2022-09-08 17:15:25 • Filed to:
• Proven solutions
Nobody will argue with the fact that passwords are meant to be complicated, hard to hack, and unique. It's easy to achieve these conditions, but it's nearly impossible to manage such a collection of weird passwords without writing them down somewhere. Unfortunately, that's the worst possible answer to the problem. A better solution would be to look for a digital equivalent of your "password black book" to store the hundreds of credentials you require when you're online. Introducing 1Password Chrome Extension, the password manager that you can conveniently carry around wherever you go on any of your desktops or connected mobile devices (or even a friend's.)
1Password is actually a whole suite of security tools to help you manage your hundreds of login usernames and passwords, your credit card details, your home and business addresses, and your most private documents. The core versions are for Windows and macOS, as well as iOS and Android, but the 1Password Chrome Extension deserves a second look because it completely transforms your password management habits by letting you take it wherever you go on the web or when jumping from device to device. The extension requires that the desktop version be installed, which makes it an extension in the truest sense. Once you have the Mac or PC version, let's see how to add the Chrome extension:
If you noticed, the URL took you to an extension called 1Password X. This is actually a second-generation browser-based password manager that integrates even deeper with Google Chrome. It also works with Firefox and Opera. Not only can it save all your passwords and login credentials but also manage your credit cards, suggest strong passwords, auto-fill forms and logins, choose to save new logins, and even drag-and-drop your passwords directly into apps to gain access. You can also install the tethered version of the extension for your current desktop version of 1Password.
1Password X is an advanced version of the regular extension and can act as a standalone extension without the 1Password desktop app. It does require a 1Password subscription but it's one of the most affordable premium password managers on the market when you match the price against its features and the value it brings.
Probably the best way to see it work is to see it in action, so here's what to do when you first set up 1Password X in Chrome.
As you surf through your daily online routine, 1Password X will help you save existing logins, make strong password suggestions for new ones, keep your credit card and personal information ready for auto-fill, do 2FA, organize your data into vaults, edit the content of these vaults, search for specific logins, and much more. You can also choose to sync it with your 1Password desktop app for Windows or Mac.
The first step is to override your browser's default password manager so it doesn't conflict with 1Password X. To do this, follow the steps shown below:
If you don't see the icon extension or face another issue after you've added the extension, try to restart your computer. This usually fixes the issue and all you need to do is enter your Master Password after you reboot.
Another thing you can do is go into Chrome://extensions and toggle 1Password X to the Enabled position.
The third thing you can do is to update 1Password in case the extension was added a while ago. This is only required on non-Chrome browsers like Firefox.
If you don't see prompts to save your new credentials or auto-fill existing ones, try these steps:
If you recently changed a login password on a website using the password generator and it doesn't work through 1Password X, you can check your vaults to view the new password and confirm that it's been changed.
If the password is incorrect and you need to change it, you will need to reset your password directly on the site using the Forgot Password option. 1Password will prompt you for permission to save the new password, which will now work with the auto-fill feature when you visit that website.
The 1Password Chrome Extension works pretty much like the new 1Password X, but it allows you to install it on a wider range of browsers including Safari. The advantage is that you also get full access to the desktop installation of 1Password. The disadvantage is that you won't have access to the constantly growing feature set in 1Password X.
But irrespective of whether you're using 1Password X or decide to stick with the 1Password Chrome Plugin, you'll find that they're both miles ahead of the bulk of competing password manager Chrome extensions in terms of features, performance, and simplicity of operation.