Password Manager vs Browser Password Manager

I’ve been a 1Password user for several years now. And really like it. I have tons of passwords and like its organization options best. However, I’ve been considering using Apple Keychain since moving 100% into Apple (iPhone, iPad, and MacMini) because it’d be one less app to use and one less subscription to maintain.

I do keep some non-password information in 1Password. But I’m thinking of moving those to Notes. I’ll still have access to them across all my devices. Notes is secure and you can password lock notes.

What do you ya’ll think? The first potential issue that I see is if I don’t have access to an Apple device to log into. But I think that would have to be an extreme case with something else going on that wouldn’t allow me to go buy an Apple device or have access to mine Apple devices. Your feedback is appreciated, thanks in advance!

Conversation 3 comments

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    16 May, 2021 - 1:43 pm

    <p>The one thing I would say is, that 1Password does one thing and it does it well and professionally. It stores your data securely and never has access to your data, they don’t know your key and it isn’t stored on their servers.</p><p><br></p><p>As far as I know, although Apple claim that your data is secure and they are a privacy company, is that the keys, for example, for iMessage are stored in their cloud. If that goes for the Keychain as well, that is a problem, for me. But, I don’t know that for a fact and only use an iPhone for work, so don’t use any of the Apple services. </p>

  • j5

    Premium Member
    16 May, 2021 - 2:40 pm

    <p>That’s a good point. Well, you have to enable Keychain in iCloud and it’s stored in iCloud.</p><p>Yes, 1Password has that extra step of your unique key needed to unlock your vault.</p>

    • bkkcanuck

      17 May, 2021 - 8:16 am

      <p>It really depends on how it is stored in the cloud, Apple makes choices on how it stores each data in the cloud based on a compromise between need of security and user friendliness. The regular folks out there won’t understand or accept that if you had an issue – you would never have access to any of your photos anymore – regardless of who was at fault. They however would not be as miffed about a password manager not allowing you to regain control of that data — because the vast majority of that – you can reset usually anyways (it just takes time)… so it can err on the side of security (Apple has some details stored in the cloud for financial transactions etc – I doubt those are stored in the clear…). Now to be honest, I never bothered to really look into it in detail – but I know of no major breaches that have made the news in regards to keychain data being compromised. </p>

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