Having logins to more than 500 websites and having to remember them all is no joke, you’d need some superhuman abilities for that. It’s one of those areas where I had to call on some software to help me out.
I started off using LastPass, and it served me well for a number of years. I was using it mostly as an individual on one laptop, but as my business grew I felt the need to share some of the logins with others. Obviously I don’t want to share all my logins so I needed software that allows easy organisation and sharing. Unfortunately LastPass, while having these features, has a really terrible UI. It has no native app for Mac OS, so I was stuck in their browser app which was painfully slow. I wasn’t going to be able to organize those 500+ logins anytime soon with LastPass.
Enter 1Password, an app with a really sleek UI that works perfectly for me. It stores its password vault locally on your laptop and if you need to use it from more than one device you can sync via Dropbox, which is ideal for me as I’m already a heavy Dropbox user. Now I can easily access my login data from my Macbook Air as well as the iPad. My wife can also access some of my logins through a shared vault. You can create many vaults in fact, and share only those you want. Within each vault, you can further categorize and tag logins, which gives me the right amount of organizational functionality that I need.
One great advantage of 1Password is two-factor authentication. Security-wise, the most important thing is to set a very secure Master password, as that is your weakest point when using 1Password. The password vault is stored on your Mac with 256-bit AES encryption, a standard used by financial institutions. Thus even if a thief steals your laptop or maybe your iOS device, unless the device still has 1Password in logged-in mode, they cannot access your passwords, since the vault is encrypted.