1Password 7 review

The sensitive information manager 1Password has been given an important upgrade. 1Password 7 now has even more powerful security features and together with an even more user-friendly interface, the app is nothing short of a winner. It’s one of only a very few must-have apps.

The first feature of 1Password 7 that, to me, is the major reason why you would want to upgrade, is that it’s far more ‘intelligent’ now than it used to be. In 1Password 6, you could already effortlessly sign in to websites of which you let 1Password manage the login details – and I believe you should do that with all of them – but you couldn’t do the same with applications that live outside of a browser.

Well, now 1Password suggests the login details for your apps as well. For example, log in to the App Store and 1Password’s menu extension will show you the logins it has for the Store. There’s also a slightly different and even more user-friendly way to fill in those login forms in version 7. You can simply drag-and-drop your username and password, and you’ll be in. The developers say they have added support for a huge list of apps, but if you find one that doesn’t work as you’d expect, you’re asked to get in touch so they can add it in later.

If you now click the “Fill” button, 1Password fills in the form and goes out of the way, handing over focus back to your browser window or app immediately. It doesn’t press the “enter” button for you anymore, though, but that’s OK because, as you get back control of the app you’re in, you can press that key yourself.

I have never felt the need to interact with Watchtower too many times. The feature alerts you when passwords are weak or old and silently works in the background. But that’s changed. In addition to finding weak, too old and reused passwords, it now checks for compromised websites. It does so by securely checking your passwords against the database at haveibeenpwned.com. If you’re using Safari or Firefox on a Mac, that’s an extra layer of security on top of these browsers’ ability to tell if a site is dodgy.

1Password tells you if the website has been compromised in a data breach, all without your passwords ever leaving your computer. Watchtower now also identifies any login items that support two-factor authentication and guide you through enabling it for those websites. And Watchtower isn’t too silent anymore, either. It will now keep an eye on expiring items, so you know in advance if you need to renew your credit cards, passports, licenses, etc.

In 1Password 7, vaults have been re-designed to look better than before. Vaults are now fully drag-and-drop enabled, and you can personalise them using a nice set of built-in custom icons – or create your own and add it to the collection. The interface, in general, looks better too, with a nice dark sidebar and the typical macOS High Sierra flat look design.

A new “pop-out” feature allows you to view an item in a window of its own. A very nice design feature is that, when the unit pops out, the panel with the rest of your items disappears graciously. Secure notes are now rendered using Markdown. Quick Open allows you to quickly jump to your items or vaults. Revealing passwords – either in small or big type – looks better, has a ‘cleaner’ look and is quicker to apprehend. That’s courtesy a custom password font, designed by Alan Dague-Greene.

Then there’s also a new password strength meter that I noticed. It has more encouraging labels, too, like “Fantastic”.

Login items now have a custom icon by default that lets you see the very basic information about the item much faster. Removing duplicate items on a per-vault basis is faster too.

And 1Password’s subscription service is still inexpensive. I’ve been using 1Password for a very long time now and have never regretted it, and this new version just made it clear I never will. A basic, personal/family subscription starts at $2.99/month when paid per year. Subscriptions are also available for teams and businesses.

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