I had been syncing my 1Password vault via Dropbox, but since the free Dropbox account now has a 3-device limit, I'm now trying a 1Password account to sync my macOS, Windows, and iOS devices. I have one basic question that I haven't been able to figure out.
When I synced via Dropbox, I was reassured that each of my devices had a copy of my vault on it - so if something happened where I couldn't get into Dropbox, or if someone hacked into my Dropbox account and locked me out of it or deleted everything, or even if I couldn't get a network connection, I knew that my devices still had a copy of my vault that had all my passwords in it. And Time Machine was making regular backups of the vaults on my Macs.
But with the 1Password account, there's no longer a local copy stored, right? If I lose my secret key, then it doesn't matter that the signup process stored a copy of the secret key in my account - none of my devices will be able to get into that account to retrieve the key. If someone hacks into my 1Password account, there are no other copies of the vault on my devices to fall back on for my passwords. And there's nothing stored locally to make Time Machine backups of.
And I see references to being able to sync to a local vault even if I have a 1Password account, but it looks like they mean that doing so would stop using the account, and would use the local vault exclusively, which isn't what I want.
Is this correct, or am I missing something? It just seems that moving to a 1Password account goes from having multiple copies of my data (across multiple devices and backups) to having a single point of failure, a single data source that can get hacked, corrupted, or locked out.
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