1Password Pro [$7.99] / 1Password [$4.99]
1Password Pro and 1Password is the iPhone/iPod touch equivalent to the Agile Web Solutions 1Password for the Macintosh. 1Password is by far, the best data encryption software available to the public for the Mac in iPhone/iPod touch. The price listed in this review for the Pro version is currently 50% off. It’s been that price since Aug. 4th, so I don’t know when the price will jump to it’s final $15.99 price, so I suggest grabbing it now while it’s still on sale.
1Password has a great feature list:
- Securely store your website names and passwords so you never forget them again
- Save important information like credit cards and membership numbers
- Jot down other notes too sensitive for stickies or bar napkins
- Synchronize it all with 1Password for Mac (sold separately, available at http://1password.com)
- Automatically log into Web sites on iPhone and iPod touch to avoid remembering and typing usernames and passwords
- Hardware-accelerated AES encryption and Auto-Lock keep your data protected even if your iPhone is lost or stolen
- All cryptographic operations are performed using standard iPhone libraries to ensure there are no security gaps or backdoors
- Two-layer defense with Unlock Code and Master Password to combine security and convenience
- Data Backup & Restore option available on Mac, Windows and Linux.
1Password Pro adds the following list of features:
- Special easy switching mode allows you to quickly copy-and-paste usernames and passwords to Mobile Safari.
- Support for copying multiple field values (for example, both username and password) from 1Password to Mobile Safari.
- Folders for better organization
- Features coming soon: Favorites, MobileMe/WebDAV syncing, and more.
This app has been a huge life saver. I store information like my wife’s Social Security Number, all my credit card numbers, detailed information about the vehicles we own (VIN numbers, License Plate numbers, etc…), and other sundry items that I would never feel comfortable storing in a standard notes application.
1Password has two security codes. The first is a 4 digit pin number that is used to log into the application. Once in, you can see any information that you have deemed with simple PIN security. The second security code is a password that you enter when first starting up the application. Actually both the 4 digit PIN number and the larger Master Password are prompted for when you first start the application. Attempting to look at an item with the Master Password Proctection flag set will prompt the user for the Master Password before they are allowed to see the item.
[singlepic id=7 w=160 h=120 float=left]A great side feature of 1Password is the ability to help generate secure passwords for any use. In 1Password, you select the Passwords tab and tap the “+” button. A Generate screen appears with a slider that you can slide from 4 characters to 20 characters. You can tell it to allow/disallow Numbers and allow/disallow Special Characters. You can then save the password for a website or just give it a description so you can find it for what ever need you wish.
If you have the Macintosh version of 1Password, you can sync all your information stored on you main computer to your iPhone/iPod touch. This allows you to have super secure passwords for any website you want. Just tap the Logins tab and find the site you want to log into. Tap the address field and you will be taken to that website using the 1Password web browser with the username and password already filled out.
Now, to be fair here, the Pro feature that allows the user the ability to use folders seems a little “lite” considering the price difference between the Pro version and the standard version.
The “special easy switching mode” is really nothing more than a bookmarklet that is added to the iPhone/iPod touch’s bookmarks. Once on a page that needs a password, you use the bookmarklet, which launches 1Password Pro so that you can use the Login item stored in it’s database to grab the password. Not the most efficient way to get the info, but really the only way since applications can’t talk to each other on the iPhone/iPod touch.
The only real useful features of the Pro version are the ones that are “coming soon”. Favorites and MobileMe/WebDAV syncing will be a huge plus with 1Password and the iPhone/iPod touch.
So, I have to say that the Pro version is probably not work $15.99 right now, but I would say that it’s worth the $7.99 being asked right now. Otherwise, $4.99 for piece of mind when it comes to credit card, social security, and other very sensitive numbers is well worth it.