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Feature Request: Emergency access for estate planning

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  • Pleonasm
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    @ChuckD, apologies for the confusion. By "this thread," I am referring to the current discussion labeled "Feature Request: Emergency access for estate planning." Specifically, I am suggesting that the post therein dated October 23, 2023 may be of interest.

  • Waldo000000
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    edited December 2023
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    @Pleonasm have you found that many customers are successfully using that workaround and find it satisfactory?

    To put it kindly... that workaround is a little less "practical" than LastPass' first-class features for estate planning.

    I'm hoping that 1Password implements comparable support... sometime before I die 🤞

  • ChuckD
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    Your "Solomon" approach (divide the password in half) would certainly work. It's probably a little too robust for my perceived needs, however.

    The LP+1P idea isn't pretty, but it is fairly simple. I wanted to poll the collective wisdom to see if I had missed any operational or security problems.

  • Pleonasm
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    @Waldo000000, to clarify, I am a user of 1Password and not an employee of AgileBits. Thus, I have no knowledge of whether any other individual has implemented the workaround solution I proposed.

    That solution is one attempt to solve the problem, given the current constraints of 1Password. I do agree that it is more cumbersome than the "emergency access" feature available in other password managers.

  • Pleonasm
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    @ChuckD, the disadvantage of the "LP+1P idea," in my opinion, is that it circumvents the strong security provided by 1Password (see here).

    Merging the "Solomon approach" together with the "LP+1P idea," one alternative is to provide your trusted contacts with half of your 1Password master password and Security Key in advance of an emergency, and use the LastPass emergency access process to provide the remainder if a personal emergency arises.

  • Pleonasm
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    Readers of this thread may wish to explore FidSafe, a free service provided by Fidelity Investments that securely stores important documents. The service provides an optional "Sharing After Death" feature that "facilitates your files and notes being shared with a designated person after your death." Such files could presumably include the 1Password Emergency Kit.

    P.S.: I understand that FidSafe is not the same as the "emergency access" feature under discussion herein, yet it may be beneficial for some to evaluate.

  • Thanks for sharing @Pleonasm

  • lopinc
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    Hey 1P folks, now that you have "recovery code" functionality, how about using that to provide true "emergency access" to another 1P user?

    If 1P user A wants to give emergency access to 1P user B, user B would get a recovery code for users A account put in their vault. If user B wants to get access to users A vault using the recovery key, 1P would email user A and ask if it's ok, subject to the pre-defined time out period (x hours/days), and if that elapses user gets access to user A's vaults because they have a recovery key for their account. Thanks.

  • ag_tommy
    edited May 29
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    Thank you for the request @lopinc

    At present the best method would be to place the code in a safety deposit box and in a situation like loss of life or other the other party could gain access via the courts process. Such a feature would require building and testing and would likely not be something available in the near term. I am however happy to pass this along to the team for further review. You'll be in good company as I've filed several like this.

    ref: PB-40260842