Here is a look at the top products available to iOS and macOS customers to provide more features like password sharing, secure document storage and more features that modern users demand out of their security software. Password breach: Why pop culture and passwords don’t mix (free PDF) (TechRepublic) Before we examine at the best available options, let’s first get familiar with what a password manager does, how to choose a good one and what features you should be looking for.
Keychain Access is a built-in password management system in Apple’s macOS and iOS, which is complemented by iCloud and enables for Keychain syncing across different devices. For many users, this is a terrific and straightforward security solution, but certain users, particularly those in the enterprise arena who need to exchange passwords and other private information across several users, want more functionality in their password manager than iCloud and Keychain can provide.
Using a password manager means that your accounts can all be stored safely and securely in a single location that also generates highly secure alphanumeric passwords for you on the spot. Without the need for you to remember these complex passwords, you can increase the security of your accounts by integrating hard-to-remember password incantations into your accounts, including numbers, special characters and upper- and lowercase characters.
Password managers have slowly become a necessity of modern internet and computer usage. In the past, more relaxed and simple password requirements meant that you could reuse a password on every account you had, but eventually that became an issue as when one account was compromised, all accounts could easily become compromised. This led to more complex security requirements for websites, and now two-factor authentication requirements as well, requiring not only a username and password to login, but also a one-time password generated by a password manager.
On macOS: 1Password supports TouchID on the Mac for authentication and unlocking. It also integrates with the command line to allow SSH key filling. On iOS: The 1Password app integrates with Apple’s password auto-filling feature to allow passwords be filled in third-party apps or in Safari. The vault can be unlocked with Touch ID or Face ID on iOS devices.
Most password managers include a setting to choose between easier-to-read (less secure) password generation and mixed alphanumeric and special character password generation (more secure). What features should you expect in a password manager? A good password manager should be able to securely synchronize your usernames and passwords to all of your devices. It should also have a good web browser extension that can be used to automatically fill the passwords and save passwords to its database securely when registering new credentials on a website (and preferably offer up a strong password).