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Security Concern- Secret Password not needed

RandalHunRandalHun
Community Member

I'm evaluating 1Password and have a concern/question. I understand the secret password provides extra security, in that one can't access or decrypt my data with just my username and password. However, when I install 1Password on my iPhone or iPad and enter only my username and regular password, I have full access to my data. So, I don't see how I'm getting any additional security because of the "extra layer" of protection. What am I missing? I had assumed that when I logged into 1Password for the first time in the app, I would need to enter or scan the secret password, but it isn't needed at all. Thank you.


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  • Dave_1PDave_1P

    Team Member

    Hello @RandalHun! 👋

    Have you already added your account to one of your Apple devices in the past? If you have then encrypted copies of your Secret Key are stored in your device keychains to provide data loss protection. If you have iCloud Keychain turned on then this encrypted copy of your Secret Key is synced to all of your Apple devices and you can add your account to a new Apple device and unlock 1Password with just your account password.

    You can read more here: About your Secret Key

    I hope that helps! 🙂

    -Dave

  • RandalHunRandalHun
    Community Member

    Thank you. Yes, I had previously added my account to my Mac. This would explain why I didn't have to add the secret key manually to the iPhone/iPad.

  • Dave_1PDave_1P

    Team Member

    @RandalHun

    That would explain it. Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

    -Dave

  • RandalHunRandalHun
    Community Member

    This is a very elegant solution, and it balances strongly protected encryption with convenience.

  • Dave_1PDave_1P

    Team Member

    @RandalHun

    Thank you for the kind words about 1Password's security design. 🙂

    -Dave

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