Now that macOS Catalina's Safari browser won't support the 1Password extension I have to upgrade to 1Password 7. I've read dozens and dozens of posts on this forum about the subscription (rental) vs license model and I'm happy that AgileBits is offering both. What I haven't been able to find is a simple table stating the functional differences between the two.
I use 1Password on multiple macOS computers and an iOS phone. I've used iCloud sync for years and have never had a sync problem. If I make a change in one app it appears quickly in the others. Therefore, the web access is not appealing to me.
The only description I've been able to find is the following statement in the, "Purchasing a standalone license" dialog in macOS.
Some features are only available with a 1Password membership, like multi-factor security, web access, data loss protection, and daily accounts.
That is kinda vague (some, like).
- PS 1: 1Password's security White Paper is interesting. https://1password.com/files/1Password-White-Paper.pdf
- PS 2: In the forum posts I read I saw complaints about the subscription model because it is analogous to renting software. Arguments were made that other software companies use the word subscription as AgileBits does. While that is accurate it think the point has been missed. I also think there is an implication that before subscriptions the only option was a license, which isn't correct. The old method of creating predictable income for a software company was called maintenance and support. One would buy a perpetual license and then pay annual maintenance and support which would entitle them to bug fixes, new features, and personal support. My biggest hesitation about a 1Password subscription is making my data accessible from the web. 1Password is the safe place that I put information that I would not put anywhere else. Making that available via the web seems like a bad idea. Just like our power-grid being connected to the Internet seems like a bad idea. Obviously for security reasons I'm leaning heavily toward a license. But, I'd really like to know the exact functional differences. In the end if I choose a perpetual license I would be very open to the idea of a AgileBits support and maintenance plan.
1Password Version: 6.8.9
Extension Version: Not Provided
OS Version: 10.15.2
Sync Type: iCloud