There are plenty of password managers out there to choose from – services that can remember all the passwords you use online – and some browsers, like Google Chrome, have this feature built into them. But most of them have a flaw that 1Password hopes to fix.
When you sign up for something, you can take one of two routes. There is the typically longer process where you provide the site with your email address, a password, and possibly some other data to create an entirely new account. Alternatively, you can choose to sign up using your account details from another service, a generally faster option. Unfortunately, the second option will not be remembered by your password manager.
Sometimes it’s easy to remember which account you signed up with. If you have the option to sign in to a service with your Google or Apple account, you probably signed up using the one linked to the smartphone you use every day (Android or iPhone, respectively).
But other sites might force you to remember if you used Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Steam, or one of several other options. Only one of them will log in to the desired account, while the rest will set up a new account.
1Password wants to end it confusion (opens in new tab) (through On the edge) (opens in new tab). When you sign in to a service using your Google account (or one of many others) New 1Password beta feature (opens in new tab) remember that this was the option you chose. The next time you log in, 1Password will remind you which account you used and you can authenticate your data just as easily with a normal password and email logins.
If you want to try out 1Password’s new tool, there’s a downside: you’ll have to pay for the service. a basic personal signature (opens in new tab) costs $2.99 per month when billed annually and a Family Plan (opens in new tab) costs $4.99 per month for five people when billed annually. If you want to try it out first, there’s a 14-day free trial. This will give you a sense of how much more useful the updated 1Password is compared to the free options before you spend anything on it.