What is the best way to get my wife set up as a 1password user?

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Johnald
Johnald
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I have been using 1Password for years but I've finally realized it's way overdue to get my wife set up as a user as well. She does all the same bad password habits I did before starting with 1password. However, since I've only ever used 1 vault by myself I don't know what the best way is to proceed once multiple users enters the picture

Do I need another license? Do I just add her into my vault and just name logins that might be the same (ex: Google Wife, iCloud Wife, etc) so it's not confusing? Do I give her a different vault? Not sure how things work best once you add in another user.

Much appreciated!


1Password Version: 5.3.2
Extension Version: 4.4.2
OS Version: 10.10.5
Sync Type: Dropbox
Referrer: kb-search:adding another user, kb:share-vault

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  • hawkmoth
    hawkmoth
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    edited August 2015
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    I'm not entirely clear what your objective is, but your wife can install a copy of Password under your license, either by using the license file you used if you bought from AgileBits, or by setting up Family Sharing for the Mac App Store. I think your version number indicates that your license came from AgileBIts. License terms allow up to six members of a family in the same household to use a single user license.

    She can operate entirely independently of your vaults. You don't have to give her access to your vaults if you don't want to. She would just install the application and begin to use it as a new user. But if you do want to share the same vault, your can do that through Dropbox too. You could decide to share everything, in which case you'd share your Primary vault with her. But you might want to have separate vaults for some things and a shared one for sites you both use with the same credentials. In that case, you would share only a secondary vault that contains the items you both want to access.

    A good place to start getting detailed instructions for sharing would be here, Can I share an entire vault with my family or co-workers?

  • Johnald
    Johnald
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    Ok sounds like the simplest option is just to get her up and running with her own vault under my license. Then I'll just give her my vault password so she has access to my passwords in the case of an emergency and vice versa.

    The only major accounts we both use are Amazon and Netflix. There would be no issues if we both had those logins in our separate vaults, correct?

  • Drew_AG
    Drew_AG
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    Hi @Johnald,

    I'm glad hawkmoth was able to help you with that!

    There's no problem if you each have a copy of your Amazon and Netflix Login items in separate vaults. The only thing you would want to keep in mind is that, assuming those separate vaults don't sync with each other, changes to the Amazon/Netflix items in one vault won't sync to the other. So for example, if you were to change your Netflix login password, your wife would still have the old password, so you'd need to remember to let her know about the change (or vice versa).

    If you have more questions about that or need anything else, we're here for you! :)

  • Johnald
    Johnald
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    Thanks guys! I will probably create a vault for her, revamp all her logins, and then share individual items (like Amazon/Netflix) as needed.

  • hawkmoth
    hawkmoth
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    edited August 2015
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    My wife and I started with 1Password before multiple vaults were available. So we still run completely separately, and need to do what @Drew_AG said - be sure we inform each other of any changes in credentials for sites we both use. It's imperfect, to be sure, and we really ought to develop a shared secondary vault. I guess inertia is the only reason we haven't done that.

  • Drew_AG
    Drew_AG
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    @Johnald, I'm glad that was helpful! If you end up needing to share more Login items in the future (or other items such as Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, and so on), you might want to set up a secondary vault that the two of you share with each other. Your shared vault can sync via Dropbox, so any changes to items in that vault from one computer would sync to the other. You can find steps to set that up in this knowledgebase article (the same one from hawkmoth's first reply) if you decide to do that.

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