The Big Picture
I do not relish the idea of resetting passwords, remembering secret questions or creating passwords with combinations of letters, numbers and symbols that vary with each site I visit.
I also want to avoid password recovery rage (a syndrome that afflicts many) and I want to share passwords with important people in my life, like my wife (the usual, banks and more) and sometimes my kids (Netflix, Hulu).
So I scoured the choices available among many and have been using 1Password since version 1 was launched many moons ago. I love it, as do my wife and my college grad kiddos.
I have shared some personal insight below.
(btw, I have no financial relationship with 1Password to disclose).
How-To: Video: 1m 40s
1-Minute Video Walkthrough
I will be creating a mini review soon; till then, here is a 1Password review on YouTube
- 1Password features- a quick review
- 1Password Families - what I use for my family
- 1Password Teams- is a great idea (I think) for admin teams at UM
- Download your favorite flavor operating system
I absolutely love the highly responsive 1Password support. They are Canadian, which makes them naturally nice.
All options below are available for Mac/Win.
My Two Cents
Have fun choosing a solution for your passwords and save your self and your family from password rage. Marriages are happier and life is better, I am told, once you stop reseting passwords.
Here is a short list of questions (among many) to consider when you are choosing:
- How secure is it (obvious, I know)
- Can it sync across all my devices (phone, tablet, computer)
- Does it have dual factor authentication or a secret key.
- Can I create a family or team view for a subset of passwords. Pivotal for emergencies.
- Can I export (in case you want to move to a competitor) the password file.
- Do I like how it looks and feels?
- Is it intuitive for me and my family?
Once you choose and start using a password keeper, consider yourself in a committed relationship. Getting out of it will take a little (or a lot) of work.