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8 reasons to use 1Password that don't involve storing passwords

J.R. Bookwalter | April 15, 2015
If all you're doing is stashing logins and passwords in 1Password, you're not coming close to using all its abilities.

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Available for Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android, 1Password is a must-have for desktop and mobile users seeking equal parts online security and convenience. But there's far more to this software than its single-purpose name might imply.

1Password owners managing only logins and passwords are missing out on tons of other goodies already bundled inside the desktop versions. (The mobile versions require a paid Pro upgrade to unlock some additional features.) Read on and learn how to make your old password manager perform a few new tricks!

Credit cards

Sure, 1Password takes the heavy lifting out of logging into your favorite websites, but it does an equally fabulous job filling in payment details for online stores--no matter how many different credit or debit cards you happen to use.

1Password also goes far beyond the basic details of Apple's own iCloud Keychain, allowing shoppers to store a wealth of additional information, including the issuing bank, toll-free and international contact numbers, interest rate, PIN codes, and cash withdrawal or credit limits.

Pro tip: Jot down eligible rewards categories in the Notes field of each card to see where you can accumulate the most points while shopping.

Secure notes

We're big fans of Evernote, but if you're looking to reduce the number of apps on your devices, 1Password's built-in Secure Notes could be just the ticket. While not as robust as Evernote, 1Password secures notes with the same tamper-proof authenticated encryption used for passwords, along with any files attached to those bits of data. Like other 1Password categories, users can also add tags, making information easier to find in a search.

Pro tip: Tick the star icon to add frequently used notes to your Favorites for faster access.

Membership and loyalty cards

Between frequent flyer programs and retail loyalty cards, key rings are used less for unlocking doors and more as a place to store plastic barcode widgets. But how many of those do you actually need to carry in your pocket? How about zero?

1Password includes a pair of convenient Memberships and Reward Programs categories for this very purpose, which can be used to enter all of those digits and potentially free up space on your keychain or in your wallet.

Pro tip: Next time you rent a car or book a flight online, leave those cards at home--you'll have them safely stored inside the mobile app, should you need to look them up again.

Online identities

Between work and home, many of us now have more than one identity online--for example, freelancers might prefer to have payments and related correspondence sent to a work address (even if it's just a P.O. box), while personal items such as credit card and utility bills go directly to a house or apartment.


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