1Password Pro Updated for the iPhone 5

Canada’s AgileBits has announced the release of 1Password Pro 3.7 for the taller 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5, along with VoiceOver support for the iPad:

We are quite pleased to announce the release of 1Password Pro 3.7 with a couple of new presents for both iPhone and iPad users. For starters, we have support for the taller, leaner iPhone 5, as well as improved VoiceOver support on the iPad.

A new section on the iPad version now allows you to view a redesigned section to view all passwords generated from your Mac and iPhone. 1Password is in my opinion is one of best password managers available and worth every penny. It’s a must-have for any user looking to simply and secure how they manage their passwords (get rid of the notepad in your desk drawer).

 

The update is free and now available now in the App Store.

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  • http://www.ryantoyota.com/ Ryan

    Only 1Password Pro?!? I hope this update is coming to the iPhone-only version as well, not just the universal “pro” version. When I purchased 1Password, it seemed that the only feature added to the pricier “pro” version was that it was a universal app. It didn’t appear they were going to be holding back features from the separate apps. Currently there’s no update showing for the iPhone-only version, although I could see that perhaps they’re at different stages of Apple’s approval process. I’m hoping that’s the case.

  • MarkL

    I prefer Keepass (free, available for all platforms, secure and open source) and wouldn’t trust a proprietary app, not to mention paying for it.

  • http://www.ryantoyota.com/ Ryan

    Good to know, thanks Mike. :)

  • http://www.ryantoyota.com/ Ryan

    But does Keepass sync to a desktop version that integrates with all the major browsers? That’s 1Password’s greatest appeal, in my opinion.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Plus integration with Dropbox too.

  • MarkL

    There’s are plug-ins that allow you to do that with third-party services, just like for 1Password. KeePass 2.x itself has a built-in support for synchronization of local files and files accessible via standard protocols (FTP, HTTP/WebDAV, …).

    1Password uses DropBox to sync between platforms. Ouch. For most part it’s OK (if you enable two-step verification w/DropBox and have an overall solid policy of keeping your information safe), but I wouldn’t use any third-party solution to accomplish this task, only in rare circumstances. My iPhone is jailbroken and I just dump a new DB to the phone when I make some substantial changes. After all, there are only so many “regular” sites that you visit on your phone, hence I doubt you need to keep the DB synced in real-time. When I’m not at my main computer, I synchronize via SFTP w/my server.

    Like I said, paying $ for what’s already available for free, and has been peer reviewed and confirmed to be a secure solution, just doesn’t make sense.

  • MarkL

    Open DropBox, select.kbdx DB from Keepass and it will import it into MiniKeePass (one of the iPhone Keepass apps), profit.

  • http://www.ryantoyota.com/ Ryan

    Sounds like a lot of work to me. All the manual synchronization and database management is why I’ve never used a database to keep track of my passwords before. There are many accounts that I log into on my desktop and phone. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo, Yelp, Google, Instagram, WordPress, Pinterest, Evernote, Dropbox, MailChimp, Tumblr, etc… the list goes on and on.

    1Password allows me to create random passwords that are complex (my Facebook password is 24 random characters) and I need to be able to access those passwords as I create or change them on both my desktop computer and my phone. Manually typing them in or plugging my phone in to sync databases each time would be a huge pain for me. Yes my database is stored on Dropbox, but it’s encrypted so I’m not too worried about it.

    If you’ve found a free solution that works for you, that’s great, but for me the value I get from this paid solution is worth it. Especially when I get something that looks polished and pretty. (Yes, that’s worth money for me.)

  • MarkL

    What sounds like a lot of work? Security does? For everything else…:

    1. DropBox synchronization is automatic with a plug-in. It’s the same mechanism used by 1Password.
    2. Those accounts that you specified are what one would consider “regular” accounts. You don’t regularly change passwords (password expiration/regular change has been long-discussed as an ineffective security measure), so there’s no need to always synchronize DBs. When you do change your password, just hit the synchronization button if you don’t set it to automatic.
    3. 24 random characters are not necessarily secure. There are commercial products that process over 2 billion (!) password a second, so length alone does not determine strength. You should really read up on password security :) Speaking of random passwords, Keepass has a more extensive wizard (i.e., custom patterns, additional entropy, etc.) that generates those for you.
    4. You do not need to manually type anything :)

    Sure, if “pretty” is more important than “secure”, then your money is, ahem, well spent. Eternal appearance vs. substance debate. Good luck.

  • http://www.ryantoyota.com/ Ryan

    1) Sorry, from your description, and from the app’s description, it sounded like a manual task to sync the databases. Perhaps I’m looking at the wrong app in the app store. Or would I need to have a jailbroken phone? I find it funny that you’re now promoting DropBox synchronization though, when that’s one of the things you slammed 1Password for in the first place.

    2) Agreed, but I do need it to sync every time I sign up for a new account with a new service, which is often enough for me to want it to be automatic. I just like stuff working for me.
    3) What’s more secure than 24 random characters? I’ve done a bit of research (although not extensive) and I thought length was the most effective way to make a password secure. You’re saying it’s not length? What is it then?

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    The folks at AgileBits know their stuff about security.

  • MarkL

    1) Synchronization w/DropBox or other services is automatic with the desktop application. To open a DB file located on DropBox, you just launch DropBox app from your iPhone, select the file and it opens in MiniKeepass. I haven’t looked into other Keepass apps in the App Store, so perhaps there are some that automate this process (that is, the program itself links to DropBox). I do NOT promote DropBox synchronization. If one has to use it, then two-step verification should be enabled with DropBox (it’s a new feature) and the app should not be given permission to read/write to DropBox (via oauth authorization)

    3) abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxy << 24 characters. can be "cracked" in no time (John the Ripper to the rescue!). strength is determined by length (entropy) + how large a set of characters and symbols is + how totally RANDOM and unpredictable the process to create the password is. in fact, what you might think is "random" is NOT in true sense random (called pseudorandom) and can be determined.

    If you get the money's worth for this product, great :) I like to have total control over the process and that's something that 1Password doesn't allow me. When it comes to security software I have one rule: if it's not open source, tested and peer reviewed, I don't trust it.

  • MarkL

    They do and I do not argue the opposite. My point was that there are other secure, open source and FREE solutions that do the job just as good and even better.

  • MarkL

    correction: entropy reference was misplaced.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    I agree with that. I choose to use 1Password because it’s easy to use out of the box. Like Ryan said, something worth paying for. I’m sure the free solutions are great too. To each their own, right?