1Password 6.8 for Mac & iOS: The Picnic Edition

It’s been a strange summer here in Syracuse, NY; the beginning of the season was characterized by sub-optimal temperatures punctuated with frequent rainstorms. It’s only recently, a few weeks into July, that the weather has finally made the turn and the mercury is holding steady at a more comfortable level. As we were brainstorming themes for this wonderful release of 1Password 6.8 for both Mac and iOS my good friend Megs said, “Picnics!” and I knew instantly she’d nailed it.

So my friends, get your picnic blanket ready, because we have prepared a basket full of delicious new treats just for you in 1Password 6.8. We hope you’re having a delightful, secure, and scrumptious summer!

TL;DR (Internet speak for ‘Too Long; Didn’t Read’)

• One-time passwords now copy themselves to the clipboard automatically whenever you fill an item that has a one-time password.
• The ability to create vaults has arrived for 1Password.com accounts!
• Item creation and modification dates now appear in the item details on iOS.
• Korean has made a triumphant return!

HOW ABOUT SOME EXTRA SPRINKLES FOR THAT ICE CREAM CONE?


We can’t think of anything better to beat the heat than a nice cold ice-cream in the sunshine … with extra sprinkles, of course. We’d like to think of your one-time passwords as the sprinkles that complete your Login items. Now 1Password automatically copies those one-time passwords when you fill an item with the 1Password Extension, saving you a step and a giving you more time to enjoy that ice cream. Yummy!

We had this feature in beta for quite some time (too long if you ask Rudy, the developer who added this feature 😉) and we’re really excited to have it see the light of day. Given the responses we’ve seen on Twitter so far you all love this one as much as we do. Thank you for all the positive feedback!

YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY BASKETS OF GOODIES!


Everyone needs a safe place to store the pie so that no one gets into it before dessert. Now you can create new vaults in your 1Password.com account on the fly and off the cuff right within 1Password itself. No more storing the cherry pie with the cheese, or the cupcakes with the croissants. No matter what your organizational structure – creating new vaults on the go has never been so easy!

The ability to create vaults without having to visit 1Password.com has been one of the most requested features we’ve had and we’re really happy to finally make this feature available. Separating your items out into different vaults gives you a ton of flexibility not only over how you organize your items, but also how you share them. In the Fey household my wife and I share a vault of common logins (bank logins, credit cards, family social security numbers) but we also have a separate vault set up explicitly for estate planning. This vault contains all the information our executor needs in case the worst happens to the both of us. The peace of mind that comes with this setup is absolutely invaluable.

YOU’LL ALWAYS KNOW HOW FRESH YOUR ITEMS ARE.

A great sandwich is a staple at every picnic, but a truly great sandwich is only as good as the ingredients.
The same can be said for your security and an aging password is not a fresh part of your ecosystem.
With this latest update to 1Password for iOS, you’ll always know how fresh your items are by checking the dates your items were created and edited are right there at the bottom of the item details.

KOREAN LANGUAGE IS BACK! KOREAN BBQ, ANYONE?


맛있는 고기구이를 준비하고 사랑하는 이들과 함께 즐겨보시는 것은 어떨까요? 드디어 1Password에서 한국어를 지원하게 되었으니까요! 우리 멋진 한국어 번역자들이 아니었다면 불가능했을 겁니다. 정말 감사드립니다!
소중한 한국어 구사 고객들을 위해 1Password를 완벽하게 준비해두었답니다. 저희는 완벽주의자니까요. 이렇게 언어가 아름답게 돌아오게 된 것을 정말 자랑스럽게 생각하고 있습니다.

FULL RELEASE NOTES

1Password for iOS
You can find the full release notes here.

1Password for Mac
Our Mac release notes can be seen here.

YOUR FAVORITES?

I’d love to hear your favorite feature in this release. Sound off in the comments!

Introducing native messaging for the 1Password extension

I’m really excited to announce a brand new way for 1Password to save and fill in browsers. It’s not a new feature, and chances are you won’t even notice it. It’s called native messaging, and it changes the way 1Password integrates with your browser. In fact, if you use 1Password with Google Chrome, you might already be using it.1

Native messaging makes the 1Password extension faster, more stable, and more compatible in more situations. It improves the performance and reliability of the 1Password extension, and it’s the end result of talking with thousands of 1Password users over the years.

Once upon a time…


When the 1Password extension made its debut for Chrome in 2012, the options for browser extensions to talk to apps were limited. We settled on an approach using WebSockets, which creates a network connection on your computer between 1Password and the browser. Although it’s technically a network connection, the data is only transmitted locally and never leaves your computer. This served us well in the vast majority of cases, but for a significant number people, this connection was unreliable. Proxies, antivirus, and other security software could interfere with the connection and prevent saving and filling. These conflicts caused a lot of pain, especially for Windows users. Over time, it became clear that we needed a better approach.

Enter native messaging

Thankfully, Google led the way and introduced that better approach. Native messaging is a more direct way for browser extensions to communicate with apps. Unlike WebSockets, it doesn’t rely on creating a network connection between your computer and itself.

With native messaging, no longer is Chrome’s connection to 1Password subject to the vagaries of your network and computing environment. No matter how you’ve configured your computer, if you can run 1Password and Chrome, then native messaging will work for you. Last year, we began the transition to replace WebSockets with native messaging. In order for 1Password to use native messaging, we needed to update the extension and the apps. So in April, we released a version of the 1Password extension for Chrome with support for native messaging. Since then, all current versions of 1Password for Mac and Windows have been updated to use the new technology.

What will change?

If you notice any changes, they should only be positive. Communication is nearly instant, and you’ll be able to use the extension as soon as you open your browser. Native messaging removes entire classes of problems that have affected 1Password users for a long time. Conflicts with network proxies and firewalls in corporate computing environments, ad blocking software, and even productivity tools that lock you out of distracting sites should be a thing of the past. Security software that gets spooked by local network connections should relax down from red alert. And many less common scenarios will work much better with native mesaging as well.

How do I get it?!


The first thing to do is check for updates in 1Password to make sure you’re using the latest version available. The latest releases of 1Password all include native messaging. We even updated 1Password 4 for Windows to make sure everyone can take advantage of this advancement on both Mac and Windows. 1Password has built-in support for Google Chrome and many other browsers based on Chrome, like Opera. If you’re using a supported browser, 1Password will switch to native messaging immediately.

Some Chrome-based browsers are supported but require additional configuration to work with native messaging. See our support article for more details.

Conclusion

Native messaging is the future for the 1Password extension. For now it’s supported in Chrome, but support will be coming soon to other browsers like Firefox and Edge. We’ll let you know when native messaging arrives on new browsers — and stay tuned for more posts about the 1Password extension. There’s a lot of exciting stuff going on that I can’t wait to share with you. For now, I’d love to hear your thoughts about native messaging in the comments, and you can always connect with me and the rest of the extension team in the forum.


  1. I will use Chrome as a shorthand for Chrome and browsers based on
    Chromium such as Opera and Vivaldi throughout this post unless there are
    specific differences to note. 

Why We Love 1Password Memberships

TL;DR: We love 1Password. We love you. We believe 1Password memberships are the best and will shout it from the mountaintops, but standalone vaults aren’t being removed.

Recently a customer wrote in to praise us for handling a sticky situation with a quick and decisive response. They signed off their post with “from a happy customer”.

Jeff, our resident Chief Defender Against the Dark Arts, replied and signed his message with “from a happy 1Password maker”.

This was really cute and I loved the play on words. It also got me thinking though: we really are happy 1Password makers.

From a happy 1Password maker

Jeff’s phrase is similar to a statement that I tell our team often and expound upon during interviews: we all need to be working at our dream jobs. So I really shouldn’t be surprised by Jeff’s signature. But it stuck with me as I adored its simplicity.

Quick and to the point. And at the same time, a revelation. I absolutely loved it.

1Password is what it is today because we all love working here and have fun helping our customers. We are completely self-funded, independent, have turned down all offers from venture capitalists, and our board of directors consists entirely of people who work on 1Password and help customers directly each and every day.

As a result we’re able to provide true security and never compromise on protecting the privacy of our customers. We don’t have to and never will sell your information or spam you with ads.

The bottom line is we have a complete focus on 1Password and since we’re working on stuff we love, we’re excited and have the desire to constantly improve and make 1Password the best it can be. We’re happy to be able to do this.

Happy 1Password memberships

How is happiness related to 1Password memberships? Simple. We created 1Password memberships to make 1Password the best it can be. And a direct result of 1Password memberships is happier 1Password makers and customers alike.

I am so much happier now that 1Password has the power of memberships to help me help our customers. With memberships, there are several things that I no longer need to do, and as a direct result I have more time to improve 1Password and help more customers.

With 1Password memberships we have a wonderful set of things we no longer need to do. I call it my No More list and here are just the highlights:


No More telling people who had syncing misconfigured (or didn’t realize that syncing needed to be manually configured) that I’m sorry they lost their data when they reset their phone. With 1Password memberships, all your data is synced automatically when you sign in, so there’s nothing to set up or worry about configuring wrong.

No More telling people that I’m sorry that when they deleted some files from their hard drive they didn’t recognize they inadvertently deleted all their 1Password data. With 1Password memberships, everyone enjoys data loss protection that ensures this can never happen.

No More explaining that we don’t have any control or visibility into third-party sync solutions and are therefore limited when troubleshooting problems. With 1Password memberships, we are in complete control of both sides of the connection so we’re able to optimize things, quickly troubleshoot, and improve immediately when a problem is found. All this results in a rock solid solution that results in an entire category of issues no longer affecting our customers.

No More explaining why purchasing 1Password on one platform doesn’t automatically unlock it on all other platforms. Not only is it really hard for customers to understand that 1Password is “licensed per person, per platform, with paid upgrades”, but it’s an incredible mouthful for us to even say. With 1Password memberships, you simply subscribe once and you get access to 1Password everywhere.

No More needing to hold back on features for creating a “big splash” for major upgrades. These require purchasing a license upgrade and so it’s important that we save up features (often for a year or more) so we can woo customers to open up their wallets. With 1Password memberships, we can give people new features as soon as they are available so they can enjoy them right away. See Travel Mode and 1Password for Slackers for examples of this.

I wish I could also say No More for explaining to people who have forgotten their Master Password that 1Password uses true security and they therefore need to start over. But with 1Password memberships I can at least share the good news that families and teams can use Account Recovery to restore their own access.

And with the time we save from not needing to do these things, we’ll be able to improve 1Password itself to make it easier for customers to remember their Master Passwords. So perhaps someday soon this will indeed end up on my No More list.

Nudging people towards 1Password memberships


Now of course not everyone is on 1Password memberships yet, so we do indeed still work through these issues every day. So it’s not truly a No More list. At least not yet. Still, the number of people on memberships continues to grow every day, so we’re quickly seeing more and more of these bright spots as we move throughout our day.

All these bright spots add up to an even happier set of 1Password makers. And that’s as important for you as it is for us, because the happier a 1Password maker is, the better they’ll be able to widen the smiles of 1Password customers everywhere. Nothing great was ever created without passion, and this is just as true for designing and developing software as it is for customer support. I’m really excited about this and hope that someday 100% of our customers will embrace 1Password memberships.

Now the thing is, I know it’s not realistic to expect everyone to be able to be able to join one of our memberships at this time. As great as 1Password memberships are, I know that our excitement for them can cause some people to become worried. After all, many have corporate policies or regional restrictions that prevent them from using a hosted solution like ours, and so they’re understandably concerned and want to know that there’s a future for them with 1Password.

These worries are compounded by the fact that 1Password 6 for Windows was designed from the ground up to support 1Password Teams customers only (and then later expanded to include family and individual plans), and we are unsure how this adventure will play out on the Windows side of the world, so we haven’t made any public announcements about when support for standalone vaults will be added, if ever. Many Mac users worry that the same fate awaits 1Password 6 for Mac, and that we will remove support for local vaults and force them to pay again.

This isn’t going to happen. First, it would be evil to take away something you’ve already paid for. And evil doesn’t make for a Happy 1Password Customer, which is the cornerstone for a Happy 1Password Maker. It’s simply not who we are.

For those who purchased 1Password 6 for Mac already, you’re perfectly fine the way you are and can continue rocking 1Password the way you have been. There’s no requirement to change anything as we will not be removing features or forcing you to subscribe. In fact we’re still selling licenses of 1Password 6 for Mac for those that really need them (you can find them today on the setup screen under More Options).

And you need not worry about 1Password 7 for Mac, either, as it will continue to support standalone vaults just like version 6 does today.

We know that not everyone is ready to make the jump yet, and as such, we will continue to support customers who are managing their own standalone vaults. 1Password 6 and even 1Password 7 will continue to support standalone vaults. But 1Password memberships are indeed awesome and are the best way to use 1Password, and as such, I am going to continue to nudge you over when ever I can 🙂

Love Dave,
A Happy 1Password Maker ❤️ 🇨🇦

P. S. Please don’t think our excitement for memberships has anything to do with money. We’re completely self-funded so we don’t have any investors forcing us to make changes by looking solely at our bottom line. We were doing just fine selling individual licenses and AgileBits was already steadily growing before 1Password Teams was even introduced. We created 1Password Memberships because we had a vision for how 1Password could be even better and we followed our dreams. The result has been stupendously awesome and better than our wildest dreams! Today, over 95% of our revenues are coming from subscribers, which is truly mind blowing. Many investment strategists would say it makes sense to simply drop support for everything else and focus on the money. That’s not how we do things around here. We focus on people, love, and happiness. It’s the way we do things and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

P. P. S. You can create a 1Password membership and move all your existing data over today in just a few minutes. Learn more here. Like I said, I’m going to continue to non-apologetically nudge you over whenever I can 😉

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 1Password 6.6 for Windows

We’ve been hard at work on a major update for 1Password 6 for Windows and I’m so excited to finally share it with all of you.  1Password 6.6 for Windows is here and it is HUGE.  I can’t possibly discuss every new feature here – there are 24 brand new features and 89 total changes made – but I’ll highlight a few that I’m most excited about. Read more

Be your own key master with 1Password

Encryption is great. By magic (well, by math) it converts data from a useful form to complete gibberish that can only be turned back into useful data with secret number called a key.

I happen to think that the term “key” that we use for encryption and decryption keys is a poor metaphor, as it suggests unlocking a door or a box. Cryptographic keys are more like special magic wands that are essential to the process of transforming data from its useful (decrypted) form to gibberish and back again. Read more

Google I/O 2017: Fun, Sun, Autofill!

Unlike Jupiter’s Io, which completes its orbit every 2 days, Google I/O only comes around once a year. Thousands of people register, and a select number are chosen at random. This year, Michael, Saad, and I were lucky enough to get tickets (hmm…maybe I should play the lottery)!

While Michael has attended I/O in the past, this was a first for Saad and me. We went in not quite knowing what to expect, which only added to the excitement for us.

At AgileBits, we primarily work remotely, so we don’t often get the chance to see each other face to face and just talk. Sure, we can chat on Slack, but it’s also nice to be able to talk in person and riff off of each other.

So meeting up with Saad and Michael for Google I/O led to some of the most informative and productive conversation I’ve had lately. I handle customer support, while they mainly handle development, so we can often have different perspectives on issues and priorities. We hash things out over phone calls and chat regularly, but it’s nothing like putting our heads together and talking til the wee hours, face to face.

Of course the best part about Google I/O, the reason thousands make the trek to Silicon Valley every year, is seeing all the talks and all the new things! I’d watched some I/O keynote and session videos in the past, but nothing quite captures the energy of seeing it live.

Suffice it to say we were super excited for the Google Keynote and the Developer Keynote. There were some fun announcements that got us chatting about the opportunities opened up by all of this great technology. And speaking of opportunities, Google had a chance to tell us which sweet Android O will be named after (Oreo?), but instead they teased us with “Oh no, we’re out of time!” I guess we’ll find out soon enough. 😉

We saw lots of talks on Android architecture, and an interesting one on Kotlin. They were super informative. I was really excited to see all the VR/AR advancements, and we got to play around with them a bit during demos.

The best talk for us was the talk on Autofill in Android O. We’ve got a bit of a special interest in that topic, and we were thrilled to be featured in their presentation. I think the three of us were a little too giddy about seeing our name up there.

On Thursday night, after the presentations and other activities had wrapped up for the day, LCD Soundsystem put on a show in the Shoreline Amphitheatre. This being my first I/O, I had no idea there was going to be a show. It was quite a nice surprise! They handed out glitter makeup pens on the way in, so the three of us got dolled up and headed in to see the band.

At one point, James Murphy, the band’s frontman, said, “This one’s for the lovers,” which was greeted with absolute silence. I cracked up at the thought of all of us in the audience–tech industry geeks who were mostly there with coworkers. He followed that with, “This one’s for all the lonely people?” That one got the applause he was looking for.

 

All in all, it was a great week. I’m so glad I got to experience Google I/O for the first time. It’s always a blast when we get the band back together, and it was absolutely worthwhile to fantasize about the future of the platform and what it means for 1Password.

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 :)