Can I use 1password without purchasing a subscription? [Yes, but membership highly recommended]

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  • I am still using an old, standalone version of 1Password. Since the big push is for people to buy your subscription service am I to believe that your legacy product is now insecure?

  • BenBen AWS Team

    Team Member
    edited September 1

    Hi @supereditor

    That's a fair question and I'll do my best to answer it.

    am I to believe that your legacy product is now insecure?

    The short answer is "no."

    The much longer answer is: We can't recommend using an older version. 1Password 6 has been retired and is no longer being updated. As a security focused company we'd always recommend running the latest versions of all of your software, but especially your operating system, web browser(s), and 1Password. If you opt to use an earlier version that is your prerogative, but it isn't something we can recommend. Licenses never expire, and so you can continue using any version you've licensed for as long as it works for you. As things continue to evolve around the now retired v6 it will be less and less practical (and/or secure) to continue using it. For example, the upcoming Safari 13 will be using an all new extension framework, and as such will not work with v6. While we're not aware of any specific security issues with 1Password 6 sticking with that version may prevent or delay upgrades to other important components (such as your browser) which may have very real security issues.

    It is also worth mentioning that security is more of a gradient than it is black or white. For some it may help to think in terms of the cost an attacker would have to incur to be successful. If they've got $50 to spend can they get access to whatever you're trying to protect? How about $500? How about $50,000? How about $5 billion? If you're keeping up to date with your software and are practicing good security hygiene a $50 budget probably isn't going to make much progress. If you are Edward Snowden and an attacker is a nation state with hundreds of thousands of dollars (or perhaps even much more) to throw at the problem, just keeping your software up to date and not clicking malicious links in emails is probably not going to be sufficient to keep them at bay. You have to consider what attack vectors you are likely to face and what level of operational security you need in order to mitigate those attacks.

    Sorry; that may have been a bit of a tangent, but I think it can help to think in terms of "more secure" and "less secure" vs "secure" and "insecure," and also to be realistic about what threats each of us as individuals may face.

    Ben

  • Thanks. I really appreciate the frank answer.

  • ag_anaag_ana

    Team Member

    On behalf of Ben, you are very welcome @supereditor!

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out anytime.

    Have a wonderful day :)

  • So I've managed to get a license for 1Password 7 on my mac. (Phew)
    Now I wonder what happens to the iPhone Version?
    Will the license work for that too?
    Where can I find the 1Password 7 app for the iPhone/iPad? I can only update my current 1Password app...

    I don't want a subscription, neither for the Mac, nor for the iPhone or iPad.

  • brentybrenty

    Team Member

    @outline4: 1Password for iOS can be used as a companion to the desktop app. There is only one 1Password app in the App Store. Just download/update that and you should be all set. :)

  • Thanks. It seems to work!

    Now what is an account? Do I need one if I don't have a subscription?

  • LarsLars Junior Member

    Team Member
    edited September 24

    @outline4 - a 1Password account is also called a membership. It's the best way to use 1Password these days for most people, for many reasons. But it's different from a standalone license like the one you just purchased. If you have one, you don't need the other. The app on your Mac must be paid for by either a 1Password membership/account OR a license. Since you've chosen the standalone license route, you're already all set.

  • @Lars So I don't need an account in order to stay in synch with my other devices?

    Because I've created an account on 1password.com but I am not sure if this is the membership part or not? and I don't know if I should synch it to 1Password or not?!

    Man, 1Password used to be straight forward. And it was sexy...
    I am a 1Password 1-6 User. I was happy until Version 7... It just feels like a big ripoff without adding anything interesting.
    I've ditched Adobe because of it's subscription model, I'll ditch 1Password once it will be subscription only!

  • BenBen AWS Team

    Team Member

    Man, 1Password used to be straight forward. And it was sexy...

    Membership still offers that. :)

    There are two different ways to use 1Password:

    • Membership / subscription / account / 1Password.com (all used interchangeably for this purpose)
    • Standalone / license / without a membership / without an account

    Because I've created an account on 1password.com but I am not sure if this is the membership part or not? and I don't know if I should synch it to 1Password or not?!

    That is a subscription membership.

    So I don't need an account in order to stay in synch with my other devices?

    If you want to sync through us, you do. If you want to sync with a 3rd party (Dropbox, iCloud), you do not.

    I've ditched Adobe because of it's subscription model, I'll ditch 1Password once it will be subscription only!

    Thanks for the feedback. I hope ultimately you're able to find a password manager that meets your needs, even if that ends up not being 1Password. Best of luck whichever way you decide to go.

    Ben

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