On 1Password and iCloud

Just in case this is the first blog post you’ve checked since swearing off reading tech news for the past ten months or so: this is a pretty massive week for new Apple goodies (also: thanks for making this the first post you’ve read in almost a year!). Yesterday, Apple released iOS 5 and its many fantastic new features to the world, as well as a bunch of new apps like Find My Friends, AirPort Utility for iOS, and Cards. Tomorrow, the iPhone 4S becomes available, and Apple’s new service that ties it all together—iCloud—offers some great potential to third-party apps like 1Password.


Naturally, we’re getting a lot of questions about whether we will offer iCloud as a sync option in 1Password for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android, either as a replacement or an alternative to our current preferred sync service, Dropbox.

What I can say so far is that we’re just as excited about iCloud as you are, and we’re definitely looking into what it can do for 1Password and you. Fortunately, you can actually enjoy one of iCloud’s perks if you upgraded your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to iOS 5 and created an iCloud account: automatic, once-a-day, over-the-air backup and restore of all your iOS app data, which includes 1Password for iOS. Go to Settings > iCloud to learn more and configure.

Without us having to do anything, iOS 5 can at least wirelessly backup your 1Password data, and let you restore that data should you ever need to wipe your device or replace it with a new one. So really, the million dollar question is whether iCloud can function as a great solution for syncing 1Password data between computers and devices.

We don’t want to say anything more about iCloud right now or whether it will turn out to be the great sync solution we know 1Password customers demand. But rest assured, we’re definitely looking into it. As soon as we have more to say, you’ll hear about it here, on our @1Password and @AgileBits accounts, and on our 1Password Facebook page.

iOS can be hacked! Is my 1Password information safe?

The very short answer is that your 1Password data, including information that 1Password stores in your iOS keychain, remain safe despite recent press reports that might suggest otherwise.

When reading press reports such as the one in PC World about work done by researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology it is easy to get the impression that _all_ information stored in the iOS keychains can be acquired by an attacker. But that isn’t true. Only keychain information that is stored in the weakest of “protection classes” is exposed. 1Password uses the strongest protection class, and so your credentials used to automatically sync your data with Dropbox remains secure. This includes your master password on your device, your Dropbox login information, and your master password for your data on Dropbox.

I will write about this in more detail in a follow-up blog post, but I wanted to get the word out that in our security design, we anticipated that phones can be jail broken and various protection schemes can be subverted. We are pleased to say that our caution in how we store things in the iOS keychain has paid off for our users.

If you’re interested, the [original research][sit_PDF] that led to the recent spate of articles is an enlightening read.

[sit_PDF]: http://www.sit.fraunhofer.de/en/Images/sc_iPhone%20Passwords_tcm502-80443.pdf

1Password in iLounge’s 100 Essential iOS Apps of 2010!

We just got word that 1Password for iPhone and iPod touch made it into the 2011 iPod/iPhone/iPad Buyer’s Guide as one of the 100 essential apps of 2010. In fact, we’re first on the list in the productivity section! You can check out the guide at iLounge and see what other treasures are on the list.

We work hard to make 1Password—and everything we offer—the best it can be, and our users’ feedback makes it all worthwhile. Keep letting us know what you think (and what we can improve) and we’ll keep churning out new features. Thanks to iLounge for making our day!

Automatic Syncing Using Dropbox

Yay! We’re ecstatic to announce that Apple approved the new 1Password Pro version in the App Store! It means that we can finally spill the beans on a cool new feature we’ve been itching to tell you about for a long time:

1Password can now sync automatically using Dropbox!

Also known as “syncing to the cloud”, this amazing feature allows you to keep your Mac, Windows, and iOS devices in sync at all times, even when they are running on different networks. (Yes, I did say Windows; 1Password for Windows is currently in beta testing)

You can find out how to enable this feature in the User Guide: Automatic Syncing Using Dropbox.

We hope you love “syncing to the cloud” using Dropbox as much as we do! Keeping all your Macs, Windows, and iOS devices in sync is now easy as pie. Gluten-free blueberry pie, that is :)


  1. If you are already using Dropbox to sync your 1Password data between your Macs and/or PCs, you simply need to install the latest 1Password version and start it at least once before configuring your iOS device.


  1. Is there a specific top-level Dropbox folder name or path that the data file must be in for the iPhone app to find it?

    No. All you need to do is start the latest version of 1Password on your Desktop and it will write out a “pointer” file to tell the iOS devices where to find the data file.

  2. Do I need to turn off wi-fi syncing on my iPhone?

    Yes, but 1Password will automatically disable that for you when you enable Dropbox syncing.

  3. I also have an iPod Touch. Can I have all of my devices sync to the same Dropbox keychain?

    Absolutely!! Add as many devices as you want!

  4. When does sync occur on iOS?

    Syncing will start automatically when you start 1Password (after unlocking) and when you make a change to an item. We’re evaluating how to run the sync more often without compromising on battery life.

  5. I never used Dropbox. Where do I start?

    Macworld created a great video about using 1Password and Dropbox together.

Updates, Updates, Updates!

In an unprecedented move, Apple approved three updates yesterday: 1Password for iPad 1.2, 1Password for iPhone/iPod touch 3.1.1, and 1Password Pro for iPhone/iPod touch and iPad 3.1.1.

1Password touch updates

Wondering what’s changed? Well, the iPad-specific version has been brought up-to-date with the non-Pro improvements introduced in 1Password Pro 3.1, like a “Show All Login Fields” setting and a reveal/conceal menu option for password fields. There are auto-lock and web view improvements, and that pesky portrait-mode bug1 has been fixed.

1Password (standard) for iPhone/iPod touch (only)’s version is now 3.1.1, which matches 1Password Pro’s version. You can now also send us feedback from within the application, instead of having to launch the Mail application, first.

A changelog accompanies each update, so if you’re interested in the specifics, be sure to check it out, either in iTunes on your computer or in the App Store app on your touch device.

Haven’t purchased yet? You can find more information about each version in our user guide. When you’re ready, you’ll find the applications—1Password Pro, 1Password for iPad, and 1Password for iPhone/iPod touch—in the iTunes App Store.

1 The “Go & Fill” arrow was broken in portrait mode. Sorry about that.

1Password for iPad one of Computerworld’s top eight

1Password for iPad

1Password is an extremely useful app for both the Mac and the iPhone, and now it’s available for the iPad too. The iPad version is more like a grownup application…

We’re stoked that Computerworld consider 1Password for iPad one of the device’s top applications. This is going to be a wild, wild ride, and it’s fantastic that you’ve joined us for it!

iPad Feature Sneak Peek

Feature Sneak Peek: A much easier way to browse and login on your iPad

We’re toiling away on updates to 1Password for iPad and 1Password Pro, so we thought we’d show off a little. Obviously, one of the bummers of Mobile Safari is that Apple does not (yet) let developers plug into it. This means that 1Password for iPhone OS cannot integrate with Mobile Safari as tightly as it does with most browsers on your Mac.

But who says you have to browse in Safari?

We’re bringing “Available Logins” to the browser built into 1Password for iPad and 1Password Pro. This means that when holding your iPad in landscape mode, you can open 1Password’s browser, visit a site, then tap the Available Logins menu to see any of your Logins that match the site. Tap one, and 1Password will fill the form and log you in.

Browsing the web and logging into your sites on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch cannot get any easier than this. You will be able to enjoy this feature once Apple approves our next updates to 1Password for iPad and 1Password Pro, which we hope to submit in the next day or three.

1Password Pro 3.0 for iPad and iPhone

1Password Pro 3.0 arrives for iPad+iPhone, 1Password for iPad updated to 1.1

1Password Pro 3.0 took a little longer in the App Store review oven, but our universal app for iPad+iPhone is now available! This upgrade is free for existing owners, and the new version brings our iPad interface to what is now a universal app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

If you only ever plan on owning an iPad, you can check out 1Password for iPad which is an version built exclusively for that device; it does not contain the iPhone interface. We updated that version to 1.1 with a number of bug fixes and improvements.

Thanks for your patience everyone, and we hope you enjoy the new versions!

We're working through some iPad bugs (Updated)

Update: 1Password Pro 3.0 and 1Password for iPad 1.1 are now available in the App Store! See this post about the changes in these two updates, or just visit the App Store in iTunes or on your device to update!

Original post:

Some of our users are reporting some bugs in 1Password for Mac, such as problems when syncing with the requisite 1Password for Mac 3.1 update, Go & Fill quirks, and crashes. Now that we actually have iPads on which to test our software (the simulator Apple provides unfortunately isn’t enough), we are squashing these bugs with the determination of an Olympic Games finalist.

We hope to submit a new build to Apple by either today or tomorrow that resolves most of these issues. We’ll keep you posted here and on Twitter.

1Password and iPad Part 3: Return of the Passwords

It’s almost iPad Day, which means you’re probably wondering if 1Password is going to be ready. Fortunately, we submitted our iPad updates to Apple within the deadline. If all goes well, 1Password for iPad should be available for the iPad’s launch!


If you want to learn more about 1Password for iPad, check out our previous two posts that include a few screenshots. We spent a lot of time thinking about how people will interact with 1Password on the iPad, and we think we have a great experience in store for you.

The money thing

After some lengthy Agile board room meetings, dry erase boards filled to the brim with really, really important diagrams, back-to-back PowerPoint Keynote presentations, and vigorous focus group testing, we decided how 1Password for iPad pricing will work by flipping a coin. Ok, just kidding about the coin thing. And the dry erase boards.

1Password for iPad will cost just $6.99. We built this version specifically for iPad owners who do not plan on owning an iPhone or iPod touch. It has a gorgeous interface that was designed exclusively for the iPad, which you can get an early peek at in our previous iPad posts.

1Password Pro will contain both iPad and iPhone versions for users who own both devices. Once Apple approves the update we submitted along with our iPad-only version, 1Password Pro will sell for $14.99, though this upgrade is free to current owners (right now 1Password Pro is a steal for $8.99!). 1Password Pro already includes some great features over the standard iPhone version, like Folders and support for copying multiple items to Safari. In future updates, 1Password Pro will gain even more exclusive features, such as wireless sync via MobileMe and WebDAV, as well as Favorites for easy access to frequently used items.

1Password standard will sell for $6.99 from now on and will not gain the iPad interface.


So there you have it. 1Password for iPad and 1Password Pro for iPhone+iPad are now in Apple’s hands. We hope to be available in the iPad App Store when it opens Saturday, so be sure to check out 1Password for iPad for all of your password and identity needs!