Incredible 1Password users release 1Password Emergency Kit 3.0

The 1Password Emergency Kit is a clever PDF created by some of our brilliant users to help families and friends during unfortunate times. Invented by Mike Vardy at Productivityist a couple years ago, it recently reached version 3 and looks even more useful.

The idea behind this user-created Emergency Kit is simple: we create a will and place sensitive items in safe deposit boxes in case something happens to us. But with so much of our lives these days depending on the internet, many of us want a way to make 1Password part of these plans.

Thanks to Productivityist reader and 1Password user Charles Hamons, the 1Password Emergency Kit v3 is now a fillable PDF and includes space for even more useful information, such as locations of multiple vaults (and their Master Passwords) and even instructions for what to do with one’s social media accounts.

Admittedly, this isn’t quite a fun or exciting feature to boast about. But we are absolutely thankful for the work of Mike Vardy, Charles Hamons, and others in the community for building a useful 1Password tool that can help immensely during one of the most painful times in our lives.

14 replies
  1. JasonT
    JasonT says:

    I like it! It would be nice if the font in the PDF form was changed to be a serif font. It is hard to distinguish between 1 (numeral one), l (lowercase L), and I (uppercase i).

  2. Lawrence Sportello
    Lawrence Sportello says:

    As all of my passwords (save the ONE) are store in 1Password, I was worried about how I would access them in the event that all of machines went down/burned up/were stolen/something involving alien abduction.

    My solution was to create a text file with my most important passwords — AppleID, Dropbox, etc. The text file gets put in a folder, and then I use Disk Utility (on a Mac) to create an encrypted disk image (with the password being my 1Password). I then sent the disk image to a friend, and he is storing it in his Dropbox.

    If I lose everything, I can call him up and have him send me the disk image. I can then open it and start recreating my life.

    One note: think twice about putting your user IDs in the text file. If, in the incredibly unlikely event that (a) DropBox is hacked AND (b) someone is able to crack the password on the disk image, then the passwords will be revealed, but not the accounts they go with.

    • Chris Meek - AgileBits
      Chris Meek - AgileBits says:

      Thanks for sharing your strategy Lawrence!

      Another option to handle such a disaster-scenario is to use 1PasswordAnywhere, if you sync your data through Dropbox. I just make sure that I also know my Dropbox password in addition to my 1Password Master Password, and then I can access all my other 1Password data from any web browser, should I no longer have access to any of my devices.

      To learn more about 1PasswordAnywhere, have a read through the following article:

    • Lawrence Sportello
      Lawrence Sportello says:

      Here’s my problem. My password for DropBox is too long/random for me to remember, so I use 1Password. And I sure don’t want to use my 1Password master password for DropBox, as I never re-use passwords.

      I like my passwords to be around 23 characters long (at Bruce Schneier’s suggestion), which is (a) a lot to remember and (b) a lot to enter correctly.

      Your system really involves memorizing two passwords. That’s more than one, but not by (too) much, and your system is much much, more flexible, to boot.

    • Chris Meek - AgileBits
      Chris Meek - AgileBits says:

      Hi Lawrence,

      Yes, it is too bad that to use this method you would need to memorize another password. That said, there are ways to create strong passwords – such as Diceware passwords – that are also easy to remember and type. While this specific article is about Master Passwords, the same strategy can be applied to any passwords:

      This is the strategy I use for any passwords that I want to actually remember for one reason or another, like my Dropbox password as well as my iTunes password.

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