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Fingerprint unlock coming to 1Password for Android [Update: Sneak peek!]

A strong Master Password is critical to keeping your 1Password vault secure. It’s also not the easiest thing to type out on a mobile device. What if you had another way to unlock your vault, in addition to your master password? One that is both convenient and secure?

For some time now, we’ve been wanting to give you the ability to unlock 1Password for Android using your fingerprint. The challenge has been that there was no standard way for us to implement it that would work across a variety of devices made by different manufacturers. And so we waited, and you waited.

Now, our wait is over.

The Android M Developer Preview was just announced at Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference going on right now in San Francisco. For us, one of the most exciting new features is the standardized fingerprint support that is coming to the Android platform. This means that we have some awesome news for you:

We will be adding support for fingerprint unlock to 1Password for Android when Android M launches later this year!

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We don’t usually talk about upcoming features, but we were just too excited about this one to keep it a secret.

As we get closer to the launch of Android M, we will need your help to beta test fingerprint unlock. If you’d like to be among the first to try it out, we invite you to join our beta team. We will share more information in time; for now, we hope you are as excited about this new development as we are!

Update: We had the privilege of being demoed at Google I/O today! If you happened to be in the audience, we’d love to hear what you thought of the demo. And if you weren’t, we’re happy to be able to show you a very, very quick sneak peek. Here’s what it might be like to access your 1Password vault using fingerprint unlock.

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The Because We Love You Sale

UPDATE: The Because We Love You Sale will be ending the evening of May 27, 2015.

Everything we do here at AgileBits is with you in our hearts & minds: whether it’s sharing tips & tricks to enhance your security, squashing bugs & implementing exciting new features, or answering your questions in our Support Forums, our focus is always on you.  And every once in a while we like to go all out and show how much we appreciate you by having a good old-fashioned sale.

We usually like to focus a sale around a holiday or a release from a certain California-based fruit company, but today we were searching for another reason to celebrate. So we gathered our crack marketing team around the MacBook and started brainstorming ideas:

  • Dinosaurs are awesome! Okay, maybe we’re just really excited for that new prehistoric blockbuster that’s coming soon to a theater near you.
  • Someone on the team had a birthday! It’s true, there’ve been a number of May birthdays here at AgileBits, but we’ve already overdosed on sugary frosting.
  • Baseball’s back! But really, we just wanted to sing “Take me out to the ballgame.”
  • Spring is here?  It’s been done a billion times before.  Boring.
  • We love you! Oh, there it is. What better reason do we need than just to simply say…

we love you. And to show how much we care, we’re knocking 30% off 1Password across the board on Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android.

While our love for you will last forever, this sale won’t. So if you or someone you love has been holding off on buying 1Password, now is the time to say, “I love you, too.”

You can pick up a Mac/Windows bundle (or grab them separately) on our AgileBits Store. 1Password for Mac is also available on the Mac App Store. And 1Password for iOS is on the iOS App Store, and 1Password for Android on Google Play.

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1Password 4.2 for Android: It’s Out of this World

It’s not often in the life of an application that one gets the opportunity to draw inspiration from one of the greatest and most hilarious sci-fi stories of all time. Today, we are incredibly honoured and excited to present 1Password 4.2 for Android. With a custom keyboard; automatic filling in web browsers and third-party apps; and built-in support for viewing time-based, one-time passwords (TOTPs); our newest version of 1Password for Android promises to be approximately 420% more useful than a towel. Read more

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Avoiding the clipboard with 1Password and Lollipop

Copy & Paste clipboards (or “pasteboards” as they are called on Mac and iOS) can be dangerous places for secrets if you have malicious software running on your device. On most operating systems – mobile and desktop alike – most running applications can read from the system clipboard. When you copy a secret to the system clipboard, a malicious process may be able to read and steal that secret.

This, by the way, is not news, but it is good that it has made the news. It helps people be aware of clipboard usage, and it gives me the opportunity to talk a bit about what we have been doing over the years about this.

We have always worked to reduce how much people need to depend on system clipboards when using 1Password. The details differ from system to system, and each operating environment gives us different ways to help reduce clipboard use. On the Mac and Windows PCs we have the 1Password Browser Extensions communicate with 1Password so that web form filling can avoid the clipboard. 1Password for Windows also uses auto-type to reduce clipboard activity. 1Password 5 on iOS offers 1Browser and integration with other apps through App Extensions

1Password Android browserBut today I will reveal a few things that our 1Password for Android beta testers know.

Aside: Before I get to that discussion, I should point out (as I often do), that the single best defense against a malicious program running on your machine or device is to keep your systems up to date with all software and system updates. It is also important to be careful in what you install on your system. 1Password can offer some significant defenses against malware on your system, but you have to help keep your systems free of malware.

1Password 4 for Android already has a simple built-in browser. This allows you to go directly from your Login item in 1Password to the web page, filling the data without the clipboard. Our iOS users are already familiar with 1Browser, and this is shaping up on Android.

Lollipop provides clipboardless sweetness

Of course, web pages aren’t the only thing that people need to fill passwords into, and sometimes people may wish to use something other than the browser built in to 1Password. In the current Beta release of 1Password for Android, we used the latest security and accessibility features in Android 5 (Lollipop) to allow 1Password to fill into other apps without making use of the clipboard.

Starting with Lollipop, we have a way to fill password data into other apps without using the clipboard. Perhaps it would be best to just quote what Nik, our Happiness Engineer, had to say in the beta newsletter just a couple of weeks ago:

Wondering why app and browser filling requires OS 5.0? Me too! So I asked our developers. It turns out that the only way for us to do this in earlier versions of Android OS was to use copy/paste accessibility APIs, meaning that any clipboard manager or malicious app could listen to clipboard events and collect login credentials as they were filled.

In Lollipop, 1Password can fill your information directly, without using the clipboard. Therefore, it isn’t possible for a third party to obtain your passwords by snooping on what 1Password’s doing.

Prior to Lollipop, it would be possible to get this kind of app-filling, but it would have relied on the clipboard under the hood. Because using the clipboard involves known risks, we feel that we should make it clear when copy/paste is being used and minimize it’s use wherever possible. As a result, we decided to focus on a Lollipop-only implementation of our filling feature

If you have an Android device with Lollipop installed and would like a sneak peek, I invite you to sign up for our Android beta.

Clipboards may always be with us

As you can see, we are working to reduce dependency on system clipboards when using 1Password. This is an on-going process. Browser integration on the desktops was something we started with back when the very first versions of 1Password was released for the Mac nearly eight years ago. Later, we introduced our own browser into 1Password for iOS, and much more recently encouraged 1Password integration for other iOS 8 apps using App Extensions. Along the way, we introduced auto-type in 1Password for Windows and a web browser into 1Password for Android. As you’ve learned here, we have in-app filling in our Android Beta, making use of the latest features of Android 5.0, Lollipop.

But while we are progressively reducing the need for copy and paste to a system clipboard, we are a long way from eliminating the need to use these. This is why I must repeat my advice to keep your system free of malicious software.

What I would like to see is a clipboard that could only be read when the user explicitly chooses to paste. This is something that has been suggested a number of times before, but has not be implemented on the most popular operating systems. I suspect that there is a reason for that, but if you know, I eagerly await your insights in the comments.

 

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1Password 4.1 for Android brings new features and new freemium pricing!

1P4 Android bot 230Since the release of the all-new 1Password 4 for Android, we’ve been thrilled with your feedback and our developers immediately got to work on our first free update. Now we’re back with version 4.1 (rolling out through Google’s servers as you read this!), which packs some powerful new features and our brand new freemium pricing so everyone can get secure, convenient security!

Features and Fun

1Password 4.1 for Android includes some big improvements:

  • Create your 1Password datafile right within the app – You no longer need an existing agilekeychain file to enable sync
  • Stay secure, whether you pronounce it asegurar, sichern, garantir or обеспечить. Version 4.1 has localizations for 17 languages – including Spanish, German, Portugese and Russian
  • Freemium pricing – 1Password 4 for Android is now free for anyone to try with premium features unlockable via a one-time, in-app purchase. Read on for details!
  • Full release notes with all the features, improvements and fixes are available via the Settings pane within the app

Choose your own adventure with the Freemium model

Do you just need quick access to a password on the go? Or are you a mobile security ninja adding passwords and organizing your data in exotic locations on your Android phone or tablet?

Either way, our new freemium pricing in 1Password 4.1 for Android has you covered. You can now get 1Password 4 for free in the Google Play Store, and everyone can try all premium features for 30 days.

1Password 4 for Android, the Reader version

As a free app, 1Password 4 for Android can:

  • View all items in the vault
  • Delete items from the vault
  • Browse your favourite sites with 1Password’s built-in web view
  • Access all options in Settings (including PIN code and Rich Icons)
  • Configure sync with Dropbox or Folder Sync – both to an existing vault created with one of our other editions or by creating a brand-new vault
  • A whole lot more!

1Password 4 for Android, the premium version

The paid edition unlocks the full power of 1Password for Android, right in your pocket:

  • Create and add an unlimited number of new items
  • Modify existing items
  • Organize items into Folders
  • Mark (and unmark) items as Favourites for quick access… or ‘Favorites’ for our friends south of the border

All 1Password 4 premium features are available for a single in-app purchase of $9.99 and will apply to all devices using the same Google Play Store account.

Did someone say “Sale!”? [Update: The sale is now over, thanks!]

You may have noticed that 1Password 4 for Mac, 1Password 4 for Windows and 1Password 4 for iOS are currently on sale, so we certainly couldn’t leave 1Password 4 for Android out of the fun!

For a limited time, you can unlock the premium features of 1Password for only $7.99 – a 20% discount! We do mean limited time, though, so snag those premium features, keep your 1Password data organized, and get simple, convenient security at an incredible price!

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1Password 4.1 for Android is coming, we extended the freemium date and have a price!

1Pa premium featuresOver the past six weeks, we’ve seen a tremendous response to the all-new 1Password 4 for Android and our free trial experiment. Our team has been hard at work on a number of updates and great new features, and today we’re happy to say that v4.1 is coming soon, we extended the trial date, and we can now announce a price!

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Coming soon, 1Password 4.1 for Android will allow new users to create their first vault right on the device, no existing sync or vault required.

We added localizations for German, Spanish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, and Swedish. We are also finishing up translations into Chinese, Japanese, French, and Italian. Finally, we added some fixes and improvements that lay the groundwork for goodies that are on their way.

Free trial deadline extended, and a price!

Since our experiment is going so well, we extended the final day through Monday, August 18. Now everyone can have a few more weeks to check out 1Password 4 for Android and all its security awesomesauce.

On Tuesday, August 19, our Android version will switch to a freemium model. You can download it for free and use it as a 1Password reader, a great sync companion with 1Password for Mac or Windows, so you can take all your items on the go. To unlock all editing, organizing, and creating features, make a one-time, in-app purchase of just $9.99 USD to get the full power of 1Password right in your hands.

But wait there’s more

Since we’re just that excited about 1Password 4 for Android, we’ll start this off on August 19 with a $7.99 USD Awesome Android Launch Sale! This 20-percent-off sale will run for just two weeks, so when the sale starts mid-August, move fast.

To make sure you don’t miss it and stay in touch with us, be sure to follow 1Password on Twitter and Facebook!

1Password 4 for Android and Windows are a hit!

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June has been quite the month for us! We released 1Password 4 for Android and Windows, and we’re thrilled that you like us. You really, really like us!

For the v4 Android debut, Android CentralBoy Genius Report, Lifehacker, and PCMag were excited, with SlashGear saying it “does justice to its namesake.” The Next Web went in-depth with the new version, The Verge says “this is the password manager you should be using,” and then there’s GreenbotGotta Be Mobile, International Business Times, and plenty more.

On the Windows side, InfoWorld called v4 a “strong password manager” and lists it among the best. SlashGear and Engadget are excited, and TechCentral says it’s an “impressive password management tool”. Then there’s PC & Tech Authority, SoftonicTechgear, iPhoneclub… and that’s probably enough links for one day.

We are absolutely delighted to get these major releases out there, and the feedback to support and in our forums has been fantastic! We put “Agile” in our name for a reason, so there’s plenty more where this came from. To see what we have coming next, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and our newsletter!

1Password 4 for Android is here

1P4 Android bot 230Ladies and gentlemen, 1Password 4 has gone green.

Well, ok, we haven’t added solar panels (yet), I meant the other green: 1Password 4 for Android is now rolling out for phones and tablets. It is a brand new app and should be available in Google Play soon as soon as Google’s servers update!

This is a fully operational, add-and-edit-all-your-items-able, one-tap Login-able new version of 1Password that has been rebuilt from the first line of code to the last icon.

It’s also free!

An experiment

We don’t call ourselves AgileBits for nothing, so we’re trying something new with this release. 1Password 4 for Android is a free app, and through August 1, 2014, all features are unlocked and free for everyone to try. After that, it will switch to being a reader client for your vault, a perfect companion for syncing your data with 1Password for Mac and PC.

If you want all editing features of 1Password 4 for Android after August 1, you can unlock them with a one-time in-app purchase. We’re still figuring out what that price is going to be, but we’ll have details soon!

Available now-ish and full release notes

We just hit the big red button in Google Play, so 1Password 4 for Android is rolling out as a free upgrade to our previous Android edition. If you don’t see it yet, you should soon, and thanks for your patience.

For those who like to dig through the full release notes, they’re just below the gallery.

Overall package

  • Phone and Tablet UI – a true, modern app for both devices
  • Rich and redesigned icons
  • Free app
  • All features free to try until August 1
  • Turns into a reader on August 1, unlock all features with a one-time in-app purchase (price TBD)

Editing

  • Manage your vault – add, edit, and delete items
  • Support for viewing attachments added from Mac or PC
  • Strong Password Generator
  • Viewing custom fields
  • Viewing web form details

Organization

  • Mark items as Favorites for quick access
  • Updated and expanded item categories
  • Folders and sub-folders

Browsing

  • Built-in browser so you can log in with a tap
  • Easily copy Login and other details to use in other apps

Syncing

  • Dropbox sync
  • Folder sync
  • Automatic sync
  • Background sync
  • Sync notifications (notification drawer and on-screen)
  • Merge local data with an existing vault

Security

  • Lock all of your important items behind a secure Master Password
  • Tamper-proof Authenticated Encryption using AES-256 using Encrypt-then-MAC
  • Same solid foundation as 1Password for Mac and 1Password for iOS
  • PIN code (not limited to 4 digits)
  • Automatically clear clipboard
  • Automatically lock vault when idle

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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1Password 4 for Android: The beta, like winter, is coming!

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You might have noticed that this summer a couple of interesting screenshots appeared in our Dropbox folder, and then here on the blog.

You also might have noticed that we ran a rather large beta test for our Mac version.

Now those two great tastes will taste great together! We’ve set up a shiny new (if I do say so myself) Android beta newsletter signup page.

If you ever sent us an email or a tweet asking about the future of 1Password on Android, now’s your chance to help shape that future.

It’s an opt-in newsletter, so we’ll send you a message with a confirmation link to click just to be sure you meant to sign up, and to make sure we got your address right.

Join us, won’t you?