Password generator options

Chris CAChris CA Junior Member

The only options I see are length, Random/Memorable/PIN & to add number/symbols.
How do I get it to use only certain symbols, ie. !@#$* **and not **%^&



1Password Version: 7.8 (70800000)
Extension Version: 7.8
OS Version: MacOS 11.3, iOS 14.4
Sync Type: local sync


  • ag_anaag_ana

    Team Member

    Hi @Chris CA!

    You can generate a random password with the generator, and then remove the symbols you don't want afterwards. You cannot select in advance which symbols to remove though. In summary, these changes were made to improve security since they increase the randomness of the generated passwords. If you are interested in the technical details behind it, please see this post from our security team.

  • I completely agree with the value of increasing entropy bits, but unfortunately, I don't have the ear of the security teams of some companies I do business with.

    For these companies, it would be very nice if 1Password had an additional field on the password generator that would allow you to specify a set of characters to exclude during generation. Please consider this feature request as it would make the hassle of creating a new password for an obnoxious site much smaller and allow 1Password to be the hero of the story. :)

  • ag_anaag_ana

    Team Member
    edited March 23

    Thank you for the feedback @deinspanjer! I have forwarded it to the developers :+1:

    ref: dev/projects/customer-feature-requests#28

  • Totally agree with Chris_CA - as an avid 1Password user this is the one feature I think the platform is sorely missing. Adding an option on the password generator to exclude special characters for certain logins would save me a ton of time and hassle.

    While I understand the desire for the most secure passwords, the simple reality is that some websites do not allow certain special characters and I don't believe that me manually updating a generated password to use the accepted characters generates a more secure password than one that would be generated by 1Password.

  • BenBen AWS Team

    Team Member

    Hi @cpal

    We do utilize Apple's password manager resources to give us hints about which symbols are accepted by websites and which are not. This resource will continue to improve as people (including us here at 1Password) contribute information about specific sites to it. If you've found a site where 1Password does not generate a compatible password out of the box you may want to consider contributing those findings to the repository:

    GitHub - apple/password-manager-resources: A place for creators and users of password managers to collaborate on resources to make password management better.

    I hope that helps!


  • This is a sorely needed feature. I would propose that you allow users to create custom password profiles and link them to entries.

    For example, there are banks that only allow certain symbols, or length and I would create a profile just for that bank.

    Or, change the login entry to allow you to define the password rules for that specific login, with an option to set a customizable default.

    Whatever solution is used, the user needs to have control over this, not the devs.

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