Password Apps

kilcher

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Jul 3, 2011
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Just curious how these work and why we trust them with ALL of our passwords. Sure it's convenient but isn't having all of your passwords in one app that was created by someone you don't know pose a huge security risk? I thought maybe the passwords were stored locally but it appears as though you can sync them between devices. I never really hear anyone talk about it and yet a lot of people seem to use them. Just wondering if I'm missing something.

I have been using Dashland for a year or so but I think I'm going to switch to 1Password.
 

BasicGreatGuy

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Sep 21, 2012
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In the middle of several books.
With 1Password, all your information is kept on your computer. None of your passwords are stored on 1Password servers, as is the case with other apps.

With 1Password, you setup a master password that unlocks the vault which stores all your information. When your vault information is stored in iCloud or DropBox, it is encrypted with your master password. So, make sure it is a strong one.

1Password works well with iOS 8, and will make it much easier for you to use a strong password for each site you use. I highly recommend it. You get a free 30 day trial with 1Password. You can sync with iCloud, Dropbox or Wifi.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1785941/
 

Jessica Lares

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Oct 31, 2009
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They are encrypted databases with encrypted passwords. I don't know how that all works, but it's as secure as you can get at this point.

It would be easy enough to get access to the database, but really difficult to get into the file itself and read the info.

These are established businesses. You shouldn't worry about it. If they were in the business of stealing your information, we'd know about it.
 

AGKyle

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Jun 10, 2012
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Just curious how these work and why we trust them with ALL of our passwords. Sure it's convenient but isn't having all of your passwords in one app that was created by someone you don't know pose a huge security risk? I thought maybe the passwords were stored locally but it appears as though you can sync them between devices. I never really hear anyone talk about it and yet a lot of people seem to use them. Just wondering if I'm missing something.

I have been using Dashland for a year or so but I think I'm going to switch to 1Password.
Hi there, you may be interested in reading this post, which is written by our security expert:

http://blog.agilebits.com/2014/07/16/1password-is-a-very-safe-basket/

If you have any questions though let me know :) I can answer questions about 1Password specifically. I tend to avoid answering questions about other software as I am not as well versed in how they work as our own.
 
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