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Password management
January 1, 2011 5:18 PM   Subscribe

Up to now, I have used Apple's Keychain program to manage my passwords. I recently got an iPad, and now I have lots of login passwords that I don't have memorized and can't access from my iPad browser. So, I'm looking for a password management setup that will do the following things (or as many as possible):

- Sync passwords between my mac and iPad (I have a dropbox account, if that helps)
- Autofill passwords on webpages on both my iPad (Safari browser) and mac (Google Chrome)
- Import my old passwords from Keychain
- Cheaper is better
posted by philosophygeek to Computers & Internet (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
1password.
posted by sharding at 5:21 PM on January 1, 2011 [3 favorites]


Hunt around for a 1Password discount code, or go in with your buddies on a family pack. It's pretty much the gold standard for this stuff, but you'll have to get the desktop app and the iOS one both.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 5:30 PM on January 1, 2011


nthing 1password. I store my 1Password data files in my Dropbox too.
posted by special-k at 5:38 PM on January 1, 2011


I use Last Pass and it meets all your reqs.
plus I've read it's the one with the best security....
posted by theKik at 5:42 PM on January 1, 2011


Definitely 1Password.
posted by nathan_teske at 6:39 PM on January 1, 2011


1Password
posted by Brian Puccio at 8:12 PM on January 1, 2011


To be clear, nothing is ever going to synch AND autofill passwords In Safari on your iPad. You can access your passwords through the 1password app right on your iPad, but because of the closed nature of iOS, the responsibility of moving the passwords into safari will be yours.
posted by Patbon at 9:05 PM on January 1, 2011


nthing 1Password with the direct link; DropBox will let you sync passwords to the iPad, but only through the 1Password app. Patbon has the right of it regarding Safari on the iPad, but it's not difficult to copy/paste a password out of 1Password's app to Safari, though.
posted by joeycoleman at 2:10 AM on January 2, 2011


I really, really love SplashID. I tried 1Password, but it doesn't store the range of information that SplashID is capable of. I can store all of my security questions, extraneous info like ticket numbers or license numbers associated with online software purchases, and can customize fields on multiple, user-defined record types.

SplashID will not autofill, but it has excellent import and export facilities. I love the fact that I can access and sync my password information across my iPod Touch, my Palm TX, my Windows PC and my Macbook. Plus, they gave me a free version upgrade license for the Windows desktop version, when I moved from the Palm to the iPod Touch. I value my years of accumulated passwords and it was extremely comforting to be able to migrate these so unproblematically between devices!
posted by Susurration at 4:48 AM on January 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Forgot to mention that SplashID has miiltary strength encryption. Which is comforting, as I can use a longer pass-phrase to protect my password, rather than an easy to crack single password.
posted by Susurration at 4:50 AM on January 2, 2011


I just switched to 1Password. I think it's well worth the money. It syncs all your data via Dropbox. I imported all my saved web passwords from Safari to get me started. I have been going through and replacing my old lame passwords with strong ones it generates slowly. That's why I wanted to get the app.

Nothing is going to autofill your passwords in MobileSafari. It's just the way the OS works and the applications interact. Now that iOS has multitasking it's pretty easy to switch to 1Password to copy a password, and then switch back to Safari or whatever application was asking for it.
posted by chunking express at 8:59 AM on January 2, 2011


tried 1Password, but it doesn't store the range of information that SplashID is capable of. I can store all of my security questions, extraneous info like ticket numbers or license numbers associated with online software purchases, and can customize fields on multiple, user-defined record types.

1Password most certainly does.
posted by special-k at 10:05 AM on January 2, 2011


special-k, the only way I could find to do this is to create a separate (login) record for each of the alternate userids or security questions I have on a single site. So I had to create, say, five different login records for the same account, or have these details all mushed together in an unformatted notes section - it was very difficult to find the actual response or login ID that I wanted at any time - I had to search record after record.
So I went back to SplashID because I could enter all this information into separate fields for the same account record. Now I have one bank account record that shows all of my security questions with the answer to each, so I don't have to keep searching from record to record to find the relevant question/answer. I have one flickr login record that displays all of my alternate userIDs and the password that goes with each. This may be possible with 1Password, it is just so much more complicated to do.
posted by Susurration at 10:35 AM on January 2, 2011


1Password has a licenses category where you can enter software serial numbers and also include any attachments (if the license came in the form of a file).
The Wallet area keeps financial account info.

As for answers to security questions, why not just enter that in the notes area for an account? How often do you have to enter answers to security questions? That bit seems bizarre to me.
My financial institutions only ask me that if I haven't logged in for a while, or if I'm using a new computer. Both happen very rarely and it's not such a big deal to launch 1P, go to the account, and just view all questions in the text field. It's such a rare event that I don't really need it auto filled (In the last two years I've only looked that up once or twice).

I have one flickr login record that displays all of my alternate userIDs and the password that goes with each.

In 1P, each login is a separate record. 1P allows you to group relevant logins. I don't see how this distinction matters because when you are on Flickr both programs will ask you which login you want to use.


SplashID will not autofill

So it lacks basic functionality of a password manager.
posted by special-k at 11:02 AM on January 2, 2011


It's as if this question is bait for everyone to simply answer 1password. And there I go. 1password.
posted by Dick Paris at 5:37 PM on January 3, 2011


SplashID will not autofill

So it lacks basic functionality of a password manager.


I disagree. Autofill has never been a basic function of any password manager, and in some cases, encourages bad habits. I've been using SplashID since the 2000 on PalmOS.

Lately, I've been trying SplashID's autofill with some success on my iPhone, though I had to rethink my data entry practices to fill in URLs. It opens an internal browser, and supports the autofill there. The latest version of the desktop client also can install, on the Mac, a plugin for Safari to do autofill. I tried it, didn't like it, stopped it.

I have a copy of 1P too, though I haven't used it very much. What appears to me is that they started from different areas of strength and at different times. 1Password is a few years old, and started out emphasizing their integration with browsers. SplashID is a few years older, and is integrated with a wider array of mobile devices. They're more or less converging in features, will differ in implementation. Not sure how far 1Password would choose to branch to other platforms.
posted by ZeusHumms at 12:19 AM on January 4, 2011


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