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 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.

1Password Power Tip [Mac]: Create a 1Click Bookmark

Know what’s fast? Typing in a URL, then hitting Command-\ to automatically fill your 1Password Login and randomized password to get on with what you’re doing. Know what’s even faster? Clicking a single bookmark to have all that work done for you.

Nerd blogger Brett Kelly, productive podcast Back to Work, TUAW, and Lifehacker have recently mentioned one of our best “guy-behind-the-guy” features in 1Password for Mac, one that is super handy but probably doesn’t get enough of the credit it deserves: 1Password’s “1Click Bookmark.”

Long story short: you can add a button for any site to your browser toolbar that—in one fell swoop click—both opens a website and logs you into it. How do you attain such 1Password awesomeness? Simple:

  1. Find a Login in the main 1Password app that you want to access quickly
  2. Drag it from 1Password to the bookmarks bar of any browser we make an extension for

It’s. that. simple.

From now on, you can click your awesome new 1Click Bookmark (or bookmarks—create as many as you want!) to open its site in the current tab and login right away  (though if the 1Password extension is locked, you’ll need to enter your Master Password). This is especially handy if you have multiple Logins for a site, because the bookmark you create calls on the specific Login that you dragged from 1Password.

If you want to know more about 1Click Bookmarks, check out our help doc about them or swing on by posts at Nerd Gap, Lifehacker, and TUAW.

1Password extension gets Firefox import, some nips and tucks

You’d think our developers would take some time off over the holidays. You know, put down Xcode and pick up their child, a Michael Bublé album, and some eggnog.

You would be half right.

Our resident code architects somehow found time over the last few days to polish an update to our new 1Password extension for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome on Mac, as well as Safari and Chrome on Windows (Firefox for Windows support is still on the way for the new extension, but those customers can still install the previous extension from 1Password’s preferences).

1Password extension 3.8.9 gained some great improvements to Autosubmit (especially on sites like iCloud.com and iWork.com) and better mouse interaction. But there’s a big new feature too: “Import Saved Firefox Passwords.” As the name suggests, there is a new button in the extension’s Settings panel that allows you to import Logins from Firefox’s built-in password manager.

Now I know what some of you are about to ask: “So when will Safari and Chrome get this?” We can’t promise anything just yet, because due to the way those browsers stored your Logins before you installed 1Password, they’re tougher challenges. Rest assured, we’re working on it, so stay tuned.

Your browser should automatically update your 1Password extension to this v3.8.9 update, but you might need to check your browser’s extension manager to make sure automatic updates are installed. Here’s the full changelog:

New

Added “Import Saved Firefox Passwords” button in Settings to automatically import passwords from Firefox’s internal password manager.

Changed

  • Improved Autosubmit algorithm, including websites like iCloud.com and iWork.com.
  • Updated Firefox Add-on SDK (Jetpack) to latest version.Using “Helper” instead of “Agent” in messages shown to the user.
  • Added the ability to disable unlock animations to work around a freezing issue in Chrome.
  • To disable unlock animations, go to the Settings > About and click the 1Password icon to reveal the Advanced settings.

Fixed

  • Logins within the All Logins section now highlight during mouseover and properly reveal the View Details arrow.
  • Changed supported Firefox’s max-version “12.*” to “12.0a1” to avoid being marked as incompatible.
  • Password generator sliders in Firefox now update the generated password.
  • Now properly filling Logins on sites that (incorrectly) use the same HTML element id for multiple input fields. For example, NAB Internet Banking.

1Password for Windows: our new Safari extension is out of beta!

1Password extension - LoginsGreetings Windows-slinging Agile Readers! Remember that all-new 1Password extension we began testing with Safari a couple weeks ago? I’m happy to say that you may feel free to remove its beta badge at your earliest convenience.

Wait, scratch that. Safari should automatically do it for you, if it hasn’t already. Hooray for automatic extension updates! To make sure Safari has you covered, you can hit the gear menu and to go Preferences > Extensions. Click the Updates panel and make sure “Install Updates Automatically” is enabled. If you haven’t grabbed the new extension yet, here’s how:

  • Make sure you have the latest version of 1Password by going to Help > Check for Updates
  • Click the Preferences button, go to the Browsers pane, and click the Safari option
  • Follow the instructions on our extension download website that opens

Yes, the new version of our extension has gone official for Safari for Windows, and so have its many slick new features. User feedback was great, so we’re getting to work on bringing it to the other Windows browsers we support. As far as a timeline goes, though, I can’t say anything just yet. You’ll just have to stay tuned here on the blog, on Twitter @1Password and @AgileBits, and on Facebook!

1Password for Windows: Our new extension is ready to try in Safari

Sometimes, a browser extension comes along that changes everything. Your philosophy on life is forever altered. The way you experience the internet fundamentally shifts. Your dog and cat go apartment hunting together. Nothing is the same.

Our new 1Password browser extension will not do any of those things to your world, valiant Windows users, but it will make a huge improvement to the way you browse the internet with 1Password. We’ve re-imagined our 1Password browser extension to bring you a better, faster experience, and put more of your 1Password data than ever before at your fingertips, right inside your browser.

Today we’re releasing the new version of our 1Password browser extension in beta for Windows users to test, and we’re starting by supporting one of our most requested browsers: Safari for Windows. Of course, support for more browsers will follow soon.

How to get it

To get it, you’ll need to opt into our beta testing process:

  • Open 1Password
  • Click the Preferences toolbar button (or press Control-P)
  • Go to the Updates pane, enable the Beta option, click Check Now, and update to the latest beta (it should be at least version 1.0.9.BETA-237 or higher)

Now, to get the new Safari extension:

  • Visit our Windows extension page to download and install our new Safari extension
  • Enjoy testing our new Safari extension!

Note: the first time you unlock the extension, the initial sync might take a little longer than usual. That’s normal, and the next time you unlock shouldn’t take nearly as long.

How to use it

So, what’s the big deal about the new extension? The redesign allows it to be much more flexible and make more of your information available, even editable, right in your browser—no need to stop what you’re doing and open the main 1Password app. Here are some quick highlights and tips to help you get the most out of the new extension:

  • Control-\ is your one-stop-shop: The new default Logins pane does double-duty, displaying “Logins for the Current Site” at the top, and a list of “All Logins” just below. Just hit Control-\ to open the extension on any webpage (you can configure this shortcut in the 1Password app’s settings)
  • Arrow keys are your friend: If you’re a keyboard ninja, you can arrow up and down the list of Logins. If you hit return on a Login in the ‘Submit Login’ section, 1Password will fill it into the current site. If it’s in the ‘All Logins’ section below, 1Password will open a new tab, take you straight to the site, and log you in
  • Type to search: If mousing around and arrow keys aren’t your style, you can type in any pane to start filtering on the fly. A search box will appear at the top, and the item list will instantly slim down to just what you’re looking for (note: this is basically a quick way to enable the new search icon in the upper left)
  • View, copy item details in your browser: Say you need to copy a password for a Flash site, or you need to paste a 1Password detail into some other app. You can click the right arrow next to any item in the new extension, or hit your keyboard’s right arrow key, to view most of its details right within the extension. Mouse over any detail and click it to quickly copy it to your clipboard for pasting elsewhere
  • Click headers to change behavior: Do you need to complete a CAPTCHA on some sites before logging in? Or perhaps you prefer to open new windows instead of new tabs. You can click the headers in the Logins pane to change how they behave. You can chose to just fill a Login instead of fill and submit (in case you need to do other things on the page), and instead of opening Logins in a new tab, you can choose to open them in a new window or even the current tab
  • Fill Credit Cards and Identities: Any Credit Cards and Identities you’ve added to the main 1Password app are available in their own panes below Logins. Filling them into websites is just as easy: you can open the 1Password extension, mouse or arrow your way to the Credit Card or Identity you need, and click or hit Return to fill it into the site’s form
  • Tab between panes: You can use the Tab key to quickly switch between the Logins, Credit Cards, Identities, Strong Password Generator, and Settings panes

Check out more screenshots in our gallery at the end of this post!

How to get in touch

Since this is a beta, we’re hoping to hear some feedback in our Windows beta forum with your thoughts on how it’s going, and especially when you run into bugs. After all, there’s a reason we’re using the beta badge.

In case you didn’t catch that, yes: it was a wink wink, nudge nudge to please leave feedback in our Windows beta forum.

How to stay tuned

We’ll update 1Password and this new extension based on your feedback, and we’ll have announcements of more Windows browser support soon. Until then, follow us on Twitter @1Password and @AgileBits, like us on Facebook, and subscribe here to stay on top of all our update news!