In the last years we see a lot of attacks on commercial IT-Services. These attacks come from black-hat hackers but also from goverments (on the way of law or with cyber attacks from intelligence services). This is worrying.
The NSA has (proven by the Snowden documents) tried to manipulate encryption and algorithms several times with the Bullrun project.
In the past, various intelligence agencies have also used legal and technical means to persuade companies and service providers to deliberately build vulnerabilities into their products. This development continues and has gained even more importance with the Pegasus spyware.
I believe that privacy and security is a human right, and should be respected by governments as well. But apparently we have to resort to our own means to avert this danger to our rights.
A very good way to prevent manipulation by governments and other powerful actors is open source software.
I believe that 1Password is a very important and also necessary tool for all internet users.
But currently, we have to trust 1Password. Although there is an extremely interesting blog article about this, trust is still necessary to some extent. Trust is good, math and transparency is better. That's why I strongly believe that 1Password must become open source.
Yes, of course, not all threats are averted by open source. But it will be harder for governments and other powerful actors to build a backdoor into 1Password.
Also, I believe that a move to open source , will not lead to economic losses. (See Bitwarden)
Because the big advantage of 1Password is that it is stored in the cloud and the cloud infrastructure is only accessible with a subscription.
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