1Password Restores Free-to-Use Local Vault Option in Latest Version of iOS App

1Password has restored the option for customers who originally purchased its iOS app to create a local vault during setup, after users queued up online to voice their frustrations with the fact that the option was silently removed in an update.

The Canadian password management service caused a string of complaints on Reddit and elsewhere earlier this month when a v7.3.3 update to the 1Password iOS app removed the free-to-use local vault option from the app setup process without alerting users to the change.

Withdrawing the option meant that users who reinstalled the iOS app for whatever reason could no longer configure a new local vault on their device, even if they'd paid an upfront fee for the app or bought the Pro in-app purchase in the past for exactly this purpose.

The change meant that users looking to maintain local vaults on iPhone or iPad had to either pay for a 1Password membership, or sync their iOS device with a standalone vault created by 1Password for Mac or 1Password Windows – both of which require a subscription.

The good news is that 1Password has listened to user feedback, and the latest update, v7.3.4, restores the ability to create standalone vaults from setup to customers who had previously purchased 1Password 4 for iOS or the Pro Features in-app purchase.

However, for new users at least, there's no longer any way to use the password management service without subscribing to a paid plan.


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1Password on Mac Updated With Easier and Smarter Drag-and-Drop Password Functionality

AgileBits today released 1Password 7.3 for Mac with over 150 improvements and bug fixes following several months of development.


First and foremost, the 1Password mini menu bar assistant has been redesigned to make it easier to get your information out of 1Password. While you are dragging and dropping your username and password from 1Password mini to a supported app, for example, 1Password mini now instantly fades away.


1Password for Mac has also been updated with an all-new "filling brain." Powered by on-device machine learning, 1Password can analyze a webpage and suggest the items you are most likely to need on that page. If you are online shopping, for example, 1Password mini will have your credit card information ready.

Read the release notes for all of the changes, including the ability to select your accounts in the vault picker to see all the vaults in that account.

1Password is a popular tool for storing usernames, passwords, credit cards, addresses, notes, bank accounts, driver's licenses, passports, and more behind one master password, with end-to-end encryption. A built-in password generator lets users create strong, unique passwords and memorizable pass-phrases.

1Password 7.3 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or the AgileBits website. A subscription to 1Password across all platforms costs $2.99 per month for individuals and $4.99 per month for families.


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1Password, LastPass, Dashlane and More Updated With Support for iOS 12’s AutoFill Password Feature

Multiple popular password management apps for iOS devices have been updated with support for a convenient new iOS 12 feature, Password AutoFill.

With Password AutoFill, logins and passwords stored in third-party password management apps will be available throughout the iOS 12 operating system right alongside iCloud Keychain, letting you log into websites, apps, and more much more quickly.

1Password, LastPass, Dashlane, Keeper, and Remembear all now support Password AutoFill features.

Setting Up Password AutoFill


Setting up a password management app to work with Password AutoFill will require you to go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts > AutoFill Passwords to toggle on the AutoFill Password option while also making sure your password management app of choice, such as 1Password, is selected.



How it Works


The Password AutoFill feature lets a third-party app function just like iCloud Keychain, with your sensitive data protected but easily accessible within apps when you need your login information.

When you encounter a login field in an app or on the web, tapping in the entry field will display the stored username and password from your password management app if you've saved one right above the keyboard.

From there, you can tap the information to enter it into the app or website's login window, such as in the Spotify example below.


There are instances where your password management app does not have saved information entirely right or where you have multiple logins, like if you have multiple Twitter or Instagram accounts.

With Instagram, for example, when logging into the Instagram app, I see my two Instagram accounts listed in 1Password (my password app of choice) and I can tap either one to enter my login information.


For apps that your password management app cannot automatically identify, you will be able to access your entire password vault to find the login information that you need.

Where it Works


What's great about the Password AutoFill API is that it does not require developers to implement any kind of integration with your password management app to function, as was required in previous versions of iOS for this kind of functionality.

It works automatically in most apps and websites, with your password archive available no matter where you're logging in.


One-Time Passwords


When logging into apps and websites that require two-factor authentication, using a one-time password is also simplified.

If your two-factor authentication setup is linked to a password management app like 1Password, when you log into an app or website that requires two-factor authentication, your password is entered in the field and your one-time authentication password is automatically copied to the clipboard for easy pasting.


For apps that use your phone number for authentication purposes, iOS 12 introduces a feature that takes a code from an incoming iMessage and copies it to the clipboard, so two-factor authentication is simplified no matter the method.


Password AutoFill on Apple TV


Password AutoFill extends to the Apple TV using the continuity keyboard that permits the iPhone to be used to enter passwords and login information on the Apple TV.

For this to work, both the Apple TV and the iOS device need to be signed into the same iCloud account, and from there, the process is identical to using Password AutoFill on the iPhone.


In a text entry field, when prompted to use the iPhone to enter login information, passwords stored in a password management app and linked to Password AutoFill will be able to be entered on the Apple TV.

Note: tvOS 12 and iOS 12 are required for Password AutoFill to work on the Apple TV.

The Password AutoFill feature in 1Password, Dashlane, LastPass, and Keeper is available starting today so long as you've downloaded and installed iOS 12 and updated your apps.

Have you tried Password AutoFill? What do you think of the new feature? Let us know in the comments.

Related Roundup: iOS 12

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1Password for iOS Updated With Secure Notes Markdown Support and Several Fixes

Popular third-party password manager 1Password received an update today that takes the iOS app to version 7.1 and introduces Markdown support in secure notes, stickers for Messages, and a couple of notable fixes.

Following on from the Mac version updated in May, 1Password for iOS now lets you create rich secure notes that can include headers, bold and italic text, lists, tappable links, and more.

Also in this version is a collection of 1Password stickers for users to enliven their chat threads in the Messages app.

Several lingering bugs have been squashed in version 1.7, but two stand out: Searches no longer return broken or incorrect results, and creating a new item no longer causes 1Password to become unresponsive.

Elsewhere, an issue where search borked when vault items where syncing has been resolved, and occasional crashes when users add new items should no longer occur.

Lastly, the developers have updated all text in the app to make it more consistent, and ensured improved the rendering of template icons in list and detail views.

1Password for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for free, but there is an in-app fee to access the service. A standard 1Password account is priced at $3.99 per month and a multi-user family account is priced at $6.99 per month. [Direct Link]


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Apple Reportedly Plans to Deploy 1Password to All Employees, Acquisition Also Possible

Apple plans to deploy 1Password internally to all of its more than 100,000 employees around the world over the next few months, and may even be in acquisition talks with 1Password's parent company AgileBits to eventually acquire the popular password manager, according to BGR's editor-in-chief Jonathan Geller.


An excerpt from the report about the deployment plans:
According to our source, after many months of planning, Apple plans to deploy 1Password internally to all 100,000 employees. This includes not just employees in Cupertino, but extends all the way to retail, too. Furthermore, the company is said to have carved out a deal that includes family plans, giving up to 5 family members of each employee a free license for 1Password.
The report claims there have also been "acquisition talks," but there is some skepticism surrounding the situation:
Could Apple just be kicking the tires before diving in? Possibly, but it would seem unlikely at this point. Either this deal is the actual acquisition, structured in a way that provides additional annual revenue for a set number of years, or there’s something else going on. Jeff Shiner, the CEO of AgileBits, was overheard talking about the “Apple acquisition” in the glass conference room in the company’s Toronto office recently, but we have no firm details on what the context was or any specifics of the potential deal.
The report claims 100 Apple employees will start using 1Password through this initiative starting this week, with all corporate and retail employees expected to be activated within the next one to two months.

More details to follow…


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1Password Developers Tease Planned Support for iOS 12 Password Manager API

Apple revealed during its WWDC keynote yesterday that among other features, iOS 12 will include a new Password Manager API that will be able to hook into third-party password manager apps installed on devices and offer up their stored passwords as suggestions to the user when they're prompted for login information.

Today, the makers of popular password manager service 1Password confirmed that it is already working on integrating its app with Apple's new API, and even offered its Twitter followers a teaser video of 1Password AutoFill in action.

The short clip shows a screen recording of a login prompt from the Apple ID website in Safari browser. As the user taps on the password field, the keyboard pops up and the password stored in 1Password appears in the QuickType suggestion bar, ready to select.


It's unclear at this time how soon 1Password will support the API integration after iOS 12 is publicly released in the fall, but users can rest assured the developers at AgileBits are "very excited about it" and will be "playing around with it very soon". Those looking to get a look in sooner can join the 1Password for iOS beta test program by following the steps outlined here.

In other security-related news, iOS 12 will also offer password suggestions within third-party apps, and will also keep track of passwords that have been reused, prompting users to create new ones.

In another welcome iOS 12 feature, one-time passcodes delivered via SMS text message will automatically appear as AutoFill suggestions on login screens, so users no longer have to concern themselves with reading the message, memorizing the code, and returning to the login screen to input them.


Related Roundup: iOS 12

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1Password 7 for Mac Launches Today With Redesigned Sidebar, Easier Access to Vaults, and Much More

Following two months of beta testing, AgileBits has announced that 1Password 7 for Mac is being released for all users today.


The latest version of the popular password manager is a major update with dozens of new features and improvements, including a new dark-themed, collapsible sidebar that makes it easier to use and manage password vaults.

Users can now access their vaults by clicking on "All Vaults" in the sidebar, with full drag-and-drop support to conveniently move or copy items from one vault to another, including between different accounts. Users can also drag items onto the "New Vault" menu item and one will be created automatically.


1Password 7 for Mac integrates with Have I Been Pwned? to securely check a user's passwords against a database of passwords that have been compromised in known data breaches, such as when a popular service or website is hacked.

The app's security-focused Watchtower feature can also identify any login items that support two-factor authentication and help users enable it on those websites. Watchtower can now also keep track of expiring items so users know in advance if they need to renew their credit cards, passports, licenses, and more.

1Password now helps users sign in to their favorite apps by showing them suggested logins for the app they are currently using. If a user is signing into the App Store, for example, they can click the 1Password icon in the menu bar to see their Apple ID and simply drag and drop their username and password to log in.


The app's redesign extends to the lock screen, login icons, tags, pop-out windows for items, and more, while there is a new custom font Courier Prime Bits, by Alan Dague-Greene, that makes it easier to view passwords.

A quick list of other changes from AgileBits:
  • Every pixel has been put under the microscope and polished for maximum upgradedness.
  • The new "pop-out" feature allows you to view an item in a window of its own and keep it handy.
  • Secure notes are now rendered using Markdown.
  • Quick Open allows you to quickly jump to your items or vaults (find it under the File menu).
  • A custom password font, all our own, courtesy of Alan Dague-Greene.
  • A new password strength meter.
  • Touch ID now leverages your computer's Secure Enclave, making it more secure than ever before.
  • Login items now have a gorgeous, custom rendered icon by default.
  • Remove duplicate items on a per-vault basis by clicking Help > Tools > Clean Up Duplicate Items.
  • Integration with Spotlight allows you to find your items using Apple's built-in search engine.
  • Nested tags allow you to up your organization: add tags with / in them and 1Password will break
    them down into groups.
  • Opt in to automatic updates and never be left behind again.
1Password is a popular tool for storing usernames, passwords, credit cards, addresses, notes, bank accounts, driver's licenses, passports, and more behind one master password, with end-to-end encryption. A built-in password generator lets users create strong, unique passwords and memorizable pass-phrases.

1Password 7 for Mac is the first paid upgrade to the desktop version of the app in five years, meaning that users of previous versions will need to purchase a new license or subscription to use the new version.


Users with an active 1Password subscription, which start at $2.99 per month for individuals, can simply install 1Password 7 from the Mac App Store or AgileBits website and be ready to go. Otherwise, after installing the latest version, there is a prompt to sign up for a 1Password membership.

For those who wish to purchase a standalone license for 1Password 7 for Mac, licenses are available when 1Password is downloaded from the AgileBits website. Licenses are $49.99 for a limited time, and $64.99 after that. Licenses are per-person, per-platform, with macOS Sierra or later required.

The Mac App Store version of 1Password 7, rolling out today, is a new, separate app from the existing 1Password 6 listing, which has been removed, and is only available for users with 1Password subscriptions.


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1Password Integrates With ‘Pwned Passwords’ to Check if Your Passwords Have Been Leaked Online

Password management app 1Password this week got a new feature on the web, and developer AgileBits described it as a way for users to check and make sure that their passwords aren't "pwned passwords," or passwords that have been leaked online. While the launch is web-only right now, AgileBits said it will be coming to 1Password apps in the future.

1Password's new feature integrates with a newly updated service by Troy Hunt -- who previously created a breach notification service called Have I Been Pwned -- and securely and privately checks your passwords against more than 500 million passwords collected from various breaches.

This way, users can further ensure that their passwords saved within 1Password are as secure as possible, and if Hunt's new service surfaces a warning about compromised data, they can change to a new one without leaving 1Password.


Pwned Passwords originally launched as a feature within Have I Been Pwned last August, but Hunt has now updated it to version two and greatly expanded the amount of passwords indexed, originally starting with 320 million. For 1Password's integration, which is still just a proof of concept as of now, AgileBits said the feature is available today to everyone with a 1Password membership, and shared the following steps:
- Sign in to your account on 1Password.com.

- Click Open Vault to view the items in a vault, then click an item to see its details.

- Enter the magic keyboard sequence Shift-Control-Option-C (or Shift+Ctrl+Alt+C on Windows) to unlock the proof of concept.

- Click the Check Password button that appears next to your password.
Once you click "Check Password," 1Password will communicate with Hunt's service of indexed passwords, letting you know if yours exists in his database. As AgileBits pointed out, "If your password is found, it doesn't necessarily mean that your account was breached. Someone else could have been using the same password." Still, the company encouraged immediate action for any user who sees a confirmation of a password matching to Hunt's service.


In the announcement, AgileBits ensured that this communication with Pwned Passwords keeps user passwords "private and secure" because they are "never sent to us or his service." Hunt's service never receives the full password, and only requires the first five characters of each password hash. The developer stated, "we would never add it to 1Password unless it was private and secure."
First, 1Password hashes your password using SHA-1. But sending that full SHA-1 hash to the server would provide too much information and could allow someone to reconstruct your original password. Instead, Troy’s new service only requires the first five characters of the 40-character hash.

To complete the process, the server sends back a list of leaked password hashes that start with those same five characters. 1Password then compares this list locally to see if it contains the full hash of your password. If there is a match then we know this password is known and should be changed.
Hunt goes into more detail about Pwned Passwords in his own announcement post about the update to the service. AgileBits confirmed that it will be adding Pwned Passwords to its own security breach warning feature, called Watchtower, within 1Password apps "in future releases."


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1Password 7 Launching With Support for iPhone X, Face ID, Drag and Drop on iPad, Quick Copy, and More

AgileBits today is releasing 1Password 7 for iOS with several new features, just one day before the iPhone X launches around the world.


1Password has been redesigned with the iPhone X's new screen size and dimensions in mind. The app now supports Face ID for unlocking with the iPhone X's facial recognition system, in addition to the existing options of using Touch ID on older iPhone models or manually typing in a master password.

An all-new feature called Quick Copy makes it quicker to copy and paste usernames, passwords, and one-time passwords into apps that don't support the 1Password extension. Simply open 1Password, copy the username for an app, switch to that app, paste your username, and then switch back to 1Password.


Without needing to do anything else, 1Password will put the password on the clipboard, meaning you can switch immediately back to the other app and paste it. If you're logging into a site or service that supports one-time passwords, you can repeat the same app switching process to quickly get the one-time password.

1Password 7 also has a redesigned Favorites tab with drag and drop support on iPads running iOS 11 or later, support for Handoff across iOS devices, keyboard shortcuts for external keyboards, and a slightly refreshed app icon.


1Password is a popular password manager for securing usernames, passwords, credit cards, addresses, notes, bank accounts, driver's licenses, passports, and more behind one master password, with end-to-end encryption. A built-in password generator lets you create strong, unique passwords and memorizable pass-phrases.

1Password 7 will be available today as a free update on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. An individual subscription costs $2.99 per month, which includes hosted service across Mac, iOS, Android, Windows, and 1Password.com.

Related Roundup: iPhone X
Buyer's Guide: iPhone X (Buy Now)

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