In context: you’re probably familiar with the three most important single sign-on (SSO) services: “sign in with” Google, Facebook, and Apple, but there are others. In fact, if you want to create an Epic Games account, you can sign up using these three or with your existing accounts for Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Online, and Steam, giving you seven ways to authenticate your account.
Although SSO options provide the convenience of not having to create another username and password to remember, they have drawbacks. For one thing, you have to give up a bit of your privacy when using these authentication services, but earlier this month we showed you how to revoke permissions to access your personal information from the big three. Another problem they have is remembering which SSO you used for each website you visited. Logging in with Google can be particularly tricky because those with multiple Google accounts may have forgotten which one they used to sign up.
Fortunately, the developers of 1Password have announced a new feature to help users in these situations. 1Password manager has always been reliable in storing and retrieving all your passwords and logging you in automatically. Starting today, users can save their SSO records and 1Password will treat them like normal passwords. Once registered, 1Password will use these SSOs to automatically log users in. Not only does it remember which SSO service you used for any website, but it also sorts which of the multiple Google accounts you may have used during registration. The feature is currently in beta, but it’s open to everyone.
Recently, there has been a big push to create a “password-free” internet experience. Apple already has Passkey functionality coming to iOS 16 and macOS Ventura that uses the “Fast Online Identity (FIDO) protocol developed in cooperation with the FIDO Alliance. Google and Facebook also joined the Alliance and promised to start implementing passkeys later this year. This new method of authentication should make logging into any account a seamless experience.
Although 1Password does not yet support passkeys, it recently joined the FIDO Alliance and plans to implement a “universal login” method in the future. Like SSO services, not all websites support security keys yet. So it might be a while before 1Password releases their solution. Meanwhile, existing users can now worry less about which authentication method they use for a given website.
Unfortunately, 1Password is no longer free. It switched to a subscription model some time ago. Personal accounts cost $3 per month and family subscriptions cost $5. New users might be put off by this as there are plenty of other free options available. However, all 1Password subscriptions come with a 14-day free trial, including Team and Business plans.