About the Book
Wrangling your web passwords can be easy and secure, thanks to 1Password, the popular password manager from AgileBits. In this book, Joe Kissell brings years of real-world 1Password experience into play to explain not only how to create, edit, and enter web login data easily, but also how to autofill contact and credit card info when shopping online, audit your passwords and generate better ones, **handle two-factor authentication (2FA), and sync and share passwords in various ways—including a hosted 1Password account (individual, family, or team), iCloud or Dropbox.
While reading Take Control of 1Password on my iPad I was furiously highlighting passages and following along with 1Password open on my Mac. [The book] showed me how some of my passwords were weak or duplicates. I immediately changed those passwords to unique and secure ones. —Elisa Pacelli, in her MyMac book review of the book's previous edition.
The book focuses on 1Password 6 for the Mac, but it also provides details and directions for the iOS, Windows, and Android versions of 1Password. It briefly covers 1Password X, a chrome extension that brings 1Password to Chrome OS and Linux.
Meet 1Password: Set your master password, explore the various 1Password components, and decide on your ideal usage strategy.
Master logins: In 1Password, a typical login contains a set of credentials used to sign in to a website. Find out how to create logins, sort them, search them, tag them, and more. You’ll also find help with editing logins—for example, changing a password or adding further details.
Understand password security: Get guidance on what makes for a good password, and read Joe’s important Password Dos and Don’ts. A special topic covers how to perform a security audit in order to improve poor passwords quickly.
Go beyond web logins: A primary point of 1Password is to speed up web logins, but 1Password can also store and autofill contact information (for more than one identity, even), along with credit card information. You’ll also find advice on storing passwords for password-protected files and encrypted disk images, plus ideas for keeping track of confidential files, software licenses, scans of important cards or documents, and more.
Sync your passwords: Discover which 1Password syncing solution is right for you: a hosted 1Password account, Dropbox, iCloud, a manually synced folder, or even device-to-device Wi-Fi sync.
Share your passwords: Learn to store passwords in shared vaults within a family or team hosted account.
You’ll also discover the answers to key questions, including:
- What are my options for licensing 1Password?
- What are the differences between vaults in 1Password accounts and standalone vaults?
- Should I keep using my web browser’s autofill feature?
- What about iCloud Keychain? Should I use that too?
- What can I do quickly to get better password security?
- How can I find and update weak passwords I created long ago?
- What should I do about security questions, like the name of my pet?
- How can 1Password provide a time-based one-time password (TOTP)?
- How do I use 1Password logins from utilities like LaunchBar?
About the Author
Joe Kissell has written numerous books about technology, including many popular Take Control ebooks, with an emphasis on Apple products. He's also Senior Editor of TidBITS and a Senior Contributor to Macworld, and previously spent ten years in the Mac software industry.