Previously used passwords have confusing time stamps - should be when created, not when superceded

When a password is changed, the old password is displayed in the "Previously used passwords" list with a timestamp. I expect the timestamp to be the date and time that the password was created, but it is the date and time that the new password was created (or when the old password was added to the previously used passwords list). This is the opposite of what I expect as a user browsing a list of passwords - if a timestamp is included, I think it makes much more sense for it to be the creation date, not the date I stopped using that password.

If the intended meaning of the timestamps in the previous passwords list is "this password was used until this date", a label making this clear might help. In the absence of any indication otherwise, most computer experience leads people to assume that timestamps indicate creation or modification, not "stopped using".

Thanks for considering this suggestion!

Kendall


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  • @kendalllister I would disagree. It makes perfect sense to me that the timestamp is when it became a previously used password. That entry in the previously used password list did not exist before that point in time. So, from that perspective, it is the creation time.

    most computer experience leads people to assume that timestamps indicate creation or modification

    To your point, the timestamp does indicate the date that particular password was modified.

    The big problem with making the timestamp identify its creation date is that there would be no way to determine when the password was last changed.

    That said, I don't think it would hurt to put a word like "changed" or "modified" in front of the timestamp, IMO.

  • GregGreg

    Team Member

    Hi @kendalllister,

    Thank you for getting in touch and using 1Password!

    gordcook is right here: that timestamp indicates the date when you "updated" your old password and generated a new one. There is a lot of people and it is hard to make the interface that would be obvious to everyone. We are trying, though. :) Do you check your old passwords often? Please let us know.

    By the way, if you use 1Password account, you can view previous versions of your items on 1Password.com:

    View and restore previous versions of items

    I hope it helps. Thank you!

    ++
    Greg

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