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At some point, I’m sure you’ve thought to yourself, “I swear that was my password, how can that not be it?” or “I need to use the letters $%^&*@# in my password in addition to everything else? How will I ever remember that?”. Creating, updating and then remembering secure passwords is not easy!

First off, what even is a password manager?

Password managers store all your passwords and are also able to generate new passwords for you. If you’ve been using your pet’s name or another common word for your passwords just to make sure you’re able to remember them, a password manager will be a huge help for you. Most password managers require you to remember only one “master password”, which unlocks a vault of all your other saved passwords.

Most password managers have at least a handful of features in common, including secure encryption, browser extensions that let you unlock and auto-fill web forms and logins, and the ability to generate strong new passwords for you.

How does 1Password work?

1Password is one of the most well known password managers available today – and with their current beta release of version 7, it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down anytime soon. The tag line for 1Password helps to explain how the app can make your life more simple:  “Go ahead. Forget your passwords”. But 1Password is more than just a password manager – it also has the ability to securely store a lot more than just passwords, which we’ll discuss later.

So how exactly does it work? Let’s say you go to a website that you’ve never been to before and you need to create a login. 1Password has “Identity” fields where you can add information about yourself – then, instead of having to enter it every time, it will auto-fill it for you. Enter your information into 1Password once and then never do it again. Convenient, right? You can just click on the field you want to fill with your identity card, right click on it and choose 1Password from the available options, then select your identity and you’re all set.

Once you’ve clicked on your identity card, it will fill as many of the fields as it’s able to, depending on the information that the website is looking for. This is also works in the same manner if you were to have it auto-fill a login or a credit card.

As mentioned earlier, 1Password can also create passwords. To do this, right click on the password field, and then in the popup menu, pick 1Password. Once the 1Password helper menu has popped up, you can then choose “Password Generator” – this is where the magic happens. When 1Password creates a password for you it will give you a list of settings that you can customize, including character count, whether the password needs to include any numbers or special symbols, and whether you’d prefer to use actual words or not.

Why would you want to use 1Password over the default browser password manager or keychain?

While 1Password, your browser, and Apple’s built-in Keychain app all have the ability to store usernames, passwords and credit card information, there are some advantages to 1Password that make it stand out:

  • Can store a variety of other useful information, including secure notes, passport information, and bank account information
  • Works on Mac, iOS, Android, and in your web browser
  • Has an app that can be used to view, edit, and update your password information
  • Has a “Travel Mode” that will protect your data when traveling

How to install 1Password?

Installing 1Password is a straightforward process. To start, you can go to the MacUpdate listing and choose “Download”.

After clicking “Download”, the app can then be found in your downloads folder. This can be accessed by going to the bottom right side of your dock and clicking on the file in your downloads folder. Another way to access the download is to launch Finder and then in the left hand side click on the “Downloads” folder tab – you can then double-click the file to launch it.

Once you have launched the download, it will the take you you through an installation process to get the app onto your computer. Once 1Password is complete, you can launch it from your Applications folder.

What if I don’t want to use 1Password? What are my alternatives?

Dashlane is a password manager that works well and gives you immediate access to a good selection of features for free. This is a particularly great option to use if you only want to use your password manager on one device.

Freemium features include:

  • Unlimited password and data storage on your device
  • Security monitoring services and breach alerts
  • Change passwords instantly
  • Generate and save strong, unique passwords
  • 30 days of premium to get a feel for the paid service
  • Browser extension

Premium features include:

  • Sync passwords and data across devices
  • Secure account backup
  • Unlimited password sharing
  • Priority VIP support
  • Support for authentication with YubiKey (U2F)

RememBear stores your password in a secure vault and syncs them securely across all of your devices. It also allows you to generate super-strong random passwords.

Freemium features include:

  • Use RememBear on one device
  • Create strong passwords
  • Securely backup and sync your items with the strongest AES-256 Encryption
  • Automatically types in your logins for you right where you need them
  • Lets you store credit card information
  • Browser extension support for your passwords
  • Imports your data from Keychain

Premium features include:

  • Sync unlimited items on unlimited devices
  • Securely backup your RememBear
  • Priority customer service

Sticky Password is a powerful and flexible password manager. The app has a good foundation, powerful features, and a retro look to it that may or may not appeal to you. It will work in all of your browsers – you can be sure that the app will be supported no matter where you’re using it.

Freemium features include:

  • Password manager
  • Auto fill
  • Form filling
  • Biometrics
  • Super secured data
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Supports major platforms

Premium features include:

  • Cloud syncing between devices
  • Cloud backup
  • Local Wi-Fi sync across devices
  • Priority support
  • Saving endangered manatees

Recap

Everyone should use a password manager. With companies and people getting hacked more and more frequently, making sure that you’re secure gives you more control over your data. It also helps to build strong habits like frequently updating your passwords and making sure that you’re not using common, easy-to-guess words in your passwords. You’ll thank yourself later – and you’ll also make your life easier by only having to remember one password!

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