Net neutrality: Keeping the Internet safe and accessible for all

Lo, everyone! Back on October 29, 1969, that two-letter greeting was the first message sent over ARPANET, the predecessor to the World Wide Web. Today, on July 12, 2017, people from around the globe are coming together for a day of action to fight for net neutrality. The principle of net neutrality states that all Internet traffic should be treated equally, but those who control the transmission of that data have been fighting for the right to place their preferred data in the fast lane and leave data they don’t like in a traffic jam. We here at AgileBits care quite a lot about data, and while we’re glad your sensitive data is safely locked away, we think the data we want to share on the Internet should remain accessible to everyone. Read more

1Password for Slackers

As I sit here, I can see at a glance that a Pull Request was just merged to master, our unit tests ran successfully, Tim shut down the staging bastion, and Will’s daughter turned 2 today with a rather delicious looking cake.

What ties all these seemingly random topics together? Why Slack of course (you know, the company with the cool socks).

Channeling your inner Slack

At AgileBits we use Slack for almost all communication. We have dedicated channels for each team, company channels for announcements and even a water-cooler channel for the hot topic of the day.

In addition to team communication we also use Slack as an alert mechanism. We receive alerts when code is merged, builds are deployed, unit tests fail, thresholds are exceeded or errors occur. I find that having a single place to see or be notified by these alerts is indispensable. There is simply no way I’d survive having to switch to each and every tool to see what needs my attention.

There was, however one critical service that was obvious by its omission, and that was 1Password. Happily that is no longer the case :)

Introducing Slack for 1Password

When I set about adding Slack integration to 1Password (yep I still get to code) the challenge was deciding what to send to Slack. As always, our customers helped with great advice and I decided that there were two types of activities to send – alerts and notifications.

An alert is sent to Slack for an activity that requires your action. Confirming a new team member or account recovery are two examples. Simply click the link in the alert and you’ll be brought right to where you need to be to complete that activity.

A notification is an important 1Password event that you may want to review. For example a team member adding a new device to their account, enabling or disabling Travel Mode, or even signing in to their account. This allows you to review this activity and keep an eye out for unexpected behaviour.

You can choose which alerts or notifications to send to Slack and which channels those are sent to.

Keep on Slacking


Slack integrations are available for all Teams on the Pro plan. If you are not already on 1Password Teams there has never been a better time, so sign up today for a free trial :)

I am very excited by the new 1Password Slack integrations and hope you are too. I’d love to hear what other alerts or notifications you’d like to see sent to Slack. Let me know below in the comments!

Introducing Travel Mode: Protect your data when crossing borders

We often get inspired to create new features based on feedback from our customers. Earlier this month, our friends at Basecamp made their Employee Handbook public. We were impressed to see they had a whole section about using 1Password, which included instructions for keeping work information off their devices when travelling internationally.

We knew right away that we wanted to make it easier for everyone to follow this great advice. So we hunkered down and built Travel Mode.

Travel Mode is a new feature we’re making available to everyone with a 1Password membership. It protects your 1Password data from unwarranted searches when you travel. When you turn on Travel Mode, every vault will be removed from your devices except for the ones marked “safe for travel.” All it takes is a single click to travel with confidence.

It’s important for me that my personal data be as secure and private as possible. I have data on my devices that’s ultimately a lot more sensitive than my personal data though. As one of the developers here at AgileBits I’m trusted with access to certain keys and services that we simply can’t take any risks with.

How it works

Let’s say I had an upcoming trip for a technology conference in San Jose. I hear the apples are especially delicious over there this time of year. :) Before Travel Mode, I would have had to sign out of all my 1Password accounts on all my devices. If I needed certain passwords with me, I had to create a temporary travel account. It was a lot of work and not worth it for most people.

Now all I have to do is make sure any of the items I need for travel are in a single vault. I then sign in to my account on 1Password.com, mark that vault as “safe for travel,” and turn on Travel Mode in my profile. I unlock 1Password on my devices so the vaults are removed, and I’m now ready for my trip. Off I go from sunny Winnipeg to hopefully-sunnier San Jose, ready to cross the border knowing that my iPhone and my Mac no longer contain the vast majority of my sensitive information.

After I arrive at my destination, I can sign in again and turn off Travel Mode. The vaults immediately show up on my devices, and I’m back in business.

Not just a magic trick

Your vaults aren’t just hidden; they’re completely removed from your devices as long as Travel Mode is on. That includes every item and all your encryption keys. There are no traces left for anyone to find. So even if you’re asked to unlock 1Password by someone at the border, there’s no way for them to tell that Travel Mode is even enabled.

In 1Password Teams, Travel Mode is even cooler. If you’re a team administrator, you have total control over which secrets your employees can travel with. You can turn Travel Mode on and off for your team members, so you can ensure that company information stays safe at all times.

Travel Mode is going to change how you use 1Password. It’s already changed the way we use it. When we gave a sneak peak to our friends at Basecamp, here’s what their founder, David Heinemeier Hansson, had to say:

International travel while maintaining your privacy (and dignity!) has become increasingly tough. We need better tools to help protect ourselves against unwarranted searches and the leakage of business and personal secrets. 1Password is taking a great step in that direction with their new Travel Mode. Bravo.

Travel Mode is available today, included in every 1Password membership. Give it a shot, and let us know how you travel with 1Password.

Learn how to use Travel Mode on our support site.

Time to make the switch

In light of the recent announcement that Meldium is closing, it’s the perfect time for your team to find a new password manager – and 1Password is here to apply for the position! If you were affected by this closure, are worried about your password manager going away (or being bought out for a third time), then it’s time to make the switch to 1Password.

After all, a password manager is too important to choose one that won’t be here for the long haul.

Why choose us?

We could tell you that we’re the best, that we’ve won all kinds of awards, and that we’ve got the best security and customer support. Or we could give you a free trial, where you could see just how easy it is to fall in love with 1Password. We’ll do both, but first let’s tell you a bit about our company ;)

1Password began 10 years ago when Dave and Roustem had the dream of building an easy, secure way to remember and fill passwords. Since then we’ve grown to over 80 passionate people across 4 continents.

In the many years that 1Password has been around we’ve seen many password managers come and go. Some have been flash-in-the-pan, fly-by-night companies, others have been VC funded exercises in getting bought or acquired. Through it all, 1Password has consistently led the way making password management as beautiful, usable and secure as it can be.

We’ve had a blast building 1Password over the last 10 years and are honoured to have millions of customers call 1Password home. We’d love to have you join us as we look forward to the next 10 years.

After all – password management is what we do. It’s all we do. It’s what we love to do.

Switch now and Save

We know it can be tough to ask for additional budget when you are already paying for a password manager. Don’t worry, we have you covered there too. Switch your team to 1Password by June 30th and send us the remaining invoice for your current password manager and we’ll add DOUBLE the credit to your new 1Password account.

Switch to 1Password Teams for double credit

It’s easy to get started. Once you have signed up for your free trial send your receipt to maketheswitch@1password.com. Our team of amazing people will reach out and help you make the switch. It’s just that easy – almost as easy as using 1Password.

So take this opportunity to switch your team to 1Password. You’ll never have to worry about switching again :)

Get to know 1Password Teams: Security Audit & Watchtower

You’ve moved over to 1Password Teams, invited your team, set up custom groups and laid out a recovery plan. Simply by using 1Password, your company is now far more secure than when you started. But how can you know your team is safe from online security breaches? Your teammates could go through their passwords one by one and make them stronger, but there’s a better way: Security Audit.

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Get to know 1Password Teams: Vaults and sharing

What would 1Password be without vaults? They’re where you put your most important information to keep it safe, and they’ve been a core part of the 1Password experience since the beginning. In 1Password Teams, vaults are more useful than ever. Let’s look at how vaults can help you organize and share information within your team.
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Get to know 1Password Teams: Custom groups and roles

As a 1Password Teams customer, you’re in charge of tens, hundreds, or even thousands of people, passwords, and files. Thankfully we have some fantastic tools that give you flexibility and control. Two such tools are custom groups and roles:

  • Custom groups let you organize your staff in a way that makes sense. You might want to put your IT team in one group, your accounts team in another, and sales in a third. Each group has access to the vaults it needs, so new members will have be able to see the right information as soon as they join.
  • Custom roles let you decide who can perform team-level responsibilities like invite people or recover accounts—-without giving them full admin privileges. You can also grant the ability to manage people and vaults, and a lot more. These roles supersede the built-in permissions, so you can give your team members more power, or take it away. It’s entirely up to you.

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Get to know 1Password Teams: The Activity Log

In this series of posts we’ll be exploring 1Password Teams and the features that make it uniquely suited to the challenges faced by businesses. Today’s article is about the Activity Log, a rich overview of all the activity that takes place in your team.

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What is activity logging?

Activity Logging is one of those features that you can’t live without once you try it. Simply put, it’s the ability to see, at a glance, anything done by anyone on your team.

Anything?

Just about. Fire up the Activity Log and you’ll be able to find out about:

  • password changes
  • team members joining and leaving
  • device authorizations
  • vault creation and deletion
  • membership changes to groups and vaults

…and more.

For each action, you see exactly when it happened, who was involved, and who was responsible. You can sort the list by date or by person, and you can click on the names of people, vaults, and groups to go right to their details. It’s the simplest and best way to audit your team and improve security and accountability.

The best part? Like everything else in 1Password, the Activity Log is fully end-to-end encrypted. No one apart from your team administrators has access to it.

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Get to know 1Password Teams: Account Recovery

We created 1Password Teams to solve long-standing challenges faced by businesses who need to protect their sensitive information. In this series of posts we’ll be exploring 1Password Teams and features that make it uniquely suited to these challenges. This first entry is all about account recovery, how we use it, and how to make a recovery plan.

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Introducing 1Password Windows for Teams!

Today is a very big day in Windows land: 1Password Teams is now officially available on Windows!

Our Windows team has made amazing progress since we introduced the first beta for Teams earlier this summer and I’m super excited to be able to share the results of their incredible work with you now.

Let’s jump right in!

Beautiful new design

The first thing you’ll notice right off the bat is 1Password 6 has an amazing new design. From every bit to every last pixel, literally everything is completely new in 1Password 6!

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Once you unlock 1Password you’ll be greeted with a completely new overview and details screen.

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As much as there is to enjoy in this new design, my favourite has to be Large Type – I absolutely love how great my passwords look there:

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Large Type makes reading even the most complicated passwords a breeze – I can even read them without my glasses! And if you have a High-DPI screen, it looks even better ?

Oh, and then there’s our browser extensions. These were not available in the initial beta and they were dearly missed! They’re here now and they look great!

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Beautiful new security design

1Password had an amazing security design already, but in 1Password Teams we didn’t rest on our laurels. Instead, we took everything we learned about security over the last 10 years and built a completely new security architecture that pushed the limits of modern technologies.

As has always been the case with 1Password, your information is encrypted end-to-end, so only you and your team have the keys to decrypt your information. What’s new is an even secure-er encryption design as well as some cool techniques like Secure Remote Password, which allows clients and the server to verify each other during communication.

tripleencryptThe most visual change is the addition of the Account Key. This is a unique 128bit key that is generated for every user and greatly increases the security of your account.

The Account Key might appear similar to two-factor authentication but it’s so much better because it plays a direct role in the encryption of your data. It strengthens and fortifies your Master Password so much that even a poorly-chosen Master Password will be infeasible for attackers to brute force. It’s also never sent to our servers so it cannot be reset, intercepted, or evaded.

For an illustrated overview of our new security design, check out our security page, as well as our Security White Paper, for fun details like these ones:

  • Tamper-proof, authenticated encryption using AES-GCM mode
  • Brute force protection using PBKDF2-HMAC-SHA256
  • Secure vault sharing using asymmetric cryptography

The most amazing thing about this new design is it’s not only secure-er, but it’s much faster, too! It’s one of the benefits we get for using the latest and greatest modern technologies ?

Beautiful organization and control

menu-trimmedOne of greatest features in 1Password Teams is how easy it makes organizing things into multiple vaults. When you’ve organized passwords in separate vaults, it makes finding things easier, and also makes it super simple to securely share with your teammates.

New vaults can be created from your Admin Console on 1Password.com and will automatically appear on all your devices. You can also add teammates to new vaults and they will receive the vault and everything within it immediately.

Your team admin can even control the permissions for each vault, allowing you to share read-only access to vaults, and control who can manage the vault.

Oh and you’re not limited to a single 1Password account. As you can see from the screenshot, in addition to multiple vaults you can also have multiple accounts added to 1Password. This is great for your teammates as it allows them to use 1Password in their private lives as well as their professional life.

Beautiful safety nets

When you change an item within 1Password for Windows it will sync automatically to 1Password.com and become available on all your other authorized devices instantly.

All these changes are remembered by 1Password just in case you ever need to revert to an earlier version. If you or your teammates ever delete or modify something by accident, you can simply sign in to 1Password.com and restore what you need from the Item History popup:

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Item History is perfect for protecting individual items, but you and your teammates need safety nets for your accounts as well. In a team environment you just can’t afford to get locked out of critical systems every time someone forgets their password.

That brings us to the most beautiful and secure safety net of all: Account Recovery. We (AgileBits) have never been able to reset your password, and with 1Password Teams we still can’t. But now you can!

With our innovative new recovery feature, if one of your teammates forgot their Master Password, your team admins can restore their access and they’ll regain access to all their passwords.

Beautiful in so many other ways, too

In addition to our new amazing Windows app, your subscription to 1Password Teams gives you and your entire team access to many more awesome things:

  • You and everyone on your team get all our awesome apps for free, including Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS
  • Automatic syncing – no configuration or extra software required
  • Securely share items and documents across your whole team
  • Easily invite your entire team and control access using the Admin Console
  • Full web access from anywhere

Sign your team up today!

1Password 6 for Windows is available today for subscribers to 1Password Teams. If you have not yet subscribed, now’s a great time to sign up:

Sign up your team

Subscribers simply need to download 1Password 6 and add their account information during setup.

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Once logged in, all your data will sync automatically. And if you had any data stored in an earlier version of 1Password, you can migrate over all of your existing data.

Oh, and if you sign up before October 31, you will get all the features of the Pro plan for the low, low price of the Standard plan. And best of all, you and your team will lock in the Standard price for as long as you’re subscribed. Even teammates you add later on will still get the same awesome deal.

Be sure to sign up by October 31st before this window closes ?

Enjoy! ❤️