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Review: 1Password 4.5 brings a mature security app into the world of iOS 7

Marco Tabini | April 23, 2014
In the past couple years, apps that store secure data on a Mac or iOS device have become a pretty common sight; the need for some kind of "secure vault" where you can stash everything from passwords to credit card numbers has become so prevalent, in fact, that Apple even built the ability to do so right into OS X Mavericks with iCloud Keychain.

Still, these are (at worst) minor annoyances and have little bearing on the browser's everyday usefulness. My only wish would be to have access to my bookmarks, which I fear Apple's sandboxing rules are preventing AgileBits from incorporating into the app.

Still a solid app

Changes aside, 1Password is, and remains, a mature app that does its job remarkably well. Your personal data remains safe, and synchronization between various versions of the software worked right out of the box for me via Dropbox. (Ironically, the hardest part about setting it up was figuring out my Dropbox password — which I had stored inside 1Password on my Mac.)

Perhaps the best feature of this version is the focus that the folks at AgileBits have demonstrated in keeping the app's functionality in check. Although I'm sure it must be tempting to choke 1Password with more and more functionality in the name of increased profits, the streamlined interface and simple look-and-feel perfectly compliment the role of an app whose job is to mostly stay out of the way and let you do your thing.

Notably, the app's size has actually gone down compared to previous versions, likely as a result of the iOS 7 redesign requiring less in the way of graphics. While the difference is relatively modest (slightly less than 9MB, according to a company representative), this is exactly the kind of trend I like to see from an app that is going to call my devices home for a long time.

1Password 4.5, which works on both iPhone and iPads, requires iOS 7.0 or higher, and can be purchased on the App Store for $18, although AgileBits is currently offering a 50-percent discount as part of a sale. 


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