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App Preview: 1Password for the iPhone -- for FREE!

Confession: I use 1Password on the Mac a lot. I just used it to login so I could write this preview. I use it (synced via keychain) to my desktop at home, and I've used the various incarnations of the 1Password javascript bookmarklet on the original iPhone 2G. But now they've gone native, baby!

Internet security is a a huge concern, and with mobile internet security we ain't seen nothing yet. Browsers the caliber of MobileSafari make it possible to do our transactions on the go, be it logging into our favorite social network, or doing some emergency banking on the road. But what if we get out of the cab and leave our iPhone behind? If it gets snatched? What if someone else takes possession of the tiny little device with all our precious logins on it?

Read on to find out!

The good: 1Password has us covered, proving as innovative on the handset as they've always been on the desktop. Breaking things out into 2 categories, they provide a simple 4-digit PIN to access lower security logins (i.e., for a forum), and a full blown master password for high security items (i.e. your credit card account). And the interface? Gorgeous.

If you haven't previously used 1Password, just start entering your credentials and you're good to go. If you've already built up a 1Password store on your Mac, setup looks a tad more involved, favoring security over convenience in the age old battle, but given the focus of the app that's certainly understandable. If you're familiar with how Apple's Remote app works, this isn't dissimilar -- search for networked 1Passwords on your Mac, establish trust, and then sync.

The bad: Due to Apple's SDK restrictions, 1Password doesn't work with MobileSafari the way it works with regular Safari on the laptop. Basically, Apple doesn't allow plugins. To get around that, 1Password has built in it's own web browser. That means you may end up using a different app to access your secure sites than you use for casual browsing. Not a deal breaker for some -- and there doesn't appear to be an alternative approach -- but it's something to consider.

Also, they apparently let their programmers sleep, so we won't get features like wallet items, identities, password history, folders, search, etc. until version 1.1. What about my pseudo-random password generator? I use that all the time on the Mac! (Or did I just answer my own sync-enabled question?)

The unbelievable: According to the fine folks at Agile Web Solutions, for a limited time the 1Password App Store app will be given away FREE!

Not able to try it out first-hand yet, I'll have to wait for Apple to clear 1Password for App Store launch to see if the reality lives up to the concept, but they've sure made it a no-brainer to download and try out.

Check out their Switcher's Blog for detailed screenshots and setup instructions.

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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There are 11 comments. Add yours.

scottb says:

Awesome news and an awesome product.
If you haven't tried it - do.
These guys (and gal) are amazing, and I highly recommend them.
I am NOT anything but a happy customer.
They truly stay on top of everything.

Cool Cat says:

I got all excited to get this app for free, but its not on the App Store. :(

Rene Ritchie says:

@Matt M:
Dude! PREview! It's in the upload queue and will be available as soon as Apple greenlights it.

David A Teare says:

Great post! Thanks Rene!
I tried to ship Roustem and Dan enough RedBull and BrainTonic to keep them from sleeping, but apparently that stuff only works for a few weeks before wearing off :)

Rene Ritchie says:

For the kind words and the great looking app, thanks!
You should have banned them from the Twitter as well. That's easily sucked at least a feature or two out of the app :)

marcol says:

Seems to me it will live and die on the quality of the browser component. Anyone know what they're using? Webkit?

ramzez says:

not available in UK store :(

coppercore7 says:

I have been a long time user on the mac, and have recently used their web-based app. I am pretty picky on what I use on a consistent basis, and you will not find a better devoted group of guys at Agile Web Solutions. Programming and Design along with their commitment to making it work right really shows through.
I am really looking forward to this iPhone native app along with 1.1 following!

Hobbes says:

I can't live without this app on my Mac. I simply love it. Very well done. Looking forward to it on the iPhone and hopefully Apple will allow it in the AppStore soon. They're taking forever to let it in. Their approval process is quite long. I haven't seen many new apps since the store launched.
Once it's up there we'll probably have to wait a while for the update as well. :-)

Vernie says:

Is it compatible with SplashID.