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The Because We Love You Sale

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 5.3 for Mac: The Bionic Edition is out!

We last heard from our hero, 1Password for Mac, in version 5.1. Sadly, version 5.2 suffered a tragic accident. The development team refused to give up. “We can rebuild it,” they said. “We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic password manager. 1Password 5.3 for Mac will be that app. Better than it was before. Stronger…Faster…Better.”

We proudly present 1Password 5.3 for Mac, now available for Mac App Store and AgileBits Store customers, and it won’t cost six million dollars (it’s a free update for all 5.x owners).

Two-Steps Stronger

Barcode Scanner With BorderWe recently introduced our TOTP feature — Time-Based One-Time Passwords — in iOS and Windows, and now we’re bringing it to the Mac. TOTPs are increasingly used as an extra layer of security by companies from Dropbox to Tumblr, so now you’re ready for them with 1Password for Mac. To learn how to add TOTP to 1Password for Mac, check out our handy dandy guide and video!

Faster Communication

1Password makes you more secure online, but it also saves you time by logging you in and filling long, tedious forms with a single click. Now it can help you make phone calls and start emails with one click, too.

We’ve added great new features in v5.3 to make it even easier for you to keep in contact with your sidekick. You can click on phone numbers that you’ve added to Identities to start FaceTime Audio or Skype calls, or click on an email address to start emails.

This works not only in the default fields for these in items like Identities and Software Licenses, but also in custom fields.

synapse_brainA Better Brain

Did you know 1Password has a Brain that handles the under-the-hood tasks of figuring out webpages and filling your Logins, Identities, and Credit Cards into forms? In v5.3, we gave the Brain a heavy dose of B and D vitamins, as well as some omega–3 dev classes and shared objects to make it much faster and smarter when filling said forms and generally saving you oodles of time.

Too much more to list

We also implanted a plethora of custom field options, some great 1Password mini nips and tucks, and Secure Notes can now have custom fields and sections.

Actually, I’d love to list all the great stuff we packed into this free update, but there’s a chance such an extensive post might break WordPress. Instead, you can check out the full details in our release notes. To get the update, just hit the Mac App Store’s Updates tab, or for our AgileBits Store version, click 1Password 5 > Check for Updates in the menubar.

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The new wonderful-ness of Wi-Fi sync

The ability to have your secure password data with you on all of your devices is one of the most important features of 1Password. Of course, strong encryption of your data is vital as well, but it is sync that ensures that you can use these strong and unique passwords across all your devices easily.

Ensuring that users have access to their data everywhere they need it is not always a simple process. Let’s take a look at the development of Wi-Fi sync in 1Password, and see some of the great improvements our developers have made lately.

The beginning of Wi-Fi

We begin back before the dawn of 1Password 4. The Wi-Fi Sync of 1Password 3 provided a… less than ideal user experience. When our developers sharpened their tools to craft 1Password 4, the initial version of 1Password 4 for iOS was released without the feature.

Users were not content with this omission and lobbied us by forum and by email and by all means necessary, declaring their love for Wi-Fi Sync (and as well they should!) Hearing their pleas, our developers went back to the Agile Forge and re-designed Wi-Fi Sync for its triumphant return in 1Password 4 for Mac.

Wi-Fi’s triumphant return

Even after we reintroduced Wi-Fi Sync in 1Password 4 for Mac, we knew we could do better. We kept polishing and strengthening the feature, and now with the release of the Syncerrific Edition, Wi-Fi Sync is the powerful, cloud-free sync option that our users both need and deserve.

Let’s look at some of the improvements to Wi-Fi sync in 1Password 5:

  • Attachments: Wi-Fi sync now syncs every nook and cranny of your vault … including all of your attachments.
  • Multiple Vaults: Got multiple vaults? No problem. Wi-Fi sync can handle that. Sync all your vaults to your mobile devices without ever touching the cloud.
  • Automatic: No more need to frequently type in secrets – sync your data whenever your devices are linked to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac.

1Password 5 Wi-Fi preferences

Learn about how to set up Wi-Fi sync for all of your vaults in our User Guide.

We’d like to thank all our wonderful users for their persistence. 1Password is a better, stronger, faster product for you today because you keep us on our toes.

Keep being awesome.

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1Password 5.1 for Mac: The Syncerrific Edition is here

Judging from the title, you might think this update is about Watchtower enhancements or properly formatting credit card numbers, but you would be only half right! 1Password 5.1 for Mac, rolling out now to the the AgileBits Store and Mac App Store, is all about sync.

In short, we completely overhauled how you manage sync for your primary and secondary vaults to save you time. In Preferences > Sync, you can now view all your vaults and how they sync, and change sync methods with a click.

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Wi-Fi Sync users also get a whole new Preferences pane that makes setup much easier. Oh, and secondary vaults can now sync via Wi-Fi!

We packed lots of other great changes into v5.1 for Mac, from copying addresses in Identities with just a click to support for Portuguese. You can view the full changelog for all the details.

1Password 5.1 for Mac is a free update available now for all v5 owners. If you’re a Mac App Store customer, please leave us a great rating and review, they really help!

As always, let us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook, and stay in touch with the AgileBits newsletter!

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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1Password for Mac Tips: meet 1Password mini and its not-so-mini list of shortcuts

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What might seem like one of the smallest new features in 1Password 5 for Mac is actually one of its biggest. We completely redesigned it so you can find what you need more easily, but we also gave it a huge dose of keyboard shortcuts so you can work faster and keep important items at your fingertips.

If you want to impress friends and family and save even more time with 1Password, give these 1Password mini shortcuts1 a try:

  • Open 1Password mini: ⌥-⌘-\ (Option-Command-backslash by default)
  • Open 1Password mini’s preferences: ⌘-comma (Command-comma)
  • Select a category or item: ↑ ↓
  • Open item detail window: →
  • Close item detail window: ←
  • Copy selected field: ⏎ (Return key)
  • Copy the password value for the selected Login item: ⌘-⇧-C
  • Switch vaults: ⌘-1 through 9
  • Edit an item: ⌘-E (Command-E)
  • Save an item: ⌘-S (Command-S)
  • Anchor button (to open an item in its own window): ⌘-O (Command O as in the word “open”)
  • Reveal password field: Hold ⌥ (Option key)

Keep 1Password items on screen while you work

You can even pin 1Password items on-screen in order to reference or copy their details to other apps. Just click the Anchor button (or press ⌘-O) to open an item in a separate, free-floating window. The item detail window remains open until you click the red close button. Plus, you can anchor as many items as you like.

Naturally, there’s a bonus tip here: To close multiple anchored windows all at once, hold ⌥ when you close a window using the red button.

We hope you like these shortcuts, so let us know what you think of them and if we should add any more!

  1. Naturally, these all require that, in 1Password > Preferences > General, the setting to “Always keep 1Password mini running” is enabled.
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About iCloud changes in 1Password 5

iCloud borderless iconOne of the big changes in 1Password 5 for Mac and iOS is a brand new iCloud sync engine. This change is a huge, order-of-magnitude-improvement over what we had in 1Password 4, but it came at a cost. I would like to explain how we arrived at this decision.

Mac App Store and AgileBits Web Store

There are two versions of 1Password for Mac. One is available on the Mac App Store and the other is in our own AgileBits Store. For the most part, these two versions are identical. One major difference is that Mac App Store version of 1Password is sandboxed to satisfy the store requirements. Another big difference is the access to iCloud features. Starting with 1Password 5, only apps downloaded from iOS or Mac App Stores have access to iCloud.

Hey Siri, define “iCloud”

“iCloud” is a name that covers many different services and technologies. This umbrella name makes it difficult to talk about iCloud.

For Mac and iOS users, iCloud could mean:

  • Services that keep track of your iTunes Movies and Music purchases
  • Services that keep your application data and iPhone backups
  • iCloud.com
  • And more: apple.com/icloud

For developers, iCloud could mean:

  • a low-level API that is used to read and write files to the local iCloud container folders
  • a document-based API that is used to store documents for apps like TextEdit or Preview
  • an API for apps using Core Data framework
  • new CloudKit API
  • More information is here: developer.apple.com/icloud/index.html

1Password 4 was using the low-level API tied to the local iCloud container folder. It is similar for both Mac App Store and iOS apps. Because the local container folder was available to all apps on Mac, our Web Store version of 1Password could also use iCloud for syncing.

History

Here is a short history of iCloud and 1Password:

  • 2011: iCloud introduced in iOS 5
  • 2012: iOS includes many fixes and new APIs in iCloud. 1Password 4 for iOS 6 (finally!) adds support for iCloud
  • 2013: 1Password 4 for Mac is out with iCloud support
  • 2014: iCloud gets completely re-implemented and reintroduced as CloudKit and iCloud Drive.
  • One-time migration of user data is performed when upgrading to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. 1Password 5 for Mac and iOS now use CloudKit

1Password 4 and iCloud

From the developer’s perspective, the original iCloud was pure magic. To sync with iCloud, the “only” thing that the app had to do was to save its files into a special folder and the operating system took care of the rest. The files were magically transferred between all computers and devices.

When the magic worked it was great. When it didn’t, it could be frustrating because there was no way to tell why.

Over time, after dealing with the problems we “learned” and made defensive changes in the app. For example, after initially syncing to iCloud, 1Password would show a message that the data will be available on other devices “in a few minutes”, even though we had no way to tell when it would actually happen. If you were setting up a new device and downloading a lot of data, it would take hours for your 1Password data to appear.

1Password was not the only app affected by iCloud issues:

There is no doubt that these issues triggered a major change in iCloud and the introduction of iCloud Drive and CloudKit. Unfortunately, it seems that iCloud Drive might have inherited some of the issues.

CloudKit

In 2014, Apple announced CloudKit, available exclusively to apps in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. It is a simple and elegant network API that allows apps to store data remotely on Apple servers. The biggest difference from iCloud is that there is no magic. Instead of writing the files locally and then waiting for them to magically appear on other devices, the app simply makes a request to update its data on the server. It does require developers to write more code, but the end result is a hundred times better.

CloudKit is very fast, efficient, and makes it easy to detect and troubleshoot errors. CloudKit is predictable. 1Password now knows if the item was successfully updated on the server and is available to other devices. If the operation fails, the app now gets a detailed error message explaining why it happened, be it a network error, a downed server, no space available, or the user was rate-limited.

We don’t have to guess when something goes wrong anymore, and we no longer have to tell our users to perform a set of magic steps hoping that some of them would trigger iCloud to work. CloudKit solved the problems we had with the old iCloud.

Other advantages of CloudKit include:

  • CloudKit stores data as records instead of files. It allows apps to perform partial record fetches and updates that make syncing more efficient and do not force dowloading or uploading an entire file.
  • Remote CloudKit database supports queries that allow 1Password perform syncing faster compared to scanning a directory of files.
  • CloudKit supports “server change tokens”. They are used by 1Password to quickly test for changes made on other devices.
  • 1Password on both Mac and iOS uses CloudKit Remote Push Notifications to perform syncing almost instantly when a change made on a remote device or Mac.
  • CloudKit provides a special record asset type (CKAsset) that is used to sync large attachments.

All these features made a huge difference. We tested CloudKit integration in early betas of 1Password 5 and we immediately became very excited about it. After using CloudKit in the beta for several weeks, we decided it is the best way for 1Password to support iCloud sync.

Conclusion

I hope this explains why we made a decision to switch to CloudKit. The performance and reliability of CloudKit, combined with issues of the old iCloud sync, made it impossible for us to not use CloudKit in 1Password 5.

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1Password 5 for Mac is here

What’s a major OS X release without a major 1Password update? I don’t know, but we would rather not find out. That’s why you can now get 1Password 5 for Mac in the Mac App Store and our web store!

First-class Yosemite citizen

It was only a year ago that we released 1Password 4, and 1Password 5 for Mac ensures we’re ready for the next major chapter of OS X. We completely redesigned 1Password to be a first-class OS X Yosemite citizen—in fact, it requires Yosemite now—right down to compatibility with its new Dark Mode; if you enable it, be sure to check out 1Password mini in the menu bar!

1Password mini also got its own major upgrade. Besides Dark Mode, we redesigned it to be faster and more intuitive so you can fly through menus, anchor an item in its own window with a shortcut, and more. Plus, if you trigger 1Password mini with the system-wide shortcut (⌘-⌥-\ by default), it now conveniently appears in the center of your display.

Go for an iCloud Drive

If you want to use iCloud to sync with 1Password 5 for iOS, I am thrilled to say Apple’s next-gen sync is now available in 1Password 5 for Mac. iCloud sync also now requires the Mac App Store version.

The new iCloud sync is a really big deal. It’s faster and just plain better in every way, and you simply need to upgrade to iCloud Drive on all your Apple devices to sync 1Password 5 (note: we do not store your data in iCloud Drive. We use CloudKit, its underlying technology, for sync). That means you’ll need to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite all the things. For more details and a guide to making the transition, please check out our iCloud FAQ support document.

Wi-Fi Sync your attachments

Using Wi-Fi Sync to keep your data close to home? As long as you’re using the new 1Password 5 for Mac and iOS, I am delighted to say your attachments will now sync as well.

Upgrades and sales, oh my!

We’re so excited about 1Password 5 for Mac that we want all our v4 customers to have it for free! But what about people who have yet to buy a 1Password License of Awesomeness? No, we don’t actually call it that. But we should.

We want to help you out too, so we’re throwing a 30-percent-off launch sale! That means you can get secure and save a ton of time online for just $35!

How long does the sale run? We don’t know yet. Does it matter? Nope! Grab your 1Password License of Awesomeness now (see? it sounds great), start creating strong, unique passwords for all your accounts, and up your security.

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Up your 1Password-fu with keyboard shortcuts

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I don’t know about you, but constantly typing my login details is not my favourite part about visiting websites, and digging for my credit cards, then typing all those details takes all the fun out of shopping.

Fortunately, 1Password and some handy keyboard shortcuts are happy to save you a ton of time with all these less-than-thrilling parts of being online, so you can spend more time on the stuff that matters.

1Password’s bread ‘n butter

One of our best, long-standing shortcuts is Command-\ (for PC users, Command = Control). This game-changer instantly fills and submits your Login for the current page, so you get in and get going with a single shortcut. If you have more than one Login for the page, a 1Password menu will list them all so you can arrow up and down, then hit Return on the one you need.

Of course, many standard computing shortcuts work for 1Password, too: Command-N will create a new item for you, Command-E will edit an existing item, and Command-S will save the edits.

Fill forms with the 1Password menu

“Password” might be in the app’s name, but 1Password also fills things like registration forms and shopping carts. First, you’ll want to open the main 1Password app and create a couple Identities and Credit Card items.

Then, on a page with a form you want to fill, press Command-Option-\ (Control-Alt-\ on PC) to display the 1Password menu. There you can arrow to the Identities or Credit Cards section, arrow right to find the item you need, and hit Return to sign up for a new service or checkout online faster than you can say “Siri, remind me to review our monthly budget.”

Switch vaults (Mac)

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switching vaults

We introduced Multiple Vaults in 1Password 4 for Mac, allowing you to securely share and sync items with a team at work, your family members, and monthly D&D squad.

Each vault gets a numbered keyboard shortcut. To switch between them, open the 1Password app or 1Password mini’s menu in your browser and use Command-2 for your second vault, Command-3 for the next, etc. Command-1 is always your primary, personal vault.

Lock 1Password

Control-Option-Command-L on your Mac or Control-L on your PC will lock 1Password and keep it safe from any prying eyes.

Copy an item’s password

Command-Shift-C on your Mac in 1Password or 1Password mini, Control-Shift-C on your PC in 1Password, to copy the password for the selected item.

Reveal a password

If you’re a cautious sort and prefer to keep your passwords safely obscured behind dots, simply hold down the Option key on your Mac, or Control-R on your PC to sneak a peek at the password.

The whole enchilada

Find the full list of keyboard shortcuts for 1Password 4 for Mac here and 1Password 4 for Windows here.

Our 1Password Watchtower service is now looking out for you, right in 1Password for Mac

1Password WatchtowerEarlier this month, we introduced our new Watchtower service on the web. In its initial version, Watchtower checks whether a website is (or ever was) vulnerable to the internet’s nasty Heartbleed security bug, then tells you whether it’s safe to update your password.

Now we’ve taken the next major step and made it much easier to stay secure online, as Watchtower can now check all your Logins at once, right inside 1Password for Mac.

1Password 4.4 for Mac is now available to website and Mac App Store customers, and it has Watchtower built right in. Watchtower is a free service, and once you enable it (either under Security Audit or Preferences), Watchtower will alert you if a website is found to be at risk.

Like Captain Picard sounding the call to battle stations, 1Password will display a red alert at the top of any affected Logins (see this post’s gallery for examples). Click the alert to learn more about what’s going on and when it is necessary and safe to update your password.

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Watchtower in Security Audit

Watchtower is a new component of 1Password’s popular Security Audit feature, which shows you items with weak passwords, duplicate passwords, and other handy info to help you decide which Logins to update.

Now built into 1Password, Watchtower lists all vulnerable Logins in a single place and even sorts them by status, such as “Avoid”—for sites that have not yet patched their vulnerability—and “Change Password” for sites that have updated and it is now safe (and prudent) to change your passwords.

How it works

The Watchtower service is off by default. Once users enable it, 1Password will check daily for new website vulnerability information. Your website information is never transmitted to us. 1Password simply downloads this information and checks it locally against your Logins.

Now available

1Password 4.4 for Mac is now available as a free update to existing website and Mac App Store customers, and we have plans to add it to 1Password for Windows. Our new Watchtower service is a major step for 1Password and making you more secure on the web. We’d love for you to give it a try and let us know what you think on Twitter, Facebook, and in our forums!