Lock down your Mac with 1Password

Secure your passwords and details in an encrypted vault, then sit back and relax


If there is one thing sure to annoy any computer user, it’s entering usernames and passwords over and over again. One way around this is to allow your browser to save passwords and automatically log you in whenever you need access, but anyone will be able to see your data. Which is where 1Password comes in handy: it stores your passwords within its vaults, protects them with a Master Password and lets you log in without the hassle of having to remember the details.

It will even generate hacker-deterring passwords for you. There are two ways of downloading the app. The first is via the Mac App Store but this method entails you paying up-front. The alternative is to go to and take advantage of the fully featured one-month trial.


1 Set up 1Password

With 1Password installed and running, click ‘I’m New to 1Password’ and create a new Vault. You need to input a Master Password to protect the information stored within the app.


2 Logging in

Now retype the password in order to access your Vault. You can choose whether your information becomes securely locked after five minutes or only when the window is closed.


3 Adding an item

You will see the main 1Password window with a simple menu down the left showing various categories. Click the + icon and choose an item you want to create, in our case Login.


4 Fill in details

Fill in the details 1Password requires, specifically the username, password and website URL of
a service. 1Password looks for suitable icons to help identify items you add.


5 Download browser extension

Save the entry, then add more. Right-clicking shows many options. To make use of them, install a browser extension. You will be prompted to do this when you open Safari.


6 Fill Login in Browser

A handy option is the ability to right-click on a service, select Fill Login in Browser and have 1Password open up Safari, fill in the username and password, and then log in.


7 Create an identity

With 1Password, you are also able to input details of your address, job, telephone number, sex and so on. Simply select Identities after you click + to add an entry.


8 Fill in details

Now when you go to a webpage, you can click the i icon in the top bar of Safari, select Identities and choose the identity you created. It will look for and fill in the details.


9 Select Preferences

The i icon also lets you log in to web services. To change the Master Password, clear the Clipboard regularly or alter auto-lock, go to 1Password>Preferences.