iPhone App of the Week: 1Password Pro

May 25, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Apple's iPhone of the week is an app called 1Password Pro. The iphone app manages the secrets you have for virtually everything, from logins and passwords to websites, even things for the real world.  (Park Ji-Hwan/Getty Images)
Apple's iPhone of the week is an app called 1Password Pro. The iphone app manages the secrets you have for virtually everything, from logins and passwords to websites, even things for the real world. (Park Ji-Hwan/Getty Images)
Most of us live in a world where we have to protect our assets, whether they be physical, electronic, or virtual. As we implement these security measures, we make it more difficult for thieves but also more inconvenient for ourselves. 1Password Pro for the Apple iPhone, is an app that makes that inconvenience a little less painful.

The iphone app manages the secrets you have for virtually everything, from logins and passwords to websites, access codes for things in the real world such as your bicycle lock combination, your family members’ social security numbers, or just simple notes to yourself that you don’t want others to see.

The app also has forms customized for credit cards and software licenses. If that’s not enough, you can also create your own forms to track whatever attributes you want to track. Some sample forms are included as well, such as for Amazon S3, e-mail, ftp, MobileMe, and iTunes.

1Password Pro asks for a four-digit pin code every time you open it and you can set it to auto-lock after a certain period of time. A secondary level of security can be set for any individual item so that it requires the master password to be entered. This password is an alphanumeric password that can be very long. This virtually guarantees that these items will be secure in the event that you lose your phone and the pin code is guessed.

As far as iPhone apps go, 1Password Pro is solid and easy to use, but it can use a bit of polishing in some areas. There is no search function, for example. You must scroll to find the item you want.

It’s possible that the developer is allocating most of his or her time to developing a version for Windows, which is currently available to download as a beta. iPhone app 1Password Pro was first developed as a Mac application, which in itself is quite useful, but combined with its ability to do two-way synchronization with its iPhone counterpart the two make a compelling combination.

1Password Pro costs $14.99. A non-Pro version is available for $6.99.