1Password, one of the most commended password managers on the market, will expand its service offer with a new subscription plan.
AgileBits, the company behind 1Password, plans to roll out a monthly plan aimed at individual subscribers and asks them to shell out $2.99 per month.
This is not the first time the company has tested the waters in the subscription area: earlier this year, 1Password pushed out a monthly family plan for the cost of $5.
Users who opt for the new subscription will be able to tap into 1Password's apps on each ecosystem (both mobile and desktop). This ensures that you do not have to bother about purchasing individual licenses or shelling out money twice, as better versions are rolling out.
So, what does one get, exactly, for a yearly contribution of $36?
First off, there is an auto-syncing feature across devices that runs via 1Password's own hosted platform. The advantage of the feature is that it removes "middleman" platforms such as Dropbox or iCloud.
Also, users get data loss protection and direct passwords access by logging in to 1Password.com. What is more, subscribers have access to safe storage of documents, and the developing company touts that sensitive data is sitting behind a strong protection layer made of a "new multi-factor security model."
AgileBits offers the first six months of service for free to all who sign in or change their subscription plan to individual, until Sept. 21.
A standard full version of 1Password costs $64.99 on Mac and $9.99 for iOS devices, but the recent $3/month plan makes it possible for users to download the app to all compatible devices and gives them full access to "Pro" features, alongside upcoming updates.
The company promises that its pre-platform license model will keep getting support, and newer, better versions of 1Password will keep landing for all types of subscribers. In February, AgileBits updated 1Password in a way that has put it ahead of the pack of password managers.
The developing company acknowledges the popularity of 1Password among techies and plans to bank on the subscription side of things. Admittedly $2.99 is a small enough sum that some might never bother canceling.
Dave Teare, the founder of AgileBits, promised that stopping payments would not lock customers out of their password data. According to the company, users will be allowed to "access, view and export" all data after they leave a subscription lapse. However, keep in mind that should you cease to pay the subscription, your account will become frozen.
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