1Password

1Password, like its big brother on the Mac, is an application which stores all of your usernames and passwords so you don’t have to keep track of them. Additionally, 1Password can automatically fill in web login forms with one tap.

When you open the application, you’re presented with a list of login items which you can choose from. These can be sorted by name or domain for quick access. These items are also searchable. To log in, simply tap the corresponding login item and then the url. 1Password will bring up the page in its mini-browser and fill in all of your information.

The good: The greatest advantage to 1Password on the iPhone is that you don’t have to remember or type in your login info. 1Password will automatically fill in any login form without you having to type a single character. If you forget a password, you can also call upon 1Password to retrieve any password that you’ve stored.

If you’re concerned about security, have no fear! All of your passwords are AES encrypted and it uses standard iPhone libraries, so everything is totally safe. Additionally, the app can be password protected so prying eyes won’t have access to your logins. You can even create secure notes from within 1Password.

For those who own 1Password on the Mac, all of your secure notes and logins can be synced to 1Password on the iPhone over WiFi. Setting up your Mac for syncing is extremely simple, too.

You don’t need to have 1Password on the Mac to use this app. You can simply tap the plus button to create a new login item. Fill out the site’s URL and login info and you’re good to go. If you notice that one of your logins is incorrect, you can freely edit both synced and new items.

The bad: One of the big draws for 1Password on the Mac is its ability to randomly generate a unique password. The iPhone version doesn’t come with this capability for whatever reason. It’s not a big deal for those who sync, but it may deter those who don’t.

Syncing of info works great over WiFi, but you do have to have your computer available during the sync. There is no MobileMe option so you can’t update login items on the go.

For those who think 1Password will work in Safari, prepare to be let down. In order to access your login items and have them auto-filled, you must go through 1Password’s mini-browser. It’s basically the same as Safari—only you access it via 1Password.

Finally, there’s no way to automatically capture login info by simply logging in using 1Password. In order to add new items, you must know the exact URL your login info will be required on. This shouldn’t be a problem 75% of the time, but the first time it doesn’t work will surly kill your sense of childlike wonder.

The Bottom line: 1Password is the login info storage application on the Mac, and the iPhone version is no different. You can’t generate new passwords and syncing only works if you have a Mac with 1Password on it. However, if you need to bridge the gap between your Mac’s 1Password database and mobile iPhone browsing, 1Password is the tool you need.

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