Corporate Silo

The Unnoticed Silo by Chris M.Chris M. (mrkapowski)

My employer has started blocking 1Password.com recently, breaking my ability to access my passwords and Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) details using the browser extension. I can still get these details on my phone, but typing a completely random 22-character password by hand is far from ideal, and a bit of a pain in the rump, to be honest. This isn’t their most egregious “security theatre” policy, but it is one of the most impactful (to me).

If the blocking of the 1Password browser extension is technical enforcement of a written corporate policy, then the “problem” is the written corporate policy. Even if the 1Password browser extension were allowed you would violate that policy the minute you used it in a way that was not approved.

I think Ton Zijlstra stated is correct, “..the actual silo you’re trying to escape is the company”.

1Password 7 and Safari 13

Safari 13 is awesome, but 1Password 6 users need to upgrade to enjoy it | 1Password (1Password Blog)

We’ve discovered there’s lots to love about Safari 13, but we’ve also learned that it will no longer work for customers using 1Password 6.

I am disappointed by this news. My family and I have used 1Password for several years. I’ve always paid to upgrade. The upgrade price, a separate purchase for iOS and macOS, was more than the typical app but for the utility that 1Password provided for my family, the pricing seemed fair.

But I don’t see much value in a 1Password subscription. The subscription price is significantly higher than the previous upgrade cost, doesn’t provide additional features that I want, and I am not convinced that I would see significant improvement in the software over the subscription time frame, one year.

However, now I won’t be able to use the software at all in my favourite browser. I have very few good choices. I could switch to another password manager, but the switching cost, time spent migrating all my account information, is high.

I could switch to another browser and keep using 1Password 6, but Google Chrome is anathema to me, and Firefox lacks integration with the operating system.

AgileBits is offering a discount for current 1Password 6 users. I will reluctantly upgrade to 1Password 7 for families and hope they have a better track record of updates and upgrades as Adobe does with their Creative Cloud.