1Password: Allowing securely Share files and documents on a link

1Password will now let you securely share files and documents with anyone using just a link. The password manager previously started supporting secure password sharing with links last year, and this feature is now being expanded to include documents and files stored in 1Password.

Sharing a document or file is as easy as sharing a password from 1Password; the recipient doesn’t even need to use 1Password to access files.

In addition, you can share a file with anyone through a link and set an expiry date on the link or even restrict it, so people have to verify their email address with a one-time code to view the file.

The shared item or file will be displayed on 1Password’s site, and recipients can copy fields, download files, or even save items into their 1Password account if they have one. Sharing 1Password items is similar to how you’d invite someone to a Google Drive file, but without a link that lasts forever and improved control over who can view the item.

1Password has also improved its sharing process, alongside the file and documents support. Recipients can now see shared items in their preferred language. In addition, senders can share articles with an entire company’s email domain and still require recipients to verify their email addresses. Other improvements include new icons and lots of customization options for 1Password admins.

1Password is a password manager devised by AgileBits Inc. It delivers a place for users to store different passwords, software licenses, and other sensitive data in a virtual vault sealed with a PBKDF2-guarded master password. The user’s default encrypted vault is hosted on AgileBits’ servers for a monthly fee. The company is based in Toronto.

1Password can be configured via 1Password.com, a paid subscription-based server sync service maintained by the developers. In previous versions, local Wi-Fi and iCloud sync were only available on iOS and macOS.

In 2017, the Travel Mode feature was submitted for subscribers of 1Password.com, which enables the omission of password entries not labeled as safe for travel from the local storage on a particular device, lowering the impact of being obliged by officials to unlock access at country border crossings.

1Password incorporates desktop web browsers, including Safari, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. The extension can recall logins for websites, fill in website logins automatically, and induce random passwords for new websites.

To use browser extensions, the user must include administrative rights on the computer where the browser is installed. However, it has been an issue with users on a P.C. assigned by a workplace without admin rights. To address this case, 1Password presents plans for a monthly subscription fee for businesses that allow web credentials to their usernames and passwords, which can be copied and pasted into login screens.

1Password also shows a standalone extension called 1Password X, available for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. 1Password X is scheduled to work without a companion desktop app, but a 1Password.com subscription is required.

On the mobile side, 1Password delivers integration with browsers and apps on iOS and Android devices using various methods. In addition, more convenient ways of filling and saving login information are provided in iOS 12 and Android Oreo, respectively.

In a 2017 Consumer Reports, Dan Guido, the C.E.O. of Trail of Bits, has listed 1Password as a popular password manager, with the choice primarily up to personal preferences.

Before 1Password 7 and then moving to a purely subscription-based service in 2018, 1Password could be positioned up to only store password files locally and not sync with remote servers after buying a software license. Mac users can still purchase a perpetual license of 1Password 7 from within the app as of December 2019. Unfortunately, apple’s browser Safari v13 makes the installation of the 1Password extension v6 impossible, thus forcing users to upgrade to 1Password v7.

On November 14, 2019, 1Password announced a collaboration with venture capital firm Accel, which funded $200M in a Series A funding round and acquired a minority stake in the company. It was the first external funding in 1Password’s history and Accel’s most substantial single investment.

In 2021, 1Password gained SecretHub, a Dutch cybersecurity company. It also extended $100 million in financing with a valuation of $2 billion.

In January 2022, 1Password extended a $620 million Series C round, the most significant funding round in Canadian history, led by Iconiq Growth, growing the company’s valuation to $6.8 billion. Prominent individual investors in this round were Robert Downey Jr., Ryan Reynolds, and Justin Timberlake.

In March 2022, Ryan Reynolds starred in a 1Password commercial from his creative agency, Maximum Effort, which features the Welsh soccer club Reynolds co-owns, Wrexham A.F.C.