1Passwords new brain

Synapse and 1Password’s new brain

Filling is clearly one of the most important features in 1Password.  I know, I know, security is super important too … it protects our data from prying eyes and provides some very valuable peace of mind. But day to day, it is the convenience of being able to fill those long, randomly generated strings of gibberish into various sign-in pages that makes 1Password truly awesome. I’d love to say 1Password’s encryption is my favourite feature, but I’d be lying. When it comes down to it, I just don’t want to have to type my passwords. Ever.

So we rely on the 1Password extension to put those complex passwords where they belong to log us in to websites, pop our credit card details into online shopping forms, and provide our identity details for all those fun new services we can’t wait to try out.

Unfortunately, every now and then we run into a website that just doesn’t seem to want to play nice with 1Password’s current filling algorithms for one reason or another. Believe me, our intrepid filling gurus have performed some complicated code gymnastics to convince the existing extensions to fill forms on these less-than-standard websites. As 1Password sought to tackle more complex login screens, it became more and more challenging to write new solutions in and around the existing codebase.

So, in the 5.3 update for 1Password for Mac, our developers decided the best solution was a complete brain transplant for the extension.

1Password’s new brain

Version 5.3 of 1Password for iOS and version 5.3 of 1Password for Mac have now been released with this brand new brain, and Windows and Android users will see updates soon that take advantage of 1Password’s new smarts as well.  This new brain will provide filling that is more consistent across all of the platforms that we offer 1Password on, with more flexible algorithms that can be used on multiple websites, and easier-to-code solutions for those ‘unique’ sign in pages.

What’s improved here?

The browser extension is now a lot smarter at capturing user information on non-standard websites when a new Login is saved. And you may not notice this on your end, but many sites that previously required some of those complicated code gymnastics filling workarounds now fill smoothly – which makes the codebase a much nicer place for our team to play. Starting in version 5.3, you will see an improvement in Credit Card and Identity filling, particularly with respect to the filling of expiry dates. In addition, our gallant gurus have finally managed to slay a particularly troublesome dragon of a website: Citibank saving and filling will now work seamlessly across all login pages! Go on, re-save your Citibank Login to test … I know you want to.  :)

Even more awesome than the changes that are already introduced is the framework that our developers have built here. We’ve got a great foundation for future improvements … and our team is already working on slaying more dragons.

Synapse

Not only is 1Password’s new brain better, stronger, faster, AND more fill-ier than ever, but it ALSO comes with an awesome new reporting feature that will allow users to let us know when 1Password isn’t filling properly – from right within the app! Not only does this feature save you the effort of having to post in the forums or email in to tell us when filling isn’t working, but it quickly gets developers the information that they need, and provides a way for us to communicate fixes and workarounds to you. It’s all-around awesome.

So, what is Synapse?

Synapse is a brand new tool that lets customers report broken filling on websites directly through 1Password. Synapse will automatically gather the information about the site that developers need to quickly diagnose (and fix) the problem.  Now, that’s a great improvement for our team, but Synapse is also something for you to get excited about, because beyond making it easy to let us know when something’s not right, this tool will also advise you of any known workarounds (or the fix version) when you report a site that we’re already working on.

How can users report?

report_website_issueOur Knowledgebase has an article that can tell you all about this awesome new feature. But it’s easy to find, right in the extension’s menu!

What information does Synapse gather?

First and foremost: Synapse does nothing without your explicit consent. No information is gathered until you click the ‘submit’ button when reporting a website.

Because Synapse is an information-gathering tool, we want to be very clear about what information we are receiving when you report a website. As always, we take your privacy very seriously. And with Synapse, we take every effort to prevent sensitive information from being collected. Usernames, passwords, and other secure details are not included in the report which is sent to us. We’re also careful to mask any kind of information that could possibly identify you.

screen_shot_2015-04-09_at_11.08.59_am

Here’s what Synapse does collect:

  • The platform you are using. Currently this feature is implemented in 1Password for Mac (introduced in version 5.3), and the beta version of 1Password for Windows. We’d love to expand this feature to our mobile platforms in the future, if possible.
  • 1Password’s version number.
  • The version number of the browser extension.
  • Which browser is being used (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Opera).
  • The browser’s user agent.
  • The browser’s bundle identifier.
  • The URL of the site that is misbehaving.
  • The item’s Category type: whether you are attempting to fill a Login, Identity, Credit Card, or Password item.
  • Where the item was created: sometimes a Login created in the main app can behave differently than an item that was saved directly from the extension.
  • The date the item was created.
  • The date the item was last updated.
  • Any additional comments you might choose to share.

How does this make life easier for us all?

On the development end of things, Synapse gives developers a lovely aggregated list of the reported sites, which easily identifies the top issues and lets the team focus on fixing the issues that are most important to you. In addition to easy prioritization, developers have a ton of useful information to help track down the issue … without even needing to request it. Not only does this save time for our developers, but it also saves you from having to hunt down these details, which are not always easy to find! We think it’s a win-win situation.

Synapse also provides us a way to easily notify you when progress has been made on the issues you report. When you report an issue in Synapse, you’ll see an option to provide us with your email address. Sharing your email address means that our team can contact you if they need any more information about the issue that you reported. But, more importantly, it also means that we have a way to let you know when we have a workaround, or, even better, a proper resolution to the issue.

What else will you see when you report an issue with Synapse?

When you report an issue with Synapse, you’ll also be advised of any existing workarounds for the issue and be able to vote on if the workaround was successful for you, which provides us with some valuable feedback.  If our developers have already fixed the issue for a future update, you’ll see that notice as well.

Basically, what it comes down to is a pretty awesome update for those of us who rely on 1Password’s filling magic. 1Password’s filling is stronger and more ready to take on those uniquely designed websites, and with Synapse you can easily tell us when something’s not working and give the developers the details they need to fix it quickly.

Let us know what you think about Synapse and 1Password’s new brain in the comments, or in our forums.

Simple-1Password-login thumb

Check out the first apps to support our 1Password App Extension for iOS 8!

Just in time for iOS 8, 1Password 5 for iOS has been unleashed in all its Touch ID, ready-for-iPhone-6-Plus glory. It also supports iOS 8’s brand new App Extensions feature, which means over 100 developers (and counting!) are building support directly into their apps for our 1Password App Extension, allowing you to unlock your vault with Touch ID, log in with a tap, and even update your app passwords!

In fact a number of developers shipped their 1Password-slinging updates alongside iOS 8 too, from a bank to community favorite apps for reading and work collaboration. Here’s our first rundown of the available 1Password-endowed apps so far, and keep an eye on our Apps that Love 1Password page for a major redesign soon!

Simple

Simple is a new kind of bank. It has no overdraft, minimums, or monthly fees, and it actually gives you great tools for savings and managing financial goals. Support is powered by human beings you can contact right inside this iPhone app, and you can instantly transfer money to (and from!) friends.

Simple integrated our 1Password extension so you can unlock your vault with Touch ID right inside the app and log into your account with a single tap. You can get Simple 2.1 with 1Password integration in the App Store now.

Slack

Slack is changing the way teams communicate. It’s real-time messaging for iPhone, iPad, and the web, combined with file storage and integrated with tools that teams are already using: Dropbox, Asana, Google+ Hangouts, Twitter, Zendesk, and many more. Conversations and files are archived, indexed, and instantly synced across multiple devices, making everything accessible through one simple search box.

You can find out more about Slack on its website, and get it on the App Store to see how Slack could help you be more productive and less busy.

Instapaper

Instapaper is the read-later service that lets you save anything and read it anywhere. You can save articles and other things on the web from any device, then grab this iPhone and iPad app to read those things later, even while offline.

Among plenty of other great new features, the new Instapaper added the 1Password extension so you can use Touch ID and log into your account with a single tap. You can pick up Instapaper 6.0 now in the App Store.

Retro

Retro is a beautiful Instagram browsing app for iPad. It supports multiple accounts, a Today widget for a quick glance at your feed, multiple themes, background updates, and much more.

With its latest update, Retro also gained the 1Password extension for that sweet Touch ID unlocking action and one-tap logging in. You can get Retro 2.2.1 for Instagram in the App Store.

InBrowser – Private Browsing

InBrowser is a web browser for iPhone and iPad with privacy at its heart. In fact, everything will be erased every time you exit InBrowser, including history, cookies, and sessions. You also get tabbed browsing, browser agent cloaking to avoid mobile sites, AirPlay, and more.

Considering InBrowser’s focus on privacy, it’s a good thing the latest version gained the 1Password extension. Now you can unlock your 1Password vault right inside InBrowser with Touch ID, log in with a tap, and leave no trace when you’re done. You can get InBrowser 1.55 in the App Store now.

Treehouse

Treehouse for iPad is “the best way to learn technology.” You can learn to build everything from websites to iPhone apps to web apps, or even to start a business. Over 1,000 videos, quizzes, and interactive code quizzes help you to learn and retain your new skills.

For its big upgrade, Treehouse now includes the 1Password extension so you can unlock your vault with Touch ID and log into your account with a single tap, or sign up for a new account with our Strong Password Generator! You can get learning with Treehouse 2 now in the App Store.

Paste+

 

Paste+ for iPhone is an interesting new breed of iOS 8 apps in that it is primarily a Today widget, and a useful one at that. When you copy something to your clipboard, Paste+ has lots of quick one-tap actions you can take with that thing, such as search it in Google, upload to Dropbox, share to social media and messaging, create reminders, make calls, and much more.

We’re thrilled to see that, for its 1.0 debut, Paste+ included our 1Password extension for login prompts. When you need to authorize Paste+ to access Dropbox, Twitter, or other services, you can unlock your vault with Touch ID and use 1Password to log in with a single tap.

You can get the first-ever version of Paste+ in the App Store now.

1P iOS8 Safari Extension

1Password 5 for iOS how-to: Enable the extension for Safari and third-party apps

1P5 iOS App Extension sheet

1Password 5 for iOS is now available for iOS 8 and it. is. amazing. One of its best new features is an App Extension that lets you fill Logins directly in Safari and even third-party apps!

There’s just one thing you have to do: like all iOS 8 App Extensions, you have to manually enable the 1Password extension if you want to use it in Safari and other apps. It’s easy to do it, and we have a great support document that shows you how.

The simple version is that you just need to launch 1Password 5 first (and set it up if you never have), then tap the Action menu, scroll to the right of the actions list (the bottom one with black and white icons; Share extensions are on top), tap More, and enable it.

Then you can get on with filling Logins (and soon Identities and Credit Cards) right into Safari!

1Password 4 for iOS icon

1Password 5 for iOS is here with App Extensions, Touch ID, new freemium price

1Password 4 for iOS icon

I can’t tell you how fired up we are about this release! I literally can’t because there is no tool that can measure excitement on this scale. Years in the making, 1Password 5 is rolling out to the App Store with iOS 8’s best features at its heart, and now it’s free so everyone can save time and get secure online. All Pro features are free to existing v4 owners, and new customers can now get started for free.

By the way, if you sync with iCloud, please see this document about requirements and how best to upgrade.

The new 1Password 5 for iPhone and iPad now requires iOS 8 and is packed with some of our (and your!) best ideas ever:

  • App Extensions – Use 1Password to log into a growing list of your favorite apps and even update your passwords—all with just a tap!
  • Safari + 1Password – You read that right. Just like our in-app 1Browser, you can now fill 1Password Logins directly within Safari! Ooh, speaking of thumbs…
  • Unlock with Touch ID – After unlocking with your Master Password, get back into your vault in 1Password, Safari, and your favorite apps with just your thumb on devices with Touch ID. Check Settings > Security to learn how this works and pick your auto-lock time.
  • Sync now goes to 11 – We rebuilt iCloud sync using Apple’s new CloudKit and it is awesome. Wi-Fi Sync will be automatic and sync attachments with the forthcoming 1Password 5 for Mac, and it’s just plain also awesomer.
  • Adaptive UI – Whether you’re on an iPhone 4S, iPad Air, or a brand new iPhone 6 Plus, 1Password’s interface is dressed for the occasion.
  • So much more – Resume editing items after unlocking 1Password. A brand new Welcome Aboard process makes it even easier to set sail with 1Password. Backup restoration has you covered. And all that is just page one.

Oh, did we mention free?

I have good news and great news.

The good news

1Password 5 for iOS and all Pro features (yep, you read that right!) are a free upgrade to all existing 1Password 4 for iOS customers (reminder: 1Password 5 requires iOS 8).

The great news

1Password 5 for iOS and its core features are now free for everyone to use. We believe every man, woman, and child needs to save time and get secure online. This release is another big step towards making that dream reality.

The free edition can create Logins, Identities, Credit Cards, and Secure Notes, and use those items in Safari and other apps. It can also sync with 1Password for Mac, Windows, and Android.

Introducing Pro features

For a one-time in-app purchase in version 5, Pro features unlock the full power of 1Password 5 for iOS. You can:

  • Create the full range of items including Bank Accounts, Email Accounts, Memberships, Passports, Reward Programs, Wireless Routers, Software Licenses, and many more.
  • Organize your items with folders and tags.
  • Create and add Multiple Vaults.
  • Add custom fields to all items.
  • Support a great company with world-class human-powered customer service that loves you. Yes, including you.

Told you we were excited

We’ve been working towards this day for years and some of us are literally bouncing off our Toronto office walls with joy. We hope you love the new 1Password as much as we do, and now all our friends, family, and coworkers have even more great reasons to use it.

Please let us know what you think on Twitter @1Password, Facebook, and our forum, and join our newsletter so we can stay in touch with you!

 

 

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!

Read more

1Password for Mac Tips: How to update your passwords

1P4 Mac update Login

In every password’s life, there comes a time to get changed. Maybe it was never a very good password to begin with, maybe you were a victim of password reuse, or maybe you were among the 200 million accounts stolen in the recent Adobe and Sony breaches.

Fact is: every password dies, not every password really lives.

When it’s time to change a password, the latest versions of our browser extension and 1Password 4 for Mac make it really, really easy. Give this a shot:

  • Use the extension to log into your service of choice
  • Go to the password reset page, it’s usually in Settings or Options somewhere
  • (Optional) If your current password is required, click our extension and mouse to the right of the Login you want to update. Your details will appear in a menu to the right. Mouseover your password and click to copy it to your clipboard, then paste it into the Current Password field in the webpage (keyboard shortcut fans will be happy to know you can do all this with arrows keys and Return to copy the password)
  • Click our browser extension and go to the Password Generator to get a unique, super strong new password. Customize any details you like (such as length or special characters), then click Fill to automatically fill it into the New Password fields on the page
  • Click the Save button in the password reset form, and the 1Password extension will offer to update your existing Login, much like that glorious window you see above. If you have multiple Logins for the current site, be sure to pick the right one to update

Click Update in that window, and your new password is now saved for your existing Login! But wait, there’s more, and you can see it if you click that little details arrow next to the Login name:

1P4 Mac update Login extra details

If you make use of 1Password’s tags and folders (you should, they’re really handy!), you can add tags and file this updated Login into an existing folder, all right from the extension. Plus, if you give 1Password 4 for Mac’s new Security Audit feature a whirl, you can get a good idea of which passwords you might want to update first. Super cool?

Very super cool.

The 1Password browser extension puts a little dance in Safari’s web forms (Firefox and Chrome coming soon!)

Besides releasing 1Password 4 for iOS in December and working on a new local sync solution, we’ve been a little quiet on desktop front lately.

I assure you it’s with good reason.

While today is not the day to start talking about all the great stuff we’re planning, we can offer a glimpse, and it starts with making it easier for you to see when 1Password fills a form.

Today we released version 3.9.10 of the 1Password browser extension. It brings a whole bunch of improvements and tweaks for all supported browsers, but the headlining feature is that it will now animate filled forms in Safari for Mac.

1Pe form fill animation

When you use 1Password to fill a Login, Identity, or Credit Card, the actual form fields that 1Password fills will quickly expand and contract, helping you to see where 1Password works its magic. It’s a small touch, but it is often the tiny details that make all the difference.

If you use Chrome or Firefox, fret not. We’re working on bringing this touch to your browser in a future update.

As for the other improvements in this extension update, you can see our full browser extension changelog.  Your browser should automatically update to the new version, but if you need help with updating your extension, checking its version, or installing it in the first place, please see this document.

Mountain Lion Update: 10.8.1 is out today

Apple has released the first update to Mountain Lion, version 10.8.1, as of today. So if you’re one of the more cautious folks who never install the “dot zero” update, now’s your chance to pull the trigger. If you already made the leap, you can go to the Mac App Store and get your update from the Updates tab, or you can use the manual installer if you prefer. Either way, you’ll need to restart when it’s done.

This is an update of particular importance to 1Password users because it includes a fix for the Safari crashing bug we’ve seen with Safari 6, Mountain Lion, and our Safari browser extension.

As with all system updates, usual disclaimers apply here. You’ll need to make sure your other applications (and in our case, browser extensions) are up to date, and it’s always a good idea to have a backup of some sort before you click install, because you never know.

1Password extension goes Retina for Mac

A little while ago, one of our fearless founders, Roustem Karimov, jumped into our Campfire room and said “RETINA ALL THE THINGS!” And our designer, Dan Peterson, responded “OK SURE.”

Hot on the tail of our Retina update to 1Password for Mac, our browser extension version 3.9.5 is now also Retina-ized, with a fresh coat of paint to boot! The extension’s icons have been redesigned in the process, giving you a much clearer indication of the individual sections: Logins, Wallet, Identities, and Strong Password Generator.

We also made some great improvements to autosave and general performance, updated to Firefox SDK 1.8, and added a few other nips and tucks.

As long as your browser is set to automatically check for extension updates, you may very well already have this 3.9.5 update. If not, you can open your extensions manager and check manually to get our fresh extension Retina-ness.

1Password extension update brings gifts, good tidings for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome users

We’ve seen a flurry of browser updates lately, so our developer ninjas sprang into action to respond accordingly. After some quick hacking and slashing of code, we have a couple of useful updates that your browser may have automatically installed for you already, but we figured they’re still worth mentioning here.

1Password extension 3.9.1 brought some key improvements for Safari users, including fixes for those of you who are running it in 32-bit mode. Version 3.9.2, however, brings gifts and good tidings for Firefox users in the form of much better memory management and overall performance. Form filling has been improved across the board, too, so 1Password should now fill sites like iCloud, Fidelity, Twitter, and others.

You can read up on the full details in our extension changelog. To make sure you have the latest version of the extension, click the 1Password button in your browser’s toolbar, then the Settings panel (with a gear icon), and look at the “About” box at the bottom.