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1Password

What is 1Password?

1Password is a secure password management app, compatible with multiple platforms and browsers. It stores all of your passwords locally on your computer, with a syncing option that allows easy use on multiple devices. 1Password lets users use different passwords for different accounts to increase security, while having to remember only one Master Password.

1Password can securely store:

  • website credentials
  • passwords
  • SSNs
  • credit cards
  • second-factor one-time passwords
  • identities (for auto-filling web registration pages)
  • notes
  • files (images, PDFs, other files)
  • security question answers

Installing and Licensing 1Password

CUS has a limited number of licenses to distribute; please e-mail cus@reed.edu if you're interested to arrange installation. After installing 1Password, you'll launch the app from your Applications folder and create a new vault to save all your passwords in. You will be prompted to create a Master Password at this point.

Creating a master password

Important: the master password is an encryption key for all the data in your vault. It cannot be recovered or reset, and no one besides you should know it. As such, make sure to choose a master password that you do not forget.

After setting up a vault and master password, you will want to enable 1Password mini, which allows you to quickly use 1Password as a secure bookmarks collection when the main application is not running. For example, you will want 1Password mini enabled to have it autofill passwords in your browser. If you are not automatically prompted about 1Password mini, you can access settings through the Preferences menu.

Setting up Browser Extensions

Important: You should disable the browser's built-in password storage and autocomplete behavior in order to avoid interactions with 1Password.

You will need to install 1Password browser extensions in order to have 1Password remember and autocomplete passwords in your browser. To do so, go to 1Password > Install Browser Extensions. The application should automatically detect what browser you are using, and open a web page with an installation prompt. The prompt will download a file which you should install. If successfully installed, you should see a 1Password button added to your browser's toolbar.

Adding a browser extension

Basic Use

Visit iris.reed.edu and witness the magic of 1Password as it  offers to save your credentials as you logon. By using the "command-\" keystroke, your username and password will now be automatically filled in on many of Reed's websites.  1Password will also offer to modify existing passwords whenever you change them via the web, and it can help you generate strong passwords by using a special formula.

Saving a login to 1password

It is important to note, however, that 1Password may not work with all websites. For instance, auto-fill may not function properly on the Wells Fargo website. Instead, it is best to manually copy and paste your company code, username, and passwordall of which can be securely stored in 1Password.

For more helpful documentation, visit 1Password's support website.

Syncing with Multiple Computers and Mobile Devices 

It is possible to sync your password vault with Dropbox or iCloud.  However, before syncing your passwords with another computer or your mobile device, first think about whether you really need access to all of your Reed passwords on another computer or on your phone. Well, do you?

If your answer is "Yes, I absolutely do!" then please contact CUS.  We'll help you put additional security measures in place to protect your passwords.  Both Dropbox and iCloud offer two-factor authentication (2FA), which secures your account with a password and another piece of information (one-time password, text message verification, etc).  If you're going to be storing your passwords in the cloud, you'll definitely want the extra protection that 2FA provides.

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