Thursday September 29, 2022

1Password 8 for Mac allows you to autofill passwords in native apps

1Password 8 for Mac was released on Tuesday from beta. It went public on Tuesday. The app brings a modern redesign and many new features to the popular password manager. The app has a unique feature that could be a game changer for Mac users. It features a Universal Autofill feature, which allows you to automatically enter passwords into apps just like you can in browser tabs. If you’re in a native application, you will need to open your password manager, search the account, and then copy and paste the information into the app. Universal Autofill, which 1Password assigns as a global? key shortcut, allows you to open a new overlay menu that will fill in passwords in your apps exactly the way you would expect. (1Password 8 is available for Windows for months, but it doesn’t offer Universal Autofill. It worked well in my testing and is extremely fast, especially if you have Touch ID enabled.
This new version was a long time coming. 1Password 8 has been available in public beta for months. The company claimed that over 40,000 people have been using it. It has been promised that it will fix almost all of the problems with previous versions, including a strange Chrome memory bug, slowness, and confusing interface. I have been one of the beta testers for the past few months and it is a vastly improved experience. 1Password loads faster, takes less time, has fewer memory-hogging problems, and has an interface that belongs in this decade.

Universal Autofill works without the browser, finally. Image: 1Password

Features like Universal Autofill can make or break password managers. It’s a good idea to have a password manager. But most people don’t use them. Password managers can be a pain! Password managers are a pain on Android and iOS, where typing long, hexadecimal passwords can be a hassle. Both OSes have made it easy to make password management a two-tap process. It’s easier to type on desktop than it is to search through your password manager. 1Password is here to help you solve this problem and give you even more reasons to use it.
Universal Autofill is another feature that 1Password could use to do many other things. The service has been branching out from “password manager” to “important-info-of-all-kinds manager” that also stores your crypto wallets, hides your email, and more. Universal Autofill is a feature that could help users learn to use 1Password better and allow them to store more stuff.

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