On 1Password and iCloud

Just in case this is the first blog post you’ve checked since swearing off reading tech news for the past ten months or so: this is a pretty massive week for new Apple goodies (also: thanks for making this the first post you’ve read in almost a year!). Yesterday, Apple released iOS 5 and its many fantastic new features to the world, as well as a bunch of new apps like Find My Friends, AirPort Utility for iOS, and Cards. Tomorrow, the iPhone 4S becomes available, and Apple’s new service that ties it all together—iCloud—offers some great potential to third-party apps like 1Password.

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Naturally, we’re getting a lot of questions about whether we will offer iCloud as a sync option in 1Password for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android, either as a replacement or an alternative to our current preferred sync service, Dropbox.

What I can say so far is that we’re just as excited about iCloud as you are, and we’re definitely looking into what it can do for 1Password and you. Fortunately, you can actually enjoy one of iCloud’s perks if you upgraded your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to iOS 5 and created an iCloud account: automatic, once-a-day, over-the-air backup and restore of all your iOS app data, which includes 1Password for iOS. Go to Settings > iCloud to learn more and configure.

Without us having to do anything, iOS 5 can at least wirelessly backup your 1Password data, and let you restore that data should you ever need to wipe your device or replace it with a new one. So really, the million dollar question is whether iCloud can function as a great solution for syncing 1Password data between computers and devices.

We don’t want to say anything more about iCloud right now or whether it will turn out to be the great sync solution we know 1Password customers demand. But rest assured, we’re definitely looking into it. As soon as we have more to say, you’ll hear about it here, on our @1Password and @AgileBits accounts, and on our 1Password Facebook page.

Retrospective: One month of Lion and 1Password

It’s been just over a month since Apple released OS X Lion and quite literally reversed the definitions of “up” and “down”. At least when it comes to scrolling. And only if you don’t go to System Preferences > Trackpad/Mouse and disable “Natural Scrolling”. But I digress.

Time flies when you’re fervently updating 1Password and releasing all-new browser extensions for such massive releases as Safari 5.1, Firefox 6.0, and Chrome 143.28.852, or whatever version they’re up to today. In fact, when I tally everything up, we’ve released over 40 updates in the past five weeks across our Mac, Windows, Safari, Firefox, and Chrome editions of 1Password—and that doesn’t even include beta releases for testing! But that long list of updates *does* include a completely redesigned extension interface and a lot of improvements, changes, nips, tucks, and bug fixes—all thanks to your awesome feedback in our forum.

Big transitions like new OS X releases—especially one like Lion which made so many major changes to both over- and under-the-hood technologies—and Firefox 6 are never easy, and we know 1Password has had a bumpy ride over the last month. I want to thank you all for your great feedback in our forum and here on the blog, as well as your patience as we fix bugs and polish 1Password to be a great Lion and cross-browser citizen.

Moving forward, we have a lot of great stuff in store. Our top priorities are polishing the new extension for all platforms (including getting it ready for Windows browsers!), improving the Firefox 6 experience, and bringing the extension to Chrome. Of course, we have a couple other buns in the oven, but we’re not quite ready to get the butter out of the fridge, if you follow my meaning. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

Thanks again for being the best customers a small software shop could ask for. We’ll keep the 1Password updates coming, and we can’t wait to hear from you in our forum.

1Password 1.0.6 for Windows gets Firefox 5, System Tray support

We updated 1Password for Mac to support Firefox 5 and some other odds and ends, and now we’re back with a new Windows release!

1Password 1.0.6 for Windows brings a handful of handy new perks, and you can check out the full details of this release (and all previous versions) in our 1Password for Windows release notes. But if you’re the cliff notes type, let’s hit the highlights:

  • Firefox 5 support – Mozilla released the latest and greatest version of its browser this week, and 1Password for Windows is now ready for it
  • Chrome 13 support – Chrome 13 is currently in Google’s development/beta channel, but we’re able to support it now on Windows with this update
  • New “Close 1Password to System Tray” setting – Want 1Password to never be more than a System Tray click away? You got it
  • Lots of other changes – We now support Dropbox’s new configuration that is coming in version 1.2.x, we switched to a standard .ZIP format for backups, and we squashed plenty of bugs

This update is available now from our site or from 1Password’s Help > Check for Updates option. Enjoy!

1Password for Windows is out, bundle licenses available!

Thanks to some hard work by our developers and a lot of feedback from our awesome beta testers, 1Password for Windows is officially ready to go! You can download it and try it out right now!

Licenses for 1Password for Windows are available individually for US$39.95, and we’ve got a special introductory deal today that will save you $5.

We also know that some of our Windows users will want to use 1Password on both their Mac and their PC, so we’ve got a bundled license deal for you, too. Choose the 1Password Mac + Windows Bundle on the Agile Store and get both licenses for US$59.95, or pick up a 5-user family license for US$99.95! That will save you $20 or more on the combination!

If you already own 1Password for Mac, take advantage of the $5 discount above and get running on both platforms!

Windows Chrome users get some 1Password love, too!

We recently let our Mac users know about the amazing new extension for Chrome on OS X, but we didn’t want our Windows users to feel left out, so… we’re pleased to announce 1Password support for Chrome on Windows!

1Password in Chrome on Windows 7

Download the latest beta of 1Password for Windows and open the preferences (CTRL-P). You’ll find a checkbox for Chrome under the Browsers tab. Check it and click “OK” at the bottom, and your Chrome extension will be installed!

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Enjoy!

An update on 1Password for Windows

1Password for Windows beta

Development of 1Password for Windows is coming along wonderfully. Windows users should be sure to check out the current beta, and we’d love to hear feedback and suggestions in the forums!

We’re offering “early bird” pricing for people who buy a license during the beta period:

  • A single License is only US$19.95 (50% off)
  • A Family License (5 users) is just US$29.95 (57% off)

Download a free copy of the beta today, take it for a spin, and—if it’s as indispensable to you as it is to many of our users—grab a license soon to save more than half the full price!

Dropbox syncing is fully functional, so if you have a Dropbox account set up on a Mac or other Windows computer, you can immediately start syncing your data across multiple machines, as well as to your iPhone or Android running the 1Password for Android beta. You can find instructions for setting up and configuring 1Password with Dropbox here.

1Password for Windows beta

1Password for Windows is available on the downloads page!

1Password protects you from the latest phishing tricks.

Warning: ThiefYou may have heard about the latest scare in phishing attacks: “tabnabbing.” As explained over at TidBITS, tabnabbing changes your tabs while they’re in the background to simulate logins on sites such as GMail or PayPal, even changing the “favicon” in the tab to make it look authentic. You switch back to your tab and, without much consideration, enter your username and password. Poof, your information is sent to the devious hacker who’s been waiting for unsuspecting victims. It’s especially insidious because the link seems completely innocuous to begin with, and offers no sign of being a phishing attack. Fortunately, 1Password protects you here, too.

1Password bases its automatic login selections on the domain of the site you’re logging into. A tabnabbing site can change everything except the URL, so 1Password automatically knows you’re not really on GMail or PayPal (or any spoofed site). Just like in other phishing situations, 1Password offers a fool-proof strategy: if the URL is legitimate, it will match your login information and let you in with ease, but with any non-legitimate URL (which all phishing scams will have), the match won’t be made and you’ll stay protected.

There’s another tricky deception floating around right now: using non-latin characters to build URLs that look exactly like the real thing, but are completely different (and generally dangerous) sites. Correction: This little scare has been thoroughly debunked (see comments here), sorry for unnecessary worry we may have caused. Don’t worry, though, 1Password has this covered, too, using the same technique mentioned above. The URLs may look the same to the eye, but they won’t match up to 1Password.

1Password doesn’t just store your passwords securely, it offers a first line of defense against online attacks. To sum it all up, if you let 1Password handle your logins, you can worry a lot less about your online security!

1Password website updates

We don’t announce every change we make to the website but Dan has created some fantastic new pages that we just had to share!

Originally 1Password only supported Mac OS X so all our links went straight to the 1Password for Mac homepage. Now that we have all these iDevices and Windows editions floating around we needed a general landing page to let users choose their platform. Dan dug deep and hit the mark with deadly precision:

You can test it out for yourself here: 1Password Overview page.

Dan’s also been busy adding new homepages for iPad and Windows. Here’s the 1Password for Windows homepage:

and the new 1Password for iPad homepage that inspired the whole redesign:

Personally I love the subtle addition of the third level navbar on the Windows homepage the most. It feels natural, is not overpowering, and gives us a lot more flexibility for the additional pages we need to add. Dan’s currently putting the finishing touches on carrying this new feature to the iPhone/iPod touch and Mac homepages.

Dan also has a cool new Features page and some updates to the Agile home page. We’ll post some screenshots of these soon.