You just got a date on Tinder. You really like the girl, and you decide to go on a date but then your phone dies, not like dead coz it’s battery drained but because it’s like full-on dead (why?? Well I don’t know I’m tryna make a story. Shut up and imagine). So yeah your phone is dead but hey no problem you got a new phone but then you remembered that you date!!
But at the moment you can’t remember because your super high tech and secure storage for all your password AKA your notes app is dead with your old phone! What about the date then?
Well, forget about it because you won’t be able to talk to her anymore, sad right!
That’s exactly why use a password manager so that you never have to remember or lose any password or store it in a “very secure place” just to lose it at the end…
Probably now you’re like, is it a commercial for a password manager?? Well NO.
I was just trying to get your attention! And now that I have it, let’s get started.
You might think you have a super-secure password for all your accounts and you got it and that you probably don’t need anything else, but lemme be honest “[email protected]” isn’t so secure bud!! So, having a password manager is super important especially now, as you’re stuck at home tryna watch every show on Netflix or tryna work from home and you need all these different accounts to fulfill all your needs.
And 1Password is my choice to fulfill all your password needs. I’ve been using it for 2 years now, and it’s been a great experience. Now if you’re in the market for password managers there many are other options, like LastPass and Dashlane, etc.
So, why 1Passowrd??, well because it just works, like seriously it just works. You don’t have to be a nerd to figure it out and all. You’ll get the hang of it in no time, it seamlessly fades in the background without any intrusion, and it’ll be there whenever you need it.
To explain what 1Password does and how it works in a nutshell – You basically have to remember 1 password, which’ll be your “master password” and it stores all your passwords in a secure encrypted vault. And whenever you need to access your password you’ll just need to open the app and find the one you need, or it’ll pop-up prompting to auto-fill the password for you if you’re on a webpage or app when asked for a password. It can also generate new passwords (up to 50 char) for ya and store it automatically in the vault whenever you’re signing up for a thing or making an account somewhere.
And speaking of vaults, they are basically folders kinda thing you can name whatever you want. And there’s 1Password family too if you need it for all your family members, where you can add up 5 people and then if you want to add more people you can at an additional $1, and speaking of that, 1Password is a paid-only service and here are the prices –
There’s the ability to store your credit cards, debit cards, bank account details, proof of identifications, membership details etc. in the vaults. Also remember that notes app that I mentioned, that will be of no use because it can also store your notes. Also the info stored can be filled with 1-click using the browser extension.
There’s also the “Watch Tower” which keeps track of password breaches and other security issues. It also checks for weak, compromised, or duplicated passwords and lets you know which sites are missing two-factor authentication or using unsecured HTTP.
Now, if you’re bummed out because it’s not free and all, well hear me out because it’s the exact option as to why I choose 1Password over anything else. They have a good reputation, unlike LastPass which has a free tier but does not have a clean board. Handing your passwords to anyone isn’t cool and nothing in this world is free, if you’re not paying for the product then YOU ARE pretty much the product. And this theory that we’ll store your passwords super securely and we’ll not charge you anything for that doesn’t completely resonate with me. So, I went for 1Password because one of my friends recommended it to me and since then I haven’t switched to anything else.
More importantly, they have awesome customer support, just hit them up on twitter and they’ll reply to all your questions and solve any problems that you might have they’re super nice!! Maybe because they’re Canadian, well nevermind just my thoughts…
Their app on Android and iOS works smoothly without any problem also they have extensions for your browser of choice.
Also, one important thing, when you sign up you’ll get an “Emergency Kit” which will have a security key that you can use to recover your account in case you forget your master password and you’ll also need it whenever you sign-in in a new device.
So, DON’T lose that Emergency Kit and store it in a safe place because if you lose it, you’ll be in trouble.
Now, coming to the cons, well there aren’t a lot of cons, to begin with but there are a few. One of those being that the auto-fill doesn’t work in certain apps, then you have to manually open the app and copy the password to sign in, most likely it’s an app issue but they haven’t fixed it till now, so that’s that. Another minor gripe would be although it supports 2FA(two factor authentication) you have to manually set it up and the process takes a little bit time to get used to. But other than the small number of apps in which it doesn’t work on its pretty freaking good. And that’s exactly why I haven’t switched from it since…
So, to sum up, if you’re looking for a good password manager and don’t mind paying a bit for that security then 1Password is the one for you, but if you want to save some bucks and go the freeway then LastPass is a good option too.