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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  1. F451
    F451 says:

    Congratulations to a wonderful team that has accepted the challenges and build a successful, thriving, diverse business based upon hard work, values, and ethics. Truly a model for others to follow for any business. Happy 5th Birthday!

  2. Ivan Berka
    Ivan Berka says:

    Happy birthday to all of you guys. It was your app that made me think whether it’s really a good idea to use one password throughout the whole web universe before years. I use it daily either at my mac or in the „wild“ when unsure which payment card is personal or business one. Great app man know about only when it’s needed. Keep up great work and big Thank you!

  3. Sam-Erik
    Sam-Erik says:

    Compliments and Congratulations on a well designed App. I attended the EMUG and was asked about the App, I could not live without. My answer was without hesitation 1Password. I use it several times a day on my Mac, iPad or through Dropbox.
    Keep up updating the features and keep us well protected.
    Thank You!

  4. David Teare
    David Teare says:

    Thank you for the kind words everyone! Wonderful customers like you make me want to work even harder; but to do so I first need to invent a way to no longer require sleep :)

    Here’s to another fantastic 5 years!

    –Dave Teare
    AgileBits Founder


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