1Password Review

Almost a year ago we’ve brought you a review of one of the most popular password managers, and that’s 1Password. This software category has become incredibly popular with Mac users, and today you can find a lot of useful password managers which are designed to help you create unique passwords, as well as to store them in an encrypted vault. This kind of application actually needs to fulfill some very difficult tasks, and needs to be secure enough with your sensitive data. And even after all this time and numerous reviews of password managers, I can still say that 1Password is the best choice out there. It’s not the most affordable solution, but it isn’t made for those who are not willing to fully utilize it.

In today’s article we are going to take a look at the newest version of 1Password, which is its fourth major version. It comes with numerous design refinements, but also comes with some new and interesting features, so let’s see how 4.0 version feels like.

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No matter how much I used 1Password in the past, I’ve always had a problem with its skeuomorphic design. Still, since it came with so many great features I was willing to oversee its UI design. But this is not the case anymore, since 4.0 version brings completely overhauled UI design, which is one of the best examples of UI design upgrade. It somehow manages to bring modern design principles and incorporate them into its well-known functionality so that new design brings out the best of 1Password. There’s no learning curve with the newest upgrade, and you’ll get accustomed to new UI in a very short time. It still comes with a basic three-column layout, so the main aspects remained the same in terms of workflow and functionality.

Once you dig a little deeper into the newest version of 1Password, you’ll see some nice changes and new features. For example, search function is now better than ever and could be used to create lists of entries according to more than one criteria. Most 1Password users tend to have dozens of entries, so improved search is very welcomed. Also, there’s a small menu bar utility named 1Password Mini, designed to offer quick access to features like the password generator, search function, your own folders, and so on. This way you can have the most important features of 1Password under your fingers at all times, which really enhances the workflow. Speaking of those subtle refinements, I’ve found out that when you decide to change a password by visiting some website, 1Password will now recognize that you’re changing a password and it will ask if you wish to change the original entry, instead of creating a new one in its database.

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Also, I need to mention that with 1Password 4.0 you can create and use more than password vault, which is something that most users will appreciate. This is just another useful way to organize your sensitive data.

It’s not a coincidence that 4.0 version was released just before the release of OSX Mavericks. As it turns out, this version of OSX will bring iCloud keychain sync feature, so you can sync your passwords across multiple Apple-made devices. This is very similar to what 1Password is designed for, so even though it would be nice to have Apple’s password sync feature, 1Password is capable of so much more.

In case you haven’t used 1Password before, you can now purchase it for $50. Currently, it is priced at $40, which is its introductory price. However, if you’re an existing user which bought 1Password in 2013, this upgrade is completely free of charge. If you’ve purchased 1Password before 2013, than you’ll need to pay the upgrade price of $25.

OneSafe Review

If you were ever interested in using a password manager to store all your credentials and sensitive info, than you’ve probably found out about one of the most popular applications in this category, called 1Password. This is an expensive solution which does bring some amazing features, and which is nicely designed and very helpful. We have reviewed 1Password a few months back, as well some of its main competitors like PassLocker and LastPass as well. Reading all these reviews can be helpful since most password managers are high priced applications, so in order to get the most of them you’ll first need to know what you can expect.

Today we’re reviewing OneSafe, which is the latest addition to a world of password managers in the Mac App Store. At a first glance I could see a very interesting and simple interface, which is one of the most important things about this software category, and it was quite affordable – only $13. Continue reading to see what we think about this application.

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Once you open OneSafe for the first time you’ll be greeted with a welcome screen where you’ll need to create a master password. This is the same case with any password manager, since you always need to have a password which opens up the vault and reveals all your sensitive data. What’s interesting about OneSafe is that it allows you to create one of five password types: PIN – a typical four digit password; Standard password– a standard alphanumerical type; Pattern – where you’ll need to draw a visual pattern to unlock; Combination lock – rotating wheel with numbers; There’s also very interesting TRI-PIN type where each key contains a number, but also a color, and a symbol. As you can see, this is a pretty good start for OneSafe and I believe that most users are going to be impressed with the initial screen.

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Once you’ve made your own master password, you’ll be ready to continue to OneSafe’s main screen. On the left side you’ll see a sidebar filled with categories, which is the main navigation tool. These categories could be created by a user as well, so they can bring up customized template using which you can easily enter desired information. For example, there’s a template for web-logins, and there’s a completely different template for your bank account info. These templates are very helpful and they bring amazing level of customization.

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What I would like to highlight with this application is there are two categories found in the left-positioned sidebar of OneSafe. Those are: Document, and Double Password. The first one allows you to store document files (but this could be also done with pictures, videos, and similar) by dragging and dropping them into OneSafe, where you can choose to keep or remove un-vaulted copy. The second one, named Double Password, can be used to encrypt your data with yet another password so even if someone succeeds in opening up your vault, this data is still going to be protected with a password.

The only thing I didn’t like about OneSafe is that there are no browser extensions, which seriously limits its functionality in everyday computing. This is exactly where applications like 1Password take over potential users.

mSecure Review

msecure 3These days it is easier than ever to share information with someone over the web, and it seems that more and more aspects of iOS and OSX are bringing some sort of social integration. For the most part this is a great thing, since this allows you to easily stay in touch with the people who matter the most and to always share new pictures and messages at ease. On the other hand, some things need to be private and not that easily accessible to anyone, and this is where a password manager comes in handy.

The market for password managers is quite large at the moment, and in case you’re searching for the right one, you can choose from several high quality applications. We’ve reviewed some of the most popular ones like 1Password and PassLocker, and you can still find these reviews right here on MacReview. In today’s article we are going to review mSecure (3.5 version), which is made by mSeven Software. This password manager could be purchased using the Mac App Store for $20, which is very affordable for this software category, so we were interested to see what this application can offer.

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When you open mSecure for the first time, you’ll need to create new mSecure credentials which are going to give you access to your private info every time you open this application. Once you’re done with that, you’ll be greeted with a clean slate. Interface is very user friendly, especially for a password manager. Simply click on “Add Item” and a new window will slide out.

Tto add a new entry, the first thing you’ll need to do is to choose a type of that entry, which will automatically adjust needed empty fields. For example, if you choose to add a new web login, you’ll get fields like URL, Username, and Password. On the other hand, when you choose to add a new bank account info, you’ll get a set of fields like Account Number, PIN, and so on. The good news is that mSecure gives you ability to create your own entry templates, so mSecure can hold any kind of sensitive info. This template editor is very easy to use, and offers numerous ways to design a new entry template.

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Once you’re done adding new info, these entries are going to be shown in mSecure’s main window. You’ll need to click on an entry to get all the information, so in case you’d like to copy it you can use the clipboard icon.

The main disadvantage of mSecure is lack of any extensions which could create connection with a web browser. This is something you can see with the most popular password managers and this really means a lot. On the other hand, mSecure comes with $20 price tag, which is very affordable, and which is its major selling point. The bottom line is that if you need a basic password manager with some nicely designed additional features, mSecure is the right choice.

LastPass Review


LastPass 1In case you’re not using any password-management application, I would strongly recommend to think about possible consequences in case someone exploits your personal information and sensitive data. These applications offer convenient vault for your passwords and other info, and some of them bring some extra features which could ease up your online shopping, banking or using some other paid service. The truth is that most password-management apps are pricey, and that’s mostly because these should be extremely stable and secure, and they are using different types of password-data management.

We’ve reviewed several password managers in the past, and most of them are really helpful and efficient. Probably the most popular one, at the moment, is 1Password which is available on OS X and iOS as well (you can find a review of 1Password on our website). In this article we’ll talk about yet another interesting addition to OS X range of password managers, which is offering a different kind of password management than the one found in 1Password. This app is called LastPass and you can download and use it free of charge, which is a pleasant surprise considering this product category.

The LastPass works a bit differently than the rest of OS X password managers because it is web based, and it doesn’t store any data on your computer. It actually doesn’t exit as a standalone application, but instead it’s an extension for a web browser. You can find an extension for every well-known and popular web browser, such as Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. It only takes a few moments to download and install it, and the small LastPass icon will appear in the web browser of your choice.

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Even though it works as an extension, it is very powerful and it’s got almost every feature that you could expect from an application of this type. You’ll be able to register when you open it for the first time, and this will take you to your vault. You can set up a personal profile which contains all your personal info like name, address, credit card numbers, and such information. This way the LastPass can use it once you decide to fill out an online form at some shopping website, for example. You can also create several profiles, and then simply choose from which one you’d like to retrieve information while filling out an online form.

Besides these basic features, there’s also some others which you won’t find in every password manager. For example, you can take the Security Challenge within this app, which will scan all your sensitive data and passwords, so that LastPass can detect if something can be improved. You’ll get a score of up to 100, and you’ll be presented with a list of actions which you can do to generate new passwords.

It is also important to know that the LastPass encrypts your data before it’s been uploaded, which should mean that even administrators at LastPass can’t access them. And finally, in case you’re switching to (or from) another similar app, you can import/export all you data as a text file, which could be easily used by another password manager.

PassLocker Review

PassLocker1Most of us use internet on a daily basis, which means that we regularly visit certain websites which require some kind of membership. These can be social networks, e-mail and banking accounts, forum memberships or even a website which caters personalized news. This means that you need to have a username and a password for each of those. In today’s age it would be really naive not to strongly consider taking care of online security, especially with those accounts which carry financial matters or any other personal matter, for that sake. People usually make two foolish mistakes. One of them is setting up pretty easy password like “123456” or mixing their names and year or birth. Other mistake would be using that same password, no matter how strong it is, with different accounts around the web. This is where a reliable password manager should be put to work.

Password managers are applications which are able to safely store your passwords, and keep that sensitive information encrypted. Here on Macreview.com, we’ve recently reviewed 1Password, which is currently one of the top selling password managers, which also holds some great features. The truth is that an average home user could benefit more from a simpler password manager, which should be also more affordable than 1Password.

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Today we’re bringing you a review of PassLocker, a simple and effective password manager made for home users. It could be purchased through Mac App Store for $4.99, and you can also download iOS version which costs $1.99 and syncs data using iCloud.

PassLocker hides as an icon in the menu bar. The first time you start it, you will need to set-up a 4 digit pin number, which will need to be entered each time you want to access your vault of passwords. And then you’ll see a floating iOS-looking window, which allows you to store new passwords.

Adding a new password is very easy and straightforward. You can automatically choose one of the preloaded websites, and there are about 15 of them at the moment. You can also enter your own URL, and then you’ll need to enter your credentials. Simply click “Save” and that’s all there is.

PassLocker comes with a search engine, so in case you’ve got a lot of passwords, you can easily search for the right one. It also features password assistant, which will generate a strong password for you. There isn’t much that you can fine-tune or change in this application, since it doesn’t have a dedicated preferences window. You can only turn on/off features like iCloud sync, auto launch, auto lock delay of 15sec, and similar.

Like you would expect from a reliable password manager, PassLocker offer automatic fill in of credentials once you visit a website you’re a member of. However, this feature currently works only with Safari.

PassLocker is a helpful little password manager, made not only to store sensitive information, but also to help you organize them and fill-in when required. It is far less powerful than 1Password, for example, but on the other hand it costs only $4.99 and does its basic job very well.

1Password for Mac OS X Review

In today’s age it is inevitable to have several different accounts on various online websites. For most of us, it is not just several, but a dozen of passwords which need to be stored in a safe place. Maybe just a few of those passwords are the ones we type in every day, since we use those online accounts on a daily basis, but there are surely a lot of those were you go through “Forgot Your Password?” procedure each time. This is why it’s good to have an application which will store all your sensitive information and keep it locked up.
1Password is a well-known password manager for Mac OS X, which has been on a market for a while now. It is popular because it is quite different from other similar applications and it is doing its job very well.

From the moment when you first start-up 1Password, you’ll notice its sleek interface. A Welcome window will appear, if you’ve started it for the very first time, where you’ll get all of the needed information to start working with 1Password. You will need to set up a master password, which will be needed each time you use this program, as well as each time an information needs to be retrieved.
1Password is a vault for a various types of sensitive information. You’ll notice that it separates passwords into several categories, which are: Logins, Accounts, Identities, Secure Notes, Software, and Wallet. Each of these categories feature specific set of features which allows you to store all your sensitive info. Logins are used to store username and passwords which are needed to access websites, while Accounts stores your e-mails, file sharing credentials and similar. Identities is able to save information like names, telephone numbers, important dates, addresses and similar, which could be used to automatically fill an online form. Secure Notes gives you an option to store any information in a plain text file, while Software is a category which stores licenses. Wallet stores your personal financial info like credit cards and bank accounts.

As you can see, there’s no sensitive piece of information which could not be put into 1Password’s preloaded category. You can easily review all your information, add new, edit or remove with just a click of a mouse. You can also use Mac OS’s Smart Search feature, to get the specific result for a password you are searching for.

The real power of this application is not in its plain ability to store credentials. 1Password actually integrates with your browser and it can automatically scan and add new credentials as you type them. Then, when you return to that particular website, you can simply click on a 1Password button within your browser’s window, and you will be automatically logged in. So, this is actually a huge time saver.
You can download 1Password for the Mac App Store and try it for free for a limited period, after which you can purchase a license for $50.

myPassword 1.1.1 Review

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myPasswordIn your daily browsing activities, you must have surely come across situations that require you to generate a strong password, maybe for online banking or just other forms of account registration. The challenge is,  how can we use the same or similar passwords in our other accounts, and not compromise the security level of all our affairs.

A password generator seems to be the ultimate choice in overcoming such problems. If you do a simple online search in the popular search engine you will realize that there are many solutions that can help you generate passwords, ranging from browser extensions, dashboard widgets, or even desktop apps. The major concern is not generating a password, but rather the authenticity and strength of the generated password.

myPassword is a small yet effective OS X application designed to serve you beyond mere password generation. It is very different from other password generation applications. It is available today in lightweight design and it does not slow down your machine. It contains the characters you want, as well as your desired length. A simple click is all it takes to send a customized secure password to your Mac’s clipboard for use in any type of registration.

Apart from being lightweight, the application is optimized for high performance meaning that you are not limited on the number of passwords to generate. It can be installed directly from Apple’s App Store and it is free for a limited period.

User Interface

Ease-of-use is the trend in the app design industry lately, and all developers want to make their apps easy to use as possible. myPassword isn’t an exception. Upon launching myPassword, a menu bar entry is automatically added and this provides quick access to all the app operations.

As much as the app utilizes menu bar tools, it gives users the opportunity to generate many custom passwords. On the first click, the user is welcomed by the “Generate password and show” option, which does not only help generate passwords, but also copy the to clip board. Other options are provided in different windows whereby users are able to generate more passwords under a variety of customizable options. Generally, this app presents an easy to use, yet modern design which is always experienced in the Mac field.

Simplicity in usage

MyPassword compromises many password generation options, a factor that makes it stand out of other standard generators. The sleek design ensures that you are able to generate and copy custom passwords in just two clicks.  Even after generating a password, it is very possible to edit it within the app, making it suit your requirements. Apart from simple password generation, myPassword has the ability to create multiple passwords at once. Which can be very helpful when you are asked to create several passwords simultaneously.

A user is able to generate up to 99.999 passwords at one time, and they are displayed on a separate window once the generation has been completed. Unfortunately it falls short in providing global hot-keys that would definitely speed up generation and copying of passwords.

MacReview.com Verdict

MyPassword is a very efficient password generator that can be used on a long-term basis. Its performance, design, and flexibility cannot be compared to that of other password generators. Although it doesn’t support global keys, myPassword is still a fast way of generating passwords straight from your menu bar.

And with all considerations observed, it is clear that myPassword is able to effectively generate various types and lengths of passwords; ranging from simple to complex passwords. Therefore, if you need a reliable password generator, try myPassword today.