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1Password 6.2 for iOS: The Resolution Edition

It’s hard to believe that another year is upon us! Whether you bid adieu to 2015 with enthusiasm or reluctance, we hope 2016 will be a wonderful year for you. We’ve spent some time reflecting on the old year and planning for the new, always with one goal in mind: improving your life by making security as easy and enjoyable as we can. With that at heart, we present our latest release: 1Password 6.2 for iOS.

Resolve to Search Smarter

You’re going to be delighted with the improvements we’ve made to Search! One of the first things you’ll notice is that you can now search from the Favorites and Organize tabs, in addition to the Categories tab.

If you want to speed things up and know the title of the item you’re looking for, make sure Search Titles is highlighted. If you need to look through all of your fields, start your search and tap on Search Everything. You can also clear what you’ve typed into the field or cancel your search altogether with a single tap.

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Resolve to Stay Informed

I’m excited to tell you that Watchtower is now available in 1Password 6.2 for iOS! 1Password for Mac users will recognize this service, which monitors the latest security vulnerabilities from around the web and alerts you when your own accounts might need attention. To start using Watchtower, go to Settings > Security and tap the switch. If an item has a potential vulnerability, you’ll see it in the item’s details view.

1Password 6.2 for iOS: Watchtower

Resolve to Stay Organized

If you’re a 1Password for Teams customer or like to keep your items organized in more than one vault, you’ll love this one. Today’s release enables you to move or copy items across vaults! All you need to do is view the item’s details and tap Move and Copy button at the bottom. Then, select the vault to which you’d like to move or copy the item. Easy peasy!

Resolve to Work at Peak Peek Efficiency

This one’s for you lucky ducks with an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. We proudly present: Peek and Pop, in glorious 3D (Touch)! Give the 1Password icon on your home screen a hard press to bring up the Quick Action Menu to add a new item, view your favorites, or bring up search in 1Password.

If you want quickly look at an item, find it as you normally would. Instead of tapping on it, give it a light 3D Touch to take a Peek, then press a little harder to Pop into its details view. Or, Peek at an item, then swipe up to to copy a field or open a login in 1Browser.

1Password 6.2 for iOS: Preview and Copy

We paid attention to a lot of little details to help you start your new year right, from updating our translations to tweaking our in-app icons; we’ve even added the Strong Password Generator to the PIN field of Credit Card items to make it easier to generate PIN codes! To find out what other goodies are waiting for you, check out our release notes.

1Password 6.2 for iOS is available now, and it’s a free update for all existing owners. Head to the Updates tab of the App Store to update to the latest version now! Have feedback? We’d love to hear from you. Add a comment here, check out our discussion forums, or start a conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook.

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Happy Holidays from AgileBits


Hello Everyone!

With Santa almost here, I figured it was time to give Dave an early Christmas present and let him unwrap something new this year: a newsletter for everyone, written by someone new. ;)

And, since it has a few goodies in it, I decided that it would be even more fun to spread the joy and include a blog post too! Plus, I always enjoy the chance to talk with all of you!

Update on 1Password for Teams

Harold: Christmas 2015

1Password for Teams continues to move through our beta testing and we have seen a number of businesses, schools and families signing up and reserving their team name. Have you signed up yet?

Reserve your team name now!

I’m pretty sure Santa will find it much easier to check his list twice when it is a secured note that he can share with his top elves. Plus, sharing the login information with NORAD for his annual flight will be even easier!

An Extra Special Holiday Sale

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Sharing over the holiday season is one of my favourite things – so much so that I am bringing back our holiday bonanza sale! 12 days of Christmas + 8 nights of Hanukkah + 7 days of Kwanzaa + 8 tiny reindeer for good luck = 35% off all platforms!

Much like the holidays, the sale will be over before you know it, so indulge in a bit of last-minute gifting before you enjoy a big meal. :)

Until next time, please give your loved ones a hug for me, and remember to leave a comment below or join us in the forums if you have any questions, or if there is anything we can do to help make your holidays more secure.

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1Password 6.1 for iOS: The Unity Edition

It’s been an incredibly exciting week for us. We finally shared a secret project that we’ve been working on for ages! But that’s not all we’ve been doing. Our developers have been burning the candle at both ends to ensure that the 1Password apps you know and love continue to be awesome and powerful.

Today we’ve got a great update to 1Password for iOS for you. Version 6.1 not only integrates Teams features into the app, but adds a handy All Vaults view and all sorts of polish.

You get a Team, and you get a Team…
Everyone gets a Team!

1Password for Teams in iOS: Add a new account

1Password 6.1 for iOS is our first official release with support for 1Password for Teams. Once you’ve signed up and created your team on the 1Password for Teams website, you’ll be able to pop over to the Settings tab in 1Password for iOS and add your team right to the app by using the handy QR code found on your team’s Get the Apps page.

Any vaults you add to your team will show up automatically on your iOS device (and will get added to the awesome new All Vaults view – more on that later!) Best of all, you can still use the same one password you’ve been using all along to unlock 1Password for iOS – no muss, no fuss.

As an added bonus, activating your 1Password for Teams account unlocks the Pro Features in 1Password, just for you!

Unify your life with All Vaults

1Password 6.1 for iOS: All Vaults

You already know how easy it is to share you items by using multiple vaults. 1Password for Teams makes it even easier, which for us has resulted in a number of additional vaults. While this feature is fantastic for organizing our items, it does present a challenge: Where did I save that one item? Hopping around between vaults isn’t the most fun we could be having, so we decided to do something about it: we built an All Vaults view.

The shiny new All Vaults view enables you to see all of your items, no matter which vault they’re stored in. But wait!, you say. I don’t want to see all my vaults at once!, you say. No worries, we’ve got you covered. The Settings screen now has a vault selector to let you easily choose which vaults should be included in the All Vaults view. Careful now, toggling those switches is pretty addictive! =)

Bessere Leistung! (Better performance)

Not only have we improved our translations, but we’ve also sent 1Password to the gym to handle those bigger vaults with grace and ease. There are a lot of other great refinements, as well; see our release notes for the full details.

1Password 6.1 for iOS is available now as a free update for all existing owners. Head to the Updates tab of the App Store to update to the latest version now! Got feedback? We’d love to hear from you. Add a comment here, check out our discussion forums, or visit us on Twitter or Facebook.

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Introducing 1Password for Teams

Today I am happy to announce 1Password for Teams, an exciting new way to use 1Password within a team environment!
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1Password 5.4 for Mac: The Convenience Edition

Picture this. You’re on your Mac, and this website is asking you to enter particular characters from your password. But your password is 50 characters of 1Password-generated gibberish; how are you supposed to find the 5th, 14th, and 32nd characters without losing your place? Wouldn’t it be amazing if 1Password could make it just a little bit easier for you?

Picture this. You’ve just found out about the great Multiple Vaults feature and excitedly set up a vault to share with your family. Awesome. But sometimes, secondary vault passwords need to be changed. Wouldn’t it be cool if 1Password made it easy for you to do that?

As of today, it can. And it does. You’ll find these and other new convenience and security features in 1Password 5.4 for Mac: The Convenience Edition, ready to download right now in the Mac App Store and from our website. Read on for the lovely details, then sally forth and download—for the low, low price of free, if you’ve already bought 1Password 5 for Mac.

Large type option now available for passwords

Easily enter specific characters from your password with the new Large Type feature. Selecting this option for your password will display it in big, friendly, colour-coded letters on your screen.

1Password 5.4 for Mac: Large Type

You already know that you can hover over a password in an item’s detail view to copy or reveal it. You’ll see the new large type option in that same menu, always within easy reach.

1Password 5.4 for Mac: Large Type menu option

This feature is also great if you need to enter your Apple ID password on the Apple TV across the room or give guests access to your home Wi-Fi network.

Change the password of a secondary vault

Since your 1…Password (that never gets old around here) unlocks your primary vault and your secondary vaults, it’s very easy to create a secondary vault and never think about its password again. Until now, changing that secondary vault password meant basically recreating the vault.

We’ve made things much more convenient for you in 5.4: you can now change the secondary vault password at will. While you’re at it, don’t forget that it’s a good idea to save this password in your primary vault; since you don’t use it all the time, it’s easy to forget! If you’ve already done that, fantastic! Don’t forget to update that item when you change the secondary vault’s password. =)

A view from the top

Did you know that 1Password for Mac offers multiple layouts? The default is a three-column view, but there’s also a “top” layout option. If you’re a fan of the classic Mail.app layout, you’ll like this one. You can try it out by selecting the View > Item List Layout > Top menu option. We’ve made some improvements to this view in 5.4, all based on your feedback. Thanks for your help!

A new layer of security

We all rely on 1Password to keep our secrets secure. In the 5.4 update for 1Password for Mac, our developers have made 1Password securer than ever by adding a new secret agent to safeguard the communication between 1Password and your web browser.

Safari 9 in Yosemite and El Capitan includes important security updates that address the XARA vulnerability, so please update to the latest Safari and to El Capitan as soon as possible. Our 1Password update works hand in hand with Apple’s OS X security updates to ensure that cross-process communication between 1Password and the web browser in OS X remains secure and properly authenticated.

Because this is a brand new way for the various bits of 1Password to talk to each other, it currently requires the beta browser extension. We’d love your help in ensuring that we didn’t break anything. It’s easy: simply use 1Password in your web browser as you normally do, and let us know if something unexpected happens. If you’re interested in helping us out, please install the 1Password beta extension in your web browser and let us know how things are working in our forums. Thanks very much!

We thank Apple for giving us the tools we need to keep 1Password secure. We’ll have a blog post coming later today explaining the details of this important fix.

But wait, there’s more!

You can find the entire list of new features, improvements, and bug fixes in the release notes.

1Password 5.4 for Mac is available now as a free update if you already have a 1Password 5 for Mac license (or downloaded 1Password 5 from the Mac App Store). Choose the 1Password 5 > Check for Updates menu option, or grab the new version from our downloads page. If you are a Mac App Store customer, the update will download automatically or appear on the Updates tab in the App Store app, depending on your settings.

Got feedback? We’d love to hear from you. Add a comment here or in our discussion forums, or start a conversation with us on Twitter, ADN, or Facebook.


Staying Connected: Basecamp

When you work with people who live across the country and around the world, you need a special set of tools to collaborate and keep in touch. AgileBits has been a remote company since its inception almost 10 years ago, and we’ve tried a lot of solutions to help keep us on the same page. Today, I want to tell you about Basecamp, a powerful, collaborative to-do app that helps us stay on top of all of our projects.

Basecamp is a web-based project management solution that can be as simple or as complex as we need. At its most basic level, Basecamp allows us to create to-do lists and share them with our various teams, wherever they are. Basecamp’s power is in its ease of collaboration though. We can assign tasks to our teammates, track due dates on the built-in calendar, and discuss items easily. This all happens within the context of various projects, enabling me to stay on top of my things, and remain blissfully unaware of the projects outside my purview.

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Release, Rinse and Repeat!

Basecamp’s project templates are a feature I only recently discovered, but it’s already one of my favourites. With 1Password being developed across five platforms, we have a fair few releases and app updates that we want to tell our users about. From a social marketing standpoint, each of those releases looks roughly the same: we need to write release notes, update screenshots in our User Guide and press kit, write a blog post, and plan which features we’ll highlight in our various channels over the coming days. Now I’ve got a handy template for releases that includes all the tasks that we know we’ll need to complete, and all the necessary people are pre-assigned; it’s such a time saver!

Basecamp Template: 1Password Update

My world at a glance

Basecamp sends daily, optional emails letting me know what has changed in all the projects I follow, so that I can stay up to date without having to manually look into each project. I can also enable email notifications for tasks to which I’m assigned, so that I know when a deadline is approaching.

Team database

As our team grows, it’s getting harder and harder to know all the things, and we’re working to find ways to keep everyone in the loop. Weekly calls are scheduled with developers and support team members to discuss the top feedback from our customers, and to review progress on open bugs and feature requests. Because not everyone can participate in these calls, we store the notes in a Basecamp project so that we can get a CliffsNotes version of what’s happening on each platform.

We use Basecamp for social media style guides and for collecting relevant internal information. Its integration with Google Docs makes it a convenient place to organize our blog posts: each proposed post is assigned to an author and a Google Doc containing the draft is attached. This means I never have to go hunting through the piles of docs in my Google Drive to find a particular post.

There’s a lot more that’s awesome in Basecamp, but this is how it has made my life easier. See how Basecamp can organize your chaos on their site and let me know what features you love in the comments.


Staying connected: Slack

Did you know that most of us work remotely? We’ve got an office in Toronto and some of us pop in throughout the week to work alongside our amazing co-workers. However, the vast majority of our team work from around the world, in six countries and on two continents (so far).

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We get to see each other about once a year, when we convene for our annual(ish) retreat. The rest of the time, we use a variety of apps and services to collaborate and keep in touch. These tools are so invaluable to us that we thought it was high time we shared them with you and gave them a shout-out on our blog. Today, I’d like to talk about a chat app we started using about a year ago. It’s called Slack, and it helps us do everything but that.

Slack’s no slacker

When we first started using Slack, we had just a few different channels: the “water cooler” channel for chit-chat, one for announcements, one for developers, and one for our CS team. Over time, our team grew and projects diversified. Where we used to be able to have one conversation, now there are a multitude of discussions going on at once. We needed more channels.

Slack has accommodated our needs beautifully. Not only does it handle a large number of channels with speed and aplomb, but it offers us channel-specific settings that help us keep our attention and our conversations organised. For example, everyone gets notified of posts in our #announcements channel; for this reason, there is no chatter allowed there. (Most announcements have a string of emoji reactions, since they don’t generate notifications.)

You can add your avatar as an emoji, and it's rad.

You can add your avatar as an emoji, and it’s rad.

When a team-wide channel isn’t quite what’s needed, we can easily send each other direct messages or create private groups. These are just a few clicks or a keyboard shortcut away.

Speaking of which…

Do :allthethings:

Slack has a number of really useful features that aren’t immediately apparent. For example, it has excellent support for keyboard shortcuts and several built-in / (slash) commands. One of my favourites is /feedback. This special command causes my message to be sent to the Slack team as feedback, instead of appearing in the chat window once I press Return; it’s really slick! /mute is also great, handy for temporarily silencing a busy channel.

Another fantastic feature is integrations. We can easily configure any Slack channel to listen to a particular web service. We have a few channels that listen to a few different services so that we don’t miss anything important. We can see App Store reviews, server alerts, and even tweets that mention 1Password.

Slack encourages customization. It’s so easy to add our own emoji that we now have a rather large library. Slack uses aliases in addition to a visual browser, so instead of searching for that icon I added for “all the things,” I can simply type :allthethings: to make the icon appear in my message. It’s so clever and convenient that I often find myself typing the aliases in other apps; I wish they worked everywhere!


Slack on, Slack off

Whether it’s discussing a new 1Password feature, sharing a funny GIF, or celebrating personal accomplishments, Slack helps us forge real relationships in a virtual workplace. Available on every major platform (including an Apple Watch app) and offering integration of the 1Password app extension in iOS, it’s easy to use Slack wherever and whenever we need it. We are really glad Slack exists, and are grateful for their support of 1Password. You can even catch @SlackHQ and @1Password occasionally bantering on Twitter. =P


Everything you need to know about 1Password and XcodeGhost

Over the past few days, security researchers from Palo Alto Networks discovered that 39 apps infected with malware found their way into the Apple App Store in China. Since the news broke, the malicious apps have been pulled from the App Store— and we’ve had a few questions about what this might mean for 1Password and password managers in general. To put your mind (and your passwords!) at ease, we’re answering some of the most common questions and concerns that iOS users have had about malware, compromised apps, and the security of 1Password.

So wait… what happened? How did this get in the App Store?

It’s kind of a long story, but we’ll make it short. In software development, there are many, many tools that can be used to build an app, and iOS developers rely on a compiler called Xcode as part of that process. A compromised version of that compiler made its way to the web in China, and was downloaded from an untrusted source. In this case, all apps built using the malicious compiler, XcodeGhost, were modified to sneak malicious code into the App Store. Though Apple works to review and screen apps for malware before they reach the App Store, in this case Apple confirmed that the attackers were able to make it through the review process without raising any red flags.

What does this malware do?

In general, most malware is designed to capture personal information and/or user credentials, and send them back home to the attacker who compromised your device. While XcodeGhost does not directly affect the 1Password application, it indirectly affects those who use the application through your device’s clipboard. In a post outlining the malware’s capabilities, senior malware researcher Claud Xaio noted that this particular strain could:

  • Prompt a fake alert dialog to phish user credentials
  • Hijack opening specific URLs based on their scheme, which could allow for exploitation of vulnerabilities in the iOS system or other iOS apps
  • Read and write data in the user’s clipboard, which could be used to read the user’s password if that password is copied from a password management tool.

Additionally, according to one developer’s report, XcodeGhost has already launched phishing attacks to prompt a dialog asking victims to input their iCloud passwords.

Should I be worried? Does this affect me?

There are a few very specific factors that determine whether your device is at risk, but overall, this vulnerability is a rare occurrence for the App Store.

  • At present, this issue mostly affects devices using the Chinese App Store, though researchers have found compromised apps in the Canadian App Store as well.
  • The malware is only in applications built using a compromised code compiler. A list of affected apps can be found on the Palo Alto Networks blog, but security researchers believe that as many as 344 apps may be vulnerable to the attack.

Will 1Password protect my data if an app on my iPhone or iPad has been infected by XcodeGhost?

We have designed 1Password with your privacy in mind at all times. We use strong, reliable encryption and take many, many measures to make our application breach-resistant. Combined, the many layers of security we’ve implemented work together to secure your passwords and protect your most sensitive data— but if your device has been compromised, there’s almost nothing that 1Password can do to defend it. As previously stated in a post on malware by Jeffrey Goldberg, our Chief Defender Against the Dark Arts:

I have said it before, and I’ll say it again: 1Password […] cannot provide complete protection against a compromised operating system. There is a saying […] “Once an attacker has broken into your computer […], it is no longer your computer.” So in principle, there is nothing that 1Password can do to protect you if your computer is compromised.

Eek! My phone is infected with this— what should I do?!

First (and most importantly): don’t panic! There are a few simple things you can do to to return things to normal. If you’re positive that you’re using an app that was affected, here’s what you can do immediately to protect your data:

  1. Delete the compromised app(s) from your phone. If you are uncertain about whether an app has been compromised, it’s okay to delete it out of an abundance of caution.
  2. Change any passwords that you think may have been compromised through your device’s clipboard. Any passwords that you may have accessed through the 1Password extension are safe from this strain of malware, and do not need to be changed.
  3. Avoid redownloading or reinstalling any of the compromised apps until they have been updated. When an update has been released, be sure to download it from a trusted source once the developer has officially confirmed that a new, secure version is ready for you to use. If you’re uncertain of this, you can visit the developer’s site or check with their support team for help.

The XcodeGhost vulnerability doesn’t directly affect 1Password— we have not used the malicious version of Xcode, and the malware it injects into applications was not designed to directly compromise or target our application. Though the malware in compromised apps on any platform has the potential to put any user’s credentials at risk, especially when it can access a device’s clipboard, all technology users benefit from the work security researchers do to find vulnerabilities like this.

If you’ve made it this far down the post and still have questions or concerns, please leave a comment here or start a conversation with us in our discussion forums. You can also reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.

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1Password 6 for iOS: The Extreme Makeover Edition is here!

We all have a ton of passwords and important information to keep track of, and 1Password is the best place to keep it all safe and sound. Whether it’s your passwords, passport number, or credit card information, 1Password makes it convenient for you to stay secure, because we love you. 💙

Over the years, as our data has moved from our desks to our pockets to our wrists, we’ve built (and rebuilt) 1Password to have the strongest defenses and the easiest usability. With iOS 9 we’ve created some amazing new additions and we’re finally ready for the big reveal.

Meet 1Password 6 for iOS.

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A lovely shade of #1A8CFF

One of the first things we noticed when starting this project was that 1Password was looking a little, well, monochrome. Our designers spent hours holding up paint chips under different lights and finally settled on #1A8CFF to make everything pop. We affectionately call it Bits Blue. We’ve also pushed around the pixels of the category icons to make them more delightful, and beautified 1Browser. Don’t worry, everything you know and love is still in a familiar spot; it just looks shiny, new, and wonderful.

Rolling around new passwords

A password’s greatest strengths are its length and its randomness. But let’s be honest, sometimes you need to type in a password by hand and typing ErymQd3svcqM3BPYKWh is hard.

With our new Wordlist Password Generator, you can create long passwords out of randomly chosen real words: cellist-dander-signify-esteem-elver is easy to read, easy to type, and super secure. The new generator is inspired by Arnold Reinhold’s Diceware. We think it’s an amazing concept and aligns perfectly with our goal of making it simple and convenient for you to secure your digital life.

Pro tip: Diceware passwords make terrific answers to security questions! To have 1Password remember them for you, add a custom section with a custom password field to the Login item (Pro Features required for custom fields).

Installing a Spotlight

Spotlight search has always been a handy tool in iOS, helping you find things very quickly on your iOS device: a friend’s phone number, directions to a restaurant, or that important email that is somewhere in your inbox.

Spotlight is supercharged in iOS 9, and we’re taking advantage of it. New in 1Password 6 for iOS, Spotlight can search your 1Password data from the iOS home screen and take you straight to the desired item! It’s never been faster to find an item, and 1Password doesn’t even need to be open to do it.

To start using Spotlight with 1Password, enable the feature in 1Password > Settings > General.

Landscaping improvements

1Password has always been a portrait of amazingly convenient security, but its landscape mode has been limited to the larger screen of the iPad. We’ve made some significant improvements to landscape view support on iPad, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 6s Plus.

On supported iPad models, 1Password will take advantage of the new Slide Over and Split View features in iOS 9, automatically scaling to the view size you set. On iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus, 1Password will now use that extra space to stretch out in landscape mode, displaying your categories and items in a column alongside the detail view.

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A more watchful security companion

You’ve been telling us how convenient it is to look up Logins, Credit Cards, Secure Notes, and Passwords on your Apple Watch, but you’ve also told us you wanted more. By popular demand, 1Password for Apple Watch now supports more category types.

Say hello to Passports, Wireless Routers, Driver’s Licenses, Social Security Numbers, and Bank Accounts right on your wrist! To add items from these categories, open the item in the iPhone app and tap Add to Apple Watch.

We’ve also added a convenient way to manually lock 1Password for Apple Watch: simply Force Touch the screen and tap the Lock button.

How much does this extreme makeover cost?

Given the fantastic new features and improvements, you might be thinking 1Password 6 is a paid upgrade, which makes what I’m about to tell you even more incredible. Basic features are still free for everyone, and if you’ve already purchased the Pro features in 1Password 5, you still have them in 1Password 6 for no additional cost. 1Password 6 is available on the App Store.

If you find 1Password useful, please take a couple of moments to leave a rating and review on the App Store. It makes a huge difference to us. Thank you very much! Remember that we can’t reply to App Store reviews, so please post requests for technical support on our forums, or email support@agilebits.com.

We always love hearing from you. Start a conversation with us on our Support Forums, Twitter, or Facebook.

Here’s to you, Mr. Sheridan!

One of the challenges we face as a tech company is making our software accessible to everyone. It’s sometimes hard to gauge, because we’re so close to it. Doing research to answer customers’ questions makes it even more difficult to take a step back and make sure we’re not getting tooooo nerdy.


That’s why I was so excited when I heard from my friend Allison Sheridan this morning. Allison hosts the fantastic NosillaCast, a technology podcast with an ever so slight (ahem) Macintosh bias. She’s previously documented her own experience of switching to 1Password, but yesterday she spoke to Ken Sheridan, her octogenarian father-in-law.

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In this lovely interview, we learn how Mr. Sheridan was managing his passwords before Steve (his son and Allison’s husband) helped him set up 1Password. My favourite part is that we also learn how 1Password has made his digital life so much easier and more secure. This enables him to more frequently do things like check his financial accounts, which he used to do only occasionally because it was such a hassle.

We want everyone to have a great experience with our software, and Mr. Sheridan makes me feel like we’re on the right track. Have you shared 1Password with friends, kids, or parents, possibly less geeky than you? We’d love to hear your experience. Leave a comment below or stop by our discussion forums.

Thanks for introducing your family to ours, Allison. Mr. Sheridan, we’re so happy to welcome you.