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Who Needs Another Day in Password Land?

Who Needs Another Day in Password Land?

Nov 6, 2014

I have a sneaking suspicion that the most successful call to action in the world is Forgot Password?. That small link that sits below a password field is my friend. After all, I have passwords for every blog, social media site, news sites, business sites, bank, retailer and online tool or cloud provider that I use. The use of passwords is, in itself, a personal big data challenge that I have yet to solve.

I have a password manager on my phone, some of which is current. Some outdated, and some automated. I have a list which I keep which is slightly unreliable – mostly because I fail to manage it scrupulously. I have randomly scrawled password scattered through notebooks I can no longer find. There is encryption for the cloud (which also requires some kind of key) and there is even fingerprint identification that works with iPhone 5 (which is actually pretty convenient – even if slightly scary in terms of identity management/theft/security/tracking).

So I was interested to check out the new password manager from There’s Only 1 U. Actually, it was the video that tipped me over. Produced with a great sense of self-deprecation, it captures the frustration that many of us feel when it comes to password management and online security. To be honest, it’s a scene too long, but it did the trick.

Is it useful? I’ll let you know after some hands on use.

First indications are positive

Like most password managers, there’s some pain up-front to set up your sites and accesses, but the long term gain is what is on offer.

The UI and step-by-step setup is relatively straight forward, though very wordy. I was able to easily use the phone’s camera to scan my face and setup the security. There is something reassuring about scanning your own face as a secondary form of authentication. And so far, I have not been able to trick the scanner by using a photo.

There is a good selection of websites, apps etc that can be easily and quickly configured for access. And it’s relatively easy to add your own custom sites using the same process. Of course, you can still use Touch ID or you can use the facial recognition engine.

But the question is traction. Will I use it again? Will I uninstall? Will I just forget about it? Ask me again in a week. In the meantime, register for the app here or get more information about it here on their website.

3 comments

  1. Luke Wale /

    Wow, the video is crazy 🙂 I mean, seriously? 🙂 Anyway, I use Sticky Password (http://www.stickypassword.com) for managing my passwords. Never heard of 1U, will check it out though.

    • Gavin Heaton /

      Yes, it’s quite a funny video. Will check out Sticky. I have already got 1password, but this password problem is going to get worse before it gets better!

      • Luke Wale /

        Hey Gavin, yes, check it out, they have some neat features. I can’t imagine my life without using such an app. Whenever I ask my friends about passwords I always get the same answers like one passwords for everything or weak passwords. People take action only after they are hacked or after they are touched by a bad experience from their friends or so. Pretty sad