In honour of Gizmodo’s totally made up “Change Your Password Day,” you’ve probably heard a lot of people telling you to change your passwords.We’re going to tell you about something better: an app called 1Password for your computer and smartphone.
It remembers all of your website passwords for you so you never have to enter them in.
All you need to remember is one password (hence the name), which will in turn give you access to all of your other passwords.
Sounds tedious? It’s not.
Once you add a password, your web browser (like Chrome) can log you into your favourite sites using only that one password you made. It’s like magic.
But 1Password is a lot more than that. It keeps track of secure notes, passport numbers, medical information, frequent flier numbers, and even your credit cards.
Does putting all of your passwords in one app sound scary? It shouldn’t. As long as you never tell anybody your “one password” (that you don’t use for anything else), you have nothing to worry about.
Here's where you'll store all of your passwords. You can easily create new saved passwords using the plus sign in the bottom of the screen.
The reason 1Password is convenient is because of its web browser plug in. Once you install it, all of your passwords travel around the web with you.
Now any time you return to Reddit, pop open this window and 1Password will log you in automatically.
Back inside the desktop app, the Accounts area keeps track of your confidential email account settings and server addresses.
Click the plus sign in the app's bottom left corner to add a new social security number, membership number, licence, etc.
The Identities tab is for keeping track of you and your family members' passport numbers, medical information, frequent flyer miles numbers, and more.
Stick all of your super-private notes in the Secure Notes area of the app. This is the spot for stuff that doesn't fit elsewhere.
You can even generate passwords on the go. And remember, you don't need to remember these passwords because of the 1Password helper plug-in.
The 1Password iPhone app is what brings it all together, since you're not always on your home computer.
It sounds expensive, which it is, but when you compare this price to the cost of losing one of your passwords, it's worth it. Because odds are, you use the same password for almost everything, right?
Plus, you can try it for 30 days and see if you like it.