Password applications

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by kate2kate, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. kate2kate macrumors newbie

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    Are the apps that store and track your passwords safe? I have come to the point where keeping track of my passwords is not working.

    If they are safe can you recommend one?

    Thanks,
    Katie
     
  2. Rusty33 macrumors 6502

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    I've heard good things about 1Password...but have not tried any myself. I have been reluctant to jump onboard due to similar concerns...I'm just not sure that I am comfortable with all of my passwords being uploaded to some private vendors server...

    Any thoughts from those with experience would be greatly appreciated!
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Keychain Access app comes with your Mac and is built in to the OS specifically to store passwords.
     
  4. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a

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    I've been using LastPass for about a year now. I'm very pleased with it and recommend it highly.
     
  5. flynz4, Sep 21, 2014
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    1Password does not upload your passwords to the cloud. They are kept securely encrypted in a vault on your own computer.

    You have the option to sync your password vault across your computers, and across you IOS devices. This can be via Drobpox, iCloud (both natively supported) or by any other method that you choose. Your vault is encrypted on your own machines(s), nothing unencrypted ever leaves your machine... so even if someone was to get cloud access to your vault... they only have access to strongly encrypted data.

    The advantages of using unique passwords for every site far outweighs any perceived risk of keeping your passwords in a vault. For example, a friend of mine had his Amazon.com account hacked, which he learned about when their security department called to verify a purchase. They cancelled the purchase, and instructed him to go in through the site and change his password. The problem is... without unique passwords, the thief can then try that same password at other sites such as banking, stocks, 401Ks, etc... and wipe you out.

    The other great thing is that your passwords are not only unique, but also complex. An example of a password might be: gXpAK3Vax@Gax9H2vQvHA#vV but I never need to type or know that. When I go to a site, I just press a hotkey and it (along with my username) is automatically entered for me. If my vault is locked (the normal case)... then I am prompted for my single password that I use to unlock my vault. My personal password is also complex and virtually uncrackable, but sheer muscle memory allows me to type it in without thinking about it... my fingers just fly over the keyboard.

    When you go in and change your passwords to unique complex passwords... I also suggest that you change your secret questions. Mother maiden name, first elementary school, high school mascot... etc. What a crock, this is a blatant security hole as most of this type of information is easily available online. So for example, by using 1Password, the name of my favorite pet might be: aPcWuhwuQmL9GwCjBve[^9K4

    Also, many sites also ask your birthday. I use different birthdays for every site.

    Finally, I got an extra unexpected benefit from 1Password. After the Heartbleed bug was found earlier this year (approximately ~2/3 of all servers in the world were affected)... 1Password provided an update that downloads the status off all servers... and then informs you when and if you should update your password for a specific site. At the time, I had 303 stored passwords, and 1Password flagged 101... exactly 1/3. When you use 1Password, if you are entering a site which was infected with Heartbleed (and now fixed)... you get a red banner to update your password. This was a HUGE increase to my personal security.

    Bottom line... these things are fantastic. There are many password managers out there now, and they work differently. I chose 1Password since it has been the most popular for the longest time. It is a lot of work to convert all of your passwords, and I want to be with a company who is likely to survive in the long haul. I'd prefer to never have to go through the exercise again.

    /Jim
     
  6. JoelBC macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for 1Password, I use it on for my iOS, OS X and Windows devices, works very well and reliably across all platforms...

    Only regret -- which has nothing to do with 1Password -- is that I do wish work would let me use a MBA or rMBP rather than the clumsy laptop that I know have...
     
  7. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    Jim covers the subject very well. I have used both LastPass and 1Password (my current).

    LastPass has the advantage of using a centralized storage site so multiple people can share a vault easily. My wife and I use one vault with different identities. Easier to share passwords. It has the downside of having your passwords stored on their server so it's an attack target.

    Sharing vaults in 1Password is more difficult but I like the overall feel and operation of the program better.
     
  8. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    I highly recommend testing out several password managers. I would start out with 1Password. They offer a 30 day trial. I believe the program is worth the money. However, it may not fit your needs or budget. Test LastPass, OneSafe, Enpass, and several others, if need be.
     
  9. Booch21 macrumors regular

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    I've been using it for over two years. It's great for me, especially when I'm at work and I need to look up a password that I don't know.
     
  10. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    My wife and I share a single vault. I created a shared folder in dropbox for the two of us, and we keep the vault in there. Neither one of us is worried about each other in our personal accounts. It does complicate things a tiny bit because when we visit a site where we both have accounts... we get the menu to select which login to use. For example, if we go to iCloud.com, 1Password pop up gives us the option for:
    • iCloud (Deb)
    • iCloud (Jim)
    Because she comes first, all she has to do is hit return. I hit down-arrow then return.

    /Jim
     
  11. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    Another one for 1Password. Easy to use and the support is great.

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    My wife and I both have it. We both have an iPhone and a iPad each, and share a Mac Mini (media hub). Each of our iDevices we have our own vaults and that's all, but on the Mac we have a primary vault and a secondary vault. The primary vault is mine and the secondary is hers. We have all out password separated, but we not have access to both vaults. It was very easy to set up this as well and everything syncs fine.
     
  12. Rusty33 macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for this endorsement - much appreciated. I'm going to give it a whirl!
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    Another vote for 1Password - great product, solid, stable and feature rich.
     
  14. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, this is great. LastPass has a similar feature.
     
  15. vixster1901 macrumors regular

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    +1 1password....

    another great feature is that I can sync to my server or other computer withOUT going through dropbox or cloud. 1password makes it easy to sync a file. As I make a change or update to a password on one computer, I copy the file to other computers at my home. And you can easily sync the database using 1password wifi syncing mechanism.
     
  16. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    Between your first and second Paragraph you have contradicted yourself. On the one hand you say it never leaves the device then you start talking about syncing using Dropbox and ICloud.
     
  17. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Check out Locko. I like 1Password, but Locko is simpler and is free at the moment while they work on the iOS version.
     
  18. AndyK macrumors 65816

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    +1 for 1password here. I'm forced to use a Windows machine for some things so the fact I can sync 1password via my dropbox to my mac, iPhone and windows machine & it all 'just work' makes it worth double what I pay for it for me.
     
  19. jw12345678 macrumors member

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    1Password

    Another vote for 1Password. The new phone/ipad app makes it even better than before with the new extensions facility in IOS 8. Now you can access and insert your log details stored in 1Password straight into Safari. Thats been the missing function needed for so long....
     
  20. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    No contradiction, you can run 1Password entirely on your Mac and never put the vault on any other device. Those of us that want to access our vault from different devices and locations have the option to sync via iCloud or DropBox. Unlike some apps you are not required to store your data in the cloud.
     
  21. flynz4, Sep 23, 2014
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    The second paragraph starts with: You have the option to sync your password vault across your computers

    No contradiction at all. You do not need to use dropbox or any other cloud service. You can choose to not sync your vault if you wish... or you can duplicate it using manual means or anything else you desire.

    Personally, I use dropbox. Since my vault is securely encrypted with a strong password, then it is the best option for my needs.

    /Jim
     
  22. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Thanks! I didn't realize that IOS 8 broke down the walls for password sharing!!! I agree, this function was long overdue.

    It was also nice to see the 1Password5 was free, and that the pro-features were auto enabled for those of us who were on 1Password 4.

    /Jim
     
  23. VideoBeagle macrumors 6502a

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    Been using 1Password for a while...I like it, too.
     
  24. Basilfawltyone macrumors regular

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    I use OneSafe, more "Macish" and easy and intuitive.

    I use it daily and it has less bells and whistles than 1PW but it has exactly what I need and use.

    I prefer to use Apples Keychain for filling passwords in Safari, and not third party apps. Use it more as a safe for cc, wills, passports, loyalty cards, login info but no auto fill. Now with the latest update even better.
     
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