I’m a big fan of Google Chrome. It’s my anti-Internet Explorer. When you sign into Chrome, all of your bookmarks come with you instead of being stored on your home computer. But Elliot Kember over at Mashable recently did a piece on the INSANITY that is Chrome’s security protocol.
Very few of us like typing our password every time we open Facebook or Gmail, so it’s only natural to save them. But would you still save them if you knew ANYONE using Chrome that you are signed into has access to ALL of your saved password? Elliot stumbled across the fact that anyone using a Chrome browser that you are signed into, has access to ALL of the passwords you’ve saved in the browser. Check it by typing chrome://settings/passwords into the Chrome browser.
To get around this, I finally took the leap I’ve been thinking about for a year and downloaded 1Password to manage all of my accounts. Not only is Google not clear about how easy it is to see your passwords, there is no option to create a master password to hide all of your other passwords.
1Password does just this. You save all of your account logins (you’d be surprised how many you have) for each website, and create a Master password that 1Password uses to unlock other sites. This is helpful because you can create very difficult to hack passwords for each website where you have to create a login, but you only have to remember one to have access to all. It adds a very important layer of security to your web browsing.
I’ll probably write a more in-depth review of 1Password once I’ve paid for it (using the free 30 day trial now) and installed it on all of my wife’s devices as well. 1Password is portable across platforms. I also have it on my iPhone and iPad. When its time to buy, I’ll be adding the family license so all of our machines will be on lock down.
Until then, I am using the trial period to become familiar with how the software works. So far I’ve been impressed with how easy it is to setup. I have the key saved in Dropbox, so it was literally two clicks to set it up on my iOS devices and login. All the data was immediately imported and available.
What measures do you take to make sure your data and identity is protected online?