Modern life on the internet brings along issues not dreamed of a few decades ago. Security. Privacy. When we first logged onto the public internet via our original internet service provider– the local ISP– we were introduced to login IDs, usernames, and passwords. Most of us used one to logon to the internet via a dial-up modem, and another for our ISP-supplied email account.
Since then, most of us have added more usernames and passwords for various online accounts, work email, websites, shopping, and more. As of today, I have 47 different login locations, each of which requires a username and a password. Many years ago we were told to use complex or complicated passwords because online security was becoming an issue.
Most of us ignored the advice and used something simple, often the same password for every online account. The advice to use something complicated backfired because humans are like water which always goes downhill; humans like the easy way to do complicated things.
What Mac or iPhone app can make your online life more convenient but with greater security?
A password manager.
Through the years I’ve used many password managers and tried many others. Today I use 1Password (and will continue until it becomes too expensive or goes subscription only; there are too many good and less expensive password managers available) but it’s not the only one. Also on my list is LastPass and Enpass. Both are available on macOS and iOS, the former a simple and elegant manager, and the latter a 1Password look-a-like.
I don’t like to keep all my usernames and passwords in one basket.
That might change with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, both due for release in a matter of weeks. I’ve been using the public beta of iOS 11 on an older iPad, and it looks as if Apple has decided password management could use some help.
What iOS 11 brings to the table is yet another way to use login IDs and passwords– a password manager of sorts, but typical Apple, more on usage and less on managing. The Apple password manager works much like the one in Safari for the Mac which is based upon the Mac’s Keychain Access app, one of Apple’s worst user unfriendly apps. It works but it’s decidedly not user friendly and not a place where average Mac users want to manage their usernames and passwords.
You’ll still need to use a password to unlock the new iOS 11 password manager, but it also works with Touch ID’s fingerprint sensor.
Still, all I can see in Apple’s iOS 11 version is bare bones. It shows up to fill in usernames and passwords for specific websites, so that’s handy but it’s also exactly what you get with Safari already. There really isn’t an option to manage website logins, usernames, or passwords in the traditional third party app method.
Apple still maintains a silo when it comes to passwords so don’t expect to be able to export anything from 1Password into iOS 11’s password manager which is little more than Password AutoFill but at least it works for third party applications and it’s free.