Security and convenience. Can you really have both when logging into your website? Absolutely. You just need a password manager with a browser extension.
While a password manager generates and stores passwords and encrypts them behind a master password – a browser extension is a plug-in that makes signing into your website secure and convenient with a single click.
Instead of copying and pasting login credentials between a password manager and a login page – you can autofill passwords, credit cards and addresses right from the browser.
In this post, I'm going to share how to use the 1Password browser extension to sign into your website.
1. Download 1Password
Before 1Password can be used in the browser, the desktop app must first be installed. Start by downloading and installing 1Password from the Mac App Store (macOS) or the AgileBits website — the company behind 1Password (see image).
For this example, I’m using 1Password 7 on macOS, but 1Password is available for the following operating systems:
- macOS (High Sierra 10.13 or later)
- iOS (12 or later)
- Windows (7 or later)
- Android (5.0 Lollipop or later)
- Linux (Chrome or Firefox)
- Chrome OS
If you’re unsure which plan is right for your business, I recommend a 1Password Business membership. This is great for all business sizes and each team member gets a free family account.
2. Create a Master Password
Launch 1Password and follow the prompts to create a master password (see image).
With any 1Password membership, 1Password X can be used instead of 1Password 7 and the browser extension. 1Password X is the full 1Password experience that occurs entirely in the browser. Available for Chrome, Firefox and Opera browsers – not Safari.
3. Download the 1Password Browser Extension
After 1Password has been installed, the Safari browser extension will appear in the toolbar. The following browser extensions will need to be downloaded and installed separately:
- Chrome (see image)
- Safari (1Password 4 to 6. 1Password 7 already includes the Safari browser extension.)
Download and install the 1Password browser extension for each browser that you use to easily log into your website (or any account). Then, disable your browsers from saving your passwords, so they don’t interfere with 1Password.
4. Unlock the 1Password Browser Extension
Go to your website's login page. Enter your username and password, but don’t click “Log In.”
Next, click the 1Password browser extension in the toolbar. The 1Password login window will then overlay atop the browser (see image). If necessary, resize and reposition the window.
After that, enter your 1Password master password to unlock the browser extension.
To create a password, click “Password Generator” in the sidebar of the browser extension. If necessary, adjust the password recipe settings (length, digits, symbols). Click “Fill” when finished.
5. Save the New Login and Log into Your Website
Click the browser extension's gear icon. Then, click “Save New Login” (see image).
Next, another window will appear atop the browser. If you have more than one vault, choose where to keep the login and then give it a “Title” (optional). Click “Save Login.”
Finally, click “Log In” on your website's log in page.
The next time you visit your website's log in page, unlock the 1Password browser extension. 1Password will then provide the suggested login credentials based on the URL. Click the highlighted login and 1Password will autofill the username and password.
Use the shortcut “Command Backslash” on macOS and “Ctrl Backslash” on Windows to quickly fill usernames and passwords. For more keyboard shortcuts, visit 1Password’s website.
You just learned how to log into your website with the 1Password browser extension. This secure and convenient extension can be used to log into your website, generate passwords, fill credit cards, addresses and much more.
How to Log into Your Website with the 1Password Browser Extension first appeared on the Bento Sites Blog by Jeff Shibasaki.