Utility software

1Password integrates PhishTank support

Agile Web Solutions has released 1Password 2.6, a major update to its password manager for Mac OS X. 1Password costs $34.95 to register; it’s a free update for users who have paid for the software (users who received the software for free through a Macworld Mac Gems promotion are required to pay an upgrade fee).

1Password helps keep track of passwords you use on Web sites so you don’t have to — it installs a button in your Web browser that you can use to automatically manage password forms and other information. It keeps track of multiple identities and can support credit cards, bank accounts and software registration information.

New in the 2.6 release is support for PhishTank, an anti-phishing service. “Phishing” is a neologism to describe Web sites and e-mails created by thieves who try to trick you into revealing personal information you wouldn’t ordinarily share with strangers, such as social security identification, credit cards or bank account numbers.

Also new in this update are 65 other improvements, such as automatic login of passwords, support for the site-specific browser Fluid, OmniWeb 5.7, newer Camino nightly builds and improved support for Firefox 3. Logins have been improved, more password generation options have been added and more.

1Password requires Mac OS X v10.4 or later. A 30-day trial version is available, along with a free release limited to 20 items.

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