What is the difference between 1Password X and 1Password for Mac

Hi everyone,

I was just wondering what is the difference between my 1Password X extension in Firefox and 1Password on Mac?

Thanks! Love 1Password by the way, switched from Lastpass, glad I did.

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  • BenBen AWS Team

    Team Member

    Hi @Tomatoshadow2

    1Password X requires a 1Password.com membership, and interacts with 1Password.com directly (instead of through 1Password for Mac or 1Password for Windows). It is possible to use 1Password for Mac or 1Password for Windows alongside it, but that isn't necessary. This makes it possible for folks on Linux or ChromeOS to use 1Password X. It also makes it possible for folks who may not be able to install applications but can add Chrome extensions to use 1Password.

    1Password for Windows and 1Password for Mac also have the ability to use our more traditional browser extensions. These extensions do require the desktop app in order to function, but can function without a 1Password.com membership. They can sync through iCloud or Dropbox via the desktop app.

    I hope that helps!


  • So 1Password X the extension, seems to make everything really easy and simple. Thanks Ben!

  • BenBen AWS Team

    Team Member

    Indeed it does. :) You're very welcome @Tomatoshadow2.


  • @Ben Any chance I could have help with a password issue on citibank.com?

  • BenBen AWS Team

    Team Member
    edited December 2018

    Certainly. If you've searched the forum and haven't found an answer I'd suggest starting a new discussion in our saving and filling board:

    Saving and Filling in Browsers — 1Password Forum


  • On a mac where 1Password is already installed, what would the recommendation be for the extension for Chrome, 1Password or 1PasswordX. I do have a 1Password account and use 1PasswordX on several other devices where I don't have 1Password installed. Just wondering if there is an additional advantage/disadvantage to using one over the other?



  • BenBen AWS Team

    Team Member

    It is really a matter of preference if you're using a 1Password membership. Personally I tend to like 1Password X. They do work and look a little bit differently and look a little bit different but the core functionality is the same. The primary differentiator is that the traditional extension requires the desktop application and can work with standalone vaults whereas 1Password X does not require the desktop application and cannot work with standalone vaults. You could certainly try each (only enable one at a time) and see which you like better.


  • btownguybtownguy Junior Member

    Is one inherently more secure than the other? Specifically the thread about 1Password on a work computer got me thinking. If you did run 1Password on a work computer, would one version be preferred over the other?

  • brentybrenty

    Team Member

    @btownguy: As far as 1Password's security, they're the same. There are two reasons you might (not) want to use 1Password on a work computer one way or the other:

    • Work computer accessible to someone else? Don't use 1Password there at all. They could maliciously or mistakenly collect your data as you access it. It's not safe to access anything sensitive where someone else could capture it -- whether that's at work, the library, or a friend's house.
    • Work computer accessible only to you, but restricted as far as what you can install? 1Password X is a good option there since it runs entirely in the browser. Many people cannot choose what apps they install/use, but browsers are (understandably) available to most.

    So the security concern is a bit different from what I think you had in mind. Obviously some people need to access work stuff in 1Password even though they are in a situation where someone else could access it too. It's not something we can recommend, but one thing some folks do is setup a second 1Password account as part of a 1Password Families membership, etc. (which will have its own login credentials) with only work stuff in the vault. That way they're not putting all of their data (in the account they use for personal things) at risk just to access some things they need to for their job. That said, it's even better if the company gives you a 1Password Business account (which includes a 1Password Families account for personal use) if it's a tool you need to be productive. :)

  • snappysnappy
    edited May 28

    As far as 1Password's security, they're the same.

    Can you elaborate. I haven't used 1Password X before but my understanding is that it lives in the same memory space as Chrome. A dodgy extension or a nefarious javascript could potentially siphon away secrets from a vault right? But I guess the same could be argued if you have 1Password + browser extension, except you'd siphon via the extension.

    I know browsers tend to be hardened because the attack surface tends to be huge, but I'm curious what's the serious worst case for both 1P + extension and 1PX.

    Edit: Nevermind, I hadn't come across this link yet: https://support.1password.com/1password-x-security/

  • BenBen AWS Team

    Team Member

    Nevermind, I hadn't come across this link yet: https://support.1password.com/1password-x-security/

    I'm glad to hear that helped. :)


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