Utility software

1Password gets cloud syncing

Agile Web Solutions has brought a much-requested feature to its 1Password password management utility: cloud synchronization. Users of 1Password for Mac and 1Password Pro for iOS can now synchronize their passwords with their Macs, iPhones, and Windows PCs securely via Dropbox.

1Password is a highly secure database for keeping track of Website logins, secure notes, identities, credit cards, bank accounts, and software registration information. It also generates secure passwords for your sites, stores them, and enters them almost automatically, allowing you to keep vastly different passwords for the Websites you use, while only needing to remember your 1Password master password to access them. 1Password Pro, a hybrid app that runs on both the iPhone and the iPad, works in conjunction with the desktop version.

Previously, you needed a Wi-Fi connection to sync your iPhone and Mac 1Password accounts. But the recent 3.3 update to 1Password for Mac as well as 1Password Pro 3.5 now let you sync using Dropbox, a free online storage service. Dropbox securely stores your 1Password account information, synchronizing it with your Mac, Windows, and iOS devices automatically. Agile Web Solutions has posted instructions for cloud syncing with Dropbox.

Version 3.5 of 1Password Pro also includes full support for iOS 4, including Auto-Lock when multitasking for additional security. The user interface has also been updated to take advantage of the iPhone 4 Retina Display, and support for the “Lookup in 1 Password” bookmarklet has been made available for the iPad. An update to the standard mobile version of 1Password for the iPhone awaits App Store approval.

1Password for Mac costs $40 and requires OS X 10.5 or higher, and 1Password Pro 3.5 costs $15 and requires iOS 4.

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