During my work as CTO for several online shops within Europe, one of the first things I usually do is ensure that there is a reliable and secure password manager in place to manage credentials across teams and divisions within the company. With most companies running everything on Windows the selection of available password managers is quite huge, but what if you have to find a proper solution for companies with multiple operating systems in use? Here is your solution…
Introducing 1Password – the almighty Password Manager
Usually I’d tell you that depending on your requirements different solutions fit best. If you are only using the password manager on computers and don’t need it on your mobile phone as you go, or if you only run Windows computers, and so on… Well here is the first surprise, it really doesn’t matter what you intended use is, 1Password has you covered. However, 1Password is not free to use, but we’ll get back to this later.
Personal and Professional use
No matter if you want to use 1Password personal or within a company, due to it’s structure using so called Vaults, you have access to all your personal and professional credentials at the same time without ever needing to change accounts. You can even be a member in multiple teams, so if you are a freelancer or contractor working for multiple clients using 1Password, they can simply grant you access to one Vault where the store the credentials you should have access to during your work.
All that doesn’t really matter if your passwords are not secure in the end.
How secure is 1Password Password Manager
For other services it might be hard to say how secure things really are, as they usually don’t tell you how exactly everything gets stored. 1Password is a little bit different, you can read all about it, in there F.A.Q. at https://support.1password.com/1password-security/.
To sum it up, besides a user defined master password they use a secret key that’s not stored on their end and that’s needed to login into your vaults. For personal users, loosing your secret key equals loosing all your passwords. Within teams admins are able to trigger recovery for users who forgot theirs. Also as long as you have access to 1Password on at least one device, your iPhone using FaceID or TouchID for example, you are save cause you can view the secret key there.
Of course pricing for individual, family or team use is different, so let’s get to it.
At the time of writing (January 2018) 1Password password manager offers different plans depending on if you only want to use it for yourself, your family (up to 5 users) or your company/team.
Personal Use – $2.99 (per month billed annually)
Personal use is how to get started and ensure all your credentials are safe. In my opinion the price seems fair considering all the things 1Password has to offer like apps for all your devices and offline access to all your credentials.
Family Use (up to 5 Users) – $4.99 (per month billed annually)
Compared to a single user the advantage of having a family account is simply that you are able to share passwords within your family, so your kids have access to your families Netflix account, but not to your credit card information or online banking credentials. Also considering the price of $1 per use (if you use all five accounts) seems more than fair to me, for knowing all your passwords are protected and you won’t forget them in the future.
Team Use – $3.99 (per Team Member, per month billed monthly or annually)
Compared to the family account the main difference here is that there is no user limitation and your admins have access to a central admin console allowing them to manage all users and vaults at a central place.
I’m quite convinced by 1Password, and love all the features it offers. Apps for most platforms, password generator functions, TouchID and FaceID support on iPhones and MacBook Pro (2017 or later), and many more.
If you are still not sure, maybe checkout the tour at https://1password.com/tour/ or signup for a free trial period. Let me know what you think about it, or if you prefer a different password manager. Also, last but not least I would like to mention, that we are in no way affiliated with 1Password and therefore don’t get any benefits, commissions or payments for referring you to them. So if this post helped you safe some time think about visiting our Support Us page and find out how to thank us for saving you hours of research.