1Password Introduces New Secure Password Sharing Feature
1Password users can now securely share passwords with each other. The password manager announces this in a blog. The new feature should be a more secure alternative to the way users now exchange their credentials.
Password manager users can share their credentials with anyone, not just other users, with the new feature. Sharing is done via a share button, with which a link is created.
This can be done via the 1Password website as well as via the app. A user can set who can open the link and how long the link remains active. If the link is addressed to a specific user, a check is made based on the email address.
This is done through two-step verification. After the user has verified his or her identity via the email address, a six-digit code is sent. This must be completed in order to access the shared data.
The data in the generated link is only a copy of the user’s data at the time he or she sent it. So if the owner of the data changes a password, the recipient won’t be able to see it.
1Password is a so-called password manager. This is a program that allows you to manage your passwords. 1Password users can store passwords from various services in a digital vault. It is also possible to have these passwords filled in automatically when the user opens a login screen on a website or in an app. 1Password can come up with passwords for users that are difficult to crack.
Currently, users already share passwords with each other, but in an insecure way, the password manager says. They would provide each other with login details via e-mail or via a chat. The new feature is available immediately.
Safe handling of passwords
Using many strong – and many different – passwords is an important part of your online security. A strong password usually consists of at least 10 characters containing upper and lower case letters, one or more numbers and one or more punctuation marks. It is wise to make each password unique, and not to use it on multiple sites.
To crack passwords, hackers often use dictionaries, which contain commonly used passwords, such as “password” and “abc123”. On the basis of these dictionaries, they try to log in to your account on a trial-and-error basis. Hackers also use your personal information, which they collect online. So when people use the same passwords on different accounts, there is a greater chance of serious damage after a hack.
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