TextExpander stand alone is $44.95 and another $5.00 for the iPad version. The subscription is $39.96/yr.
If you're a previous customer it's actually only $20/yr. with the "Lifetime Loyalty Discount".
But yes, it is a value to benefit proposition, but that is ALWAYS the case subscription pricing or not.
I'll use SetApp as an example, there are dozens of apps in that service I will never use, but there are enough with enough value for me that it works out to pay the $9.99/mo.
Passwords and 1Password
Wayne wrote in to say that he really would love to use 1Password, but after downloading it and opening it he feels lost.
I realized a quick primer on the concepts and maybe explaining how I use it might be helpful.
Basically the idea behind 1Password is that you use it as a data store to keep all your passwords, credit card data, account data, secure notes, and more inside.
Think about it a bit like iTunes for your Music or Photos for your images, but for ANY data you want to keep secure and protected.
Where 1Password is different then those applications is that it encrypts and protects this data behind a single password (one Password).
The idea is that you can pick a single secure password to remember and then ALL of your other passwords will be "remembered" and accessible from the 1Password app. The app can by synced securely to multiple Macs, iOS devices, even PCs, etc.
That's great, but how do you use it and integrate it into your daily use?
It has an iTunes like 3 panel interface.
Your "Library" and then sections like favorites, categories, and tags.
Then you have the items themselves
Then you have the main panel with all the data and information
You can add a new password or item manually by clicking the "+" in the second column and choosing the type of item you want to add:
"Login" is one of the most common, but it could be a credit card, bank account info, email account, or software license.
The main difference between most of the categories is the fields you're presented ares tailored for that kind of data.
IMAP and SMTP address for and email account for example or License Key for software
All the fields are customizable and you can add additional ones
You then input the information and that's pretty much it.
When you need to access the info you open 1Password, enter your one Password and have access to the info.
You can browse or search
There are also "Favorites", so you can put your most accessed stuff there.
You can also tag items to make them easier to find. I use my clients names for their data I store.
There's also sorting options
Click on a field to copy it to your clipboard.
If you do have to hand type it, I love the "Large Type" feature
Of course you sync all your iPassword data, so you can access it the same way from the app on any device, Mac, Windows, PC, etc.
There is also a menu item that will let you access everything quickly from a pop-up panel like using spotlight.
The other thing to do is to install and use the Browser Extension
From the 1Password menu choose install browser extension
Then in your browser when you access a site that has a login you saved into 1Password you can click on the extension and it will auto-fill in the information for you.
You can also use the extension during sign-up to generate a secure strong password.
It will also prompt you to save your new registration info into 1Password.
On iOS, you can do similar things using the "share" button in Safari and accessing 1Password from the share sheet.
Some other great features:
Watchtower, in the sidebar
Let's you quickly find weak passwords, reused passwords.
It also shows, "compromised", passwords, but really just which sites have had data breaches in the past.
2Factor Authentication support. You can scan and store the "authenticator" codes, so no other app required
Plus when you're on a site that requires it, it will automatically copy the code to your clipboard.
You can review the "saved form" details and also access old password history for an account.
I have 2,800 bits of data stored in my 1Password.
I just added the "Family" plan and I can now share portions on my logins with my family.
And all of this is only just scratching the surface.
David asked about using a long complex password for iOS device or 1Password. I mentioned I use one.
The concern is taking a long time to type in and also how do you remember it?
The classic [XKCD]() trick is one of the best.
Pick 4 random non-connected words. I also like to separate them with random numbers and thrown in some capitalization
"House4gOlf2chIken1suiTcase" the number separates each word and is 4/2 2/2. The capitalized letter is the word position. First letter on the first word, second letter on the second word, etc.
You should really not have ANY patterns but in this case it's just adding more "entropy" to something that is already VERY hard to crack.
A final question I got a lot of was like this one from Marc
Explain why I use both.
Know your IP ratings
And I don't mean how good your IP addresses are.
We're talking about the water (and dust) resistance ratings for your favorite devices their International Protection codes
These are the numbers you hear when a manufacturer says their device is "water resistant". Numbers like IP68 or IP57.
First thing to know, that number is not one number, but two.
The first is for "solid objects" and has a range from 1-6
The second is "moisture'' and has a range from 1-8
For "solid objects" a "1" is a hand, "2" a finger. "5" is a "limited" amount of dust that won't interfere with the equipment operation. "6" is completely dust proof.
"Moisture" is a lot different
1-3 deals with "falling" water
4-6 deal with "jets" of water
7-8 is about immersions, how deep and for how long.
The numbers are also indicative of the "tests" that were done. So, if you only have a 7 or 8 then it was only tested for immersion
It was likely not tested for the "jet" or "falling" water ratings.
If it was tested for both it will be indicated by displaying "both" ratings. (IP65/IP68)
An "X" in either of the locations can simply mean it was tested for that category.
The piece points out that speakers (magnets) can still attract metal particulates that can rip apart waterproof speakers.
The immersion ratings are also only for "fresh" water. Salt and chlorine could reduce the protection.
Heat and other items may have also broken down the water resistant glues and seals on your device over time.
Big reason why despite the ratings most electronics makers don't warranty for moisture damage
remember too that your device still has moisture sensors that will be checked when you go in for repairs.
Any moisture that gets in a device will immediately start corrosion, so your best policy is to ALWAYS keep your devices dry. Even if they survive a dunk and keep working it my only be a matter of time before the corrosion wins out and kills your device.