I am a long-time user of 1Password. I had to create a new login for a site today on my iPad. It has come to the point where I hate creating logins because passwords in general are such a pain, and 1Password has not done much to ease the frustration.
At the point where it comes to creating the password, iCloud / iOS offers to create one for me. I am loathe to accept this offer, because the iOS generated passwords are gibberish and it is a pain to re-enter them into 1Password.
I know 1Password is supposed to automatically notice when you create a new password on your device and automatically create an entry it’s database, but this does not always happen.
However, I noticed there is a 1Password button above the iPad keyboard which I tapped and used to create a password. Lovely! Except that the site now returns, as is so often the case, that the password does not meet it’s highly-individualized criteria (yet it didn’t tell me that at the time I was creating the password), so now the password is wrong in the 1Password application.
There are a bunch of other fumbles that I will not get into in my struggle to make sure that the password is created that the website will accept that is also entered properly into 1Password.
I am not blaming 1Password for this. The whole process of passwords is a horrible, byzantine, primitive and not very secure method of identification, but it is one that we appear to be stuck with for some time to come. The problem is that 1Password is a third-party application, and as such, it has to jump through hoops in order to work around Apple’s quirks and own way of doing things.
So why not just use iCloud and forget about 1Password? I know that I will then not be able to use my passwords on windows and android devices, but this constant struggle to juggle multiple applications is driving me nuts. If I need to use a password on non-Apple devices, I can always create an entry in that instance into the 1Password app, rather than trying to do this all the time.
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