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How to Do a Security Check of Your 1Password


With more passwords to keep track of than ever before, writing down all of your usernames and passwords on a notepad next to your computer just isn’t going to cut it. If your solution is to use the same password for every website, you’re just asking to be hacked (particularly if that password is “password”).

The reason a password manager is so important is that it does the hard work for you. Theoretically, you could put all of your passwords in a safety deposit box then hire a guard to stand at the door and shoot anyone who tries to enter. But that’s just not practical. It’s much easier (and only slightly less safe) to rely on a password manager to generate and store secure passwords for you.

If you’re already using a password manager, pat yourself on the back. If that password manager is 1Password, you’ve made a very safe choice. That being said, it’s still wise to perform regular security checks on your 1Password app to make sure all of your passwords are as hacker-proof as possible.

The best password manager

While 1Password certainly isn’t the only top-notch password manager on the market, it tends to be the go-to choice for tech-savvy people who are concerned about online security. This is because of its 256-bit encryption, which proves its high-security standard.

1Password also allows families to share a plan, with the option to have shared access to certain passwords and not others. This is great if you share your streaming service accounts with your parents or kids but you don’t necessarily want them to have your work email password.

Furthermore, 1Password is a private company whose sole purpose is to protect your passwords. Unlike Google, which offers a free password manager attached to Google Chrome, 1Password does not have any motive to sell your information for advertising purposes. That’s not necessarily what Google does, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened in the future.

Can 1Password get hacked?

According to 1Password, they have never been hacked. That’s not to say it won’t ever happen, though. Nothing on the internet is completely hacker-proof.

Thankfully, 1Password’s security is about as good as it gets. With end-to-end encryption, it’s extremely difficult for hackers to obtain your information. And since your passwords can only be unlocked by using your Master Password (which 1Password itself does not know), your passwords won’t be seen even if there is a security breach.

Additionally, 1Password relies on a Secret Key, which is a special code that is created by your device. Again, 1Password does not have access to this code. The only way for a hacker to use your Secret Key would be to physically use your device. This is why you probably don’t want to be accessing your 1Password account on public computers.

What if your device gets stolen? Even if someone else has access to your Secret Key, they probably don’t know your Master Password (unless you wrote it on a note on your device). As long as you store your Master Password in your head, you don’t need to worry about your 1Password account being accessed by the person who has your device. Plus, that’s one password you need to remember at all times. 

It’s extremely unlikely that your information would get stolen through a 1Password security breach. What’s much more possible is that one of your passwords will be compromised because it is weak or used on multiple websites.

Doing a security check of your 1Password app

There is an easy way to check whether any of your passwords are vulnerable. By doing a quick security check of your 1Password every few months, you’ll almost certainly never have a password stolen.

To perform a security check, follow these steps:

  1. Open your 1Password app or browser plugin
  2. Go to Settings and find where it says “Watchtower”
  3. Turn on the option to “check for vulnerable passwords”

This will reveal which passwords are considered weak passwords and which are reused. Weak passwords can be replaced with strong passwords randomly generated by the 1Password app. Reused passwords should also be replaced with new stronger passwords as soon as possible.

1Password determines which passwords are weak by comparing them to a database of commonly used passwords and passwords that have been part of data breaches. Don’t worry, your passwords are never shared with anyone else.

You’ll also be able to see if any websites you have accounts with have been compromised. If a website has been compromised, there’s a chance your login credentials are no longer safe. You mustn’t use this login information for any other website in the future.

Keeping your 1Password as secure as possible

If you’re new to 1Password, you might have lots of old passwords that probably need to be changed. I know it’s a process, but try to make time for this before it’s too late. Plus, 1Password will often offer suggestions and store them for you. 

Moving forward, you’ll want to use a password that’s randomly generated by 1Password whenever you create a new account, too. Once you get used to doing this, it’s much easier than trying to think of your own password each time you set up a new account.

Remember, the only password you need to remember is your Master Password. That’s why you need to make sure your Master Password is complicated enough to be unhackable but simple enough you can remember it. Don’t use a password that you’ve ever used before just to be safe.

Make a routine of doing a security check of your 1Password account. It only takes one oversight for a hacker to access one of your passwords and then wreak havoc on your online security. Staying actively involved in your password management can keep you as safe as you can be online.


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