Aug 24 2008

Switching to random passwords

Published by at 6:23 am under Apple/Mac,Encryption,Site Configuration

After some of what happened at Defcon and just to combat my general laziness when it comes to passwords, I purchased 1Password for my Mac Book Pro and iPhone several weeks ago. Actually, the OS X version is $34.95 while the iPhone version is currently free. The main feature that finalized my decision to purchase it was the ability to sync between the iPhone and the Mac Book Pro. I’m the only one in the house with a Mac, otherwise I would have purchased a 5-seat license for the house, which I think is only $20 more.

I’ve been using 1Password on both the iPhone and the MBP for several weeks now and I’m impressed. The sync works great, which I was especially greatful of when I had to reinstall 2.0.2 software on my iPhone after an aborted jailbreak attempt. I’ve been using the password creation portion of the program to replace the memorized passwords I’ve been using. I allow Firefox to memorize some passwords, but the most sensitive ones are still only going to be in 1Password or my head. Having the ability to quickly look up the password means they can be strong and I don’t have to keep them in my head.

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Switching to random passwords”

  1. Denison 24 Aug 2008 at 10:26 am

    Aren’t you afraid that the boy could phone home your pass ?

  2. David A Teareon 25 Aug 2008 at 8:35 am

    It is great to hear 1Password is helping you use more secure passwords!

    @Denis: we are in business to sell you software and would be out of business and in jail if we did anything like that. Steve Jobs and Wozniak have shown there is a lot more money to made in software than crime. Of course, if we were stealing, you would expect us to say that. Therefore, setup Little Snitch to make sure we never “phone home”. Many of our users have already put us through this test.

    Cheers!

    –Dave Teare
    Co-author of 1Password

  3. joeon 25 Aug 2008 at 11:18 am

    I too recommend Little Snitch. You’ll be amazed at how much Apple software phones home. Even calculator phones home every time you open it. I think Apple keeps track of how often each app is used. I don’t know if there is a unique identifier in each phone home. If there is, Apple has a goldmine of marketing info.

  4. Khurton 25 Aug 2008 at 11:47 am

    I have been reluctant to use the random password feature of 1Password. I can not be assured that I will always have my Mac. At work I use a Windows XP workstation.

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