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1Password beta: Secure name and password filling for iPhone's Safari

Safari AutoFill for iPhone and iPod Touch (Switchers' Blog)

Babies, iPhones and very-high-security passwords can be a bitter cocktail; it's really hard to enter a 28-character/mixed-case/special character password on the iPhone while you're holding 15 lbs. of undulating infant. Trust me.

So, if you caught video of my recent interview with Agile Web Solutions' Dave Teare, you could see how excited I was to learn about a then-upcoming beta which would support autofill name- and password-entering via secure bookmarklets on your iPhone. Well, the day has arrived, and, brother, am I ever loving this.

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From Dave's post on the company's blog:

Every iPhone and iPod Touch user has cringed when they realized that Mobile Safari does not remember web site logins. Coupled with the fact Copy and Paste is nonexistent on the iPhone, users were forced to type their login information every time they wanted to access any password protected site...

After browsing to a password protected website that requires you to login, simply bring up the Bookmarks menu and select "1Password Logins" to bring up the 1Password AutoFill window...

All the confidential information stored within the bookmarklet is encrypted using Strong Cryptography (448-bit Blowfish encryption) and can only be accessed once the correct Access Code is entered. The confidential information is decrypted within Safari on the iPhone and no communication with the 1Password web servers is required.

Dave tells me via email that the hosting service he'd mentioned in our interview is still being planned, but, personally I'm thrilled that this "just works" out of the box as well as it does from this first cut. I have seen a few problems in 1P seeming not to remember a login associated with a site, but more often than not, it's been just spot-on -- even when entered with my one, daughter-free hand.

Anyhow, check 'er out. 1Password is shareware ($29.95) and a free download. The updated functionality appears to start with version 2.5.10 (build 6102).

One of my favorite Mac apps just made life a lot easier for iPhone users.

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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