very fast, efficient, and makes it easy to detect and troubleshoot errors. CloudKit is predictable. 1Password now knows if the item was successfully updated on the server and is available to other devices. If the operation fails, the app now gets a detailed error message explaining why it happened, be it a network error, a downed server, no space available, or the user was rate-limited.

We don’t have to guess when something goes wrong anymore, and we no longer have to tell our users to perform a set of magic steps hoping that some of them would trigger iCloud to work. CloudKit solved the problems we had with the old iCloud.

Other advantages of CloudKit include:

  • CloudKit stores data as records instead of files. It allows apps to perform partial record fetches and updates that make syncing more efficient and do not force dowloading or uploading an entire file.
  • Remote CloudKit database supports queries that allow 1Password perform syncing faster compared to scanning a directory of files.
  • CloudKit supports “server change tokens”. They are used by 1Password to quickly test for changes made on other devices.
  • 1Password on both Mac and iOS uses CloudKit Remote Push Notifications to perform syncing almost instantly when a change made on a remote device or Mac.
  • CloudKit provides a special record asset type (CKAsset) that is used to sync large attachments.

All these features made a huge difference. We tested CloudKit integration in early betas of 1Password 5 and we immediately became very excited about it. After using CloudKit in the beta for several weeks, we decided it is the best way for 1Password to support iCloud sync.

Conclusion

I hope this explains why we made a decision to switch to CloudKit. The performance and reliability of CloudKit, combined with issues of the old iCloud sync, made it impossible for us to not use CloudKit in 1Password 5.

1Password 5 for Mac is here

What’s a major OS X release without a major 1Password update? I don’t know, but we would rather not find out. That’s why you can now get 1Password 5 for Mac in the Mac App Store and our web store!

First-class Yosemite citizen

It was only a year ago that we released 1Password 4, and 1Password 5 for Mac ensures we’re ready for the next major chapter of OS X. We completely redesigned 1Password to be a first-class OS X Yosemite citizen—in fact, it requires Yosemite now—right down to compatibility with its new Dark Mode; if you enable it, be sure to check out 1Password mini in the menu bar!

1Password mini also got its own major upgrade. Besides Dark Mode, we redesigned it to be faster and more intuitive so you can fly through menus, anchor an item in its own window with a shortcut, and more. Plus, if you trigger 1Password mini with the system-wide shortcut (⌘-⌥-\ by default), it now conveniently appears in the center of your display.

Go for an iCloud Drive

If you want to use iCloud to sync with 1Password 5 for iOS, I am thrilled to say Apple’s next-gen sync is now available in 1Password 5 for Mac. iCloud sync also now requires the Mac App Store version.

The new iCloud sync is a really big deal. It’s faster and just plain better in every way, and you simply need to upgrade to iCloud Drive on all your Apple devices to sync 1Password 5 (note: we do not store your data in iCloud Drive. We use CloudKit, its underlying technology, for sync). That means you’ll need to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite all the things. For more details and a guide to making the transition, please check out our iCloud FAQ support document.

Wi-Fi Sync your attachments

Using Wi-Fi Sync to keep your data close to home? As long as you’re using the new 1Password 5 for Mac and iOS, I am delighted to say your attachments will now sync as well.

Upgrades and sales, oh my!

We’re so excited about 1Password 5 for Mac that we want all our v4 customers to have it for free! But what about people who have yet to buy a 1Password License of Awesomeness? No, we don’t actually call it that. But we should.

We want to help you out too, so we’re throwing a 30-percent-off launch sale! That means you can get secure and save a ton of time online for just $35!

How long does the sale run? We don’t know yet. Does it matter? Nope! Grab your 1Password License of Awesomeness now (see? it sounds great), start creating strong, unique passwords for all your accounts, and up your security.

Up your 1Password-fu with keyboard shortcuts

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I don’t know about you, but constantly typing my login details is not my favourite part about visiting websites, and digging for my credit cards, then typing all those details takes all the fun out of shopping.

Fortunately, 1Password and some handy keyboard shortcuts are happy to save you a ton of time with all these less-than-thrilling parts of being online, so you can spend more time on the stuff that matters.

1Password’s bread ‘n butter

One of our best, long-standing shortcuts is Command-\ (for PC users, Command = Control). This game-changer instantly fills and submits your Login for the current page, so you get in and get going with a single shortcut. If you have more than one Login for the page, a 1Password menu will list them all so you can arrow up and down, then hit Return on the one you need.

Of course, many standard computing shortcuts work for 1Password, too: Command-N will create a new item for you, Command-E will edit an existing item, and Command-S will save the edits.

Fill forms with the 1Password menu

“Password” might be in the app’s name, but 1Password also fills things like registration forms and shopping carts. First, you’ll want to open the main 1Password app and create a couple Identities and Credit Card items.

Then, on a page with a form you want to fill, press Command-Option-\ (Control-Alt-\ on PC) to display the 1Password menu. There you can arrow to the Identities or Credit Cards section, arrow right to find the item you need, and hit Return to sign up for a new service or checkout online faster than you can say “Siri, remind me to review our monthly budget.”

Switch vaults (Mac)

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switching vaults

We introduced Multiple Vaults in 1Password 4 for Mac, allowing you to securely share and sync items with a team at work, your family members, and monthly D&D squad.

Each vault gets a numbered keyboard shortcut. To switch between them, open the 1Password app or 1Password mini’s menu in your browser and use Command-2 for your second vault, Command-3 for the next, etc. Command-1 is always your primary, personal vault.

Lock 1Password

Control-Option-Command-L on your Mac or Control-L on your PC will lock 1Password and keep it safe from any prying eyes.

Copy an item’s password

Command-Shift-C on your Mac in 1Password or 1Password mini, Control-Shift-C on your PC in 1Password, to copy the password for the selected item.

Reveal a password

If you’re a cautious sort and prefer to keep your passwords safely obscured behind dots, simply hold down the Option key on your Mac, or Control-R on your PC to sneak a peek at the password.

The whole enchilada

Find the full list of keyboard shortcuts for 1Password 4 for Mac here and 1Password 4 for Windows here.

Our 1Password Watchtower service is now looking out for you, right in 1Password for Mac

1Password WatchtowerEarlier this month, we introduced our new Watchtower service on the web. In its initial version, Watchtower checks whether a website is (or ever was) vulnerable to the internet’s nasty Heartbleed security bug, then tells you whether it’s safe to update your password.

Now we’ve taken the next major step and made it much easier to stay secure online, as Watchtower can now check all your Logins at once, right inside 1Password for Mac.

1Password 4.4 for Mac is now available to website and Mac App Store customers, and it has Watchtower built right in. Watchtower is a free service, and once you enable it (either under Security Audit or Preferences), Watchtower will alert you if a website is found to be at risk.

Like Captain Picard sounding the call to battle stations, 1Password will display a red alert at the top of any affected Logins (see this post’s gallery for examples). Click the alert to learn more about what’s going on and when it is necessary and safe to update your password.

Watchtower in Security Audit

Watchtower in Security Audit

Watchtower is a new component of 1Password’s popular Security Audit feature, which shows you items with weak passwords, duplicate passwords, and other handy info to help you decide which Logins to update.

Now built into 1Password, Watchtower lists all vulnerable Logins in a single place and even sorts them by status, such as “Avoid”—for sites that have not yet patched their vulnerability—and “Change Password” for sites that have updated and it is now safe (and prudent) to change your passwords.

How it works

The Watchtower service is off by default. Once users enable it, 1Password will check daily for new website vulnerability information. Your website information is never transmitted to us. 1Password simply downloads this information and checks it locally against your Logins.

Now available

1Password 4.4 for Mac is now available as a free update to existing website and Mac App Store customers, and we have plans to add it to 1Password for Windows. Our new Watchtower service is a major step for 1Password and making you more secure on the web. We’d love for you to give it a try and let us know what you think on Twitter, Facebook, and in our forums!

1Password 4.3 for Mac: The full release notes

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Last week Tuesday we released 1Password 4.3 for Mac and 1Password 4.5 for iOS, updates that were both so large that I figured I’d skip listing their full release notes for fear of making you scroll your morning and afternoon away. But we had enough requests to see the full release notes here on the blog, so I am happy to deliver!

What follows is every last big feature and little improvement that make 1Password 4.3 for Mac so fantastic.

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1Password 4.5 for iOS and 4.3 for Mac are out and on Launch Celebration Sale!

One could say we’ve been busy these last couple of months, but that would only be the half of it. We have two great releases today that are packed with so much stuff, we had to cut down on our What’s New text just to fit it within the App Store requirements.

1Password 4.5 for iOS

1Password 4 for iOS iconCompletely redesigned. Multiple Vaults and Sharing. AirDrop. Search always where you need it. A unified AutoFill tool in 1Browser. This is our biggest free update for iOS ever and you can get the full details on why in the App Store.

Plus, all versions of 1Password are 50% off through the 4/26-27 weekend for our Launch Celebration Sale! Pick up 1Password for iOS now for just $8.99!

1Password 4.3 for Mac

1Password 4 for Mac icon1Password mini can now search everything, use a healthy dose of keyboard shortcuts, and show your Secure Notes. Go full screen. Sync your data file on a USB drive. Mac App Store customers also get all the great stuff from our 4.2 web release, like AutoSave updating existing Login items when you change passwords (that’s a big one!), editing items right in 1Password mini, and more.

Check out the full details in our changelog or on the Mac App Store, and don’t miss the Launch Celebration Sale here too. Through April 27, pick up 1Password for Mac in our web store or the Mac App Store for just $24.99!

The 1Password at Macworld/iWorld 2014 megastravaganza post!

MW iW 2014 pre-conf team

We’re in San Francisco for Macworld/iWorld 2014—and for you! We love hearing from our customers, and we have booth #39 in the Appalooza so we can hear from you in person this week! We’ve spent the day getting the booth ready and tracking down that one thing we need to make it all work. Now we’re just excited to get the show on the road.

Swing by anytime Thursday, Friday, or Saturday during the conference to say hi. Bring a friend if you like! In fact, we’re bringing a friend on Friday from 11am-12pm—Joe Kissell, he of the Take Control of 1Password book.

Our co-founder Dave Teare is also going to be on the Main Stage Thursday, March 27 in Mac Gems: Meet the Developers. He’ll join Jennifer Bell of Prosoft Engineering, John Chaffee of BusyMac, and Greg Scown of Smile to talk everything from ‘where do the great ideas come from?’ to ‘the risks and rewards of the Mac App Store and developing software in general’. Be sure to catch the panel and learn from some of the best in the Apple community.

Last but not least, 1Password 4 for Mac (and Windows!) is 50 percent off to celebrate Macworld/iWorld! You can get the sale price in our web store and in the Mac App Store, so it’s up to you!

Whether you pick up 1Password on sale or not, be sure to swing by our booth at the conference to say hi!

1Password for Mac Tips: How to update your passwords

1P4 Mac update Login

In every password’s life, there comes a time to get changed. Maybe it was never a very good password to begin with, maybe you were a victim of password reuse, or maybe you were among the 200 million accounts stolen in the recent Adobe and Sony breaches.

Fact is: every password dies, not every password really lives.

When it’s time to change a password, the latest versions of our browser extension and 1Password 4 for Mac make it really, really easy. Give this a shot:

  • Use the extension to log into your service of choice
  • Go to the password reset page, it’s usually in Settings or Options somewhere
  • (Optional) If your current password is required, click our extension and mouse to the right of the Login you want to update. Your details will appear in a menu to the right. Mouseover your password and click to copy it to your clipboard, then paste it into the Current Password field in the webpage (keyboard shortcut fans will be happy to know you can do all this with arrows keys and Return to copy the password)
  • Click our browser extension and go to the Password Generator to get a unique, super strong new password. Customize any details you like (such as length or special characters), then click Fill to automatically fill it into the New Password fields on the page
  • Click the Save button in the password reset form, and the 1Password extension will offer to update your existing Login, much like that glorious window you see above. If you have multiple Logins for the current site, be sure to pick the right one to update

Click Update in that window, and your new password is now saved for your existing Login! But wait, there’s more, and you can see it if you click that little details arrow next to the Login name:

1P4 Mac update Login extra details

If you make use of 1Password’s tags and folders (you should, they’re really handy!), you can add tags and file this updated Login into an existing folder, all right from the extension. Plus, if you give 1Password 4 for Mac’s new Security Audit feature a whirl, you can get a good idea of which passwords you might want to update first. Super cool?

Very super cool.

[Update - sale has ended, thanks everyone!] App Santa brings you 1Password and other great indie iOS apps at up to 60% off!

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Update – App Santa has packed it up for the season, so the sale has ended! Thanks everyone!

Our elf friends at Readdle, Contrast, and nearly a dozen other shops have been busy this holiday season, and we’ve put together the best present yet! Some of the most popular, useful, and just plain super iPhone and iPad apps, including 1Password for iOS, are up to 60% off!

1Password is just $9.99. Realmac Software’s beautifully simple to-do app Clear+ is just $1.99. One of my personal favorites, Bloom Built’s Day One journal/diary is only $2.99. App Santa has 15 apps in his sack this year, so whether they’re for yourself or friends or family, check out AppSanta.co for awesome deals on some of the best indie apps that could ever grace an iPhone or iPad.

If you’re looking for something password-y on the Mac for yourself or as a gift, we’re also celebrating two recent major awards with a 30%-off sale on 1Password for Mac!