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App of the Week: tooPassword

Screenshot of tooPassword on the iPad

Note: This post is pre-recorded as Neil is on honeymoon.

This week I’m reviewing an app I found out of necessity. As you may know I use AgileBits’ 1Password to store and synchronise my passwords between my computers and iPhone. A couple of weeks ago I got an iPad, and, unfortunately, 1Password 4 for iOS requires iOS 6, which my first-generation iPad isn’t capable of running. Though the older 1Password Pro 3.x would work, it’s no longer available to download.

Thankfully, there’s an app called tooPassword. tooPassword is compatible with the Agile Keychain used by 1Password, and will run on iOS 5.x devices like my old iPad. Like 1Password, it works with Dropbox, so it’s effectively a drop-in replacement. You can also synchronise a keychain via iTunes as well, if you would prefer. There are also options to allow passwords that have been copied to the clipboard to be wiped after a certain amount of time has elapsed.

The major difference between 1Password and tooPassword, is that tooPassword only offers read-only access to your keychain. In other words, you can’t add logins or edit details. You’ll need to use one of AgileBits’ official 1Password apps to make changes. This is fine for me as I don’t usually create or change logins on my iPhone or iPad, but it is worth bearing in mind. The other limitation I found is that tooPassword occasionally showed me an old password, rather than a current one. This may be a quirk in how password histories are stored in the Agile Keychain.

One key advantage of tooPassword is that it is significantly cheaper than the official 1Password app, which normally costs £12.99. Therefore, if you don’t mind the occasional quirk and the fact that it’s read-only, you can save yourself £11 by buying tooPassword instead.

tooPassword is £1.99 from the App Store, and is a universal app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

2 Comments

  1. If you wanted to save the £1.99, you could use Safari to open the 1password dropbox folder, open 1password.agilekeychain folder and then open 1Password.html which should give you read access to the 1Password passwords (it is intended to be used on non-1Password supporting machine such as Linux or where you haven’t got 1Password installed). See also http://help.agilebits.com/1Password3/1passwordanywhere.html

    • Cool – I didn’t think that worked (I’m sure I’ve tried it in the past) but it seems to work fine on my iPhone. I’ll have to see if it works on my iPad when I get home.