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1Password 4 Detailed for Mac, Adds iCloud Syncing, Encrypted Messaging and Custom Fields

AgileBits has released new details on 1Password 4 (via Macworld), the next major update to its popular password managing software 1Password. The forthcoming update, which follows the 1Password 4 update for iOS earlier this year, includes features such as iCloud syncing, the ability to tag items as favorites, and support for multiple accounts on a single website. New options and fields such as loyalty programs and drivers licenses are being added, and custom fields for login and data items will be supported.

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1Password 4 also includes security features such as the ability to send information from the program between iOS and Mac through encrypted iMessage and emails, the ability to see duplicate passwords and passwords strengths, and a stability overhaul with the program’s browser extension being written in Cocoa to allow for unified compatibility on all major browsers.

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1Password 4 is expected to be released this fall, and will be free to users who have already purchased 1Password 3 from the Mac App Store. Users who bought 1Password 3 through AgileBits website on or after January 1, 2013 will also receive the upgrade for free, while pricing for new customers is yet to be determined.

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Currently, 1Password 3 for Mac can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link]

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9 months ago
iCloud Keychain... is coming soon :cool:
Rating: 18 Positives
9 months ago

Is there any major reason to buy this, over using the upcoming iCloud Keychain?

I think there are still a few reasons still to use 1Password.

Do you use Windows or want to view your passwords in browser on other OS's?
Do you trust Apples iCloud to keep your passwords secure (1password by default stores everything locally)?
Would you rather use Dropbox to sync?
How about storing files securely, or having a dedicated place for secure notes, other personal information, software keys etc...
You can easily backup, restore and merge the 1Password file store.
Rating: 11 Positives
9 months ago
Thanks for voluntarily giving your passwords to NSA :D
Rating: 6 Positives
9 months ago

Is there any major reason to buy this, over using the upcoming iCloud Keychain?

There are actually 3 major reasons that come to mind to use 1Password or similar programs:[LIST=1]
[*]These applications store information that doesn't "fit" on the iCloud Keychain including:[LIST][*]Serial Numbers, especially for things you take out of your home like portable electronics and camera gear.
[*]Combinations for locks
[*]Software registration keys
[*]etc[/LIST]
[*]Cross platform compatibility (not just Macs and iOS devices)
[*]The easy ability to look up information on your iOS device when you are at a computer that isn't yours.
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Rating: 6 Positives
9 months ago
I'm glad it's going to be a free upgrade for 1Password 3 users. I bought ver 3 when it was heavily discounted during the launch of the MAS; it's regular price, as good as the app is, is quite steep IMO.
Rating: 5 Positives
9 months ago

Is there any major reason to buy this, over using the upcoming iCloud Keychain?


1Password is cross-platform, what is even more important, Apple has never been a security company so I would not believe in their expertise in making security software.
Rating: 4 Positives
9 months ago
I feel this update is a tad bit too late with Keychain in the Cloud.

...however, I do love 1Password's ability to generate passwords with a large array of options. For example, my Facebook password has 256 random characters and symbols. Does anyone know if Keychain in the Cloud offer such ability? I do recall during WWDC that it would help suggest passwords to use but not sure the extent of the password generating.
Rating: 4 Positives
9 months ago
I don't know what I would do without this piece of software.
Rating: 4 Positives
9 months ago
I will definitely be waiting to see the iPhone 5S and what Apple does with the fingerprint sensor before I consider buying this.

If Apple nails the fingerprint sensor + NFS + iCloud Keychain, I could see them hitting a crazy home run in the field of convenient security.

If they don't, I'll probably be picking this up while I wait for someone to properly combine biometrics + the cloud + NFS.

Edit:

Nevermind, $68 is too much for too little. All they have from the ideal security trifecta is the cloud, which iCloud Keychain will have. The little gimicks don't make what I could get for free be worth $68 (because you need both an OSX version at $50 + an iOS version at $18.)
Rating: 3 Positives
9 months ago
Woohoo, free update! Glad I bought it over a year ago. At this point we don't know how secure iCloud keychain will be, and it can't even hold your credit card security codes, much less sensitive information in any format (PDF, jpg, whatever). I was going to buy 1password 4 as I use it every day and it's a proven solution, but happy to get a free update.
Rating: 3 Positives

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