Security and convenience. Can you really have both when logging into your website? Absolutely. You just need a password manager with a browser extension.
1Password’s browser extension is a plug-in that makes signing into your website secure and convenient with a single click. Instead of copying and pasting login credentials between a password manager and a login page — you can autofill passwords, credit cards and addresses without leaving the browser.
In this post, I’m going to show you setup the 1Password browser extension to sign into your website.
Step 1: Download 1Password
Before 1Password can be used in the browser, the desktop app must first be installed. Start by downloading and installing 1Password from the Mac App Store (macOS) or the AgileBits website — the company behind 1Password.
For this example, I’m using 1Password 7 on macOS, but 1Password is available for the following operating systems:
- macOS (High Sierra 10.13 or later)
- iOS (12 or later)
- Windows (7 or later)
- Android (5.0 Lollipop or later)
- Linux (Chrome or Firefox)
- Chrome OS
Step 2: Create a Master Password
Launch 1Password and follow the prompts to create a master password.
With any 1Password membership, 1Password X can be used instead of 1Password 7 and the browser extension. 1Password X is the full 1Password experience that occurs entirely in the browser. Available for Chrome, Firefox and Opera browsers — not Safari.
Step 3: Download 1Password’s Browser Extension
After you’ve installed 1Password 7, the Safari browser extension will appear in the toolbar. If you’re using any version of 1Password between V4 and V6, you can download the Safari extension here.
The following browser extensions will need to be downloaded and installed separately:
Download and install 1Password’s browser extension for each browser that you use to log into your website. Then, disable the browser from saving your passwords, so it doesn’t interfere with 1Password.
Step 4: Unlock 1Password’s Browser Extension
- Go to your website’s login page.
- Enter your username and password, but don’t click Log In/Sign In.
- Click the 1Password browser extension in the toolbar. The 1Password log in window will then overlay atop the browser. If necessary, resize and reposition the window.
- Enter your 1Password master password to unlock the browser extension.
To create a password, click Password Generator in the sidebar of the browser extension. If necessary, adjust the password recipe settings (e.g. length, digits, symbols). Click Fill when finished.
Step 5: Save and Log into Your Website
- Click the browser extension’s gear icon.
- Click Save New Login.
- Another window will appear atop the browser. If you have more than one vault, choose where to keep the login and then give it a title (optional).
- Click Save Login.
- Click Log In/Sign In on your website’s login page.
The next time you visit your website’s login page, unlock the 1Password browser extension. 1Password will then provide the suggested login credentials based on the URL. Click the highlighted login and 1Password will autofill your username and password.
Use the shortcut Command Backslash on macOS and Ctrl Backslash on Windows to quickly fill usernames and passwords. For more keyboard shortcuts, visit 1Password’s website.
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You just learned how to log into your website with the 1Password browser extension. This secure and convenient extension can be used to log into your website, generate passwords, fill credit cards, addresses and much more.