Full disclosure: Before Friday night, I used the same generic password to log in to everything I do online. You name it -- MobileMe, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox -- every one of these accounts were foolishly (albeit conveniently) accessed by the same, dead simple password. I was a hacker's delight. That is, until I finally decided to get serious and get 1Password. And now I'm asking myself, "Why the fuck didn't I do this sooner?", because 1Password is so awesome. Frankly, I'm ashamed to call myself a techie. First I go five years on my old Windows machine without backing up my data1, then I'm naive (and lazy) enough to use the same shitty password for all my online accounts. How pathetic is that? I should know better. I need to be flogged or bitch-slapped. Actually, the timing of this post couldn't be more right because Ben Brooks wrote today about why everyone should be using 1Password. And I agree with everything he says. I've finally seen the light. 1Password is a great fucking app -- elegant and easy to use. I downloaded the 30-day trial, but I'm definitely going to pony up the $40 to purchase it once the trial period ends. It took some time to get all my accounts into the app, but it was worth the effort. I don't know how I lived without it. But if you don't take my word for it, take Justin Blanton's (via Ben):
While on the topic, if you’re not using 1Password (or similar)—and you can afford it—then you’re an idiot. I’m sorry to be so blunt, but there just isn’t any excuse. (Same goes for not backing up your data. It’s effectively free these days.)
Be sure to check out the link in Justin's post. Great tips on passwords. And then go download the trial. 1. A problem I've since rectified on my Mac with the help of Time Machine and a 1TB Time Capsule. Wireless backup = bliss.