Security and privacy

How to keep your 1Password account secure

Learn how to use 1Password in a way that will protect your information and ensure that you can always access your account.

Your 1Password account is already protected by a suite of features designed to make it very hard for anyone to access your information. Do your part to fortify those protections by following these steps.

Protect your Master Password

Your 1Password account’s first line of defense is a good Master Password. It’s used to encrypt your data, secure your account, and make sure no one but you is able to see the information you’ve entrusted to 1Password.

  • Choose a strong Master Password. 1Password can suggest a good Master Password for you when you create your 1Password account. If you choose to create your own, pick something that’s hard to guess but easy to remember. Learn more about creating a strong Master Password.

  • Use your Master Password only for 1Password. If you use your Master Password on another website that experiences a security breach, an attacker may attempt to use it to get into your 1Password account. Make sure your Master Password is not used anywhere else.

  • Keep your Master Password private. No one else should know your Master Password. 1Password Support will never ask for your Master Password, and if you ever lose access to your 1Password account, a family organizer or team administrator can help restore your access without ever knowing your Master Password.

Prepare your Emergency Kit

An Emergency Kit containing all the information you need to access your 1Password account is automatically created when you sign up. It’s important that you don’t share your Emergency Kit with anyone.

  • Get your Emergency Kit off your computer. Put it on a USB flash drive or print a copy. The Emergency Kit protects you in situations where you can’t sign in, so it is important that you have access to it if something ever happens to your computer.

  • Fill in your Master Password. This will allow you to have a backup in case you forget your Master Password at any point. This is especially useful if you don’t have anyone else to help recover your account, like another family organizer or team administrator.

  • Keep your Emergency Kit somewhere safe. Consider storing your Emergency Kit along with your passport, birth certificate, and other important documents. Feel free to create multiple copies of it, but avoid emailing it to yourself or storing it online.

Let 1Password do its job

If you have a 1Password account, odds are that you’ve already made 1Password an important part of your everyday life. And if you’re new to the service, you’ll want to get in the habit of trusting 1Password to handle important data for you.

  • Use vaults to store important data. It’s better to trust 1Password with your passwords, credit cards, or sensitive documents than it is to have them spread out across multiple places. 1Password was built with the security of that information in mind – a text document saved to your computer’s desktop was not.

  • Use the password generator whenever you sign up for new accounts. Use the password generator whenever you sign up for new accounts. If you’ve been creating your own passwords, you probably have a system to make them easy to remember: “Fido1”, “Fido2”, and so on. Use the password generator for more secure passwords. You can also use it to change your existing passwords and make them stronger.

  • Use 1Password to share information with your family or team. It isn’t safe to send passwords or other sensitive information over text messages or email. Storing that information in a 1Password vault you share with your family members or teammates, on the other hand, offers a secure way to keep everyone in sync.

  • Use 1Password to share information with people outside your family or team. 1Password can also be used to share information with guests, who are only able to view the vault to which they are invited. This allows you to safely share information with these people without requiring you to give them full access to all of your 1Password data.

  • Ask for help with account recovery. Family organizers and team administrators can help you regain access to your 1Password account if you forget your Master Password or lose your Secret Key. Designating someone you trust as a family organizer or team administrator is the best way to make sure you’ll always have access to your 1Password account.

  • Use 1Password on multiple devices. One of the benefits of having a 1Password account is the ability to access your data from anywhere. Install the 1Password app on all your devices to ensure that you always have access to your data, even if something goes wrong with one them.

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