There’s no excuse for crappy passwords anymore, thanks to apps like 1Password. Creating good, hard-to-crack passwords is clumsy and the harder a password is to crack, the harder it is to remember. So what if you didn’t have to remember them?

1Password stores all of your passwords in an encrypted file on your hard drive. Using simple browser plugins, creating a new login with a long, hard to guess password is as easy as clicking a button on your browser toolbar. Once you’ve generated and automagically filled in the password, 1Password will remember it for you.

If you choose to store your encrypted database file in Dropbox on your computer, you can share it among all of your mobile devices, so you’ll never be without your critical passwords.

You can also store software license keys, and credit card information can be stored in 1Password and easily filled into a web form for online shopping with just one click.

The desktop version and the mobile app are sold separately, and they’re not cheap, but your account security is worth it. The desktop version runs a hefty $49.99, and the mobile version is a whopping $17.99 – a pricetag that’s pretty steep for an iOS app.

If that pricetag is too rich for your blood, check out LastPass, which offers a similar product with a low subscription fee instead of a one-time price for syncing, and a free desktop version without mobile support.

You can grab the OSX desktop software or Windows version from the Agilebits website directly or from the Mac App Store, or the iPhone version via iTunes.

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  • I’ve been using KeyPass for a little while now and wonder what you think of it and how does it compare to 1Password?

    • I don’t mind KeePass, but it doesn’t feel as integrated to me. I use 1Password to store software licenses, credit card info, etc. And the iOS app plus browser extensions means it makes it really simple to come up with strong passwords for every site and not have to worry about remembering them. KeePass (at least for Mac) is pretty clunky. It’s more of a workflow preference though – both are good products, and I actually do use KeePass for some shared resources at work.