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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.

Web browsers typically aren't great about remembering credentials for more than one user at a time, but 1Password is more than up to this task. Simply create a separate item in the Identities category, give it a unique name, and the next time you need to choose a specific online identity, just select the corresponding entry.

Pro tip: Set up the initial identity, then use the Duplicate option and edit accordingly to save keystrokes for new entries.

Licenses and passports

We're not yet living in a future where smartphones can replace physical identification cards such as a state driver's license or government-issued passport, but that doesn't mean it's not a good idea to have the information represented on those documents securely backed up, should they become lost or stolen.

1Password once again comes to the rescue, with dedicated Driver's License and Passports categories specially built for storing details from these sensitive documents.

Pro tip: Scan your originals and attach to their electronic counterparts, rather than carrying around photocopies while traveling overseas.

Software licenses

Although the Mac App Store has largely eliminated the need for serial numbers or license keys for new software, there are still plenty of titles sold outside of Apple's virtual storefront, with 1Password is a great way to manage important ownership details.

1Password can keep track of version numbers, purchase and support information, and how much the software cost, all with a colorful icon pulled straight from the application itself.

Pro tip: Create new entries quickly by dragging the application onto Software Licenses, which also extracts the current version number at the same time.

Social Security cards

By this point, it shouldn't be much of a surprise to discover 1Password includes a category dedicated to storing Social Security numbers--the nine digits all Americans are assigned soon after birth, and which are now required when verifying employment, borrowing money, or checking a credit score.

Many security experts advise consumers to keep original Social Security cards safely locked away at home, so if your memory isn't what it used to be, rely on 1Password to get the job done instead. Pro tip: Add entries for the entire family, including elderly parents or grandparents under your care.

Bank accounts

Not everyone needs more than one bank account, but for those who do, 1Password is once again a godsend, securely storing account, routing, and PIN code numbers for checking or savings accounts--particularly handy for a new generation of bank customers who have little need for paper checks.

Pro tip: Don't forget bank address and SWIFT codes, which you'll need prior to receiving domestic or international wire transfers.


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