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Community Goodie: Workflow + Chrome for iOS + 1Password

Have you discovered Workflow for iOS yet? It joins Launch Center Pro and others in the category of Super Useful Apps that can save you a ton of time doing repetitive tasks or complicated things that span multiple apps. They can also just blow your mind with tasks you didn’t know iOS could pull off.

One of Workflow’s tricks is that it can make your workflows available inside other apps via its own App Extension. Harnessing the true power of this knowledge, 1Password user and Redditor papa-lozarou created a Workflow that searches 1Password for the domain of the current tab right within Chrome for iOS.

 

Picture this: you’re groovin’ along in Chrome for iOS, and you have to log into a thing to do a thing. Instead of switching to 1Password to unlock, manually search, copy, switch back over, and paste your password, you can now simply trigger Workflow right inside of Chrome. From there you can invoke 1Password’s in-app extension, which then automatically searches for the URL of your current tab.

You’ll still have to tap into the item to copy your password, but you’re still in Chrome where you can easily paste it and get on with your bad self.

Let’s give a shout out to Redditor papa-lozarou and Workflow for being just great. On an iOS device, you can download the Chrome workflow here.

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Apps ❤ 1Password: They really, really do

The number of apps adding support for our 1Password App Extension for iOS 8 is growing briskly. I know of dozens of apps that are gaining support as you read this, and we are at nearly 100 shipping apps right now.

We are deeply grateful to every developer adding support, and thankful to our users for helping us to spread the word. If you haven’t checked out the apps that are making it easier to create accounts, log in with a tap, and stay secure online, here are some of the latest categories gaining new entries from developers and businesses all around the world.

Finance

Business

Lifestyle

Social Networking

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TOTP for 1Password users

1P Pro features1Password 5.2 for iOS and 1Password 4.1.0.538 for Windows are out, and they provide support for using Time-based One Time Passwords (TOTP) in your Logins (note: in iOS, it’s part of our Pro Features). Note that this is not for unlocking 1Password itself, but to aid with logging into sites for which you may be using TOTP, such a Dropbox and Tumblr.

To learn how to have 1Password help you manage your TOTP Logins, go straight to our user guide. If you would like to better understand when and why TOTP is useful for 1Password users, and what to do if you truly want two-factor security, continue reading here.

TOTP countdownI’ve previously written (at excessive length, in some cases) about TOTP in general, but in each instance pointed out that it is of limited utility to 1Password users. This is because such schemes are of most use to those people who have weak or reused passwords. If you are using a strong and unique password for a site, then many of the gains of two-step (or multi-step) verification are not relevant for you.

But “most” is not the same as “all”. There still are some cases where multi-step verification is useful to people using 1Password.

Sometimes you must use TOTP

Sometimes a site or service will simply require that TOTP always be used along with your regular password. Patty (one of my dogs) is working with a research group analyzing the structure of heart worm DNA. When she connects to the lab’s server, she is required to use TOTP.

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TOTP example in 1Password for Windows

She has set up an app on her laptop that just constantly displays the current TOTP code. It’s sitting there ticking away all the time her laptop is running. Ideally, it should only be visible when she actually needs it, but she is understandably just trying to save time. Clearly, she could use TOTP more securely if it were available for the Login item within 1Password.

One-timeness? Yes

One-time passwords (the “OTP” in “TOTP”) are useful over insecure networks. Normally, when you submit a password to a site or service, you send the same password each time. Ideally, that connection is well encrypted so that the password cannot be captured when it is in transit. This is why it is very important to:

  • use HTTPS instead of HTTP when doing anything sensitive
  • pay attention to the lock icon in your browser’s address field (indicating HTTPS)
  • heed browser warnings about such connections

But networks are easy to compromise. Recently Molly (my other dog) was at the Barkville Airport. When she connected to Wifi, she saw several open wifi IDs. One was BVT-access, and the other one was “Airport Free Wifi”. As it turned out, BVT-access was the legitimate one, but she connected to Airport Free Wifi. Airport Free Wifi was actually a laptop operated by Mr Talk, our neighbor’s cat.

Mr Talk is using SSL-strip on his rogue wifi hotspot. If Molly isn’t paying close attention to the HTTPS status of her browser’s connection, she can send things unencrypted over Mr Talk’s network while thinking it is a secure connection. I should probably point out that Molly lacks the discipline to pay close attention to anything other than a squirrel or rabbit. This way, Mr Talk can capture Molly’s passwords in transit to the servers and save them for later use.

That is one of several ways that passwords can be captured in transit. The point of one-time passwords is that they are not reusable even if they are captured in transit. In this way, TOTP provides a meaningful defense against plausible attacks even though there is nothing “second factor” about how it is being used.

Second factor? No

We need to make the distinction between one time passwords and second factor security. One time passwords are often part of second factor security systems, but using one time passwords doesn’t automatically give you second factor security. Indeed, when you store your TOTP secret in the same place that you keep your password for a site, you do not have second factor security.

However, you still have the benefits of the one-timeness of TOTP codes.

Systems like TOTP are sometimes used as part of second (or multi) factor authentication systems. But this is far from their only usage. To be truly second factor, the TOTP secret (from which the one time password is generated) must not be stored on the same device that you use the regular password on.

Let’s consider an example. Molly has a Tumblr where she posts pictures of the squirrels she is after. So far, she has been using the Authy app on her phone to manage TOTP. If she never logs into to Tumblr on the same phone, then she is using her phone as a second factor. But if she is also using Tumblr from her phone and has had to use her one time password from there, then there is no second factor.

In general, there is a reason why many services that offer TOTP refer to it as “two-step verification” instead of as “second factor authentication”. The security that such sites seek to gain from this is not in the second-factorness; it is in the one-timeness. In particular, many of the sites and services that offer or require two-step verification with one time passwords are doing so because many of their users have weak or reused passwords. Although that should not apply to 1Password users, there are other benefits to one time passwords as I discussed above.

If you really want true two factor

If you would like to turn a site’s offering of TOTP into true two-factor security, you should not store your TOTP secret in 1Password (or in anything that will synchronize across systems). Furthermore, you should not use the regular password for the site on the same device that holds your TOTP secret.

Put simply: the device that holds your TOTP secret should never hold your password if your aim is genuine two factor security.

Personally, I don’t think that following that practice would be worthwhile for anything but a very small number of special circumstances, in which case, you should probably be using a specialized second factor device instead of something like a phone. But not everyone shares my opinion on this, and if you have a need for true second-factor security for some particular site or service, you should take that into account before adding a TOTP secret to 1Password.

For everyone else, if you find the one-timeness of TOTP worthwhile on its own (or are required to use it), 1Password’s new support in v5.2 for iOS and v4.1.0.538 makes it easier to use than ever.

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1Password 5.2 for iOS: The Awesomesauce Edition is here

OPI 5.2 jar of AwesomesauceThe holiday season may be over, but we saved your best present for last! Well, at least the best present with ‘AgileBits’ printed on it somewhere. 1Password 5.2 for iOS is now making its way to the App Store, and we even saved you the time to unwrap it.

(Get it? Because software is digital and therefore impossible to wrap with paper.)

This free update goes out to our new customers and Pro feature owners. To start, we added our first-ever Login Creator, a really slick new tool that makes it easy, dare I even say fun, to add your existing Logins to 1Password and get a feel for how much time it can save you.

Login Creator has a polished workflow for hundreds of sites and services, and we hope it makes getting started with 1Password even easier.

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For our Pro feature owners, let’s start with a new One-Time Password tool. This helps you sign into a growing number of services (like Amazon and Tumblr) that support a secondary, randomized password for that extra… je ne sais quoi. You can learn more about One-Time Passwords at TwoFactorAuth.org.

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Pro owners can now also delete attachments from the item editor and add many new custom field types like addresses, dates, and month/year.

Rounding up this release are plenty of additions in the 1Password App Extension, design, sync, Accessibility, and translation departments. You can check out the full iOS changelog if you want all the details or skip straight to the App Store and pick up the latest and greatest 1Password for iOS!

While you’re there, please take a minute to give us a great review—it helps more than you may know! Finally, let us know what you think of this release on Twitter and Facebook, and stay in touch with the Agile Newsletter.

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Check out the other apps on 1Password user #Homescreens!

Homescreen iconA little while ago, the fine folks at Betaworks released a clever app called #Homescreen. With a tap, you can share a screenshot and list of apps on your homescreen with your Twitter pals, then check out everyone’s apps at homescreen.is.

But #Homescreen’s cleverness runs much deeper. Not only can you click each app and check it out in the App Store, you can see some really cool stats (like 1Password is on 23 percent of homescreens!) and even all the other apps used by, say, the 1Password community.

Turns out 1Password is in some great company! Of course, Facebook and Twitter are there, and so are great apps (and favorites among AgileBits staff) like Fantastical, Day One, and Reeder. There’s also Slack (which we love for office chat), Launch Center Pro, Workflow, and Mailbox, and the list goes on. It’s also dynamically generated as more people share their homescreens, so it might even change over time.

Check out the full list of apps your 1Password comrades use, there are plenty of gems to discover! Give #Homescreen a try too—it’s a smart, simple way to learn more about your fellow homescreens.

iMore Best 2014 Awards

iMore names 1Password 5 for iOS an App of the Year for 2014!

It isn’t every day that we have a chance at winning a best-of-the-year award from iMore. In fact, I am told that the opportunity comes only once a year.

And this year we won!

We are thrilled and thankful and just plain touched that iMore named 1Password 5 as the iOS Utility App of the Year for 2014, and 1Password 5 for Mac as a runner-up for Mac Utility App of the Year!

iMore reviewed and listed a ton of stuff for its awards this year, from apps to accessories for both iOS and the Mac. It’s a great list from a bunch of smart folks, so be sure to give the entire thing a look!

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Apple lists 1Password among the App Store Best of 2014

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We are amazed, humbled, and absolutely thrilled that Apple has listed 1Password among the App Store Best of 2014 for iPhone and iPad!

We’re listed alongside some incredible peers, too, from Storehouse to Xcom: Enemy Within, Litely to NYT Now. Apple sure does know how to pick ’em.

We are especially honored since v5 was both a major feature release and a huge step in taking 1Password for iOS freemium. We added some of our best features ever—like Touch ID and App Extension support for other apps— and we made 1Password 5 for iOS free to start using for new customers. Now, everyone can enjoy 1Password’s security and convenience, then unlock their full potential with a single, one-time in-app purchase.

We might be biased, but we agree that makes 1Password worthy of a Best App of 2014 spot. Thanks to you, our customers, for getting us here!

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Apps ❤ 1Password: Productivity

You’ve seen Apps that ❤ 1Password to help you stay secure while socializing and keeping up with the news, but now it’s time to get to work.

We’re seeing a great number of iOS Productivity apps add 1Password support, and we are truly thankful! Turns out our iPhones and iPads can’t just be for cat GIFs and Yo-ing each other. Apparently we actually have to, like, do stuff with them.

Now you can do stuff with these apps more quickly and securely by logging in and creating accounts with 1Password and Touch ID!

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Apps ❤ 1Password: News

It can be tough to stay in touch with all the news outlets, blogs, and just plain great stuff that’s important to you. Thanks to these iPhone and iPad apps that ❤ 1Password, you can log in securely and get to reading, scrolling, and favoriting faster than ever before.

From podcast clients to information curators, bookmarking services to news readers, these are all great ways to stay informed. With their new 1Password integration on iPhone and iPad, you can stay safe online with strong, unique passwords, yet log in quickly thanks to 1Password, Touch ID, and a single tap.

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Apps ❤ 1Password: Social Networking

Our Apps ❤ 1Password page is growing by the week, so it’s about time we start highlighting these fantastic apps! Developers are adding support to their apps so you can quickly log in and, in more and more cases, even sign up for a new account with 1Password and Touch ID!

For our inaugural post I’d like to get social. It’s one of our most popular categories so far and has something from and for everyone, including Twitter clients, crowdfunding, and an app for meeting people to, you know, actually get social!

Check out the Social Networking Apps that ❤ 1Password category, and give them some love in the App Store!