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1Password review at Macworld.com

1password.pngJohn Brandon has posted a glowing review of Agile Web Solutions’ 1Password 3 at Macworld.com.

1Password is simply indispensable. It runs on Apple’s Mac OS X (in Safari, Firefox and Chrome), in iOS (for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad), for Microsoft Windows and, via 1Passwordanywhere, via the web (providing access for Linux users and Mac & PC users when they’re not at their own computers).

1Password has many things going for it:

  1. Less-filling, tastes great — it’s both convenient to use and highly secure (the holy grail of security in any context)
  2. Encourages security, rewards laziness — 1Password makes it easy to use a different, high-quality password at every site you frequent (by generating them for you automatically, avoiding the dangerous tendency to recycle the same password at multiple sites)
  3. Anti-phishing protection — by using pattern-matching to only show you the appropriate logins for the site you’re on, it will recognize when you’ve been lured onto a site that’s masquerading as your bank or sears.ca and won’t provide your login credentials.
  4. Cheaper than the alternatives — It costs much less than the time and hassles involved with compromised online banking or ecommerce accounts
  5. Active development — Agile Web Solutions has always provided timely updates for new browsers and operating systems — this is one of the most actively-developed apps that I use daily

Photocopiers that remember

Security expert Bruce Schneier has a post describing photocopiers that have hard drives and retain copies of the documents they’ve scanned.

The security implications of this for government, business, education and health care institutions — especially those who have policies about scrubbing data from discarded or recycled computers — are enormous.

Of course, all organizations should be looking after this, especially where there are privacy implications for third parties (e.g. patients, taxpayers, customers, students).