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Take Control of 1Password, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Easily create and enter secure passwords on all your devices!

Updated December 20, 2016

Wrangling your Web passwords can be easy and secure, thanks to 1Password, the popular password manager from AgileBits. In this book, Joe Kissell brings years of real-world 1Password experience into play to explain not only how to create, edit, and enter Web login data easily, but also how to autofill contact and credit card info when shopping online, audit your passwords and generate better ones, handle two-factor authentication (2FA), and sync and share passwords with various techniques -- including iCloud and Dropbox, as well as a hosted account (individual, family, or team).

While reading Take Control of 1Password on my iPad I was furiously highlighting passages and following along with 1Password open on my Mac. [The book] showed me how some of my passwords were weak or duplicates. I immediately changed those passwords to unique and secure ones.
--Elisa Pacelli, in her MyMac book review.

The book focuses on 1Password 6 for the Mac, but he also provides details and directions for the iOS, Windows, and Android versions of 1Password.

Topics include:

Meet 1Password: Set your master passcode, explore the various 1Password components, and decide on your ideal usage strategy.

Master logins: In 1Password, a typical login contains a set of credentials used to sign in to a Web site. Find out how to create logins, sort them, search them, tag them, and more. You'll especially find help with editing logins. For example, if you change a site's password from dragon7 to eatsevendragonsforlunchatyahoo, you'll want to incorporate that into its login. Or, use 1Password's password generator to create highly secure random passwords, like dGx7Crve3WucELF#s.

Understand password security: Get guidance on what makes for a good password, and read Joe's important Password Dos and Don'ts. A special topic covers how to perform a security audit in order to improve poor passwords quickly.

Go beyond Web logins: A primary point of 1Password is to speed up Web logins, but 1Password can also store and autofill contact information (for more than one identity, even), along with credit card information. You'll also find advice on storing passwords for password-protected files and encrypted disk images, plus ideas for keeping track of confidential files, scans of important cards or documents, and more.

Sync your passwords: Discover which 1Password syncing solution is right for you: a hosted account, Dropbox, iCloud, or a Finder folder, as well as a device-to-device Wi-Fi sync.

Share your passwords: Learn to store passwords in shared vaults within a family or team hosted account.

You'll also discover the answers to key questions, including:

  • What's the best way to buy 1Password?
  • Should I use my Web browser's autofill feature?
  • What about iCloud Keychain? Should I use that too?
  • What can I do quickly to get better password security?
  • How can I find and update weak passwords I created long ago?
  • What should I do about security questions, like the name of my pet?
  • How can 1Password provide a time-based one-time password (TOTP)?
  • How do I initiate 1Password logins from utilities like LaunchBar?

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Basics
    3. What’s New in Version 2.2
    4. What Was New in Version 2.1
  2. Introduction
  3. 1Password Quick Start
  4. Meet 1Password
    1. License 1Password
    2. Configure 1Password
    3. Explore the 1Password Components
    4. Learn How Logins Work
    5. Find Your Usage Pattern
    6. Set Up Syncing
    7. Check for Updates
    8. Learn What 1Password Isn’t Good For
  5. Understand Password Security
    1. Learn Password Security Basics
    2. Understand Optimal Password Length
    3. Password Dos and Don’ts
  6. Use 1Password for Web Browsing
    1. Create and Save Logins
    2. Log In
    3. Deal with Multistep Logins
    4. Fill Web Forms Using Identities
    5. Shop Online Securely
  7. Store Other Information in 1Password
    1. Stand-alone Passwords
    2. One-time Passwords
    3. Software Licenses
    4. Secure Notes
    5. Other Data Types
  8. Search and Organize Your 1Password Items
    1. Make Your Life Simpler
    2. Understand the Sidebar Sections
    3. Use Favorites
    4. Use Folders and Tags
    5. Switch Layouts
    6. Adjust the Sort Order
    7. Perform a Basic Search
    8. Perform an Advanced Search
    9. Use Smart Folders
    10. Work with Previously Generated Passwords
    11. Use the Trash
    12. Work with Multiple Vaults
  9. Edit 1Password Items
    1. Edit Saved Items
    2. Work with Icons and Thumbnails
    3. Update Old Passwords
    4. Perform a Password Security Audit
    5. Share 1Password Data
    6. Import and Export Data
    7. Print 1Password Data
  10. Customize 1Password
    1. Set Security Preferences
    2. Configure Other Mac Preferences
    3. Use 1Password with Other Utilities
  11. Use 1Password Accounts
    1. Set Up a New 1Password Account
    2. Add a 1Password Account to Your Devices
    3. Manage a Family or Team Account
    4. Add Data to a 1Password Account Vault
  12. Use 1Password on the Go
    1. iOS
    2. Android
  13. Solve Problems
    1. Don’t Panic
    2. Troubleshoot Common Mac Problems
  14. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. About the Publisher
  15. Copyright and Fine Print