So…with the latest “improvements” to 1Password with the upcoming version 8 we will no longer be allowed to have local storage vaults or vault backups…and having downloaded the app, connected it to my subscription account, then exited the app, disabled wifi on my laptop, and relaunched the app and the subscription account data is still available so obviously there’s some sort of local storage but apparently no way to access it for backup or import purposes. They’ve also disabled all ability for DropBox sync for vaults and claim that DropBox does’t provide sufficient security for their needs or sufficient synchronization capability…which seems like marketing speak for we want to get rid of individual licenses and force a subscription model for revenue purposes. An encrypted blob that comprises the vault has been getting synced properly via DropBox for years.
An they’ve abandoned a native macOS app…which I could live with but IMO a local storage vault that I can backup is a superior solution…their mileage may vary but it isn’t their vault. I’m also ok with them wanting to make more money…but absent some improvement in the local vault option I may have to look elsewhere. I could live with the non native app if I had to…but no local storage or backup of vaults is likely to be a non starter.
The question though…is what else is there to select from?
I want iOS, iPadOS, and macOS cross platform sync, auto fill in for web site passwords, no internet connectivity required ability to open and modify the vault, and local (DropBox or iCloud or whatever) storage and local storage backup options for the vault. They claim that their Secret Key in addition to the Master Password makes things more secure…but again that’s marketing speak for the fact that they require 2 passwords to get in. Yes…they can’t access the vault on their server…but then they can’t access the one on DropBox currently so I don’t really see the Secret Key as providing much additional security.
Took a look at both LastPass and Dashlane…and neither seem to meet the bill for local storage and backup of vaults…and Dashlane has released a new Catalyst app for macOS so it is at least sort of native although not as well as a fully native macOS app.
I have a license for Password Wallet and it meets all those options…but the interface for getting things into your web browser is clunky at best and doesn’t use the browser plug in that makes things easier with 1PW, LastPass or Dashlane. In addition…it’s essentially a 1 man shop and while there isn’t anything wrong with a 1 man shop trusting your password manager to one seems riskier than it should be.
Are there other options anybody is aware of that I should be looking at? At this point…I’m likely to just continue using 1Password version 7 and it’s local vault storage until it breaks with some macOS update and will cancel my subscription so that’s a net loss of revenue to 1Password the company…and I’m sure that I’m not the only one dissatisfied with this. Seems like since their recent infusion of venture capitalist money they’re abandoning to a large extent individual users and trying to transition to a business offering and subscription only revenue model…and I really don’t like that at all. Nothing I can do about it though…and I understand from a company standpoint why they would do this…but it doesn’t mean I have to like it.