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1Password 6.0 for iOS review: First-class secure data management to your mobile device

Marco Tabini | Oct. 2, 2015
As it is often the case with the release of a new major version of one of Apple’s operating systems, a fresh new version of AgileBits’s 1Password for iOS (App Store link) has hit the virtual shelves of the App Store.

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As it is often the case with the release of a new major version of one of Apple’s operating systems, a fresh new version of AgileBits’s 1Password for iOS (App Store link) has hit the virtual shelves of the App Store.

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1Password’s built-in browser has received quite the makeover, although its functionality is largely unchanged.

Like its recent predecessors, 1Password 6.0 can be installed at no cost and is a free upgrade for existing users, although certain functionality can only be accessed as part of a “Pro” version, which comes in the form of a $10 in-app purchase. Of course, it also comes jam packed with many new features.

And now, for something completely different

First, the basics: 1Password helps you save various bits of private data—logins, credit card numbers, software licenses, and so on—inside a “digital vault” secured using military-grade encryption algorithms and protected by a single passphrase of your choosing. You can then sync this data among your devices using one of several cloud services like iCloud and Dropbox, and have it ready at your fingertips whenever you need it.

If you’ve used 1Password in the past, you’ll find that version 6 carries a familiar feel: the designers at AgileBits have given its user interface a bit of makeover, but their work has mostly been limited to tweaks and improvements, as opposed to drastic changes.

For example, the built-in browser, which allows you to use the data stored in your digital vault to automatically login to websites and fill-out forms, now features a light theme that’s a bit easier on the eyes, but otherwise works in pretty much the same way as its version 5 counterpart used to.

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Integration with iOS 9’s Spotlight makes finding data stored in your digital vault a breeze (don’t worry—you still need to unlock 1Password before actually accessing the data).

Shine a spotlight, share a screen

As you can imagine, a program like 1Password is only useful if it’s easy to access and use; after all, nobody wants to continuously switch back and forth between it and another app to copy and paste individual bits of information by hand.

Unfortunately, the many limitations that Apple imposes on the iOS ecosystem have, in the past, severely limited AgileBits’s ability to make 1Password play well with other apps. This problem was somewhat mitigated by the built-in browser, but only as far as the Web was concerned—and, even then, it meant limiting your ability to use Safari or Chrome to visit your favorite websites.

 

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