We have all done it; We have all shared passwords with friends and family by emailing or texting them against our better judgment. You have probably shared your Netflix password with quite a few family and friends this way. But you may have shared more sensitive login information as well. In theory, no one else should see those emails or chats. And you can always change the shared password. But email accounts and devices are hacked all the time. And someone looking for username and password combinations might find them.
That’s where the new 1Password password sharing feature comes in handy. And it’s a feature that you should start using right away.
Why Apps Like 1Password Are Essential
Before we explain the new password sharing feature, we will remind you what 1Password is and why it is important to know what these applications do.
1Password is a password manager application that allows you to use a single password to protect all your other passwords. Password managers allow you to create unique username / password combinations for each online service and application without having to remember any login details. You only need the password that unlocks your 1Password vault.
Many people recycle the same username / password combination for multiple accounts. They may use the same login for email, Facebook, Netflix, and banking. When hackers breach an account online, they can try the same combination elsewhere, hoping the victim is recycling the logins.
Password management applications provide users with the tools they need to prevent a breach from affecting all their properties. Let’s say someone hacks your Netflix account. Because you used a unique password, they won’t be able to reuse the same combo to log into all of your other accounts.
1Password isn’t the only password management app out there. It is up to you to choose one. But the company has come up with some cool features, including the new password sharing tool below.
Password sharing successfully
A few days ago, 1Password announced a partnership with Fastmail that allows you to add a unique email address to each online account. That’s another brilliant online security feature that you should know about; read more about her at this link. Then 1Password followed with the new password sharing service seen in the video above.
You can use 1Password to share safely everything you may have stored in it. It could be your Netflix login, your Wi-Fi password, or secure notes that you might want to send to your loved ones. The 1Password “Password Secure Sharing Tool” (PSST) allows you to create a unique link that expires in a predetermined period of time. You can also configure it so that only certain people can see the link.
If someone can see it, the link will load in the browser, where they can get the data. If only specific recipients are allowed, they will first need to enter their email and submit a one-time code. And if the recipients are 1Password users, they will be able to add their login details to their accounts.
It is also important that the information you share is a copy of the data at the moment you press the share button. If you make changes after sharing the link, the recipient won’t see them. They will only get what you shared.
Finally, an activity log will allow you to see more detailed information about the people who accessed the shared items. The feature will be useful for administrators rather than personal 1Password users. But it is another layer of security for the password sharing feature.
You will need a 1Password subscription to share passwords through PSST. But recipients don’t need 1-password accounts to get the data.