On iOS 8, App Extensions, OS X Yosemite, and 1Password

iOS 8 App Extensions iconHonestly, we’d like to exclaim from atop Yosemite’s cliffs about our excitement for the other Yosemite, iOS 8, and all the incredible things Apple announced during WWDC 2014′s opening keynote.

But the great news is we’re actually here, in San Francisco, to learn first-hand about all this amazing new stuff straight from Apple (though the not-so-great news is we’ll have to hold off on the road trip)! If you’re in the area and see us around, we love to meet fellow developers and our amazing customers—be sure to say hi!

iOS 8 App Extensions, Touch ID opening up, and what this all could mean for 1Password

By now you may have heard about App Extensions, one of the many, many new features Apple announced is coming to iOS 8 in the fall. In short, App Extensions allow third-party apps to plug into other apps, including Apple’s own.

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Combine that with Apple’s announcement that Touch ID is also opening up to third-party developers, and you can see why we were doing Snoopy dances in our keynote seats. Then pile on other great new stuff like user-installable keyboards, OS-wide support for third-party cloud storage, Spotlight improvements, and… well, you can see we have a lot of dancing to do. Then, we have a lot of research and testing to do.

This all is incredibly exciting, and we are looking into the delectable possibilities these features might be able to unlock for 1Password. Might.

Right now, we have nothing to announce since we learned of all this awesomeness at the same time as you. We still need to explore the actual capabilities of these features and whether we can even use them.

As soon as we can say more about whether iOS 8′s HomeKit features will let 1Password turn off your lights and lock your front door along with your vault, we’ll exclaim it from atop our blog here, Twitter, Facebook, and our newsletter!

Password reuse lands Find My iPhone users in expensive hot water

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There are plenty of examples as to why friends shouldn’t let friends reuse passwords, but some users of Apple’s Find my iPhone have become the latest omen of why this practice is so dangerous.

On Tuesday, May 27, The Verge reported that Apple’s Find my iPhone feature was being used to lock devices for ransom. Some people found their Mac or iPhone locked—a legitimate feature of Find my iPhone—with a message of “Device hacked by Oleg Pliss” and a demand of $50 to unlock it.

At first it wasn’t clear how the malicious hacker(s) were able to compromise these devices, but today Apple stated that it wasn’t through an iCloud flaw. The most likely culprit, then, would be password reuse. Thanks to all the recent major breaches at some of the internet’s largest companies, including eBay, Adobe, and Yahoo, the hackers probably had plenty of material to rummage through.

Let this be yet another unfortunate and pricey lesson about reusing passwords. Don’t do it. Don’t let your friends and family do it. Send them these stories and get 1Password to effortlessly create strong, unique passwords for all your accounts.

1Password button 4.2: The Greatly Improved Edition is out!

OPb new 2014We just pushed an update to our current browser button that’s so big, I’m calling it The Greatly Improved Edition. 1Password 4 for Mac and Windows 4.0 beta testers can check to make sure their auto-update features are locked in their upright positions and take the new button out for a spin now.

You can read the full release notes after the break below, but the gist of this release is that everything about the 1Password button is Improved: filling your username and password where they’re supposed to go, dealing with fancy hidden login forms, filling credit card details, and just a whole bunch of button-fillingy stuff. Oh, and Identities now fill in birthdays.

By the time you finished reading this, Mac v4 users and Windows v4 testers should already have the update, but you can always check your extension settings to make sure. Enjoy the 1Password button Greatly Improved Edition and let us know what you think in our forum!

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1Password 4 for Android is coming [UPDATE: It's here!]

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We’ve been busy. Not just busy—busy. A while ago we decided that we could rebuild 1Password Reader for Android. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the greatest 1Password for Android the world has ever seen. We then set out to do it.

Now it’s done.

1Password 4 for Android arrives on Tuesday, June 10. It is an entirely new and full-featured app, built for both phones and tablets!

It is also an experiment. All new features will be unlocked and free for everyone to use through August 1, 2014. After that, 1Password 4 for Android will go into a reader mode, and all features can be unlocked for an in-app purchase.

To be among the first to get the whole kit-n-kaboodle about the all-new 1Password 4 for Android, subscribe to our newsletter below (and be sure to respond to the confirmation email!). Press folks who want to give it a look, get in touch with me directly or via the bottom of our Press Room.

 

We’d like to thank our existing Android users and all 1Password customers for all the enthusiasm over the past year. We can’t wait to show you the incredible new 1Password 4 for Android.

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Apps that Love 1Password: SOLARO – Study help for Common Core

solaro_app_icon_roundedThe Apps that Love 1Password page has broken into education with the addition of SOLARO, a comprehensive study guide and service for Common Core K-12 classes!

SOLARO packs content for over 1,500 classes across English language arts, mathematics from 3rd to 12th Grade, and science for all 50 states in the U.S. and some Canadian provinces. It offers things like topic-level practice tests, section-level quizzes, flashcards, study notes, and more, and now students can login much more easily with SOLARO’s new 1Password for iOS support!

In SOLARO’s latest update, a new 1Password button in the login screen will automatically search 1Password for your SOLARO Login. You simply need to unlock with your Master Password, swipe right on the SOLARO item for the Copy button, copy, then double-tap the Home button to switch back, paste, and get to learning.

Thanks to SOLARO, we’re thrilled students have an easier way to stay secure while staying on top of their studies. You can get SOLARO in the App Store.

Take Control of 1Password ebook updated for our new Watchtower service

Take Control 1P 1-2By now you’ve probably heard of 1Password Watchtower, our new service that warns and informs you when websites of your Logins have been compromised. Watchtower has been a huge hit with our Mac customers and is coming soon to Windows, and now you can learn more about it in the latest update to Take Control of 1Password, the comprehensive ebook by Joe Kissell.

This latest free update to the book—version 1.2.1 for those keeping track at home—adds a new section in “Perform a Password Security Audit” that explains what 1Password Watchtower is and does, and how to make it part of your security regimen. Honestly, that whole section is perfect to review and re-review for both current and new book owners alike, as it walks through some of 1Password’s most useful and effective tools under Security Audit.

Take Control of 1Password v1.2.1 is now available. Current owners can sign into their Take Control Ebooks account to grab the latest edition, or you can pick up your copy for just $10.

1Password makes cameo in Silicon Valley

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No, we haven’t moved our new office to San Francisco, CA. But 1Password did make a brief appearance in HBO’s Silicon Valley comedy this week, episode “Third Party Insourcing.” Those entrepreneurs may be struggling with the trials and tribulations of… being entrepreneurial, but at least they don’t have to struggle with strong passwords.

[thanks for the heads up, Luca Zorzi!]

1Password in the news

newsWe are constantly amazed by all the great things people write and create about 1Password, whether it’s a review of our latest iOS update, a fan-made “1Password Emergency Kit”  for friends and family, or even just fun Twitter conversations that lead to craziness like this.

We want to give a proper shout out to this good stuff here on the Agile Blog, so I will occasionally round it up starting… now.

Honorable mention: Mike Vardy’s 1Password Emergency Kit v2.0. Mike released this latest update to his kit last fall, but it really does deserve another mention. Having this in place in case something happens to you is just smart planning, for both you and your loved ones.

AgileBits’ Roustem Karimov to speak this week at NSNorth in Ottawa, Canada

NSNorth 2014 logoIt’s been a little while since an AgileBits co-founder or CEO spoke at a conference, so it’s great that our own Roustem Karimov is carrying the torch to NSNorth this week!

NSNorth goes down in Ottowa, Canada from May 8-10. Roustem joins quite the roster of speakers, and he allegedly plans to share his origin story and spill all of our secrets as to how AgileBits gets things done. He and other Agile dev and design folks—Dave Teare, Jeff Shiner, Dan Peterson, Rad Azzouz, Winnie Teichmann, and maaaybe Philippe Lague-Morin—will also be mingling and most likely smiling, so be sure to track them down and say hi!

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!