Unspeakable Passwords: Jeff Goldberg talks to Passwords15

Passwords! They safeguard our most important information, but they’re such a pain, aren’t they? Every site imposes a different set of restrictions on password creation and they seem to get stolen from one place or another every other day, but they are absolutely necessary.

Given that passwords aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, it stands to reason that something must be done to thwart the increasing numbers of Not Nice People who would do us harm. I don’t know about you, but thinking about this stuff makes my brain hurt, which is why I’ve been using 1Password for almost 10 years.

Fortunately, there are some very, very smart folks who don their proverbial white hats and convene twice a year at an event called Passwords, where they figure out how to keep us safe. Launched in 2010, this conference focuses on the analysis of authentication solutions, in an effort to better understand and meet the challenges of digital authentication.

This year, our very own Jeff Goldberg was in attendance at #passwords15. If you don’t know who he is, allow me to introduce you. He’s our Chief Defender Against the Dark Arts, and a self-proclaimed explanation junkie. Seriously, he explains everything. At length. And very, very well. This makes him an excellent candidate to give a talk at such a conference, which is fantastic, because that’s exactly what he did.

In his presentation, Jeff talks about pronounceable passwords, entering them on various devices, Diceware, the successor to PBKDF2, and more. Check it out! You’ll learn, you’ll laugh, it’ll be great.

Presentation slides

New help video: How to setup Dropbox sync for Mac

Greetings to you wonderful readers and 1Password users. I have a quickie post today to ask for some feedback on a new video I created to help explain how to setup Dropbox sync. This is one of our top support requests so I figured I’d go all the way with this one: it starts at square one with signing up for a Dropbox account, installing the client on your first Mac, moving your 1Password data file into Dropbox, then getting your second Mac on board the Sync Express. If you have a minute, why not give it a gander and let me know what you think:

I’m working on more that focus on the setup process for iOS and Windows, so stay tuned for those. Thanks for your feedback!

1Password How-To: Install the browser extension—what do you think?

Now that some other Agile duties have simmered down, I’m getting back to one of my passions: tutorial videos. I love working on our documentation and creating helpful videos, so here’s one of my first quick shots after dusting off my ScreenFlow license.

This is a how-to on installing the 1Password browser extension for Mac App Store customers (our website version has a slightly different process) and clocks in at just over two minutes. If you get a minute, give it a look and let me know what you think in the comments:

Some things to think about:

  • Is it more helpful than a hindrance?
  • Does it move too quickly or did you fall asleep?
  • Is this audio and video enough, or should I add visual descriptions of steps as I explain them? (think: some kind of an overlay with brief instructions like “Step 2: Click the whichamadinger below the thingie”)

I’d love to hear what you think of this initial attempt after being gone for a while. It’ll help me make more and more helpful videos like these.