1Password, hailed as one of the best password managers available, has now been released for the Android OS. The acclaimed app, which was only previously available for mobile devices on the iOS, is now ready for download at the Google Play Store.
The app will be useful for users that always forget their passwords or users that just want to keep their passwords more secure. This is especially useful for those that keep passwords for their credit cards, bank accounts and e-commerce tools in their mobile phone.
The Android version of 1Password has been in beta testing stage for some time, even with the recent release of new versions of the app for the iOS and OS X. 1Password for Android is currently free for download, with all the app's premium features free to try until August 1. After the trial period, the app will revert to a read-only mode,
1Password is an app that secures and organizes passwords using a security vault with a 256-bit AES "military grade" encryption that the company claims is impossible to crack.
If your password fails a strength test, 1Password will automatically generate stronger passwords for you to use. And, in the unfortunate case that your Android phone gets lost, 1Password has an automatic lock function so whoever gets your phone will not be able to get your stored passwords.
1Password also features local and Dropbox sync to update your passwords to all your devices, even those using othe roperating systems. 1Password also uses a Master Password system that will protect all of the user's data. However, the user should never, ever forget his master password, as this is non-recoverable. For added security to the user's vault of passwords, a PIN code can also be added on top of the master password.
1Password also has a strong browser in-app that will prevent security leaks due to copy-pasting passwords, so users can browse the Internet and input passwords safely behind the app's security wall, which will also fill in passwords automatically for you.
Password security was brought to the forefront earlier this year with the discovery of the Heartbleed bug, which can put at risk user data including passwords, credit card information and other confidential details. The bug can also break down firewalls and security systems. Experts said that changing passwords was the best that users can do for now to combat the problem.