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Agile launches public beta of 1Password 3

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Tue October 27, 2009

Software introduces remote data access

Agile Web Solutions has launched a public beta version of 1Password 3, an updated Mac login utility. The software saves passwords and other forms of personal identity for quicker insertion into web forms. Version 3's major addition is said to be inclusion of 1PasswordAnywhere, a feature which lets users remotely access information via a web browser. The update also adds 64-bit support for Snow Leopard, and a new user interface.

Other changes include a tagging system, a section for software licenses, and attachment support which allows organizing and encrypting various files. Users of the 1Password iPhone app now have more control over what data is synced from a Mac.

1Password 3 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later, and costs $40 in a single-user license, or $70 in a family pack. Because the program is currently only in beta, upgrades from earlier editions have been discounted to $20 for individuals and $30 for families.




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  1. DarkVader

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Redundant much?

    This just seems really redundant, why would you want to duplicate the function of the Keychain? And do these people know anything about encryption, and how to properly code it so as not to potentially expose passwords?

    And the price is ridiculous.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Re: Redundant

    This just seems really redundant, why would you want to duplicate the function of the Keychain?

    Well, I guess the same could be said of any browser, mail app, text editor, or anything else Apple includes with their OS.

    Being security minded like all Mac users, I had kept my password for my keychain separate from my login password, and set up my keychain to lock after a period of time of non-use (plus on sleep). Here's my issues with the keychain (all of which started with Leopard, and happened on both macs running it). Basically it is just flaky and insecure.

    - Just opening up Safari and using it would keep pestering me for my keychain password, even though I had no inclination to log in anywhere.
    - Other services (like the nefarious PubSubAgent) would get me caught into infinite loops where it just wouldn't take "No, I don't want to give you my password to my keychain!" until I finally relented. Which then opens up the keychain for everyone.
    - A large majority of my banking sites just never work with the Keychain. Either it wouldn't prompt me to save the password, or it wouldn't fill it back in.
    - Putting the computer to sleep, or not using the computer for a while, would NOT lock my keychain. Hence insecure.
    - Even locking my keychain manually would sometimes still allow some apps to pull info from it without asking again. I know I allowed Safari to read from it. But if I lock the keychain, quit safari, and launch it again, it shouldn't be still allowed to pull stuff from it. Hence, flaky.

    I got 1Password because it worked on the iPhone (long before Apple added password storage, which still isn't tied to the keychain, btw). I then changed my keychain to open when I log in, cleared everything out except my mail and network access passwords, and at least I'm not constantly being pestered for my keychain by stupid programs.

    1Password also allows you to store credit card information, serial numbers (both software and assets), and various other info (which Keychain can store, but not specifically as such). It also logs me into most of my banking web sites (except 1, I think, which uses some lame-a** Flash login panel). The Credit Card storage allows me to fill in cc info on web sites with ease.

    And, as with everything third-party, you generally get good support and information (esp. on what bugs are fixed), as opposed to Apple, where, when you install some update, you have to go around and see if any of the irritations you have are indeed addressed. The other guys might not address them either, but at least you know what they did address.

    And do these people know anything about encryption, and how to properly code it so as not to potentially expose passwords?

    Here's a question. Does Apple know anything about encryption? Do they know how to properly code it so not to expose passwords? Who knows there, either. From above, my answer would be "They need to work on it"

    And the price is ridiculous.

    No, the price is probably about right (except in this new-fangled age of 99 cent iPhone apps) for what it does, if you are looking for these capabilities. What is ridiculous is the upgrade price (a 'discount' of a whole 25% off the retail price, or 50% off if you buy now to get the beta version). Especially after they kept saying "We haven't decided on a price for v3.0, but we can tell you at least this, we won't be gouging our loyal customers". Right.......

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