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Friday, February 25, 2011

1Password


I am finding solutions to problems today!  Believe me, these are problems that needed solving.  I am optimistic that with these problems taken care of, I will have lots more time in my days.  And goodness knows, teachers need more minutes in their days!

On a good day, when I'm feeling organized and not TOO rushed, I use my Diigo account to save login information.  I just make the bookmark private and type the information into the description area.  This works pretty well for some things, but I don't trust it to be secure enough to put my online banking information in, for instance.  But, as I've indicated, this is not the case every day!

I spent several hours last night trying to retrieve passwords and usernames from two sites.  In my line of work, I scout around for websites which might be useful for educators, play with them, and decide whether or not to recommend them.  Sometimes I like a site, but I don't use it often.  When I return to the site, sometimes months later, I don't have my login information.

I try not to make a habit of just creating a new login- I don't want the company to get a big head, after all, thinking they have more users than they do! 

I posted on my Plurk account (Yes, this is my most useful PLN!  ...more about that in another post...) and one of my Plurk buddies suggested that the $30 subscription fee to "1Password" was the best $30 she ever spent.  (Thanks, TammyW!) So, I've been looking into it today.  $30 is the fee for one platform.  Since I am "bi-platformational," I got a subscription to both, and at a discount when I clicked on the "Education" link.

Here are some things you may want to know about it:

(from their site:)
1Password is a full-featured password and identity manager. Thanks to powerful desktop client programs for Mac OS X and Windows and mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, 1Password gives you a more secure and convenient online experience, no matter where you are.

Here are some of the features that make 1Password an indispensable tool for managing all your passwords, online IDs, and personal information and for streamlining many aspects of computer use:
  • Automatically Save and Fill Web Site Logins
  • True Integration With Web Browsers
  • Support for Popular Web Browsers
  • Strong Password Generator
  • Rock-Solid Security
  • Securely Organize Your Life With Wallet Items
  • Secure Notes
  • Stay Organized
  • Get Access to Your Data Anywhere
  • Automatically Keep Your Data in Sync on PCs, Macs, and iOS devices
Sound good?  I thought so, too.  I am spending the weekend setting this up on all of my computers.  You can even store your password file on Dropbox (I haven't tried SugarSync yet) and use it on all computers where you have your Dropbox account!

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