Introducing the 1Password Watchtower service for Heartbleed and beyond

When news of the internet’s Heartbleed bug broke last week, we published what we knew about it and the implications for 1Password and 1Password users. To recap: 1Password is not affected by Heartbleed, but there are steps you need to take to protect your passwords from sites that may have been affected. Today, we’re introducing a […]

Heartbleed: Imagine no SSL encryption, it’s scary if you try

A major flaw has been found in the software websites use to encrypt much of our secure communications. 1Password is not affected, but there are some things to be aware of while going just about anywhere on the web right now.

Your Master Password is your defense from Dropbox breaches, real and imagined

Rumors of a Dropbox data breach spread this weekend, a breach that ultimately turned out to be false. But even in instances of false alarms, it is useful to remind 1Password users that their 1Password data cannot be decrypted without the Master Password. So let me take this opportunity to remind everyone that your 1Password data […]

The NSA can do what to my iPhone?

After Der Spiegel, along with Jakob Appelbaum at the 30th meeting of the Chaos Computer Club, published an astonishing trove of documents revealing a great deal of the extent of their penetration of the network and capabilities to install spying mechanisms into individuals’ computers and devices, one of the least significant documents is getting the most […]

Time to give 1Password 4 for Mac’s Security Audit a whirl

It was bound to happen eventually. A massive Adobe data theft of 130 million customer names, emails, encrypted passwords, source code, and more will enable almost limitless password reuse attacks in the coming weeks. Suppose you are one of the 130 million people who’s oddly encrypted passwords were among the Adobe password breach. Suppose that […]

1Password and The Crypto Wars

Of all of the revelations about the NSA that began in June and continue to this day, the one that has shocked me the most is the fact that the United States National Security Agency has been deliberately inserting weaknesses into security products and even into NIST standards. In light of this, it is fit […]

How long should my passwords be?

“How long should my passwords be?” A question like this depends on what kinds of password we’re talking about. The requirements for your 1Password Master Password, which you need to be able to remember and type, are very different from passwords you generate using the Strong Password Generator, which you never even have to look […]

On the NSA, PRISM, and what it means for your 1Password data

It should come as no surprise that the NSA (United States National Security Agency) has easy access to data that ordinary people store online. Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act (of 2001) and section 702 of FISA (renewed and extended many times over its long history) give the US government the legal authority to gather […]

The top 6 worst passwords from the Star Trek universe [Updated]

You would think that, once we master space exploration and how to replicate the perfect cup of Earl Grey, everyone in the future according to Star Trek would understand the necessity for unique, strong passwords. Unfortunately, you would be wrong. And no, as we’ll see later, biometrics (like voice authentication) don’t seem to help. As […]

Guess why we’re moving to 256-bit AES keys

1Password is moving to using 256-bit AES keys instead of 128-bit keys. We already started this within the browser extensions in the summer of 2011, and the new Cloud Keychain Format also uses 256-bit keys. Why do you think we are making this move? If your answer is because AES 256 is stronger than AES […]